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Digital page images are linked to the text file. nr GRASS BLADE J Jt LEXINGTON KENTUOKY SUNDAY MARCH 6 1910 No 14 f AIRBANKS Mw FIish1it oy p0- k Eminence Pius IX f4 SigDance of the Popes Refusal t Receive Former Vie President y rHenry Frankf Holy Father insulted TOcatt Republic Does the infusing to receive an American citizen former Jiiileitf Charles W Fair to insinuate that only Catholics shall receive oi the Vatican or such ifisVpiily as first rub oil t Protestantism before if admittance to his sacred 111 j 618 at the present moment religiousir i li d conspicuous member of- l fIIe tl st PiS c Opal Church ndbscended first to receive the onor of a reception at flielimrdB1 j thetli a local church in Rome before Ijppdpesiexalted toe And now r Jj o rUB h to the de h of the Holy Eminence by F7gthat the ono and only J of the Methodists in Ronner- i 4 tosdeflect good Catholics from tijjtholic told inthii 3VlethOd uappen r Lapgl lie lb onO hs xe wino Inittiatetiaui tWars ie f tween the nations to pleaso his variable will is now reduced to so humble a pass that he cannot regulate even the provincial affairs in the immediate vicinage of the Vatican Why indeed should the Methodists or any other Protestant demnoiniuation be so temer ious as to undertake to do homage ifr to the same God whom Catholics- worship under the very brow off the Pope himself and overshadow ed by St Peters sacred dome Archbishop Farley admits that once the Pooo did indeed receive the Protestant Mr Low a dis tinguished citizen of the city of multifarious churches and that Mr Low after receiving the Popes priceless blessing auda ciously addressed a Protestant assembly But then the Archbish op naively comments Had I known that Mr Low intended to present himself to the Protestants after having visited the Pope 1 shouldnot have arranged for his presentation at the Vatican What logical deductions can Protestants draw from this papal attitude but that to be a Protestant in Rome is a crime in the eyes of the Pope and that no mat- t ter how sincerely Protestant one may be anywhere else on earth while in Rome one must not ven ture to assert ones honest relig ious principles Poor old Rip Van Winkle of the centuries Not all time hum of modern civilization has awakened i him from his agelong sleep He does not scent yet to realize that tile temporal power of the Vati t can has vanished that Romes re ligious autocracy is utterly shattered and her priests have no more influence in the affairs of world than Mohammedan muezzins shouted on the floor of the Parisian Bourse that Italy now possesses a free government holly divorced from the false urriage into which the papacy once coerced liner that the gov crnment there as in America per mits tho establishment of all I creeds and churches unhampered by the audacious interference of an autocratic priesthood that there where once the Vatican held unchallenged and universal J f sway even Agnostics Infidels and f Hhoists may assemble and pro claim tho principles for which t once body of Giordano Bruno was consigned to the flames and r that the fair Hypatia torn in t4w Tt4l1r l ia shreds by dogtjof prelates and ravishing priests It is well that this insult to American Protestantism is flaunted tic lace otthe twentieth century ij is well jt was not in the age of Henry S ill or a Fred erick the Great Wars vast and gory aught swiftly have followed jiut tnis is tne age of toleration oven though l ope Pius X hath not yet discerned it Jlow utter ly repulsive tnc attitude of Rome in the Fairbanks incident is may oe instantly perceived if the af rail were transferred to a Prot extant country let us assume that ArchbIShOp Parley was de sirous of beiugjpresented to iiing Ml ward He sets toot on the British isle as a citi zen of America and a subject of the Pope Before being received by king Edward he unwittingly accepts an invitation to preside over a Catholic service or attend a public assembly of Roman wor shipers King Edward is the head of the Anglican church as Pope Pius is time head of the Romish church Now King Edward littering of tile offense whether Totting or u wittingvoa the part pI Arahbi Farley refuees to accdptiii oughanAm6rican c e ones ll pros e assert his papal allegiance before he bent his body at the feet of the British sovereign What would Rome say to such an insult What would Archbishop Farley and the entire Roman Catholic Church in America say Of course the supposed incident is not parallel with that of the Popes rejection of Fairbanks because King Edward is not so dear to God as the Pope is and has not therefore received from heaven the same lofty sanction and authority So Rome thinks but not all the world Thus also Rome insists that hers alone is the only religion worthy of man kind and all other Christian creeds are but false and preten tious imitations And thus for a thousand years and more Rome has determined to proclaim her power and persecute all rivals and opponents And this very modern Fairbanks incident but dearly divulges the ancient ani mus that still rankles in the breast of the Vatican bent on hatred defiance persecution Had Rome the power today she would once more exalt the fagot time thumbscrew time gibbet in the name of religion to burn torture and slay all who opposed her imperious dictum Had she the power she would once more damn humanity to ignorance intellect unl darkness and spiritual gloom substituting religious jargon for scientific lore and meaningless metaphysics or natural philoso phy Had she today the power sire would not only have refused to receive Fairbanks but because of his insolence she would have consigned him to eternal damna tion and cursed his living body with unnameable afflictions She is still thec Harlot of the nations and did she dare she would demoralize the world with her re ligious infamies Time Fairbanks incident is only serious because it compels the stu dent to become reminiscent It snakes him think of the martyrs of Truth who have long lain ac cursed and outraged at the feet of an aristocratic papacy It re calls the long list of unhappy he roes whose blood spilled at the command of tome has stained tho cross of Christ red with shame and inhumanity Once more we behold the flames consuming tho body of Bruno that lit the mind of man to loft t ItIlf 1 Urn J ier pursuits we see the body of Hypatia torn and scattered to the winds that her spirit might be free to inspire epochs still to come We see the solemn figure of Savonarola alone and sublime in tho streets of Florence crumbling at last with the flaming fagots whose roar cannot drown the deathless thunder of his words we see the fiery form of Arnold and Brescia the second Rienzi defiier of the Pope and dreamer of the New Republic who though slain by Adrian lived conqueredinVictor of John Hum the Bo hemian crusader who spurned the papal bull to fall the victim of his courage but to be heard again in Wickliffe and Luther and the triumph of the Reformation Yea Rome such arc the martyrs truth has ever immolated on her sacred altars to shame thy countenance and wrencu from thy palsied arm the bloody sceptre of thy power And that thou art the same to day as when ignorance palled the the world and suffered the blight of thy authority id till too well divulged in the fate of time unhap py yet most glorious martyr who even in this age fell beneath thy reeking sword It is a far leap from modest and insignificant Fairbanks the accidental Vice President of the United States to Francisco Ferrer the last of the universal martyrs But in