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IVOLUMNEHISTORY OF RELIGION SEVERAL PASSAGES IN NEW TESTAMENT EXPLAINED I Errors in Authors Former Se- r ries Pointed Out By Susan J Peck In reading some of the old num bers of the Blue Grass Blade I find that a few errors not made by the typesetter occurred in the series df articles from my pen entitled The History of Relig ion The letters were selections made by students and colaborers from a more elaborate work un der the above title prepared by myself and several friends and used as lessons for our scholars When I copied them for publi cation I did not notice the mistakes but will correct them The one is the statement that the gen ealogy recorded in Matt 1 is that of Jesus as well as of Joseph There is nothing in the list of names per se to indicate that it is not which accounts for the erro- of the pupils The second is the assertion that Jesus whose genealogy jsi to be found in Luke ITT was a just man nut the statement that one Jesus was unjust and the other just is correct when applied to those two men whoso genealoeies nre not in eluded in the Now Testament hut whom he hAa made mod prominent of fhemr bymen tioninp oftenest their respective J titles Son of God and Son of Man The Son of God or more properly Son of the God as there were rods many and lords mnny was the only betrotten son of James whom lZinr Herodslew fActs XII 1 2 Now about this time Herod the king killed Tames the brother of John with the sword It nnd after the birth of the son which occurred after the marriage of the widowed Queen Mary to her second husband Joseph Ring Herod sought r to slay him also In Rev I 5 we rend that the father was dead be fore the birth but after the he petting of his son I have written of the crucifixion of the Son of Nun whose title was given him in derision by the lords because his father the car penter was a commoner and whose condemnation was secured under the rule of the son of James who was then known as the Holy Ghost and who could not have been a hose except he first had lived and diedof his resuscita tion from the sleep induced by the taking of opium his escape in the disguise ofa priest and I will now give the meaning of several passages which have been so often used to delude the laity I can rive the correct meaning of the Bible passages for I was educated for the ministry in fact studied theology that I might learn the truth and so be able to impart itj to others The origin of tho eating and drinking of the sacrament was the threat made by the Jew the only begotten son to prisoners of the Inquisition that when the Gentile Son of Man should be dead disIor thirst St John vi 53 Ex cept ye eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood have no life in yon The words vi 54 He that eateth my flesh and drinketh my blood hath eternal questionit in a tone of astonishment when the threat was told to him The words Take eat this is my body and Drink this is my blood in reference to the theSonfellowprisoners when after his escape he had returned with an IJ army the second coming and had brought relief to the starving victims of the Inquisition The words were spoken in contempt of his enemys threat and also in jest and were answered by laughter and applause Before the Son of Man left the scene of his persecutions to se cure help in quelling the insurrec tion and Inquisition he bade his disciples Watch for his return telling them what signs to look for in the heavens and that they would be given in the night and during the dark period of the moon The story was both poetized nnd dramatized and we have in the Testament the words of the poet and dramatist Immediately after the tribulation shall the sun afrter sunset and the moon shall not give her light as happens once during each lunar month and the stars shall fall from heaven Matt xxiv 29 30 The falling stars were only the falling rockets sent UP from the mountain slopes that the watchers might under the protection of darkness alongfiislipeof the number of his armv that it might exceed in size that of his enemy the Son of God and that he might by that means com pel pence without bloodshed The words Matt xxiv 27 For ns the lihtninp cometh out of the East and shineth even unto the West so shall also the corning of the Son of Mnp bwere in reference to the fleshing rockets on every side Other pawnees which the priests have mad to seem myster ious I can exnlain as rationally and as correctly Matthew otherwise the Son of Man wrote and practiced the Gospel of Peace of Goodwill of Conscience of Honestv of Truth of Unman Rights and his enemy the Son of Godwrote and practiced the Gospel of War of Oppression of Knavery of the Kingdom versus the Republic and in his revelation to John he declared his character in Chapter xvi 15 in the words Behold I come as a thief in the night Blessed is he that watcheth and keepeth on his garments lest he walk nnked and they see his shame He would through others steal our very garments By transposing many passages the two Gospels have been so mingled that it hns been easy for the priests to attribute them to one person The Son of Man had a wife find three little children at the time of his crucifixion and his words addressed to little child ren were to his own My readers must by now under stand with me that there were two kinds of Christs two kinds of Christianity and two kinds of Christians as there are now For the word Christ in a language now dead was the origin of the word Conscience and meant tho sameAnd the words of Heb vii 3 are in reference to Christ the Conscience Without father without mother without descent having neither beginning of days nor end of life And Heb xiii 8 Jesus Christ Justice the Conscience the same yesterday and today and forever should follow it as it did in the original advice to worship God not the gods for God is a spirit II the Spirit of Truth and must be worshipped through tho action of the Conscience and Let your light of Conscience the divine spark so shine that men may see your good works of honesty was given by those who sought o save their fellows from sin And this was the original and genuine religion or Christianity for the teaching of which the Son of Man like many others was condemned by the lords In St John viii we read of him as judge of the court and there we see instead of sustaining the law of Moses he applied the law of justice or Conscience and dis charged the prisoner with the words Go thou and sin no moreMinneapolis Minn- EASTER SUNDAY A Pagan Festival Introduced a Thousanr Years Before the Time of Christ By Joel M Berry Few people we find who ever took the time or trouble to inves tigate the subject matter of an Easter Sunday They know it is called Easter Sunday and they celebrate it as a holiday by feasting on eggs and that is about the extent of what a large majority know about it But when we tell them that it is no other than an old pagan festival instituted thou sands of years before the Christian era then they charge us with trying to injure the church and exposingitschurch then we admit the truth of the charge Every festival of the Christian Church apart from All Saints Day was originally a pagan festival Sunday the first day of the weekwas the festival of the Ro man Sungod as the other days of the week were festivals of the moon and five planets- In the fourth century Constan tine mnde an effort to enforce rest on the first day from all work but this interfered with the peoples holiday u dinthe iiinth century the edict was repealed Again in the sixteenth century the Puritans tried to restrict the liberty of the people on that day but made a failure of it Easter commemorates the vernal equinox when the sun crosses the equator nnd the days become longer than the nights It is by arrangement the first Sunday after the full moon which happens upon or next after March 21st and if the moon is at full on a Sunday Enster Sunday is the Sunday after As the egg was the symbol of birth it became the