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Stet A hr 41 4 Vw LUE GRAfilBLADE Volume XVIII LEXINGTON =Y P 8f 1009 Number 14 f DEVOTED TO THE PROP i DA EEDOM OF THOUGHT All nmt By AB jV I do not sigh 1for perfect To como when I ain dOn I want to meet B0mox joys jMrtliis The road which noXvrJ Jmid Ive no desire for liar ortown Or robe of spotless rsownTo reap in lifo what I Will satisfy ino quitef sJ t dinFor when death beckoiisHsiern and grim- Each one must go alone I And millions at his call Ijavo gone But none have oer returned Though living millions htivo prayed on I And tons of incciisoHburncd It matters not if high or low i yourrbirtliBach must go eartheVThen and creed And free mans bramfrom fear And at lifes end hpjmUnot need A priest or prcncliomiMr i Y- i Ij It 6J Ic ln HU 11 r fJ i f 2 BLUE GRASS BLADE Criticism of Hausmans Book Western Advocate of Single Tax Takes Issue with Dr Hausman and Undertakes Proof that the Author Is Incorrect in His Conclusions By Louis Bowerman A copy of the Blade of June 27th has been placed in my hands with requests from several of your readers that I reply to that portion of chapter 15 of Mans Origin and Destiny by Dr A Hausman contained in that issue I have consented to comply with these requests because I believe that misrepresentation backed by assumption of authority is often incalculably harmful Experience continually confirms my opinion that much that is penned by socalled philosophers much that is regarded by incapable authors and credulous followers as commonsense is merely common nonsense and at the outset I wish to say that one who cannot comprehend plain statements or will not take pains to reach the meaning of statements he undertakes to criticise who regards assertion and denial as argument and mistakes vocabulary for reason is wholly unfit to pose as a Doctor of Philosophy- As I read the socalled Critical Review of Progress and Poverty as I read the careless assertions noted the absence of any attempt to reason and felt the pulse of selfexaltation flowing through the lines I thought of the remark of Gratius to Antonio There are a sort ofmen who do n wilful still ness entertain with purpose to be dressed in nn opinion of wis dom gravity and profound conceit as who should say II am Sir Oracle and when I ope my lips let no dog bark III Aid I wondered that a work so devoid of the sense of justice so filled with a sense of vanity and so contradictory in the short space of a half chapter could be regarded by socalled Freethinkers as this noted work meaning I take it be cause of the space devoted to it this notable or able work Shortly after the death of Robert Ingersoll Harry Thurston Peck wrote a critical and slanderous article in the Bookman The misrepresentation of that article filled mo with indignation and I replied to it wit Iiun article which was not accepted for publication because it too caustically assailed the reputation of an eminent gentleman I hope the editor of the Blade is not of that dogmatic and autocratic variety of men who re spect person more than truth and willingly open their columns to eminence and close it to reason I am advised the editor of the Blade is fair- I shall prove that Dr Hausman is useless as a prophet and unreliable as a philosopher Mr Haus nan declares II there seems to be but one objection to it the Single 1nxIIthe people refuse to take the medi cine and an actual test would soon demonstrate the utter worthlessness of the remedy This statement is wholly due to ignorance The most crushing reply that can bo made to it is in the citation of actual facts The Single Tax is at this day the law of the land in New Zealand and Australia Not in its fullest application but be cause of the demand of the people it is rapidly approaching complete application The result is that extreme poverty is abolished and New Zealand is now generally known except to philosophers as the land without millionaires or paupers It has been partially applied in Manitoba and last year some j jbeeausothe people j The London Nation SIOn Thursday Mr Lloyd George introduced the first great democratic budget ever set before the House of Commons London Daily Telegram The issues raised by the taxation of land values are the most momentous features of the budget The St Louis Mirror 111ho Lords may call Mr Lloyd Georges budget the maddest budget ever introduced in Parlia ment It is not mad It is the sanest budget ever presented for it is the first budget that ever proposed the laying of a tax upon the wealth created by all for the benefit of nil Such is the reply of the living world to the deadone This is not all but it is sufficient to demonstrate that opinion is unreliable Such is the reply of the actual world toIIthe opinions of a socalled philosopher whoso universe iq conglomeration of unreal abstractions and who apparently re poses faith in the vain hallucination that fact will abdicate to philosophical fiction Mr Hausman saysIIn taking hold of the question the nuthor Henry George does not commence at the fundamental laws of society but at the olllltho effect of those laws and iaccording to his narrow conception the whole problem centers in one single feature of the question the relation be tween capital and wages Mr llausman is hardly to blame for his conclusions for he unconsciously admits he does not understand the nature of the problem under discussion Is itnot strange that a philosopher who assumes the ability to deal with such a profound subject as the IOrigin and Destiny of Man does not recognize the difference between Sociology and Political Economy What has a political economist to do with the fundamental laws of society Des not Mr Hausman the critic and philosopher know that that question is distinctly a sociological question Does ho not know that Political Economy is concerned alone with the science of the distribution of wealth Ho quotes from Progress and Poverty I Why in spito of increase of productive power do wages tend to a min imum which give but a bare living Being a philosopher lie ought to know this is a question of distribution of wealthof why it is that the many who labor have so little while a few live lives of idlo and excessive luxury While Mr Hausman declares this question is a presumption and untrue there are not many laymen who will agree with him and here we have nn example of that tendency of the socalled philosopher to close his eyes to facts and flounder in assumption Is it not truo that in spite of the increase in productive power every socalled civilized nation is damned with deplorable and beastly poverty Does this philosopher know nothing of sweatrshops Nothing of starving women and children Nothing of charity organizations Nothing of the daily search of the swill barrels in the great social centers Nothing of child labor Nothing of bread lines Nothing of investigation committees Nothing of state and national reports and statistics Does huInot know that men who labor year in and year out wages so small that they are continually on the edge of starvn L l yr- BLUE GRASS BLADE 3Ition Does ho know nothing of souphouses Probably not A philosopher certainly ought to Is it not perfectly evident that Political Economy is not confined to the relation of capital ofIdo with capital and labor why does ho devote the greater portion of Progress and Poverty to analysis of the result of land monopoly If Mr Hausman has read the work he will remember tho now famous algebraic expression As Produce equals Rent x Wages x Interest Therefore Produce equals Rent equals Wages x Interest And this Thus wages and in terest do not depend upon tho production of labor and capital but upon what is left after rent is taken out No matter what f the increase in productive power if the increase in rent keeps pace with it neither wages or interest can increase Do these quotations tend to support Hausmans assertions or do they not conclusively prove his opinion unreliable To hear a man like Dr Hausman refer to the opinions of Henry George as narrow conceptions is certainly laughable John Stuart Mill thanked George for the great services he had rendered to the science of Political Economy But since Economics is a social consequence let us see how close Mr George did get to the fundamental law of society The cause which is of course the fundamental law of society is the desire to benefit by associationto retain liberty and gain advantage of protection and mental and physical benefit in the association Mr George contends that ifn few have tho power to own all the land they have a special advantage over tho majority which is in itself a violation of the original in tentthat from monopoly of land arises a power of tribute and hence a violation of the very motive ofsocietyequal right or liberty and benefit from association Is not land the very first essential to life to