the dismissal of Fairbanks we may witness a polite and tactful effort to maintain an inglorious though ancient dignity while in the mur der of Ferrer we behold what Rome will do when once again the savage beast leaps from her breast if she thinks herself safely defended by the physical prowess of an obedient government In free Italy Rome dare not more than vulgarly dismiss an Ameri can Protestant from her presence because of the insolence of his re ligious convictions In benighted and obedient Spain 1 c agtiiiiva1rl1i6 tragic horror of her medieval glory and openly slaughters a de fender of truth and liberator of more is the pity that ever an American so humiliated him self as to have courted insult by seeking the presence of a pope The more is the pity that the pri mal spirit of American Independence has so far been forgotten among us that we cringe to ec clesiastical pomp in order to gain political power If American Protestantism has not sunk to the lowest depths of flabby cowardice and sycophantic obsequiousness it will resent this papal insult with fervid and ro bustious protest All Europe has taken to heart the lesson that Ro manism has taught it in the past From every government of con sequence has Rome been driven till she lies now shivering and in terror within the narrow confines of the Vatican None but the most menial and ignorant of the nations still upholds and adores her She has been spewed out of tho mouth of human enlightenment and progressive civiliza tionYet strange to say she still believes that her last and most buoy ant hope lies in time ultimate devo tion and support of the American people Time old harlot castoff mistress of the crowns of Europe actually looks with coquettish eyes to time young and lustful na tion that thrives on this Western continent hoping to allure win and embrace it for her final glory and resuscitation- Let America beware Let Co lumbia look to her liberty If Rome procures an entering wedge into the temple of our freedom she may cause it to be the temple of our freedom she may cause it to be rent to its foundations and bring to our posterity time heri tage of mental stupor and relig ious degradation The Fairbanks incident is very slight affair but we have long learned that a little cloud no bigger than a mans hand may be the herald of approaching storm Vigilance is the price of liberty If American religionists American Protestants are dere liet to their duty or so purblind they cannot discern the approach ing danger it remains for lovers of liberty all Freethinkers and searchers after truth to hoist L dUl high the storm signals along the shore ways of freedom that all of her mariners may be well fore warned and guard themselves against the unfavoring elements Rome has never been the friend of light and liberty truth and progress knowledge or natural discovery America is dedicated to none other than the God of human rights religious liberty and independent thought Who ever is opposed to these princi ples is the enemy of America and no American need fear to pro claim those principles whether at home or under the shadow of the Vatican Rome must yet learn that American citizens wherever they be stand for those princi ples of winch our flag is the most symbol nor is he a true citizenof America who for the sake of papal recognition hides his convictions or bends a suppliant knee for sycophantic favor If Rome allows no room in Italy for freedom and religious con victiop there should be no room in America for popery or for the invasion of our political eduea tional and secular institutions by papal reactionists or Romanistic marplotsIf fears Protestants in Catholic Italy why should not Co lumbia fear Catholics in Protestant America If Rome fears that Protestants will capture her young why are we so heedless of Romes conquest of our youths ThE hand of Rome threatens to blight the vigor of our common schools and darken the glory of our national mission So long as Rome is time nurse of ignorance the foe of liberty and the scourge of progress she need not hope to build a new Vatican on the shores of free America Th papal slight of an Ameri can citizen because of his courtesy to his native church in the city of the ancient harlot should open the eyes of all America to the dangers that lurk in the march of Roman prowess on American soil URIAISM By lit tI in First Presi- eit tterialistAssniation f Mwenflitai is the science of niattto ature of the universe of everything If a God would mini esf himself in the sky if a rev among the wore atragedies vices and crirn if would demon- tra their identity Materialists woul instantly and cheerfully acknowledge their existence and add m to the category of tile wor to demonstrated know edgi It is truth we are after Materialism is the science of all scienpes of all cerifiable facts of e of all real phenomena of time onstant modes and opera tion of matter of the underlying reality of all existence It deals only with what we know directly mpirically and analogically and which the scientists of the world can corroborate Materialism means nature only not nature and a God not na ture and an overruling Power Mind or Providence not nature and some spook but simply tt the great infinite aggregate of natteronly this and nothing more It does not imply Dualism but Mom ism in its most radical con ception viz Nothing exists but Remove matter from the universe and naught but blank vacuity remainsremove Gods devils souls and spirits and all nature continues serenely in its eternal status quo Ilterialism is an unassailable as as invulnerable as Gibraltar It is pre fathematieS the science of knoweldge the goal whither sciences are drifting To down Materialism we must first obliterate time uni ver e Materialists do not claim infallibility we know we do not know it all we fully recognize the many mysteries of existence both and psychical but phelpotencieslgrotesque spook of which we and l l 7 J lLU NEW TRICKS j i To Bleed the LongSuffer- ing Faithful I Churches Wedging Closer Together in Their HoldUp for Graft and the Spoils Some years ago the religious sects of New York organized what they call A State Conference oft Religious In these conferences Protestants and Catholics meet and dicker and connive and di vide up privileges that is their graft from the State to which they have no more right than a common burglar- It is worked this way If the Protestants want some privilege they will agree not to interfere with the Catholic demand for a large appropriation for Indian Education Each understands the other and leave each other alone in their burglarious operations and so all down along the line Time Catholics have thus gotten a division of the school funds in New York and are attempting time same everywhere else where they are strong Some years ago it was a trick of Catholics to fight those of our public schools in which the Bible was read Then after man aging to get the Bible kicked out they would lambast and damn the schools for being godless They have dropped that oldI trick and now have taken up this new one of joining the Protestants b yxtlrion sib poem lid 0 amid OlaUiJJlW d lB the cj lI7 The Catholic 1 nov wiJQi g let poor old God and the Bible back in the schools if tho Protestants will not fight them in thehJ demand for a division of the school funds The New York plan of a State Conference of Religions is now being proposed among the clergy of Ohio The Ohio State Journal Colum bus reports the following Some days ago Rev Father Howard secretary general of the Catholic Educational Association at a called meeting of the