symbol of Easter and Sprinp in connection with Sunworship representing the trinmphant Sun Eggs were sacred Easter offerings among the ancient Egyptians Babylonians and Persians who presented each other with color ed eggs and also among the Jews who used peers at the Passover and the Chinese A form for blessing Easter eggs is found in the ritual of Pope Paul V Great controversies have existed in the earlier churches over the celebration of Eanter In the latter part of the second cen tury a dispute existed concerning the day on which to celebrate The Latin churches claimed it should be on Sunday while the Eastern churches hnd been cele brating it on the 14th day of the month Nisnn The controversy listed nearly half a century About A D 150 Polycnrp the Bishop of Smyrna visited Rome nnd explnined the views of the Pastern churches He was treated by Anicetus who was then Bishop as an equal No attempt was then made to impose a dif ferent day upon tho Asiatic churches On the contrary Poly carp and others celebrated Easter according to their own views in the city of Rome But in the time of Victor the controversy becom ing more heated an attempt was made to settle it A councilwas palled by Victor of all the church es of Italy At this council it was decided that Easter should be celebrated on Sunday The celebration of the Easter Festival in the light in which it was originally designed is grandly beautiful It contains both rood sense and reason hat when the church comes to take it up and daub it over with a sancti monious brush of sacredness and institute it as one of their sacred festivals then we begin to kick Now the whole sum and sub stance of the Easter festival in a is this We find it to be of ancient origin It denotes fromIue as a Some digniteem in which they are held by the gi rer So you see the church has simply taken up one of the old nn Pagan legends and ded icjted it as one of their own in easyitto be worked up by a sanctimonious set of priests and preachers ISRAELITES PILLAR OF FIRE An Explanation That Reduces the Divine Character of This and Other Phenomena accordingcomposition Greeksthe theTavntinnThus Dr Balkwill explains the theEites and the fire from before the byMosesus which It consumed upon the offeringOf of cloud Thedescriptionwe suppose a large petroleum lamp to have been used the flame circularbrass flamebeingdense smoke would ascend as a pillar to some height and then clouddescribed whilethetft flnmcJbel wWon dnake it It lightAsa dangerous combustible adds Mr Balkwillsome terrible events happened two ofwhich we should call accidents Soon after the imitation of the burnt offering by Moses and Aaron Na dab and Abihu the oldest sons of Aaron took each of them his censer and put fire therein and laid incense thereon and offered strange fire before the Lord which he had not commanded them And there came forth a fire from the Lord and devoured them and they died before the Lord Lev x Probahbthey had taken some of the sacred naphtha and put it in their censers and anointed themselves with it as well in or theythoughthad done wrong no doubt but it was the sort of wrong ofa fool hardy workman in a powder fac tory leThe next outbreak is attrib uted to the peonles murmuring but it rends as if some receptacle containing the sacred naphtha had heen accidentally upset and the fluid running along the ground had caught fire in some of the nearest outlying tents of the cnmp And the fire of the Lord burnt among them and devoured in the uttermost part of the erniip Num xi 1rr Bnlkwill rives similar ex plmntions of the triumph of Eli 5nh over the priests of Baal when nnnhthn was burned floating on the top of the water an of nar rntives in the Maccabees and con eludes The evidence is circum stnntinl cumulative positive and one would think sufficient to prove that the prophets and priests of Israel used n hitrhly inflammable fluid probably a preparation of refined petroleum to bring down fire from the heavens FINDS A MISSING LINK Indiana Scientist Discovers Fish with Dorsal Cord Bloomington Ind January 28 Dr John Hazman on an exploring trip in South America for the Carnegie Institute of Pittsburg has discovered the missing link in animal life between the salamander and the fish according to- a dispatch received by Dr Karl Sigemann head of the Indiana University Zoological Department VOX POPULI IS IT THE VOICE OF GOD A Brilliant Talk of Five Minutes Q Before the Liberal Club IBy Channing Severance The subject this evening is presented in the form of a conun drum Is the Voice of the People the Voice of God No the voice of the people is not the voice of God The voice of God is that of the priest for only priests know what God thinks and what he wishes to say and only priests do his talking But what is God anyway God is nothing but a word of three letters but to these letters the priests connects an idea and that idea is this that outside and apart from this material universe there exists a personal power and in telligence which controls all things and without which the un iverse would never Have been and could not continue to be Who discovered this important fact The aforesaid priest or one of his predecessors in the dim and dis tant past How did he discover it By exercising his imagination and on his credulity- Is such knowledge very valuable and trustworthy No but it passes for the truth when given to dull and stupid specimens of hu manity who lack the ability or the courage to think for themselves Are such people very numerous They arc for they comprise the great majority of human beings that walk this earth The God believers are noted for numbers but not for general intelligence as a rule or the ability to think clearly and rationally Belief in God is mostly due to education and the priest is the educator He plants the idea of one in their minds when impressions sink deep and stick hard and that period is early childhood a time in life that is noted for credulity because the reasoning faculties are dormant and unde veloped The God idea is sown on fertile soil so to speak for any thing a child is taught it can be made to believe and that is why the world is full of idiotic non sense stale superstitions and so many fancies that pass for facts Once taught they arc never en tirely forgotten aud the more the child is fed on such trash the harder it is to develop clea and rational thinking afterwards God or what the priest has de clared God to bo has done more to dwarf the human mind nnd keep it in n low state of enfold- ment than any other thing or cause that has wielded an influ believe in his God is to an chor the mind to a phantom and to prevent it from natural tendencies which it would follow if left free to net for this belief keeps it occupiel with frivolous and fanciful thins as no concep tion of God hns any connection with known and demonstrated facts The God of priestcraft is as sep nrnte and distinct from Nature and natural phenomena ns theolo cry is from real science for matter is not good enough for the priest to make his God out of so he uses a substance termed immaterial which when analyzed by reason is found to be only another name is condemned and denounced by every priest that speaks for God for he wont have it that God is part and parcel of the material universe for such a one would be so ordinary and common place the mysteries of theology by which they bamboozle their mental slaves could not be worked Natural laws are not complicated enough for priest craft to do business with so tho deeper these foes of reason and MJJ LID Ln 11 tJ 1commonminds and subject to their influ ence through fear and ignorance- It is their selfassumed mission in life to speak for God and they neglect no opportunity to do so andwhen they refer to what God has done in human affairs through the power of the Bible and the 3 church we know they are calling attention to their own work With craft and cunning the catch phrase was long ago put forth the voice of the people is the voice of God to flatter the