happiness to liberty Docs not liberty depend on equal right to land If one man owned the earth would not tho rest of us be under his dominin Dont you know that a man has to give at least onethird of tho prod uct of his labor to the landlord for tho privilege of cultivating land Is not the compulsion involved in the institution of landlordism repellent to your sense of justice Has tho blessed love of liberty gone out of your soul Henry George claims that liberty is the law fundamental to all progress Will you dispute it1 The object of government is maintenance of tho inalienable rights to life liberty and tho pursuit of happiness Can you live without land If you are compelled to pay rent for land are you not compelled to pay rent to live The Single Tax it has been demonstrated will abolish land monopoly Does not George start at tho very foundation not only of society but of life and liberty Robert Ingersoll said Tenements and Hats r and rented lands are in my judgment the enemies of civiliza tion They make tho rich richer and tho poor poorer They put a few in palaces but they put many in prison Describing tho consequences of landlordism he said we have a nation composedof a few landlords and of many tenants tho tenants resorting from time to time to mob violence and the landlords depending upon a standing army Is this at matter in Hans man s opinion of individual judgment or a clear and cer lain truth Hausman says it is undoubtedly true that every body is compelled to pay rent in some localities but fortunately not universally all over the world The phrase not versally till over sounds very much like till combined to gether but if outside of socalled savage societies there is any socalled civilized society with which Mr Huusmnn is supposed to bo dealing in which rent and landlordism is not prevalent let Mr Hnusmnn tell us where Ho caw point to no considerable place except those which have to a great ex SingleTaxlint why does Hmismnu declare it fortunate that rent does not exist in some localities At the conclusion of the article he answers tie question in these words Of course the rent in such places may bo too high for many people in proportion to the opportunities offered for earning wages This simply means that the rent is so great that it takes all that labor can earn This is also Georges opinion How does it happen that the profound Hausman agrees in the main contention with narrow conceptions l Mr Hausman unwittingly Hung a boomerang which has returned and knocked the props from under him Mr George has got nearer to the cause of unequal distribution of wealth than Hausman had surmised Let ns look at the philosopher again In correspondence with the increased demand of life the tendency is to earn more money and spend moro and the wage scale adapts itself to this postulation Is this true Let Mr Hausman reply It can not bo denied that the opportunities for work is becoming scarcerfor this excess of populations the wages tend to a minimum Here in one paragraph Mr Hausiuaa denies and admits Georges contention and contradicts himself Blinded by the superstition of Multhusianisni ho makes this ludicrous state ment Since it is impossible that two different people raise two different crops on the same piece of grouted at the same time tile opportunity for application of physical force are name of the prophet figs It is a case of one who having eyes sees not and ears hears not Take a trip Mr Hausinan on the New York Central through tho most densely populated state of the Union try to estimate the vast acreage closed to labor by the iniquity of land monopoly Consider again whether it is necessary to involve two men at the same time with different crops on the same piece of land in a philo sophical doctrine Because of space I can not attempt to exhibit more of tho fallacious construction of this article but I would say that no sane man now believes in tho mediaeval ideas of Mr Hausman If we remove land monopoly natural opportunity will be open to labor This will remove the congestion of tho labor market Jobs will bo looking for men instead of men for jobs Labor will be free to accept or reject and if Mr Hausman will take the trouble to honestly investigate ho will find that tho infallible consequence will be as already demonstrated that in a short time men will retain tho full product of their labor Tho Siuglo Tax will effectually abolish land monopoly It will insure to each and all those inalienable rights set forth in tine immortal declaration Single Tax is fast becoming the primary object of governments But while the people are awakening from the superstitious lethargy and renouncing the divine right of some to live like lice on tho back of labor Mr Haus inan lies prone on the couch ofcoueeita stupid somnambulist Arise and go forth oh you who would aid or aspire to aid your fellows Go forth from your harem of abstractions into tho great wide breathing world and when you are prepared turn again to Progress and Poverty that greatest volume of tile cen turies which the incomparable philosopher Henry George dedi caletllito those who seeing tine vice and misery that sprung from tho unequal distribution of wealth and privilege foul tine possibility of a higher social state and would strive for its attainment Scio Oregon ifIff 1 nr 4 BLUE GRASS BLADE Scientific Facts Discussed Theories of Planet Building and Movement- as Advanced by Blade Writers Are Commended and Criticised By E D Northrup Ending so far with the articles of Brothers Hausman and Watkins you give somo very interesting and suggestive if not instructive matter upon this old earth its origin and evolution Brother Haus mans series are fine but in some instances need better II digestion and proper modi fication or correction Brother Heald has presented a most in teresting if not wholly sound theory of the subject but all too much overlook the controlling allimportant and allprevailing part played by electricity and its con gener magnetismthe soul of the Uni verse if not of everything therein Brother Maddox long ago came nearest to hitting the nail on the head when ho proclaimed alt of the stars suns plan ets and satellites to bo vast dynamos in receivingfrommagnetism thereby all held in perfect bal ance and the further truth that our sun onlythoatmosphere revealing the bodies whence they emanate precisely as the image of any earthly body is transmitted to the photographic plate no longer mere church lanterns hung on himmelszelt solely for the benefit of this little lump of mud the world and the glorification of a mythical manmado god that in reality is ever a pope priestking usurping authority over ignorant and superstitious minds As Prof Farraday was dying he claimed I now see how little I know about electricity Once I thought I knew something about it One scientific fact is settled towit The highere up ie further out into our atmos phere the colder and darker it gets The at mosphere in proportion to its relative density near or far receives and retains heat cul minating in thunder showers etc Edison declared thatI earthquakes are thunder storms in the ground The earth in turn is transmitting electric currents to every other celestial body and thus a tolerable cquilibmni is maintained here The glacial period may be easily and scientifically explained on the theory that there was a period before chemical action had produced the separate bodies of air and water as now existing when our at mosphere was too attenuated to receive and retain the heat of the electric cur rentsfar less than it does now And again the poles of the earth may have gradually or more quickly changed asthey may yet change so as to be located at opposite points now in the equator That would leave two pretty big chunks of ice to slowly melt away and create anew two new vast fields of fathomless ice in which would be found flora and fauna as perfect specimens of the mighty mastodon wool and all have been found in arctic ice bergs Those ideas are of course not original with me I have mighty little time to spare for such topics yet they interest mo beyond all telling and I now merely write as a suggestive text to those having the time to think and write on the mighty sub ject of electricity and magnetism in the same line- German scientists have demonstrated that the motive power of the body is electricity supplied by its two doublelobed batteries the one being the stomach sup plied by food and drink and digestion being an electrical process pure and simple and the other being the lungs as auxiliary and supplied by airoxygentho trans mitting wires being the pair of the pneumo gastic nerve and pair of its comple whiphhassolar plexuswhich does its own thinking and runs all of the involuntary functions of the body See that splendid workof Dr Hallock The Education of the Cen publishedbyIt is expected that science