Protestant ministers of Columbus made an elaborate argument in favor of the division of the public school fund among the churches as the only way in which religious in struction can be given along with the secular in our schools The adddress was reported in full in Time Catholic Columbian of Feb 12th The argument was said to have made a favorable im pression upon the Protestant min isters It was along familiar lines No sound morality separate ifrom religion and the religion must be of the orthodox Christian brand If this country is to endure asan enlightened and civilized community the youth of the land must be duly inoculated and kept yith in the fold till maturity Oiu public schools are now without a God and consequently are breeders of atheism and anarchya connt menace to all our tutions beneficentin4ti jllnighstance inasmuch as we behold a Jesuit priest addressing a Protestant ministers association and they regarding his propositions most favorably Father Howard says that ttlme religion must be of the orthoaox brand and the youth of the land TlielProtestantset of mule heads in all jacknM dom if they cant see that the Jes uit will profit most in the division of the school fund tho same time the Jesuit thaarguestoboggan all along the linerand it is to the interests of ProtestauS Ir 1 JC v ism as well as Catholicism to J come to some kind of compromise understanding by wlTch they f can maintain their prestige r The graft obtained by scaring f people with the threat of hell is about played out They mustthave money and the state is intended victim which they would use to make Christians of children not men and citizens What do they care for the ions and rights of Jews opinIians Freethinkers Agnostics the great body of the iudiuerent to Christianity What do they care for our constitutional laws which specifically forbid time engagement of the government under any pretense in the relig Jlikeatheism But they will fail There never was a band of thieves but which in time did not fall out over their plunder and went to knifing each otherWhen Catholics and Protestants each hating each other worse than either hate Freethought and common sense have to come to r gether in mutual defense of their grafting it exposes the despera tahiehamthgdxiPIiin r syiP i tem dominated by 50 different churches each differing from and1isecretly jealous of and hating the other Could the inmates of any madhouse propose anything more nondemocratic and impracticable J B W KANSAS CITY PASTOR THINKS MEN WORSHIP BETTER IF WIVES AWAY Kansas City Mo Feb 17Be lieving that men will feel more at home in church if the women do not worship with them the Rev Trigg A M Thomas pastor of the Eastminster Presbyterian Church of this city has arranged to have the men and women of the congregation meet in separate rooms at the weekly prayer meet ingsI do not intend to separate my regular Sunday congrega tions said the Rev Mr Thomas last night because that service is a meeting for the enlightenment of time people on the Bible by the minister But the Wednesday evening prayer meeting is for holding hearttoheart talks on the Bible and subjects of religion- A man can sit by his wife and listen to a sermon but when it conies his turn to talk in the prayer meeting he is silent What I want to do is to get the men to talk on religion and I think I have solved the problem in the separation of the men from time women llr T Alex Baxter for many years with the Chamberlain Ho tel of Old Point Virginia has been appointed manager of the White Sulphur Springs on the Chesapeake Ohio Railway This famous old resort is being practically remodeled for the coming season and an army of workmen is now engaged in putting it in comfortable condition for the season beginning June 15 The ground 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give it dignity and standing more than firmly to establish in the American mind that Lincoln was a Liberal and a Free thinker Since the article is already setup the pamphlet can be gotten out at a reasonable cost We will hold the type till we get an ex pression from our readers We can print 10000 copies for 12000 these to be sent on receipt of pay ment of one cent each for postage This of course will require dona tions on the part of our readers We want to be assured of the first cost before we begin It will re quire a lot of labor to wrap and mail the pamphlets and our profits will be small This question of Lincolns relig ion will be agitated yearly and often between times and everyone ought to have a handy document for reference touching upon the truth of this matter We believe that those who can afford it will give a favorable response Remember the proposi tion is to send pamphlets FREE charging one cent each for post age Le us hear from those who favor this proposition at once The Blade is glad to announce that plans which have been form ing since January 1are about consummated Under these plans we shall have associated with us in directing the editorial policy of leadingTAberalists We are in a position to give you every assurance that The Blade will be steadily improved from week to week and that it will take its place as the leading lib 1 eral weekly in the country We are very grateful to our subscribers for their continued confidence during our lute trim bles Wo have had to say things we did not like to say but which- seemed necessary to be said to correct false impressions that had gone out Our every effort will be lent in the future to make the paper brighter better and more welcome and to merit the good wishes that have been showered upon us from everywhere We at KeiHiickians to the manor bor and in Kentucky thank you means as much as could be expressed in a volume of finished diction and rounded periods The following letter was received from one of the most prominent free thinkers in the country a prominent journalist whose name is withheld but can be fur nished to any reader who desires it When informed by Charles worth that you were going to end the existence of the Blade I nat orally went to him with support for a new paper believing that free thought papers must an should be supported for the common good and the progress of th would But when I found his statement was not in accord with facts I hoped you would succeed in keeping The Blade going an- do d yet I regret the fiction that exists between you and do not approve of his efforts to injure you and the work you are doing and I therefore read Hausmans letter with as much pleasure it probably gave you for it shows a sense of justice and fair dealing that was to be expected ofa man of his character and ability As a Free Thinker whose heart and soul is in the cause of mental freedom I have not forgotten what th Free Thought movement is in debted to for work and sacri fices on your part and I sincerely hope that you will have all the fi nancial support needed to moon expenses and that nothing will occur to end your usefulness a a factor in fighting priestcraft Success and prosperity to you and though you and Charlesworth cannot agree and work together I hope you will both devote your time to fighting the common enc my and not each other ADMITS THAT JESUS CHRIST EXISTED BERLIN February 26All Germany is discussing a series of lectures followed by candidly worded debates as to the person ality of Jesus The lecturer Prof Dr Arthur Drews is a Monist a school of materialists widely spread throughout Germany and his lec tures are drawing large crowds to the Zoological Gardens where they are being delivered The papers with an editorial audae ity few