com mon herd of humanity with the idea they really control society and are something besides mere numerals But facts show other wise for the few lead while the many follow in every department of life and the people as a whole are blind followers of priests and politicians who work together in harmony for a common purpose power and plunder To say the voice of the people is the voice of God in public affairs is to talk twaddle and jolly the stupid to divert their atten tion from the forces that really rule and enslave them mentally and physically The only time the people ovar really do things is when priest craft and kincraft have forced them into an uprising like the French Revolution or one of the various kinds that have occnred periodically in history But at such times very little is heard or said about the old gag the voice of the people is the voice of God but we do hear his real voice through the priest protest ing against their disturbing law and order so I repeat the voice of the people is not the voice of God for his voice is never heard only through the priest himself who uses it to make the people comply with his wishes and be obedient to him THE DELUGE All is miracle in the history of the delugea miracle that days of rain should have inundated the four quarters of the globe and have raised the waterfall to the heights of fifteen cubits above the top of the loftiest mountains a miracle that there should have been catAracts flood pates and openings in heaven a miracle that all sorts of animals should have been collected in the ark from all parts of the world a miracle that Noah found the menns of feeding them for a period of ten months a miracle that the animals with all their provisions could have been included and retained in the ark a miracle that the greater part of them did not die a miracle that after quitting the ark they found food enough to main tain them and a further miracle but a different kind that a person thought himself capable of explaining how all the animals could be contained and fed in Noahs ark naturally that is without a the history of the deluge being that of the most miraculous event of which the world ever heard it must be the height of folly and madness to attempt an explanation of it it is one of the mysteries which are believed by faith and faith consists in believing that which reason does not believe which is only another miracle Voltaire A little girl was trying to count the trees from the window ola train She exclaimed in wonder How fast they run and theyve only one leg I Womans Journal l BLUE GRASS BLADE FOUNDED Sty CHARLES CHILTON MOORE And edited by him until his death February JAMES E HUGHES Proprietor 126128 Uorth Limestone Street Lexington Kentucky- P Box SUBSCRIPTION RATES By mall postpaid 100 pr yr In advance Five new yearly subscribers nt one mittance cents each Foreign subscriptions postpaid 150 per year ADVERTISING RATES One Inch single column Insertion cents ono month or four Insertions 100 six months 500 one year Quarter column Insertion 200 one month 400 six months 2008 one year 3000 Half column whole column or larger advertisements at special rates on ap rllcatlon ALL SUBSCRIPTIONS to the Blade will be discontinued at the expiration of the term for which the subscription has been paid up In advance The address slip on tie paper will show subscribers the dato of expiration o subscription Back numbers or numbeis emitted will be sent It asked for upon renewal In case of discontinuance SHOULD ANY SUBSCRIBER change his or her address advise this office giving both old and new ddress as desired THE OFFICE of publication of the Blade is at 126128 North Limestone Street Lexington Kentucky to which all Freethinkers will be given a hearty come THE BLADE Is entered at the Fostofflre at Lexington Kentucky as second clan mailing matter ADDUESS ALL COMMUNICATIONS TO JAMES E HUGHES Box Lexlng on Kentucky EDITORIALS Strange is it not that God should put a mark on Cain lest any might kill him when after killing his brother he was the only born man in the world Four persons ate rufHIIrd1J in the GnMjels under th name a Zacharias One of them was the father of John the Baptist Three of them were slain in or near the temple and one has no account of his death Why does not Matthew say I was chosen Instead thereof he says II And as Jesus passed forth from thence he saw a man named Matthew We wonder if he meant himself or some other per son And the Lord said I will go down now and see they have done altogether according to the cry of it which is come unto me and if not I will know See Genesis 1820 We ask how could an omnipotent being be absent in one locality and present in another at the same time How could an Allwise being find out something that he did not already know Then in case the Lord did come down as he says who did he leave to count the sparrows as they fell and to answer the prayers as they come up in his absence Answer quick There is too much truth wait interestingtigate and too much good that might be done for any live wide wellmeaningstill and say or do nothing Too much help wanted and too much room unoccupied that might be used to better advantage for any persontopurpose The world with the rapidlyNew ones are in view The time rL IF has come for all liberalminded persons to be on the alert THE PRESENT LIFE The present life is the only one we are interested in Make a hea ven of this life Then in case we find a life in the future we will he prepared for that nlsoIMr Percy Ward in Truth about God and Life for January says that he has made the discovery that there is no future life in other words that death ends nil In this case Mr Ward simply makes o statement that he nor any other living person eon prove lie knows no more about a future life titan I do and I know so much less than nothing that it is a waste of time to talk about it All that any honest living person can truthfully say on that subject is that they dont know People are just beginning to learn how to enjoy this life they login to think and reason for themselves and the moment they do that they begin to realize what slaves they have been to a super stitious priesthood and commence a reformation at once Liberty is what the people need in order to enjoy this life Thomas Paine toll them that over a hundred years ago but they were so firmly fixed on a Jesus at that time that they could see nothing but him But notice today how swiftly the tide is turning people are just beginning to realize who their friend is and who has been telling them the truth They find that Jesus with his believe or be damned is vanishing out of sight and the world is my country and to do good is my religion is fast taking placeWe prophecied for a long time that a new savior would soon be needed in this country and sure enough he comes up in the person of Thomas Paine From this on he will be at the head of all religious affairs in the esti mate of all liberal honest tllinkin people and will grow in favo- with the masses every day The new savior lays no claim to divin ity or miraculous birth dont claim to have rose from the dead no raised any other dead person to life He writes out his own geneolopry and dont leave it for other writers to quarrel over Here is just where Jesus makes the great mistake of his life claiming to be the all in nil ye altogether amounting to nothing We are both pleased and proud of our new prince of peace He needs no myth or miracle to intro duce himself to the people He has already done that in his own hand writine and the people are just beginning to rend them and the more they read the better the y like them So in vie of the ores ent stnte of affairs ik Is it not hitch time for the people n this country to waken up and either say or do something that will crivo sntiofaction Two thousand years is tang time to wnit 1and then be disappointed The truth is this the people are just botrinninc to find not that they have been fooled And rhmisnnls thonch ns well convinced as I nm of