willat an early day succeed in establishing intelli gent communication between the upper vol involuntarybrainsubliminal mindthe subconscious mind so highly extolled by the great Emerson if not in fact a component part of it Popes and priests will have not the least part in the discovery of the one true and omnipotent god electricity They have never got beyond those old church lanterns hung on the sky when the human race was in its primeval barbaric infancy Mr Frank U Pcrret the avowedly great earthquake and volcano specialist and prophet who predicted last December the great earthquake at Messina and elaborated his theory thereof in The Sun of New York City also overlooks the fact that electric currents running from the sun at times when the sun moon and earth and other great bodies too are all at points on one common line are the causoIof earthquakes and activity of volcanoes II 11ofcrackingitlAnother like scientist U de Parville has just published an article in support of 1IfWhen the earth as well as its atmos phere is surcharged with electricity or magnetism we may expect seismic action and knowing when juxtaposition of sun and moon and other celestial bodies with the earth together on one side the earth we Ire Hicks astrologer ofIand Parville may predict earthquakes volcanic eruptions with muchconfidence Also the jarring of the earth by heavy cannonading eliminates its latent electric ity into the atmosphere and produces lent storms and seismic disturbances as note the battles of Chancellorsville and Gettysburg and the whole 100day campaign Ellicottsville N Y Atlantaftt OUR DECLARATION OF ENCE 1Document When in the course of human progressIit becomes necessary for intelligent people J to break the ties of ignorance that have bound them to an imaginary god and to assume among the freethinkers of the earth the equal station to which the laws of nature entitle them a decent respect to the opinions of believers requires that they should declare the causes which impel them 11to1tempolluylife beyond the grave is impossible That to confirm this doctrine we have only to appeal to reason or common sense that whenever tiny form of religion becomes structive of these truths it is tile right of the advanced thinkers to abolish itund to institute a now doctrine laying its founda tion on truth and logic Prudence indeed will dictate that ideas so long established should not be abolished for light mid trnn scient causes and accordingly all experi ence hath shown that mankind are more disposed to believe while religions are suf l BLUE GRASS BLADE 5 ferable than to right themselves by abol ishing the old forms to which they are ac a long train of foolish fancies and godtheories pursuing invariably tho 1snme object evinces a design to wantonly all reason it is their right it is their duty to throw off such doctrines and them with better ones All re tench that poor weak mankind must 1ligions creator while the mighty god can without one Such have been the of religion and such has been patience of all sensible people that now constrains them to abolish tftho old religion The history of god is tho of crime If a god exists which deny he is clearly nn enemy of man land To prove this let facts be submitted to the candid world subjects He has murdered millions of his loyal Ho has caused plagues wars and all manner of evil to strike down his faithful followers He has always been found on the wrong side in every great struggle for reform has shaken down our cities T has denied all prayers and entreaties 1He lots done nothing to deserve rc of man therefore tho freethinkers of tho world appealing to Human Reason and Justice for rectitude of our intentions do solemnly publish and declare that we are and of right ought to be free and in dependent in thought and speech that wo are absolved front all allegiance to any god anti that all connection between us and any church is and ought to bo totally dissolved and that as free mid independent thinkers we have a perfect right to spread our doc trines destroy all godtheories jeer at gods and devils and do all other things which independent thinkers may of right do And for the support of this declaration I with a firm reliance on the protection and sympathy of Human Justice and Reason wo mutually pledge to each other our lives our fortunes and our spotless honor Mt Vernon Ohio THE OHUROH ROLL By T C Jeffries There are today more representative men and women outside of the protecting folds of tho church than there are whose names are on its rolls but once let a church get a name upon its rolls and it is one large task to obtain a dismissal When a dis missal is requested the clergy immediately put up tho cry uYo dont wont you to go out into cold cruel world without any home but if you must leave our fold we will give you a letter to another of gods houses where they cut exorcise a fathers watchfulness over you Little if anything is said about their exercise of watchfulness over your pocketbook They aim to keep that also from the cold cruel worldI a young man who got religion and after that he kept on getting it until ho got too much that is to say when he went into the church ho didnt know anything about his wondrous works except ing what he had heard Ho had seen bibles from a distance but had not gone much farther with them than tho cover and so as time went on the more ho found out about tho bible and the church the greater sufficiency he had of them both and finally observing who and what were the most conspicuous Christians he had an over whelming desire to be called by some other name Ho asked the preacher who protected the flock for a letter of dismissal but was told that such a procedure was unusual and in fact had never been done in the history of that church He would how ever grant a letter of transfer to another temple of Jesus This teaches a moral never get your name on a church roll However people are becoming more careful nit tho time about getting their names on any church roll This is proper and by the rolls will have become so small that tho parsons will have to go to work andearn an honest living Take away the boodle and there will bo no grafters takeaway the carcass and thero will bo no vultures The quickest way and surest way to put the priests and parsons from the pope down to the lay preachers out of business is to stop giving them money Cut off their graft and instead spend it for needed food and books and education Cleveland 0 DIVINE HEALING By A E Wade Tn an article Christian Science in the Crucible published in tho Blade July 4 Josephine Henry makes a vigorous attack on Christian Science and Mrs Eddy its founder and for fear that the reader maybe led to conclude that all metaphysical science is a fraud and delusion I want through tho columns of the Blade to cell their attention to a few facts bearing on the subject ofllnivine or mental healing First for tho sake of argument wo will admit that Mrs Eddy is a fraud That docs not prove that thero is no mental healing What if she did get her ideas front Dr Quimby that only goes to show that Dr Ouimby has discovered some important truths that she has purloined and the basis of her system of It ligion which has and is almost revolution ized tho thought of the world However much the enemies of Mrs Eddy may malign and persecute her she has been no doubt a great benefactor of the race Thousands- of nlllicted and despairing have been re stored to health and peace and happiness by a simple trust or faith in her doc trines or religion We are not stating theories but facts when we say that thou sands have been cured by II faithor mind without any drugs whatever We can give the sworn testimony if need be of the most responsible citizens who have been healed by Christian Science when they had been given up to die by the best physicians Not only has Mrs Eddy stolen or purloined Dr Quimby methods of healing but certain leaders in the church are attempting to start a counter movement known as the Emanuel Movement of curing disease They however make a distinction belwcn diseases as organic and func tional disease Recognizing fact that a large percent of all diseases are caused by mental disorder they propose to cure these diseases by inspiring hope or men tal suggestion The fact is that nut only can func tional diseases be cured by suggestion but organic diseases can be overcome by a U living faith and a cheerful happy frame of mind as well What is it that causes the bones to knit together when broken All that the surgeon can do is to bandage tho broken limb and Nature causes the Bones to knit together Nature in this case is greatly assisted by a happy and mindThere Metaphysics that recognizes Mind as the principal cause of all bodily organization and function That Mind is the fminer and preserver of our bodies is proven by fact that the mother does