American newspaper pro prietors would approve print same heading over the reports of the lectures Did Jesus Live The whole subject is being treated both by Dr Drews and his clerical and lay commentators in a strictly scientific spirit which keeps steadily to historical inves tigation the problem set forth being as to the historical value of the evidence available or prov ing that Jesus as known to the Christian theology ever really existed Dr Drews conclusion is that Jesus though he existed is no Godmade God but a manmade God and made out ofa mixture of ideas which were current among the Babylonians Persians Jews and Greeks of the centuries immediately preceding Christ It is to the Apostle Paul that Dr Drews like Edward Van Hart mann before him attributes the currency of Christianity though Jesus himself was unknown to Paul as the apostle himselfad mits and though the Christian developedlongexisted 4 It dont require any faith to be lieve the truth It nnyhelpFaith without works is dead So says the book So do the works first then no faith is need He that cant believe a lie without faith Cant believe the truth with it- LNB LINCOLNS RELIGION The Clergys Claim That He Was a Christian Physicianr Dr J B Wilson in Cincinnati Commercial Tribune There arc few things considered of greater importance in a great mans life than his religion If a man is religious if lie believes if he be a Christian and therefore eligible to salvation and eternal happiness ho is regarded as a good man though he be corrupt at and rotten to the core IIIf he disbelieves if he opposes the Christian sway over the thoughehe be honest and moral and one of greatest re formers Somebody ought to tell the truth and keep telling it about Lincolns religion Just at this time when the anniversary of his birth is being celebrated and the papers are full of him it is all the more important that the truth should stand alongside the falsehoods being spread concerning his religious views Encyclopedias and histories artfully suppress the facts of this particular phase of his character Children are being stuffed at school and at Sunday school with instances of his amazing piety and of his profuse and excessive reverence- for the bloodthirsty Jewish Jehovah Newspapers are continually printing long articles about him detailing his Christian virtues and his simple childlike- t faith Preachers everywhere are rubbing holy ointment into hiss gaunt and bony frame in a desperate endeavor to round him out into A little fat oily man of God They hold memorial meetings in their churches and in their sermons deify the Christian character of this man who wrote a book for the purpose of proving the falsity of the Christian claims and of demonstrating that the Bible is not the word of God But piety never stops even at the preposterous Thus the mind of the child and that of the nonreading public and of the foreigner who comes to our shores are all misdirected on this matter of Lincolns faith Why do the clergy thus try to tincan themselves to Lin coIns coattails knowing as they must that he never joined church and that he seldom went to church and that he openly said time and time again that he could not subscribe to the principal Christian dogmas and that he had no use for theo logians and theology Why are they now claiming this un believer and heretic I will tell you why Lincoln is the greatest historical character in this country and they cant afford to lose him They cant afford to let the world know that this Colossus among men was a Freethinker and Deist Keenly they ob serve that the people of this country have adopted Lincoln as the model American and that Rationalism may not pros eper and that Christianity may not suffer it is up to them to make a Christian out of this infidel and this they are trying to do with all the chicanery characteristic of the Christian conscience So I say since they are continually falsifying about Lin colns religion some one ouoght to be continually telling the truth about it For one hundred years the clergy did their best in their attempt to defame the memory of Thomas Paine It has taken fifty years of persistent hard work on the part of Liberals- to rescue his reputation from their lying lips It will also require many years of good hard work to lift the free and independent soul of Lincoln out of the muck and mire of superstition into which he has been plunged Just as they falsely attempted to blast the character of Paine and disown him now as falsely they are attempting to make a Christian of Lincoln and claim him Why sliQuld they damn the one and claim the other Simply because Lin coln through the opportunity of office became a great popu lar idol which they perceived could not be overthrown by theI cry of heretic Well they knew the deadening effect to have this great popular idol and hero pointed to as aSdis believer and repudiator yf the chief tenants of the Chris tian system so they lead t claim him Would they have dOQeI so had he remained in pr vate life and been less a hero What are the facts in this case They lay much stress upon the fact that Lincor was a great Bible reader Certainly That was about sll he had to read in his youthand to church was his only p ace to go All statesmen of those days for the same reaso were posted on the Bible Vllenj they had anything else tof read they dropped it Statesmen of today know little of tile Bible and care less They lmveJ other things to read and think about Because Lincoln studied the Bible is no sign of his believing it but rather the opposite for no thinking unprejudiced person can read the Bible and believe it In 1834 Paines Age of Reason and Volneys RuinsI fell into his hands and wade a great impression upon him Being well posted on the Bible ho conceived the idea of writing his own individual viows which lIe did and of which het was very proud William L Herndon hi law partner saidThe purpose of Lincolns Book on the Bible was to demonstrate first that the Bible was not Gods revelation and second that Jesus was not the son of God Herndon a Freethinker himself remonstrated against its onlyhurtfuture which was bright at that time His friend Samuel Hill likewise remonstrated with him but to no use Seeing that Lincoln was obstinate about it Hill one day when Lin longtimepity that Hill or Herndon did not take this manuscript and hide it instead of burning it Suppose it had been withheld until now when Lincoln has become the idol of the world f Who can estimate the influence it would have in crushing and and intellectual cowardice out of 11brightestSuppose it were here to face the clergy today would theyddare to misrepresent and claim him as they doTtAll histories of Lincoln say that he frequently attended church in Springfield with his wife also at Washington Poli ticians still do the same Because a nonchurch member goes l gotoften that I do I hear wise as well as foolish things said there and to the extent that tho church is ethical not dog matical it is not a bad place to go Again men through marriage get caught in the web of superstition and for sake of peace in the family have toIdonkey to it The number of people who go to church for business political social and domestic reasons were they all known would stagger the clergy The church is full of embryo infidels all the time It is making more infidels today than it is making Christians There is where the infidel i lived at a time when everybody were jiners The great question is if he were a Christian why didnt he own to it and join church If he was a meek prayerful creature as so many state strange he was never