the fraudulent tcnnliinsr the v have not the courn o or Brit to come to time front and say so Snm fire afraid of losing their ran standing in church society while others are afraid of the nice little Hhristinn epithets that would be forthcoming The minister he would far the loss of his salary so be thinks that n hirrl in the hand is worth two in the hash thatrhas the more bread and butter in it The new Era just coming in is what claims our attention We are glad we have lived to see it A new savior and a new set o creeds without any promise of future punishment is what suits us We have often heard the remark that Thomas Paine had lived a hundred years in advance of his time We cannot admit it for a moment That he lived a hun dred years in advance of the peo pIe of his time we will readily admit But he lived at the right time exactly to prove to the world his great worth and wisdom Ire was the first man who ever wrote the words United States of America and it is generally con ceded by all honest truth telling people that if it had not been for his untiring efforts and council during the great struggle for lib erty ten to one there would have been no United States of America today He lived at the right time exactly to save this republic from ruin and he lives today in the es timate of all honest liberalminded people as the benefactor of man kind He did more real service for the good of humanity in one day than Jesus did in lifetime And we find today that while Jesus is fast passing into a state of oblivion Paine is just emerging into a state of magnificence Mon uments are being erected in honor of his memory and from the lantic to the Pacific his nnmoAtI being sounded as the of the American Revolution the splendid address nt Los Auger inIdle23rd Says the London Freethinker The Blue Grass Blade of Lex ington Kentucky resumes the old shape it had under the editorship of its founder the late C 0 Moore whom we met at Chicago in 18G For nenrly a year the Blade has peen edited by Mr Churl csworth and smaller in shape but with more pages but that Froethought advocate is go ing to set up n paper of his own as the organ of a new Rationalist Society he has started Mr James T Hughes the proprietor of the Blade published it in C C Moores time and is undoubtedly devoted to tine paper He says he will keep it going as long as he can and we believe him but the statement thnt our very existence now depends upon the env Muviasm ofour contributors We would be glad to pay for ar ticles if we could he says but remember how much greater is our work and we do not get anything out of it either Sir Hughes states nevertheless that he paid Mr Chnrlesworth twen tyfour dollars per week ns editor but he could do so no longer and Mr Chnrlesworth went out How he is going to make another paper sncceeed bet ter we fail to understand but we wish him success Our readers will see the hearing of this paragraph on Sir Footes recent Words to Freethinkers SACREDr Judge RulesOld Woman Jailed for Wrapping Wares in Re ligious Publication Vienna January 29A singu lar case of judicial zeal in defend ing the sanctity of religious pub lications is attracting considera womantCracow bought a number of old newspapers to wrap her wares in Among the papers were some out er sheets of the Jesuit organ Th Messenger of the Heart of Jesus on which various religious illus trations were printed A munici pal authority who is a member of an ecclesiastical committee pres 1tr visited the shop and war the woman no longer to pack her acceptIthe sheets of The Messenger that she could find A few days Inter the municipal authority re turned with a policeman rummaged in the shop and found some sugar packed in the outer sheet of The Messenger Tile woman was thereupon prosecuted for ridiculing an institution of the Catholic churchan despite incriminatingdhad received the warning she was condemned to seven days impris onment and one days fasting An appeal was made against this sentence to the Polish section of the Vienna Supreme Court of Cassation on the around that the nlpcred offense had not been com mitted either objectively or subjec tively in as much as the religious figures printed on the outer sheet of the Jesuit organ are not conse crated and that the womnn herself had not used the paper with sacrilegious intent The Supremo Court has nevertheless confirmed the Cracow sentence in all partic ulars THE IRREPARABLE EVILS OF CHRISTIAN PREJUDICE By Henry P Floyd It would take a largo volume to ex haust the list of evils for which Prej responsiblelect blinds the judgment and renders social justice impossible The prej udiced man is of necessity a conscious or unconscious liar The truth is not in him nor is he in a position ever to find it Tho fact is there right under his nose staring him in the face but he cannot or will not see it The poor fellow is totally blind in relation to all that lies outside the small circle of his own beliefs and opinions or his own outlook upn life nnd charac ter Ho belongs to a party and to all atroII Passing of an Octogenarian It is with deep regret that we announce the death at Canal Dover Ohio on the 30th of Jan uary of Samuel Toomey one of the leading Freethinkers of the Middle West Mr Toomey had lived eighty years and they were years full of the ups and downs of life His early life was spent with relatives and neighbors and it is said of him he never spent more than thirty days in the schoolroom At the age of six teen he began an apprenticeship as a Blacksmith at Gettysburg Pa where he worked for HQ year when lIe borrowed fourteen dollars shoulders his effects and started out on the battle of life alone Walking for three weeks often footsore tired and hungry he reached Sugar Creek Falls 0 where he secured work in a blacksmith shop and in a single year became owner of the business He soon achieved the reputation of being not only the best blacksmith but time best mechanic for miles around and enjoyed the respect and confidence of everyone in his vicinity In 1850 at time age of twenty years his shop stock of tools and the first buggy he ever made were destroyed by fire lie then removed to Wilmot Ohio buildingInDover where he has done an mense carriage building since constantly improving the style and quality of his work Tie was the inventor ofmany lies about them and never has a sin partyisbe absolutelywrong And yet mischievous as all thus lying undoubtedly is perhaps it is not utterly destitute of good results Sooner or later every lie weakens th cause of the liars Many of the lie told all through the ages about the Bible stand now fully exposed by criticism and the consequence is that the blind worship of the Bible is rapidly dying out even in the churches Not a few Christians have already learned that the delineation of Ath eists by Christian ministers is almost wholly false with the result that min isters are no longer held in reverence as they once were When people gan to realize that the exaltation and glorification of Jesus in the pulpit was largely a rhetorical performance it became a notable fact that their interest in the ministrations of the church was decidedly on the wane At last the masses of the people are get ting into the habit of doing their own thinking instead of letting priests and ministers do it for them Natural knowledge is slowly gaining ground and there is a corresponding slump in supernatural belief The facts of tory the grim realities of life are ing laid bare in the face of the world and the dreams so long treated as realities are passing away We arc now in the transition process Some ministers aware of this arc doing their utmost to make the transition as smooth and imperceptible as possible They arc dismissing the dreams as gently as they can They are telling its real emphasis is on the nontheo logical on morality as a social rela tion It still speaks of God but by God it means love and by love care of the public welfare It talks glibly about the life divine of the life of improvements on