stamp her thought or imaginations on her unborn children Numerous instances are on record where certain birthmarks on individuals are due to a fright or scare caused by the vivid imagina tion of the mother It seems that this article by JosephinetHenry has been written for the purpose of prejudicing the minds of tho readers against Christian Science tho Bible and tho Christian religion as well Prejudice is caused by stirring up the feelings by presenting a onesided and distorted view and leaving out facts that would prove tho contrary For this purpose is this article written that we may have a fair and impartial view of the facts bear ing on the subject This is tho purpose of the freethinker to ascertain the truth It is not our purpose to defend Mrs Eddy the Bible or tho Christian religion but to get at tho truth bIIproving nil things and holding fast that which is gool1thn truth Urbana tv t l r I 6 BLUE GRASS BLADE JITJIK SOJKXCI OF MEDICINE PRACTICED Hmm AXI ETSKWIIEUK DESIHK MEN FOR VAIN Snow No PRODUCTIVE LAHOU IN BRUTAL SPOUT By Dr A Hausman From this nearsighted egoism arises the deplorable fact that so much money is devoted in America to the mainte nance of the useless churches and so little for scientific pursuits But the young patriot will reply didnt we invent the telegraph steamboat etc Yes but the inventor would hardly consent to the pronoun we indi eating an intellectual partnership between him and the speaker And Fulton would never have invented tho steam boat if not a certain Englishman by the name of Watts had discovered tho steam power and constructed the steam engine Morse could never have invented the telegraph without the discoveries of Volta Faraday Gauss and Weber America has adopted the principles discovered by other nations and turned them into money by Riving them practical application America has never enriched tho world by any original revolutionizing scientific discoveries such as were made by Guttcnlierg Copernicus Galileo Newton Watts Stephens Pasteur Darwin etc And as tho result of this indifference and disregard for science wo find all kinds of fraud flourishing and rising to the dignity of science There are any number of religious sects The Salvation Army for instance prefer the free and easy life ofmendicants to the drudgery of work although they do some good individually There is the Christian science the eclectic and homeo pathic school ofmedicine which did not stand the test in the old country and was denounced by science and tho gov ernments but found a remunerative field in this country whore all kinds of humbugs flourish It is wonderful how easy people swallow a lie when it is baited with a high sounding name Let us take Homeopathy just like tho stupid lie of vicarious atonement aiid love for the enemy its principle is maintained in theory and despised in prac tice It claims to euro like with like a hare lie for no remedy produces the disease it is supposed to cure The second principle goes directly against the laws of nature andcommon sense it is tho absurd assertion that dilution will increase tho strength of medicine One dropof wine with 00 drops of water forms the first dilution and this repeated three or four times ought to give the liquid a strength against which the strongest whiskey would bo a mild drink This exposure of a crude humbugmccts with r vigorous objections by Mr nwbo among others conreludes with tho following remarks Tho idiotic supersti tious use of drugs by regulars is in my mind a more dis gusting belief than that in god or a devil Every man of sense knows that barring narcotics science is ignorant of tho action of drugs on different systems And you know being a medical maul that there is not an all round in fallible euro for the bellyache or tho most trivial pain Now the men who drop drugs learn by practice and perience how to guide erring humanity so as to keep well may bo Eclectics Homeopaths Allopaths or even Hydro paths but they must bo scientifically educated and science knows no school It is merely knowledge You should expurgate this narrowminded idea from your book otherwise it will lower the whole in tho eyes of tho masses that you wish to reach and teach It is amusing to read this effusion of indignation which denies and confirms tho charges in almost the same hrenthIThero is a saying in Berlin which in free translation reads Every one hats a spot where he is an nss Whileisome people are asses till over and their thick skin is impenetrable for any sensible argument others have under II gone a partial process of transformation into rational be ings and only hero and there is left a remnant of the olelIAdam a littlo prejudice or superstition in regard to some object which however is a Very sensitive place that cnn not bear tho least touch In this case I have inadvertantly hit such a tender spot in Mr Bs mind a littlo weakness in regard to medicine and line mae lacrimae tho kind advice to leave out tho passage But as my object is not to please tho masses who do not want to bo taught to assert the truth and show things as they really are must decline his request and proceed to remove the IIhomcpathic tumor from his brains In a letter to Mr I put up several thesis in reply to his objections offering to strike out tho offensive passage and become a Homeopath mysolf if ho could rcfuto onlyone single statement This offr is still open for Mr nor tiny one else who thinks ho can produce any facts in defense of homeopathIIn Germany England and Franco homeopathy is not recognizedand subsidized by the state 2 The principles of homeopathy as laid down by its founder Hahueman are tho two named above As the name indicates homoiopatchoin to hen with like the idea is that the natural disease is driven out of the body by an artificial one produced by tho medicine The second ono is tho theory that tho efficiency of tho medicine increases with dilution Both are untrue and absurd 3 There is and can bo but ono science of medicine and no J ij BLUE GRASS BLADE 7 science as MV B correctly remarks knows no school It is merely knowledge very true but of what There is but one Imiiiiiu hOllono anatomy one histi ology and one pathological anatomy The pathological changes are the same in a like disease all over tho world This is the absolute scientific basis for medicine in every country on the globe It is just as scientific to look through a microscope into the miniature world of organic bodies as to look through a telescope into the endless space But where do the special schools come in what is a i homeopathic pathology surgery obstetrics ophthalmology etc In regard to tho use of drugs it is true we do not know in what manner they act not even the narcotics as Mr B seems to believe The same is true of every physical force Wo use electricity but have not the slightest idea of how it works and what it is We eat our daily food but do not know how tho body converts it into the various tis sues So it is with drugs and if we are ignorant of the manner in which they net we know their effect from ex perience front observation of the symptoms they produce tho tangible facts wo perceive through our senses Ifn drugreduces the temperature tho fact is demonstrated by tho use of the thermometer if it retards the pulse or 1nltor its strength wo have tho walch to count and the touch to feel it If it affects the eye we call see it if it imparts chemical properties to secretions we can prove it by means of reactions etc Where no perceptible symp- tomsI follow the administration ofa drug we do not know anything about its effect Are there any other ways by which tho Homeopaths or Eclectics can ascertain the effect of a drug Or can they procure other medicines It is a very common policy for people who defend sotto superstition or absurd theory for which they have no proof rather to assume tho facts than to admit their error and when MV B speaks of tho idiotic superstitious use of I drugs ho refers to a medical discipline which exists nowhere else hut in Ids imagination Ifa person calling I himself a regular practitioner abuses drugs it is certainly unjust as well as stupid to blame science for bin individual ignorance Ono person can never represent science which is tho sum total of human experience of gathered facts According to the onesided gross materialistic tendencies of life and low estimation of science the value ofI person as a member of society is measured by this ma terial standard tile dollar ho is respected in proportion to tho number of dollars ho owns What society received in return for his dollars which control the labor of those who have less is never considered provided ho has not been in the penitentiary which would not bo respectable The poorer envy tho richer but can not help respecting urea because they themselves do not know any other prin ciple but this onesided egoism Lack of