seen pray ing with praying people Most of Lincolns biographies which make Lincoln to be as the writer would have him be declare that he was a man of prayer But one person only can I find who says that he saw and heard Lincoln prayso he couldnt have had the habit very bad A preacher up in New York State gives out that on a call at the White House and when leaving the President Out in our country it is customary to invite the saidIpray when he calls and then asked him to engage in and both fell on their knees then and there and asked Divine Blessing We have this preachers unsustained word for this very unlikely story If Lincoln had invited all the preachers to pray who called on him there would have been a continuous prayermeeting in the White House andno time for business But even supppse he did pray and that he believed in a God still that dont make a Christian of him no more than it makes a Buddhist of him which sect also believes in God and prays There is no evidence whatever that Lincoln believed in or even referred to the Christians Giod the Jewish SupremePowerthe Theyhalfwaytheir special brand of varnish they have Old Abe polished up and transformed into a glorified Christian saint Lincoln was often outspoken against the clergy charging them with twisting the words of Christ to suit their own doctrines which he said was blasphemy At one time there was a big revival in Springfield led by an eminent clergyman who had set the whole town afire Lincoln being a notable absentee was frequently invited to attend Finally he told them that he lied no confidence in the ministerthat he was incompetent and that he wouldnot trust his advice even in an ordinary business transaction and he couldnt see how they could take his advice on such an important matter as the salvation of their souls These remarks were spread rapidly and of course largely magnified and Lincoln became a marked man His infidelity had already leaked out and this confirmed it In those days it was the most shocking of all things to be a sceptic or Freethinker and to criticise the parson was to profane the Almighty Himself scepticismisters of Springfield only three were for him Mr Newton Batenian President of Public Instruction called on Lincoln to discuss the dilemma The charge of infidelity was being rapidly spread all over the country Mr Bateman said Mr Lincoln I am not a ChristilUliGod knows I would be but I have carefully read the Bible and do not so understand the book These clergymen know I am for the freedom of the terri toriesfor reeddjn everywhere so far as tho constitution permits and they know that my opponents are for slavery theylireAll this is mighty interesting in view of the fact that they are now claiming as a Christian a man who said IJam not a Christian Mr Bateman who reports this was n isfurthermen regard Lincoln dead and how the regarded him alive destroytinewardrownedwouldnthaveoft mentioned warm place inhepremium upon evil doing Nor did he have faith deathbed repentance Jnor in infant damnation nor sanetifieai LJi Il I J J jhJ i tion nor hi miracles declaring that tho Supreme Power demonstrated itself through order and method and not by viola tions of naturos laws Much other of Christian dogma dear to time Christian heart he repudiated Ono of the severest criticisms he made was the following in reply to the frequent question asked him Why ho didnt join church lie said Whenever a church will inscribe over its altar as a qualification for membership the Saviors statement of the substance of the law and gospelThou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart and with all thy souland with all thy mind and thy neighbor as thy self that church will 1 join with all my heart and soul 1Ifthis means anything at all it means that in Lincolns there wasnt a church in existence in which Chris tians loved God with all their minds and souls and their neigh rbor as themselvesas Christians profess to do and there was likelihood of there being such a church Consequently he was safe in saying he would join such a church While his words are diplomatic they are in fact a severe arraignment of Christian belief and practice and in face of this stinging rebuke Christianity today is making itself laughable in ts attempts to bedfellow with Old Abe Mr Herndon his law partner who states that Lincoln was l an avowedsceptica Deist of the Paine class of thinkers says that Lincoln once told him that all the creed he had was that of an old man named Glenn whom he heard speak at an experience meeting When I do good said the old man I feel good and when I do bad I feel bad and that said Lincoln tis my religion After Lincoln got into the swim of politics and went to Washington like a good politician he became like St Paul all things to all men on those matters involving their prejudicies Lincoln knew men and human nature Ho was one of the greatest of diplomats and as sleek a politician as ever lived I He had a great war on his hands daily growing in dimensions He had no time to bother with petty religious and other delegations which constantly beseiged him with their whimper ings and fault findings and conflicting advices He apparently agreed with all and sent them away feeling good and then went about his business as though they had not been there But on one occasion his patience was tested A delegation of three hundred ministers called upon him urging him to proclaim the freedom of slaves They even went so far as to tell him that God had revealed to them that it was His will that he Lincoln make this proclamation Lincoln replied If it be probable that God would reveal I his will to others on a point so connected with my duty it might be supposed that he would reveal it to me directly and so dismissed them in a jiffy whereupon arose a mighty howl in Israel Lincoln had not only the South and the scheming govern ments of the old world including the Roman Church to deal with but many secret and treacherous antagonisms in the North He could not afford to make a single enemy in the North When Quakers Baptists Methodists and all the rest waited upon him and told him that their prayers were with him he thanked them for their prayers and even asked them to pray for him or at least they said he asked them If I had been in his place I would have done the same I would have kept the best brand of sacred soothing syrup on hands for all such visitors Lincoln confessed to Wendel Phillips and others that he had to use every art of diplomacy in managing the many political f and religious discontents and factions in the North none of which knew the inside state of affairs but all of which wanted to run the war their way That Lincoln did not trust to prayer is evidenced by these wordsBoth read the same Bible and pray to the same God and each invokes his aid against the other Neither prayers have been answered An all powerful God could stop the war if he wanted to still the contest proceeds What is to be is to be and no prayers of ours can arrest the decree No one knew better than Lincoln that success depended upon management money patriotism and men The coddling Lincoln gave all the many Christian delega tions that often annoyed him no doubt impressed many of them that he had grown to be a regular HardShell and accounts for the many stories afloat of his Christian belief He had to do it With the responsibility of such a war on his hands there was no time for any other consideration The war was paramount and Lincoln needed every man for a friendAs the war grew and the burden became heavier it is noticeable in all of his state papers