carriages sun tries rims etc and was well known in Lexington the Blue- Grass region and other centers of the horse breeding interests a the inventor and owner of the famous Toomey Sulky He was a great friend of Blade in factI one of the best friends it eve had and his demise is deeply felt in the office He was a successful business man one whose opinion- are worthy the respect of an man and recently writing on th subject of religion he said My father and mother belong ed to the old German Lutheran church but I was taken away from home so very young that I got little religious instruction from them but I mainly fell int the hands of the same class o bInthe United Brethren church when eighteen years of age but never could fully believe the Bible stories At the same time I became a reader of the Antislavery Bugle published in Salem Ohio Salem was at that time the headquarters of those then known as Broad guagers or Infidels Such read ing brought about thinking and investigation andas you know investigation brings Infidelity So for the last fifty years I did my own thinking rending such books as any unbiased man should rend and of course as with the great Darwin it ended in Agnosticism and very strongly in Atheism U the deity but what it has in its mind is the ideal life of humanity Yes we are in the transition process from dreams to realities from fancies to facts from lies to truths Secularists are interested spectators of this subtle and salutary change and they ought conesummations TO MR J K ENGLE ALIAS UTAH Mr Engle fouud some amusement in reading my article on The Soul in the Blue Grass Blade He makes some dogmatic answers to my ques tions which cause me to be amused He is cocksure that I have a soul but only on account of something I saw in Genesis He admits that part of the Bible is rot but calls me rotIelusion that I am in search of God Satan forbid God is the last thing that I would search for I do not want anything to do with any Gods or fairies No genii in mine I do not look beyond man for my loftiest ideal The man who does is deficient in class respect The reaching out for divinity is puerile and shows up a misplaced human If God looked after folks Teddy Roosevelt would not need to carry a rifle in Africa He could walk right up to a lion and God would not let him be injured in the least This idea of God is taught in Daniel where God prevented the lion from biting Daniel Now Roosevelt is n God fearing man but depends upon a mo ern rifle Three Jewish kids were put to a fiery furnace but the heat never touched them You see Mr Engl- the scriptural idea of God is that takes care of humanity but when we know that God is invincible faith but invisible in fact we do inltake much stock in God I am glad that there is no God do not want any I renounce any IIthat may accrue to me in God if Mr Engle desires a double of Gods love he may have mine Mr Engle has utterly failedaltho backed with a firm belief in God to convince me that I have a soul If ho and God cannot make that matter plain to me of what use are either or both of them in argument Has Mr Engle seen a soul apart from n t body t Has he conversed with n disiembodied spirit If there were a universal longing and reaching out for God wouldnot I have that desire the same as Mr Engle has If Mr Engle is one of the elect and I one of the damned by foreordination then are wo but pawns upon the checkerboard of lifoIIf on the other hand if we are reason out our situations is not one who reaches one conclusion thoIlikely to be right as the other If n fellow substitutes faith faculty and commits mental suicide I for one am not going to praise him for it He may have faith and believe that sour is sweet but my palate is a commonsense one and takes as they appeal to it No amount of faithcan change a single fact Faith is prima facie evidence of unbalanced wheels in headgearing Get your headworks in alignment with sense Mr Engle JNO F CLARKE Arlington Md A TRIP TO ROME by DR J WILSON 8The International Congress of Freethinkers was held In the City of Rome Italy September The author attended that Congress as the American andrpersonal experiences that hat received an universal encomium from press s people In It religious donnas and tales exposedycorneof travel Cloth bound pages Illustrated Address orders to BLUE GRASS BLADE Lexington Ky FENNEL InfTHE ORIENT ebYYrtsCharles Chilton Moore When n young man the author had tarted out to walk through the Holy fjinds on foot Reaching Paris he gave Fiernode the trip by rail and boat about three years before his death This andJglues an account of what he saw explodes numerous Christian myths It s especially suitable for n present Cloth Bound Pages Postpaid 125 Address orders to BLUE GRASS BLADE Lexington Ky 1000 BOOK for X100 BLUEJVGRASSo IIIBox IBLLS sbyMerynotion since Grant Allen and la a beautiful 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Paper 1tt Paris Texas Friend Hughes Please find here exchange for 1 subscription to the Blue Grass Blade for one year I have re cently received three numbers you might begin with the first one You are publishing a fine paper the three copies I read had some splendid articles May you live long and the Blade live long also It ought to be endowed for eternal life here No heaven for me Fraternally R PETERSON Good Wishes for the Blade National Military Home 0 Editor HughesI am more than pleased to see you in such good spirits over the turn things have taken I hope the change may prove a blessing to all I am a friend of the Blade always have been and like friend James E Mills of Iowa like it better than ever I was discouraged over the prospects for a while but things begin to liven up and look like business so we will stick to the old ship as longas the flag is insight We even respect the name Blue Grass Blade in honor of its nd HorQnr Few men in the Liberal ranks were prompted by purer motives for the benefit of mankind than he Hfe of course had his peculiarities but who is it that dont have themeWe admit that we have ours If we did not have I them we would not be setting here writing an article for the Blade Stick to the Blade let them say what they may they are doing themselves more injury than you JOEL M BERRY Bro Berry Raises a New Lead eVra S DtEditor James E ILughesI see Bro J M Berry raises a new lead in the fact that neither the age death or burial cf any female is spoken of in the Bible It is passing strange how ever as imagination is the first women mentioned and whose of fice is to bring sin into the world as well as to be the mother of sa viors she is not dead yet Near the end of the Bible Rev 17th chapter we have ignorance as another woman and while church and state supported by the people as a wonderful beast con stantly making war on her cap tains of industry also xploit this womanFemininity indicates that the thing represented relates to a mental state while physical eon ditions are denoted in the Bible as cities so ignorance continues to abide in Babylon where captains of industry and grafters ply their avocation with her she cannot ns suredly be dead Along somewhere in the Bible we may find two women one a virtuous wife the other a concu i bine and as we are told these are an allegory we should not ex pect either one to have grown old or to have died The last woman we will stir up will be a great wonder a woman in heaven clothed with the sun As there is to be no need for a sun in heaven the great wonder is why she took jt there and how she got it into heavenF S WEAVER The Blade Not Dead Ye Chaffee1fo1fr Hughes I am glad the Blue Grass Blade is not dead yet but still alive and active for the exposition of error and promulgation of freedom of thought as ever One of the best literary productions I have seen of late is Bro Severances lecture on Thomas Paine I have written J tLiq soiie comments Una criticisms on publishVinparty nq h lint dozen or two apors QtWtI ii the Thomas mn ulag an a same num lair of pnpernca ining my com merits on the I