public spirit is tho most conspicuous feature of American social and po litical life Although there is enough display of cheap patriotism tho loud cheering if tho American flag is un furled or tho political orator alludes to the great and free citizens or sonic vain fool overawes the green immi grant by telling him that he was born on this free soil and is proud of it there is very little common feeling and understanding tho mutual interest When a railroad accident occurs and a number of people are killed the papers say that immense excitement prevails and that is the last of it Nobody is ever punished for causing the deathof people by criminal carelessness The railroad may have to pay damages a large share to the lawyers peopleWhenis acquitted or sentenced to a short term in prison after the case has been dragged through the courts for years and cost the people thousands of dollars the papers say the people are indignant that is all A bank breaks and hundreds of poor people lose their hard earned savings who cares Those classes living by the work of their hands have neither the means nor the knowledge to seek redress or attempt reform and the other es lawyers business mOil etc do not care tit live to sotto extent on tho ignorance of the working people When the gambling houses in Leadvillo were closed many business men op posed tho measure for the humane reason that gamblers spent the money freely while the miners might save it There is much truth in this for when one mart lives off the follyof many these sue always to blame if they quit gambling the gambler would soon choose u more useful occupation- To be continued When Dante said that ho loved to doubt sometimes as well as to know ho uttered keynote of true philosophy for it is only doubt that brings investigation When wo know wo do not need to investigate Through Frcethought men tire taught that goodness con sists not in tho outward things we do but in tile inward thing wo are ItImowedgo tblltIf wo bear what wo must bear with grudging and UIl muring wo do but gall our shoulders with the yoke and render that a heavyand unprofitable load which might bo fruitful and glorious As authority founded upon injustice cannot of long duration so must the finale of Christian misrule have an end t l w ISr BLUE GRASS BLADE BLUE GRASS BLADE Published weekly at Lexington Ky Founded by Charles Chilton Moor In and edited by hint until his death February 1MI JAMES HUGHES Publisher 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existence of this great hatred towards all and for all who daro to oppose it Our readers will recall tho fiasco created by Rev Johnston flyers of Chicago through his bitter and personal fight upon Prof George Burnham Foster and the tatters expulsion from tho Baptist Conference It will also ba recalled that it was reported that some of the Professors of tho Chicago University had threatened the expulsion of Johnston Myers as a member of tho Board of Trustees of that University as a sort of punishment to inflicted against him for his meddling with its affairs This threat has again roused tho iro of this secondary ecclesiastical luminant and ho is now reported as announcing a bitter war upon the University itself in retaliation for his re moval provided he is removed That our readers may understand his preciso attitude wo quote tho following from Mr flyers upon this subject Ho is quoted as saying IIfthe rthoI will issue a monthly pamphlet at my own expense in which there will be sensational revelations aboat the Uni such a statement as this wo are compelled to infer that the University presumably a religious institu tion has been practicing fraud and deception in someway or another and we are also bound to infer that as a member of the Board of Trustees this same Johnston Myers has been fully cognizant of what was going on This being true then Johnston flyers has been particeps criminis in tho whole transaction and has given his con sent and sanction to the proceedings In law one who is present and aids and abets in the commission ofa crime is equally guilty with those who actually perpetrated it The same rule must apply in this case If Johnston Myers as a Trustee knew of these things yet said nothing did nothing to prevent but permitted them from day to day with full knowledge of the wrongs being done he is in no position to offer complaint for it can only be presumed that it was all done with his knowledge and consent From a further analysis of his statement and his threat it will be perceived that ho only intends to carry them into effect provided ho is removed from his Trusteeship If I am removed ho says will I do these things Then if he is not removed ho is willing that tho same frauds and decep tions shall permitted to go on unchallenged unexposed and he will not write to the publications mentionednor will ho make tinyof the sensational revelations he has promised So after all it depends upon what i first done to him If tho University permits him to remain where ho now is they can follow their own inclinations without anyopposition from him and all will be well But remove him and war is to follow Sensible people thinking people whether inside or out side of tho church will not fail to observe that this threat of Johnston Myers is only an emanation of that personal animosity which constitute tho dominant factor in all orthodox persecution intolerance and bigotry As an honest man Johnston Myers ought to have exposed fraud in the University of which hd was a Trustee tho moment ho detected it Self interest doubtless prevented him from sodoing Even now selfinterest moves him to pose or not to expose which robs him of that high moral and intellectual standard ho would fain have tho people believe ho has attained Posing as a champion of truth he will tolerate and sanction a lie when it is to his interest to do so Deprive him of tho opportunity of serving him self and ho becomes a hyena a coyote ready to bite tho hand that has fed it According to tho modern way of understanding things Johnston Myers is ono of tho best products of orthodox i BLUE GRASS BLADE 9 Christianity Tho world may now judge as to tho merits of both Honesty turns its back upon a man with the caliber of Johnston flyers while morality and justice are religioustABOUT THAT PINK SLIP Bladeryou or have you done with iH Probably tho slip was cast aside without another thought or it was permitted to fallout then to quietly pass from mind and memory to 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write aught concerning it but stem necessity impels the taskand wo trust that our friends will bo im mediately responsive thereto JAMES Eo HUGHESPublisher VIA CRUCES It was tho personal yet fanatical gloryof the old cru sader that ho had gone forth armed and booted for slaughter in tho name of Christ and ho found unctions pride in the fact that ho rallied roundand about tho cross as the one emblem of his sublime though ignorant faith It is also the personal pride and ambition of tho modern clergy to bo esteemed and looked upon as an ardent de fender of tho faith and at times they will break forth into fanatical fervor and fury in their great desire to once more rally round tho cross By tho way of tho cross as tho title of this article suggests has indeed been a bloody and fearful path Un speakable agonies have been wrought beneath its shadow Legend and myth have originated from this relic of phallic worship Impossible tragedies have clustered about it vast wealth wasted in an effort to place it in an attitude ofuniversal acceptance and belief No wonder that the very class professionals who have prosperedmightily through such an instrument by en couraging and stimulating belief in the miracles ascribed to it by an ignorant and superstitious past should rush to its defenso against the assaults of scholasticism in the hope of preserving the popular faith as a medium of great revenue Superstition dies hard Break one chain that binds the mind and there will bo men those of self interest who will strive to immediately replace it with anotherFollowing the work of Mr Harold Bolce in the Cos mopolitan Magazine as discussed in former issues of the Blade tho saute writer now furnishes his host of readers with a collection of quotations and comments thereon of some of tho leading ecclesiastics of the country of differ ent forms of faith and different denominations which ho terms a rallying round the cross as if such a move ment on their part could possibly save it from that general destruction which it is doomed to face and undergo In tho current issue of tho samo magazine Mr Bolco gives tho summary of tho views expressed by churchmen upon the criticisms made by tho collegians and professors of tho educational institutions of the country It will bo recalled that tho consensus of this high and enlightened opinion