and addresses he began to give greater recognition to the Supreme Power In state craft however this is a kind of a habit handed down to us from the Kings of the earth It is like our oath with the So help me God attachment Not one person in a thousand ever thinks about God when taking it Just as thoughtlessly and indifferently the Lord is shoved into party platforms and state papers Just how much of this was habit and diplomacy with Lin coIn there is no means of knowing Anyhow we observe Lincoln speaking of himself as an humble instrument in the hands of Providence and using such expressions as these If God wills If it be the pleasure of Almighty God As God gives us to see the right thus acknowledging a Supreme Power But this remember is in no way a recog nition of the Christian religion The Deists Paine and Vol ney who had such a powerful influence upon Lincolns belief were the very firmest believers in a Personal God It is a well known fact that many of Lincolns addresses and state papers have been garbled giving God recognition when Lincoln never mentioned the name of God In his famous Gettysburg speech God was not mentioned Now as it is generally given out it is made to readThat this nation under God shall have a new birth of freedom etc It is thus they have doctored the dead Likewise in his Emancipation Proclamation in the orig sugYrIshould ou L J Vt + TTT + + + 4 + + + ttt+ 19091909 y i Blue Grass Blade Bound Volume i A Containing Fifty tVvo Copies of The Blade and all handsomely bound in Blue Buckram with gold letters AA 300 reduced from last years price 300 A iSubscribe NOW and get your name on the list in time A 1A STILL BETTER OFFER 1I+ For Five New Subscribers For Five New Subscribers A A We will send ONE COPY of the Bound VolumeAY iFREE OF COST A To any person sending us five nsw subscribers in one club at the regular rates before Dec 31 1909 tTHE CLUB IS PREFERABLE GET UP ONE SECURE A COPY FREEA2 A BLUE GRASS BLADE Lexington Kyi+zif P M H M I i M H I HlgHj t + t + sa+ Jt + t + what you think ought to be said which Chase did andso the Lord of all the stupendous universe didnt get left He went in the Proclamation just as Chase put Him in Lincoln was too good a politican to haggle about the Lord just at that timeIt is also well known that Lincoln at times inclined to the belief of Spiritualism and consulted mediums with members of his cabinet With all his greatness he had his superstitions and was very much a human being Summed up Lincoln was a Deist to the end of his days He believed ina Personal God He never belonged to any churchor subscribed to any creed His awful position and responsibility made him feel at times that he was an instru ment in the hands of a Divine Providence In his days of greatest discouragement when he knew not whom to trust not even those around him when mentally fagged and hardly a shadow of his former self he may have fallen on his knees ina moment of weakness and prayed as has been stated of him But let him speak for himself His own words will best convey his position and here they are I have never united with any church because I found difficulty in giving my consent without mental reservation to the long complicated statements of Christian doctrine which characterize the articles of belief and the usual confession of faith The Bible is not my book nor Christianity my profession I am not a Christian- If the Christian hell be true and that most of mankind go to it to burn forever and ever then man should have no other duty no occupation or object but to pray pray unceasingly pray to keep out of it But there is no hell If God be a just God all will be saved or none Shortly before he died lIe said My earlier views of the unsoundness of the Christian scheme of salvation and the human origin of the scriptures have become clearer and stronger with advancing years and I see no reason for think ing I shall change them From this I infer that had he lived in his later years he would have resurrected the thoughts that Wells threw into the fire and thus taken his stand beside the greatest and most progressive thinkers of all the ages and so rounded out his most remarkable career The statement of Mrs Lincoln is as follows Mr Lincoln had no hope and no faith in the usual acceptance of the wordsHis son Robert Herndon his law partner and Hay his semretary and biographer verify the same For what I say here I refer the reader to the Life of Lincoln by Nicolay and Hay his private secretaries and to other biographers who record the testimonies of those closest to Lincoln and who know him best In the face of all this which is well known to all who study Lincoln how can ministers and Christian writers even par tially claim him as their own If he had been a plain man in private life would they claim him as they do If he had not been a great historical and idealcharacter and martyr would they make any claims upon him at all f Not a bit of it Instead of claiming him they would be damning his memory for his unbelief and his soul today would be sizzling in hell In the language of Lincoln himself how can men and women trust such an important matter as the salvation of their souls to those who either conceal misrepresent or fora a return of the days of miracles and even apprehend What every honest man wants to know about a great his torical character is the man as he wasbeliefs and disbeliefs virtues faults and all instead of what other people who come after him think that he ought to have been or as they would like to have him be The Christian clergy in thus honoring Lincoln as a Christian make themselves ridiculous in the eyes of the many who know that he wrote that book and later openly denounced all the chief tenets of the Chris tian faith They not only make liars and hypocrites of themselves but would try to make a liar and hypocrite of Lincoln If Christians succeed in making a Christian of a dead man who was never a Christian when a 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these vagaries Our astronomers with their lenses have traversed space or trillions of miles their photo plates have revealed cosmic bodies beyond number but such beings and calities as Gods devils souls spirits a heaven a hell or spirit abodes have not been discovered nor made a solitary impression upon the little sensitive plate which cannot tell a lie Where are the Gods devils hell and heavens immortal souls and spir itworldsAll are absurd and when defined all analytica minds become atheisticalto the gods of others Gods souls and spirits must be living organic beings or there are none Inorganic air clouds fluids gases electricity or dust can never assume the form and possess the attributes and func tions of a human or Divine be ing Without flesh blood bones organs nervous system and brain allmaterial objectswe could not even conceive a God nor rec ognize our dear ones after death But living organic beings are subject to the inexorable law oi nature that organic life is im possible within interstellar space Life from this world can never reach our nearest planet or satel lite Less than ten miles above our earth all organic life ceases and Gods souls or spirits venturing therein would either be incin erated or congealed into an icicle We know there is no God be cause there is no need of one Matter is force physical and chemicalforce is matter Tyn dall said Matter is not that empty capacity which theologians have pictured it but the univer sal mother who brings forth all things as the fruit of her own womb Nature is seen to do all things spontaneously without the meddling of the