send 75 cents for a rental of my sub scription for t six months and hope to renfl again when that time expires i I willsend more money to for the extra papers when miyjtarticle appears I look to the pee as a Free thought and unmuzzled medium for the honest offiitossion of my convictions andHiatus more than I can mo professed expectiO DE erg Yours in Death of p Qod Freethinker Elyria 0Editor of the Blue Grass Blade Otijtweek ago Jan uary 22 we our most ardent champion of Free thought and Ratiortnlism as ex pounded by your ptiblication- Mr M B died peace fully pnine iew without struggle weak ening of the r He lied just returned from lengthy walk and hardly twenty utes after drop into Ids c1ir1 he lapsed into unconsciousnesaf from which he could not be roased before his death two bout subsequently Scarcely tei miijutes prior to loss of consciousness he reiterated his frequently pressed wish that no howling be toler atedwith hisliysterienlrant at his our friendfuneral This request was Ksaded The enclosed i i close friends- T C Jeffeiifetof iCleveland and E R Rimti 9f ljyria consti toted twh1 Th were lections from two fellow musicians of the deceased The reading of Robert G Ingersoll s words at the grave of his brother concluded the remarks of the last sneaker At conclusion of the last rites for our dead the body was tenderly carried to Murray Ridge Ceme tern for interment Trusting that you will make known through your columns the loss to the grand cause of Free thought I beg to remain Respect fullyROSE MORIARTY The Union of Church and State Editor Ottumwn Courier We think we have fairly presented our case before your renders to the effect that Sunday laws are contrary to the principles of lib erty and to the princinles on which our government is founded that is contrarv to the eternal separation of church andstate As touchincr religion each should bo free When government goes beyond this anarchy is preferable Hbwever before taking a final leave of the Sunday question I would take a nassintr note of Bro Orahams article He states that I give no ground for arcrument only my declnrntion that we are now under no divine obligation to observe a Sabbath And he says I come to this conclusion from Higher Critics on the ground that the original Sabbath was bas ed on error But mind you he himself says it was a pnrt of the old covcnnnt and that that cove nant is dead Now that which is dead is void Whether born of error or truth it lays in the same coffin And so until he shows a resurrection which he failed to do he leaves the verdict for us land he rend all the articles which ho says he lid not lie would have seen an offer of 100 for a pas sage of scripture threatening any one for working on Sunday Jeans Sabbath was the one of the old covenant now dead as has been shown The founders of our government and our greatest statesmen being versed in history have seen the great evils growing out of theI union of church and state They have used precaution in the con stitution and otherwise to prevent the commingling of religion and government Notwithstanding all of this there has been all along a large number of people well meaning people too people who generally want to do the right thing when they know itwho 1 + eNN N ++ e ++++ +++++++ Ne +e1- A 19O9 19O9 RIUC1iy y s Containing Fiftytwo Copies of The Blade and all handsomely A bound in Blue Buckram with gold letters As s s 300jReduced from last years price 300 j1A and get your name on the list in time 2 If + i A rSTI LL BETTER OFFER I 1 I For Five New Subscribers For Five New Subscribers it AAiToany person sending us five new subscribers in one club at the regular rates Dec 31 1909 = THE CLUB IS PREFERABLE GET UP ONE SECURE A COPY FREEti2 tBLUE GRASS BLADE Lexington Ky s- j1 N ANON N N ON N N N eI N N 0N 0N N N N N N N e e + sNON N N N N H N N N H N N N N N N e NON N N 4 have demanded a little here and a little there of religion mixed with government It is not a hard matter for us to see the injus tice of this when the religion plac ed upon the throne of government is the other fellows religion When we are forced to pay homage to a religion that we count as superstition it is not hard for us to see how rapidly wo are lapsing back to the dark ages But when it is our religion that is thus fav ored and when the votaries of re ligions contrary to ours are forced to submit or be taxed to support such religion we are so sure that our religion is the true pne the only one that is good for iis and all mankind that we cannot see how it can be wrong to give it an exalted place upon the throne fore tll to bend the knee to itT There is nothing that many are more certain of than of the truth of their particular religion while in reality there is nothing that people may be more mistaken in It is supposed that where good people are at the helm that gov ernment blended with religion could never lead us back to the dark ages nor even a step in that direction provided of course those good people are ourselves But I wish to give an example of good people uniting religion and government and that in the case of England and the reason I go exampleisthe faults of others than those of our own The Church of England has for ages taxed the people un der the authority of the government and used that money to build churches and hire preachers etc Taxed the people to support a religion that many do not be lieve in This is nothing more nor less than wholesale robbery Yet the mass of the ones that reach in their neighbors pockets and take from them their earnings are hon est people they would not knowingly wrong their neighbors of a single cent But why Oh why when religion is connected with government are they so eternally slow hopelessly slow in learning whnt is right and what is wrong Why for ages has the church along with government its an thority put hundreds of thous ands of innocent peonle to death for their opinions while any one with the smallest amount of rea son ought to know that every person has as much right to his opinion as he has to life liberty Whyiseternal champion of the right so persistantly for ages practices the wrong I think I can give the correct answer to the above Re ligion takes its authority not from this world but from one unknown Not from reason or experience but from that supposed to be both It tends to be faithful to duty but slow to advance for how sive It cannot bank on the sup posed to be perfect Now govern ment to be just must be progres sive tl cannot bank on the sup position that it is perfect and can not be improved upon It must be a servant of reason and not a sovereign over it it must vary with experience It must have its source from the people and not NNNN1 NNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN40NNNNNNNNN- se yyI Searchlightte sjss + Mont61y + y eji Published by JWDSdlco Texasx ese 1 Price of Subscription 1 a Year t t Single Copies 10 Cents i ese s ty N N N + + Ne beyond the skies Governments are for people of this world and there their authority should end Another reason why so many religious people are so slow to use reason where it might conflict with their faith is that man is threatened with the most awful punishment for nonbelief and it is known that reason is quite often a disturber of faith In vindication of Jesus against the charge of being the author of these words He that believeth not shall be damned The Higher Critics contend they are an in terpolation that they are not found in some early manuscripts and that several years after the whole Christian world was aston ished at the idea just then for the first time revealed to Peter See Acts 11th chapter to the effect that the gospel was to be preached to Gentiles and since the above text was a command to preach to all nations they could not be the words of Jesus for in1 that event Peters vision would be out of place would be no revela tion at all For centuries religion has been taught in public schools at public expense Nearly all of Spains schools are religious