was that tho day of dogmas doom had dawned and that men had little concern for the orthodox Christian concepts God wits attackedwith no mean hand and the result was that It lino of demarcation has been drawn be tween tho church and tho college In an effort to be consistent having quoted from tho college professors and to be just in our own criticisms wo collate from tho last work of Mr Bolce offered as a finale of his splendid literary effort along this line tho sentiments expressed by a number of different preachers alongIIthe ideas offered by the college men Having done wo shall feel at liberty to offer further criticism upon what they have to say Tho quotations follows 1 If tho church throughout the world would rally to the altars of prayer as one man it could storm tho gates of heaven and rock tho earth with another Pentecost Rev Elbert R Dille Central M E Church San Francisco 2 There was never a religion without hope and there never was a philosophy that gave a promise Rev A Edwin Koigwan West End Presbyterian Church Now York 3 Destiny without god is a riddle history without god is It tragedy Rev Hugh Black Union Theological Seminary Now York 4 It is as true today as it over was in tho history of tho race that tho people who will not obey god shall bo cut off from being a nation Rev Robert S MacArthur Calvary Baptist Church Now York 10 BLUE GRASS BLADE 5 Through the long centuries we hear the voice of prayer ascending from the lips of priest and prophet sage andseer Rev I M Haldcman First Baptist Church New York If man is no longer in danger of the penalty for sin tho conclusion is inevitable that he is no longer in need ofa savior Rev John Balcom Shaw Second Presby terian Church Chicago Ill 7 Tho promise of the present is an individual triumph of genius with the coincident downfall of society James C Monahan Editor Catholic Times Xew York- S Tho world has not done with Jesus of Nazareth nor is there less faith in god today than in former ages Rev Thomas R Slicer All Souls Church New York 9 Tho advance orthodox theology cannot be tripped up by a thread stretched by schoolmen across the pathof human thought Name of author not given referred to as another churchman 10 Morality requires not only intelligence but devo tion that can bo aroused only in tho warmth ofreligious life Rev D S Stephens University of Kansas 11 God is a person capable of affections andemotions Ho is a heart that feels His spirit is filled with the music of pleasure Rev Henry Van Dyke Each quotation given is numbered for convenience in commenting thereon but through them all we can perceive tho shallow shoals of thought upon which the orthodox faith rests for in the main they are mere individual opinions mere assumptions without tho slightest founda tion in fact to givo them weight They do not constitute even tho semblance ofa good answer to the scholastic re pudiation of Christianity Hlulwhat that religious system implies They remind one of the peripatetic beggar who begged from force of habit not that ho was in want of that for which ho was begging Beginning with tho blast ingut tho rock of ages and following him through his intermediary efforts winding up with his present collabora tion of orthodox opinions Mr Bolcc has served a high purpose in demolishing tho cross demonstrating that it is not of tho slightest utility to human service The denial of the colleges and tho affirmation of tho churches are brought in sharp contrast but none can possibly doubt tho triumph of thought over faith But to our comment 1 The thought here expressed is but a crass materialism Not that high philosophical concept contained in tho ma torialism advanced by the great thinkers of the world but that form of materialism which gives form and substance to mere allusions of tho mind makes god a person gives to spirit substance and affirms an impossible and mythical heaven to bo a place of actual habitation For tho whole church to rally to the altars of prayer would mean the subjugation of intellect tho defeat of the people and the iumpli of priestcraft This has been tho cry for ages porn ages There is nothing like prayer to humble humanity It reduces and degrades Mention of the gates of heaven shows tho gross conception of tho mind that gave it utterance For such a man to place himself in opposi tion to tho intellectual standards that have preceded in these articles is a presumption wholly unwarranted by tho proven facts 2 But what hope has any religion ever given that it has been capable of fulfilling Mansions in the skies have been promised but no realization can he shown Millions of dollars have been given under the influence wrought by these promises and the preacher does not wish to kill tho goose that lays the golden egg But what hope has any religion to offer According to its own doctrines this earth is a mere breeding place to raise a few harpers for heaven and a host of hoodlums for hell Exceedingly hope ful isnt it But what promise ought any doctrine or system of philosophy to make Philosophy is but applied science an application of scientific fact to social life in an effort to produce the highest possible happiness for tho greatest possible numbers Then philosophy makes no promise nor is any promise necessary The statute law of the land presumes that every man will obey it It makes no promise for obedience thereto hut threatens a punishment upon all who violate it Good men do not ask for reward for simply having done a duty Tho cunning and crafty expects every turn to yield riches Philosophy minus promise is far More acceptable than religion plus hope a Destiny would bo and is a greater riddle with god than without god The uncertainties and indecisions of Christian dogma leaves tho Christian to make but a vague guess in tho dark His death is a leap towards ho knows not where His very birth is to him n mystery His life a torture At death ho goes lie knows not where nor what ho will do when ho gets there Without god tho riddle is solved In fact it is no riddle save that which god believers have made it Life and death are but two phenomena of nature one following tho other and one just as natural as the other To all who have life death must come and death brings newer forms of life just as in tho dead leaves of last autumns scattering wo fyid now forms evolve This does not mean a personal continued life after death but a merger into great all And what of history With god it has been a tragedy The tragedies of tho bible wrought by gods chosen people sanctioned and encouraged by god are too fearful to calmly contemplate and if man had never believed in godhis tory would have been better off without god hut with god they aro rendered horrible examples of what a sordid faith can produce 4 This is scarcely worth an answer It is an indisputable fact that those nations that have grown away from any belief in god have prospered beyond their godbelieving neighbors for they have turned to national account the products of their labors instead of paying tribute to god through tho church America today is a country without an established church built upon a constitution without any god Considering that it is more prosperous than any t BLUE GRASS BLADE 11 other nation on earth the statement made in this com thatthocashnndlongcenturiesheard so far concernedprayer man wastedIa truthan theologicalpenaltyto redeem and save him from that penalty This is a hutwoperceivedeffectsuponlaw will preventtriumphoftho great progress of tho past century and the continued ofindividualso istoon part of tho church to dominate the component parts of society and render them serfs of tho priesthood rather than sovereign citizens of tho republic S Considering tho exceeding few among all tho inhabit ants of tho earth who really believe in Jesus of Nazareth or have aught to do with the Christian form of faith tho world as existing in the mind of this preacher is of ex ceeding small compass As a matter of fact men and wo men aro getting further from any belief in the Nazarene and relying on fact instead of faith 9 With a slight transposition this preacher might have said or have been mado to say that human progress is not higotrrandacross its path There is little more tripping for orthodox theology seeing that it has already been tripped and is unable to rise roligionsdevotion Itisitsbesting to do with belief or unbelief 11 home wo have another demonstration of the crass materialism discussed in our first comment The personality of this mans god must bo like unto his own for ho can conceive no other lIIuln person demands some definite place of habitation Tho description hero given of god is purely biblical passionate and revengeful moved by impulse touched by sentiment which renders him a very undesirable sort ofa god subjectfurtherpacity and wo can but refer them once moro to the origi nal articles