gods We know there is no God because He is not here there nor anywhere Because the personal pronoun implies personality this organic structure and animal life Is God an animal Think of a God creating men and mice on this planet his other parts millions and trillions of miles away among incandescent soar ing cosmic bodies so vast and nu merous as to be utterly incompre hensibleWe there is no God be cause life cannot exist in inter stellar space because nature is eternal and needs no creator cause nature is an infinite entity and monopolizes all space crowds out all other entities because it is an infantile concep tion that a single being factor or mind could plan cause create and control a la artificer the colossal aggregation of an infinite universe because our astronomers have taken an inventory of all existing things but the God supposed to be everywhere has not been found It cannot possibly be a mani festation of bigotry or an arrogant assumption of superiority frankly and plainly to affirm that there is no God and that there are no spirits because of the to tality of our knowledgeall facts and evidence point directly that way and prove it A negation is always in order unless the affir mation can be established But to affirm that there is a God and that a dual man emerges from a dying man capable of surviving during eternity when after thou sands of years of asseveration proof has not been forthcoming this I insist cannot possibly be defined correctly only as the grossest arrogance BIBLE CLASS QUIZ The Philosophical Bible Class Book Bible Myths and Their Parallels in Other Religions by Doane The Class Reader first reads the lesson for the day then the Quiz Master begins the Mem ory Training of the class The reader silently follows the quiz in the text The Quiz Master af ter receiving a satisfactory an swer in substance reads the an swer in the Quiz If a question has been put to three members of the class without a satisfactory reply the reader without request lL proceeds to read that portion oi the text covered by the question The question is then again put to the class etc Singing Cosmian Hymn Book Lesson for March 13 1910 Paganism and Christianity Chapter xxxvi to page 390 Q 1Why is that which is called Christianity nothing more than the religion of Paganism ABecause the essentials of Christianity was essentials of Pa ganism all over the world fron prehistoric times Q 2 Is there any essential difference between the so called Apostles Creed and the creed of ancient Pagans ANo Qr3What fables are told about the origin of the Apostle Creed AAmbrose affirmed that the twelve apostles as skilled artific ers assembled together and mad a key by their common advice that is the creed by which tile darkness of the devil is disclosed that the light of Christ may appear Others fable that ever Apostle inserted an article ty which the Creed is divided into twelve articles- Q 4The earliest account of this Apostles Creed is given to us by whom and when ABy Ruffinus an historica compiler of the fourth century- Q 5When was the following sentence added to the Creed He descended into Hell AAfter 600 A QIDid the Pagans have old fables of The war in Heaven AYes Q 7Is there any essential dif ference between the Pagan fable of The War in Heaven and that told by the Christians ANoQ What was the proper name of Satan when he was in heaven and how many wings did he have Aleis proper name was Sam mael and he had six wings Q 9About what time was Satan driven out of heaven AAfter he led Adam and Eve into sin Q 10 What was Satans business when he was in heaven Alie was the chief among the angels of God Q llWhat business is he in nowAHe is prince among the devilsQ 12Please tell us about the different names or decorations be stowed upon him by the clergy after his promotion to prince AThe Old Serpent The Unclean Spirit Satan Le viathan and Asael Q 13What is the name of Hindoos evil spirits and what of their prince AThe spirits are called Raks hasas and the name of their prince is Ravana- Q HPlease give the names of the various people having The War In Heaven fable AThe ancient Egyptians the Persians the Assyrians the an cient Mexicans and the natives of the Caroline Island N P OceanQ 15The Hindoo idea of a soul and body was what AThat a man had three principles the soul the invisible body and the material body Q 16 Please state how the soul appeared after death AThe soul clothed in the in visible body went to enjoy paradise for a season or suffer in hell till its sins were expiated- Q 17 Where was paradise lo catedABy some it was supposed to be a part of the lower world others placed it in a one in the air some on the moon and others in faroff isles of the Ocean Q 18What became of those who could go to neither paradise nor hell A They wandered in vast for ests between the two places un til they were purified from their 19This probation period- of the soul is handed down to us by whom and how ABy the Roman Catholic idea of Purgatory- Q 20 History tells us what concerning mans belief in the existence of the soul after death AThat man was always ac sustomed to address prayers to the spirits of their ancestors- Q 21 What is said concerning the condition of these heaven and hells in different countries AThey vary according to the likes and dislikes of each na 22What is said of all Teutonic nations in regard to their eaven and hell AThat they held to a fixed eaven and hell where the valiant were rewarded and the cowards punished f I + + + + + N N Mans Origin and DestinySBy Dr A Hausrnan Alameda CaliforniatThis is the Greatest Book ofjmodern times on the theory of Evolution applied to Sociology It will shortly be issued in book form by the Blue Gras Blade making a book of nearly 500 pages The author dedicated it to Prof Ernst Haeckel and tl a great Jena philosopher has accepted the dedication basi 200 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 Suoscribe Now Subscribe Now KytJAMES E HUGHES Lexington NHN N N N N H N N H N N N N N 6 N N Nge e e MNUNDERSTANDING Let every man judge for him self benefits are promoted evils are prevented by understanding People of one idea frequently endeavor to traduce all others forgetful that their idea when popularized will prove no better than the people who substitute present system for the new We hear Christians denounce the Turk both berate Buddhism and Socialists denounce all relig ions as well as prevailing politi cal systems past or present The world is well stocked with printing plants more anxious to publish improved methods than to denounce Opportunities are open and people are waiting ready to adopt anything which shows prospect for their improvement so the proper caper is to advocate the good common to the various sytems eliminate their evils and practice the virtues rec ognized essential to human happi ness by all people everywhere Two items would seem to be a fitting creed to guide the mind of mankind Never denounce another for his opinions and Never punish an innocent person for the ignorance or evil deeds of others One of the oldest systems of mind culture or religion that has survived the ravages of time is Buddhism men unfamiliar with the Buddhistic philosophy strive to belittle it as they do anything they are incapable of comprehending They observe the frailties of mankind and the vagaries of lead ership and mistake these for es sentials of a system that wise men have bequeathed to us The essential features of any system must be couched in words and demonstrated in terms of human conduct If we misconstrue the words if results in fallacious con duct