schools Francisco Ferrer who gave his life a few months ago as a mar tyr to free his countrys schools saw that his nation was teaching the children too much concerning a world that no body knows anything about and too little con cerning the world they live in He saw his country sinking lower and lower for the want of proper edu cation and he conceived the idea of secularizing the schools but for his philanthropic efforts he was courtmartialed on a flimsy pre text by mock court and shot to deathIt seems that our own Iowa is determined to have religion taught in the public schools The Bible its statues say shall not be excluded from the public schools and provision is made for the teacher and the children to recite the Lords prayer This prayer is utter idolatry in the eyes of the Jew but he is taxed to support the schools and forced to send his children there But there are some court decisions under this law given in view of relief but the intended relief implies the dis ease and in deed the relief is worse than the disease For in stance time teacher must read the Bible without comment Com ment would be sure to give offense to some of the different sects Now there are large portions of the Bi ble if read to children without explanation would give them wrong ideas of science which is another word for truth To read the Bible without explanation to children is to teach them false hood instead of truth If we must have the Bible read to our chil dren I want for instance that six day creation explained to them Either tell them with the Higher Critics that it is not true or that the six days mean six great ages This last position is that taken by all orthodox that are in any way versed in science It would seem then that man should labor during six ages and observe the seventh age as a Sabbath But it is surely best to keep the Bible out of the schools and let the teacher teach only what he is competent to explain WINTER TOURIST TICKETS TO TH E SOUTHand SOUTHEASTO- N SALE DAILY VIA QUEEN CRESCENT ROUTE GOOD RETURNING UNTIL MAY 31st 1910 For Pirtlculiw oil on or write 0 Co KINO P T A Male St leilnflton Ky AtWU1l1 1 bJ n I 111111 1 Jj bJI1IUJIJ BIBLE CLASS QUIZ The Philosophical Bible Class Boole Bible Myths and Their byDonnerends the lesson for the day then the Quiz Master begins the Mem ory Training of the class The quizinter receiving a satisfactory ans wer in substance reads the answer in the Quiz Ifn question has been put to three members of the replyIceeds to read that portion of the text covered by the question The question is then again put to the class etc- Singing Cosmian Hymn Book Lesson for Feb 13 1910 chapterChapterQ did the ancient moan by the Queen of Heaven or the Celestial Virgin of the sphereAThe space occupied by our solar system QTell us how Christmas wa celebrated in India theirhonsespresents to friends and relatives QHow is the Christmas sol stice celebrated in China AWith religious solemnities and all shops are shut up courts are closed QWho was born on the 25th theChineseABuddha the son of the Vir gin Maya QThe Persians also had a splendid time the 25th of Decem andSaviorTell us his name AMthrasQWhat the name of th ancient Egyptians Queen of otheirAIsisQWhat does Rigord tell us Egyptinnsthe birth of Christ exhibited infantin the crib at Bethlehem sonottheADecember 25th thGreeksborn anhe25th of December QTellus how Hercules wa Christmastime VChristiansRomeQThe celebrations tookIAChrist Jesus calthedayAThey the InvincibleI public business pendedIus came into Ro wintsolsticeand beg for money shepherddsQ centuriesshepherdsand tiburningmas Eve a custom surviving to dayQ did the ancient Scandinavians celebrate the 25th of De enChristmas ofFreyrFriggthenight ofGreatbrate the solstice aslightedQBut how did the Mexicans DecemberAThey y days following tiChurchD 200 affirms as rank idolatry what customs ADecking the doors with festivdaysthe heathens QWhat have evergreens and garlands and Christmas trees to do with Christianity ASimply nothing QWhat is the Christmas we observe now ATho old Yulefeast which was held by all the Northern na tions from time immemorial QTho greenery and Christ mastrees laden with gifts is unquestionably what AArelic of the symbols of which our heathen forefathers signified their faith in the powers of the returning sun to clothe earth again Q Mr Gibbon speaking of the Christians adopting the 25th of December as the birthday of their god says wha- tAThe Roman Christians ig norant of the real date of his Christs birth fixed the solemn festival of the 25th of December the Brumalia or Winter Solstice when the pagans annually cele brated the birth of Sol MIRACLE WORKERS sByJoel M Berry no record of his mira cles in the Bible but history tells withethe Apostle Peter Others such ns Simon Magnus and Appolonius perdnone any more Peter puts the miracles of Je oneehis comments on the miracles of Peter says The received ac counts of the miracles of Peter are sufficient to exist our aston ishmentthis miracles we find related in the Acts of Peter and Andrew where he is represented as making a camel ao through the eye of a needle The account says Af ter the needle had been brought and all the multitude of the city were standing by to see Peter looked up and saw a camel com ing And he ordered her to be brought Then he fixed the needle in the ground and cried out with namenwas under Pontius Pilate I order thee 0 camel to go through the eye of the needle Then the eye of the needle was opened like a gate and the camel went through it and all the multitude saw it Then the miracle was repeatedonep- ersonOnisephonts who would not believe sent for another aewoman on they went through twice thesconnection with the rich man get ting to Heaven all three of them different of course Matthew youngc etermfcame ing before him etc He Lukwsays was a r who came to Jesus inquiring etc But Jesus tells them all what they should do and that it was eas ier for a camel to go through the eye ofa needle than for a rich amef warere anescan f Jesus replies With men it is im possible but not with God for possibleInter which we gather from the turningeman unto what good thing shall I do that I may live He said unto him 0 man fulfill the law and the prop h ets And he answered Him I have done so Then said he unto him Go sell all thou hast and give to the poor and come follow begstod trotrsagest 7 have flJ11o the law ind tln rophrlp laew thy neighbor as Vbrethrencovered with filth and dying of hunger and thy house is full of many good things and nothing therefrom goeth forth at any time to themg And Jesus turnin himself about said unto Simon his disciple sitting near him mon son of Jonas it is easier for a camel to go through the eye ofn needle than for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of Heaven We now propose in a few words to give our version of the xrt t Mans Origini7 By Dr A Hausntan Alameda California This is the Greatest Book Jmodcrn tim s on the theory of Evolution applied to U will shortly be issued in book form by the Blue Gras Blade making a book of nearly 500 dedicated it to Prof Ernst Haeckel and tl great Jena philosopher has accepted SociologyI S2OO Subscribe Now and Save Money All charges of postage will be prepaid upon advance subscriptions The first chapters are now in the press and publication in book form will immediately follow its serial publication in the blade columns Sv3scribe Now Subscribe Now JAMES E HUGHES Lexington KyRw + 4 whole affairmiracle richman and all- First of allwe will say noth happenedincase there was any truth to be found in the Bible teaching the gettingen But in case Old Peter is en trusted with the keys of the King dom of Heaven and in case he is able to open the eye of a needle so that a camel may go through it with a woman on its back we think he ought to be able to open the gates of Heaven wide enough to let in both rich and poor Let us hope he may do itat least DEATH OF MERTON SONNELS Words of E E Rimbach at the Funeral of This