EDITORIAL POTPODHI The rats must go Not the fourfooted rodents against which men have warred so long but that article of head adornment now worn by the dear ladies This is tho com mand of one B T Cullen pastor of the Methodist Church at Pottcrtown Pa What matters it to any preacher how a woman shall dress so long as her raiment is in accord with tho proprieties Do not preachers array themselves in distinctive garb to attract attention Has any woman critizised the frock coat white choker and plug hat Now let the women of this mans congregation assert their independence and one preacher will be sorry that ho spoke The fury and fanaticism of orthodox superstition that implacable hatred engendered by itas we have described elsewhere finds illustration of truth in the attitude of Johnston Myers towards Prof Foster That the latter is by far the mental superior of the former is without ques tion Myers simply hates Foster Time whole case lies in tho last sentence For tho Christian religion to produce a man with a mind like that possessed by Myers who calls his betters a sop head speaks small for tho religion and still less for Myers Tho Gallipolis Ohio Journal recently published an article by H J fanckof tho same city entitled Henbens Folly It has been misnamed It should havo been styled Mancks Madness Tho story is to tho effect that Christian relatives hud Christian courts ignored tho lying request of Reuben Rothgeb that certain words carved upon a shaft of marble ho willed should bo erected to his memory Tho testator was a Freethinker and tho desired inscription was an argument against Christianity This was enough Tho court held that tho shaft might bo erected as tho deceased had left money to pay for tho cost but it was also held that the inscription need not be made A bare shaft resulted Thus Christian bigotry penetrated the grave and tho money probably went into some preachers pocket Reuben was foolish only because ho was a Freethinker See if you cannot get at least one new subscriber for tho Blade before tho summer flies Popp W 12 BLUE GRASS BLADE A FREETHINKER NOT A MATERIALIST By J Frantz Oil reading Dr Hausmans article I was reminded of Brother Wades criticism and although Comrade Doctor Hausman has been kind enough to answer my critic in so able a manner I still find I have a few words to say I would first advise Brother Wade to kindly reread my criticism in criticism of the criticism which was criti cised by our great critic Mr John Mad dack Then to kindly read my answer to the criticism of the editor of the Humani tarian Review which will be found in the July issue and if he will compare the two and think no further answer I am sure would be necessary Ho makes a statement that we arc not open to conviction I shall begin with this statement which is positively untrue Mr Wade does not know us Materialists He does not know that we will not accept a thing as true until a thorough investigation has been made and we find it to be so When a thing is demonstrable it can no longer bo a fable We are open to conviction and we admit that we dont know things when we dont But we dont fear to make investigations I have read all the books which Mr Wade mentioned and a considerable number of others similar to them I have not however swallowed their contents I did a little thinking in connec tion with their subject mat lanel further more I have investigated that field long before Mr Wade thought of it I dont go to the above mentioned books for facts but for fables My facts I get from my surroundings observations plain commonsense and from the reading of real scien tific works by sincere scientists and in vestigators Not those of the Mrs Eddy type I dont wish to repeat Comrade Dr iausmons answer in reference to Brother Wades socalled facts the Doctor having undo everything so clear that no further fimment is necessary But I wish to men lion once more that we are not narrow sec tarians wo know that we do not know it Onlypingmino them and if we find them to be true pirits wo will accept them and so with Jiything else Why should we affiliate with Christian 7entists spiritualists dogmatists or any advocatinghntyour way We will not affiliate with you until we are convinced of the truth of your theories and we do not expect you to nf tJHato with us until you are convinced of soundness of our position You ex lass your theories and Iwill express v mine and our readers can be the judges as to which are most worthy of acceptance San Francisco Cal WHY MEN SHOULD TALK SENSE By May BealsHoffpauir The article in a recent issue of the Blade Why Women Should Not VoteI is quite the most ridiculous I have ever read on that subject No one has over asked that any woman be compelled to vote Are men compelled to vote There is a world of difference between being compelled to vote and being forbidden to vote Any highspirited person should resent the former as much as the latter Inm sur prised that a freethinker can so confuse and distort tho real issue All who write against woman suffrage and most who write for it fail to make any distinction between the two separate questions II Should women vote and Should women be forbidden to ot071 The former question is one that every man should decide for herself according to the dictates of her own conscience The latter is a shameful question a question that any man since the days of Paine and Jefferson should blush even to hear The idea of compelling women to vote has never been advocated in any land Mr Booker is equally mistaken in imagining that his socalled arguments are new TIle II womans sphere I prejudice was ridiculed many years ago until it retired from the field in shame I have never seen it vanced except in old old books and never thought to see it in modern print- I intended towrito more on this subject but it occurs to me that Mr Booher must be a humorist whoso sole rm in writing so foolish and antiquated an nrtirle was to stir up a hornets nest among tho suf fragettes If not I advise him to read some of tho articles or books published about tho middle of the last century when tine womans movement was not considered worthy serious argument and was forced to answer this sort of drivel Rafter Tennessee WANTED A Pagan Renaissance By Norman Murray II Convince a man again his will and ho is of the same opinion still The prominence given allover the Englishspeaking world to tine Centenary of Thomas Paines death ought to convince all thoughtful people of the trend of tho thought of tho present day Tho history of tho French Revolution and the place Vol taire holds in tho minds of all intelligent French people ought also to suggest tho l lines organization that will appeal to tho people In view of the fact that I am de termined to continue this winter the attack Christianity which commenced last win ter I am pestered with advice to give it up as unprofitable to myself and of no use to anyone Then the remark is passed that there must bo some power higher than our selves and that tho vicious are curbed by fear to be more useful members of society Now to all this I answer as follows Why should I go to the Jews for a re ligion How does an old Hebrew patriarchal scoundrel like Abraham or Jacob or Moses or Joshua or David become better models than the famous Greek philoso phers Socrates Plato and Aristotle etc I The great trouble with modern free thought is that there are too many light weights who think themselves heavyweights They think they know more than Voltaire or Thomas Paine or Ingcrsoll Now my suggestion is that wo start begin ning next year to celebrate tin birth of Robert G Ingersoll11thof August The question of god and a futuurc life we should wisely leave as J C Watkins left it in the Blade of 25th July Sufficient for us in our day and genera tion if we can abolish Semitic superstition the Bible and tho Sabbath Freethinkers should bo more acquainted than they are with tho beauties of Pagan philosophy This is a rich mine of which unfortunately Englishspeaking Freethinkers appear to know very little Then we should take more interest in modern reform movements Priestcraft is not tho only evil ofour day There fire the evils of gambling drunken ness and prostitution Freethinkers have not yet put themselves very strongly on recordagainst these evils Then we have allowed too many loose living people to become associated with us such as freelovers and anarchists The force of Ingersoll consists as much in his noble clean blameless life as his Frecthought Let us make him our patron saint and organize pilgrimages to his grave every eleventh of August Montreal Canada- INGERSOLL MEMORIAL PIONIO Following his annual custom Mr E B Moffitt of Newton Town will on Sunday August 8 tho date of this publication cele brate tho life and work of the Into Col Robert G Ingersoll with a picnic speeches etc in his own magnificent grove