and those who are capable only of interpreting conduct can have no conception of the real enunciatIedunIderstanding the evil consequences hence our duty is to interpret to enlighten ourselves so as to be able to free the minds imperiled- It is no less needful to under stand the research work of qthers as to interpret nature itself Suffering as well as salvation says the Buddha depends upon thine own doings ilt is a religion which knows no supernatural revelation Believe a thing if it agrees with your rea son investigation and practical knowledge This also is the doctrine of the Christian Bible of course our translators have in jected spurious words sentences and thereby different doctrines but they are of no authority with careful readers The fact that the New Testa ment is composed of extracts From other systems is stated as wisemen from the east coming to worship at the cradle of the in fant system Buddhism Judaism etc are these wise men spok ofReally Genesis is the only part which deserves serious conijider ition for the other s the Old Testament are comments illustrative or desultory readings from other literature q Genesis is the foundation of all religious writings There is no authority in Genesis for the wore God or our acquired ideas of God Elohim signifies the FORCES of NATURE Adam is a name of the human mind while Eve rep resents imagination that some times leads the mind into evi thinking which is sin and imagination becomes the mother of Jehovah or Reason througl which we are enabled to avoid evil thinking and its conse is called by several names because when a scientific term becomes of common use the popular uuculture changes its meaning which is tedeous Thus Jehovah Joseph Joshua Buddha Logos and Jesus as well as other words stand for Reason in fact Reason is the God of all religious systems and the state of culture of a people determine the nature of its God i e the character of itsReasonThe authors of Genesis were more capable philosophers and psychologists than their modern interpreters who seen unable to understand that whicl is incapable of a wrong applica tion without serious conse quencesIf care to follow the mat ter we will find that Cain is self ishness Abel is sympathy and Seth is honesty or business integ rity of Whom more is said than he lit out at the earliest oppor of the old is John the Baptist of the new Aaron of the old is the Holy Ghost of the new Joshua of Exodus is Jesus oj the new testament Abel of Gen esis Miriam who provides for Moses and Mary the mother oi Jesus are the same word both meaning their rebellion the golden rule if others are wrong they suffer I may not force oth ers to do right When Miriam rejoices at the downfall of the enemy she be comes a leper just as the golden rule becomes hideous as interpreted by Christians Moses and John the Baptist represent conscience disapproving and the Holy Ghost show conscience approving right Joshua and Jesus represent Reason directing the mental fac ulties in the journey of life The ancients observing that con science as a creature of education was an unsafe guide placed au thority with Joshua and Jesus indicating the character of rea son by these i e Reason in the manner method and conduct of its production and preservation The wars depicted in the Old Testament are bloodless wars a war of ideas The mind is pictur ed as a territory invaded by an enemy debasing principles theories thoughts and unclean im pulses being represented as a for eign foe men and women child ren of the mind with their un clean flocks and herds Some examples represent the natural faculties and impulses be ing carried away into bondage through evil habits the return being intercepted by wanderings doubt fears of unreal ogres and walled cities that crumble at a trumpet blast giants who per r =4t e V ish by the sling of a pebble The words nation church temple kingdom household and many others arc used only to represent the human mind in its activity the temple of knowledge etc While these words and the names of particular countries night be historical they are only used as geographical abstractions to por tray mentaloperations When we regard the Bible as sacred writings t e writings relating to mental operations it differs nothing in its teachings from Buddhism as the minds of people are little different in dif ferent ages Human laws have definite lim its their object being only to protect life and property from needless pain or loss Divine laws laws relating to mental operations have no force or authority over physical mat ters or human conduct as each mind is endowed with reason so each individual may regulate his own conduct to his taste avoid evilconsequences or contend for his inalienable rights and conquer or submit to the inevitable F S WEAVER Vera So Dak WHAT WILL NOT MEN DO IN THE NAME OF RELIGION A Tale of Abduction Murder and Torture 0The following harrowing tale is reported from Odessa Russia Two years ago Prince Hairm anoff a man of 70 saw a beauti ful Armenian girl of 15 named Rebecca Madoff in the streets of Tiflis and fell madly in love with her She was decoyed away by some of his Tartar retainers and taken to one of his beautiful coun try houses where he caused her to be surrounded with every luxury and magnificence his wealth could procure Instead of pining away and watching at her lattice for the brave knight who would rescue her from durance vile as she undoubtedly would have done in tion she became profoundly attached to lien captor After many mouths of ineffect ual search her brothers discovered her retreat in the Caucasian Mountains and managed to gain access to her They asked her to prepare to escape and return home To their amazement she refused declaring she was per fectly happy They implored her to alter her decision She then informed them that she intended to renounce Christianity and to become a Molmnunedan in order that she might be married to her Tartar lover since marriage between Christians and nonChrist ians is forbidden in Russia The Tartars have been the hereditary enemies of the Armenians for centuries and the announce ment of the girls resolve aroused her brothers to fury Their de nunciation of her as a traitress to her race and religion did not touch her She in turn spoke passionate words and at last one of the young men drew his dag ger and plunged it into her breast They laid the murdered girl on the bed covered her body with a coverlet and succeeded in getting way from the house A couple of hours later the Prince came to visit her and T found her bloodstained crseJHis retainers were once and they galloped down the mountain pass in hot pursuit of the assassins They overtook ani captured them after a struggle in which one of the Tartars was mortally wounded The two young men were strapped onto horses and brought to the Prince who re ceived them in the roomi which had been the scene of their terrible crime There they were kept for three days and subjected to indescribable tortures till they succumbed They were buried in a wood near the Princes house The discovery of the crime led to the arrest of Prince Hadjhi Luckly for him he was tried by an ordinary court and not by courtmartial Hence ho escaped capital punishment which is un known to Russian law and can only be inflicted by military 9 sentenced to a long term of penal servitude in a prison in Central Russia Pains Age of ReasonrHagerstowu Md Feb 20 Friend Hughes Sunday night Oct 24th last my uncle Jacob R Maysilles died at his home Ben evola iMd about six miles south of 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