Noted- Freethinker Friends It is one of the saddest the most solemn but sacred duties which we are called upon to face to discharge the last sorrowful rites for our departed dead It is not what true men regard a repugnant but a painful duty We do not shirk what nature has made inevitable We would no mangour fiber of true sentiment But a times strength fails the strongest to meet unflinchingly the shock minecannot of reconciliationSuch friends do we mourn today a loss to account fo which beggars the minds re sources for adequate explanation We can but bow in meek submission that our problem is one the 3mindand senses its inability to place this loss within the harmony of nature so at variance is it with natures plan It is in the economy of nature to remove early and at the outset from the lower forms of life those less fit to en ter upon and pursue the struggle fitrtest to carry out purposes through the period of first growth development and maturity then to enter upon the golden harvest Tis then as with the shock of corn that we feel that lifes func tions have been fulfilled as do we the ships safe return to the harbor from whence it came But how different friends here today He whose loss we mourn was at his prime in full vigor of all his powers and faculties He drank of life with keenest zest The comradeship of his friend- and fellows was something to b shared with supreme relish When lust as all went bright and well the tender thread of life was we but only answer Sonnets was born at Rochester Ohio Lorain county May 17th 1867 where n rural at mosphere offered him full tunity to investigate and com mune with nature so worshipped by him later as a mature man His early life was spent at Amherst 0near which he attended school at Kennedy Corners His adventurous boyish nature first drew him from his home as a sail or For two years after the life at home he was on the Lakes and there an alert and keen perception found ample material to feed a naturally hungry mind At nineteen he entered the employ of the L S M S R R as lo comotive fireman His competency and natural aptitude early won him recognition and at 23 hardly more than a youth he was promoted to assume the responsibil ities of an engineer earning him the distinction of being the young est engineer on this great rail road system In the following year on the 17th day of March 1891 he was united in marriage srowingmourn this loss The severity of the demands of railroad life volving the unexpected calls for service led him to seek duties less irregular and in 1899 he resigned from the position to enter the employ of the National Tube Co with which concern he has been associated for the past ten years Merton Sonnels was a man of rare natural endowments He possessed that clear keen percep tion which instinctively and at once separates fact from fiction This and a gift of logical analysis hitminds own that which is worthy helpful essential and meritorious personaltity a prepossessing manner opened for him a wide circle of quaintanceship led him to those whose association was profitable and brought him to those who felt the need of the fiery enthusiasm hisrHe was an enthusiast He was supremely and intensely enthusi tstic for justice for humanity for brotherhood for fellowship guided always by the light of reason and rational investigation He would make all men free bodily mentally thoroughly H would have them free from the tyrantsof the earth and the en slaving superstitions of the min But as well did he not only the general and acquisition of untrammeled free dom from physical and bondagebut the fullest opportunity for culture leisure the arts and the elevating force- Iris was a wide with the field of worthy fiction the drama the grand symphonic masterpieces Seldom when able did he neglect the opportunity hear the gifted interpreters dr matic andoperatic Often I have heard him with glowing enthusiasm recount some scene in which the great Mansfield Berneaudience to a man For days this mans soul seemed entranced after drinking the i spiration of a great symphony presented so faultlessly as did the great Thomas and his superb band of artists Tho ennobling the inspiring the heroic found denrr sou His was a sensitive spirit Th harsh the depressing the stifling forces in a social texture pained protestIHe faced fearlessly every prob lem with which he was confronted and gave to all about him the sincere expression of his honest vestigation If it were an old tra dition long cherished because the simple had pronounced it vener able which unqualifiedly seemed to him subversive of human happi ness he did not hesitate to overturn it and brand it inhumane As quickly when he felt the elevating and ennobling influences of the aesthetic forces did he seek to infect his fellows with the spiration aroused in him He livedhe enjoyed h- eoughthef died as a man Where human happiness was on trial or sought thpre did his act ivities find their play To enjoy was goodto suffer bad such was the creed he taught And now to keep his wish in this lost snd part we read the words of that great grand soul he loved Ingersolls Oration at broth ers grave concluding the servi ces T C Jefferies Address heavysyour are am afraid that anything that I could say would do but little to dimin ish your awful sorrow or soothe your aching hearts but one great man has said I want to take from every grave its sting While can do but little still I want to help to take from every grave the awful fear which some folks hold and to comfort all can these sorrowing ones here today We are met this afternoon to honor and to care for one who in life we liked to call our friend In all the world there is not a ques speceall no question is more important adn hopre have loved and lost We do not realtwe t believe the dead never know sorrows We think of om friend as resting in quiet and in peace Perhaps we have grown to think of death as a greater terror indeead rest earthly pains and tears and guish then we do say that dent is a great and lasting benefit W cling to those we love and cannot let them go but our aching hearts are comforted by the noble manly life our friend has led by th fight he fought and always whet ins crowned with laurels of justice truth and courage Ho the easy things of life and nave fouled in the great game of existence Our friend is dead but hi influence goes on forever Ire lon ago became a part of us and al wieaway ing his life his love his works will be with us always This good man was not afraid of death and then why should we thatdeaththan life In the sanctuary of eternalesies a future filled with tears and torment for another ceases to be man was human but he struckhimit With his loved and loving headsinBert Sonnels when living fear lessly faced and flayed all forms ofsham hypocrisy and supersti tion and death the great conqueror had little terror for him He rests todny from the fight he so long and so valiantly waged He thereinplace Nobody Who can spread so earnestly and so ably the blessed trospcl of freedom of thought of liberty of conscience We need people of this mans type to hast en the olden dawning of the grander day We have lost a dear comrade but Freedom and Liber ty have lost a dearer This man possessed the courage forcefulthoughts and he was honest 0 how few there are in the world who have the courage of their convictions which this man had abundantly Bert Sonnels has spent his life in trying to teach lesshirOtedstitious havedifferedwe nil must say This man was thisdIn the words of the immortal genius at whose shrine our friend was wont to worship Lifo is a narrow vale between the cold and barren peaks of two tolookaloud nnd the only answer is the pho of our wailing cry From ttnreplyinnin the night of death hope sees heartItcYou Have Been Lien To Valerie IOwl1fr James E BladeThnred that the Blade does nnt en into Your house if so would kindlv RCreceivede II1ndRlo Grass Blndo for 17 years pnnitcne hclieve ofrthnncht and for their henefU wo thAg nllchoir IIII H l H V 1