These annual memorial meetings are usually at tended by a largo number of Town Free thinkers and there are no known reasons why the celebration of this year should not bo tho equal of its predecessors in point of attendance and interest The principal address will be delivered BLUE GRASS BLADE 13 by Franklin Steiner of Des Moines Iowa but arrangements have been made for a rather enlarged program which includes music and other features LIBERTY AND JUSTICE By The Chaplain Freedom of thought and the press is al luring To those who love Justice for all of manliind- So masters now work through the world now securing Freedom and Justice for all the worlds blind- Through freedom of thought end freedom of action The world has progressed since historys time Their light lures us on with magnetic attraction Through lifes rugged pathway up moun tains sublime Sent as a Warning SKULL SPRINGS OREGON Will you please publish this letter It may bo a warning to some other working man I am tho unfortunate victim in this case I took a contract to build a church for what is known as the Christian church They signed a contract to pay me so much every week on what the work measured They would never measure but once and then fell a way behind on that They would just give me a few dollars along by hard begging until I was convinced that they in tended to rob me in the name of their God It leaves me behind with you When I got your bill I did not have tho courage to toll you the cause Other parties have had trouble getting paid for their labor on dif ferent churches Now if you will print this I believe you will be doing humanity a favor If you do I would like for you to send mo 8 or 10 copies I will pay for them and my subscription old and new as soon us I el1IIP WI McMAIION Found the Blade a Boon OKLA CITY OKLA Today I am joying tho food of tho Blade and must say Charles G Browns poem gives him an ele vating one place him next to J B Wilson Mr Brown has graced the Blade as No When I left fond dear old Kentucky less than a year ago my father sent line tho Blade and it sure has been a sacred boon to rueMRS ANNIE G SPEARS tH H H H N N N NrH N r y ICb Blades Correspondence tt NHNHNHNNNHNNHHHHHHHHNNNNNNHNH Long Live the Blade CENTRALIA VAIf Jehovah had as hard a time keeping his covenants prom ises etc in olden times as I do now meet ing my financial obligations I do not wonder at him breaking legions of them as recorded in Holy Writ You will find enclosed 250 apply 150 to my account Tho other dollar is for a new subscriber Long live the Blade and its two pushers Hughes and Charlesworth Get you some rams horns and blow to beat tho devil Tho old walls of superstition are slowly but surely crumbling down Yours for free domC A FAUSNET Blade and Hausmans Book NEW ROSS INDIANAFor inclosed P 0 Order 350 please renew subscription one year to Blue Grass Blade from June 1909 to June 1910 Also please send mo book Mans Origin und Destiny when publishedPHILIP L BRUCH Comes With Good Cheer WILBER NEBI am coming with a little help It was a hard task for me on account of being so badly crippled up re sult of inflammatory rheumatism 16 years ago nevertheless a pleasuruo to be able to assist in piloting the ignorant and super stitious through darkness There is a good ly number of infidels but their liberalism is only skindeep when it comes to dollars and cents You will find enclosed 1450 applied as directed Yours for tho cause W VILDA From a Brave Woman FORT SMITH AUKI have to acknowledge my carelessness on my sub scription but hope you will not be offended I like tho idea of public freethought fun erals I have made arrangements for my own and if my husband lives longer than I do ho wil see that my wishes arc carried out to the letter The man I have engaged is living in this state His name is Stanley J Clark of Huntington Ark and ho is up to date Ho delivered a brothers funeral in Little Rock Arkansas last Tune and I made arrangements with him at once I tell you he simply gave them facts and in such a nice way Ho is able and capable to copo with the best posted ministers MRS NELS JOHNSON r Death of Blade Subscriber BRUNSWICK MAINE Dr I S Cur tis died very suddenly last month As ho was a strong and earnest advocate of the principles expressed in tho Blue Grass Blade tho inclosed clipping may be of in terest to you When his term of subscription expires Mrs Curtis kindly requests you to remove his name from tho list of your subscribers and obligeA J newspaper account of his death was enclosed Death of Dr I S Curtis Dr Isaac Sanford Curtis of this town died suddenly Wednesday afternoon at his home on School street He had been in poor health this spring but was able to attend to his business and on Wednesday forenoon had been at his drug store as usual His death was quite unexpected and came as a shock to his many friends and in this community His ago was 70 years 5 months and 8 days Dr Curtis was born in Bowdoin but very early in life removed from there to Bath where he spent his boyhood and at tended tho public schools Ho first came to Brunswick as a student in Bowdoin College from which ho graduated in the class of 1807 He received his M D from the Medical School of Maine in 1872 and after graduation entered upon his practice in Warwick N Y where he remained for six or eight years From there ho went to Eastport and spent a number of years in practice in that city Dr Curtis next mado his home in Topsluun and in addition to tho practice of hs profession served for a number of years as postmaster and was also a member of the school committee Coming to Brunswick Dr Curtis was for u time employed in Johnsons drug store and about ten years ago purchased tho drug store of J E Duvino which ho had since survived by his wife who was Sarah W Badger of Brunswick two sis ters Miss Attio A Curtis and Mrs S P Preblo of Lawrence Mass and two brothers Dr John B Curtis of Orango Height Via and A J Curtis of Bruns Curtis was a member of United lodge of Masons St Paul R A Chapter Mount Vernon Council and Dunlap Commandery The funeral will bo held Saturday after noon at 3 oclock my 14 BLUE GRASS BLADE Excellent and Enlightening CANAL DOVER 0 Enclosed find P 0 order for 151 for 1 years subscription to you excellent and enlightening paper the Blue Grass Blade 1 had collected the 150 from Brother Schaefer at Wheeling before 1 saw your reduction for new subscribers in last weeks Blade So will send full amount as one copy of your paper is often worth 150 to me For instance Brother Wilsons version of the Morrow funeral at Ada 0 1 had 150 worth of smiles while reading that Some time since 1 hud a hundred pamphlets printed of Brother Paragons Reason for Neglecting the Bible and distributed among my ortho dox friends and now the ministers of my town who formerly had a pleasant word when we would meet now pass me with a blank stare But if 1 still keep on smiling and preaching in my poor way whether at homo on the train or in a strange city I think Dr Wilsons suggestions in regard to funerals isa very good idea to get our views before the general public As all classes attend funerals we could reach peo ple there whom we could not reach in any other way As they will not attend Free thought lectures nor read Freethought lit erature I could write for an hour giving you incidents in regard to those pamphlets I had printed but time and space will not permit so will close Respectfully II L HOSTETLER Include Woman in Name COLUMBUS GEORGIAIn Blade of March 28 a correspondent wonders at the vernal deeps and summer shallows of the Ohio and inquires Why is it that man cannot control the elements When man destroys the forest he invites the Hood Wo do not mention woman in this connec tion because being disfranchised what responsibility she may have for forest struction is negative rather than positive The vital problem for manhood for woman hood is selfcontrol the right use of all onos pwers rather than control of the elements If every man were a law unto himself if every woman were a law unto herself perhaps the elements would be mildermannered or we should then be more nearly in a position to trying our hand on the elements There is no telling what extent human breaking of moral and natural law is responsible for disturbance of natures anatomy The samo correspondent places a high value on the book Mans Origin and Destiny from which I have read some ex cellent excerpt But why might not this hook have been called Human Origin and Destiny Until man is sufficiently emancipated from himself to regard manhood and womanhood both in theory and in practice as cosupremes he call neither truly know his origin nor truly attain his destiny With many of the men yes and many of the women who call themselves It free thinkers woman is as much an after thought as with the god 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