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TS = it T BLUE GRASS BLADEi t iJiVOLU11 i iIIfA jr LEXINGTON KENTUCKY SU NDA L MARCH 27 1910 Nnmber 17 lufda aNa IRllq i err 4 p PRIESTHOOD f Its Birth and Life and Hold Upon the 0 Destinies of the Wild 1 by Laddffacts of of the worlds priesthood Under the various names such as the medicine man the augur the soothsayer the sorcerer the di viner the juggler the kohen the miniswIheld in their graspthodestinie of the worlda body of men who are the makers of all the gods religious and sacred books which from the remotest antiquity have crushed the human race All of this class have ever claimed to be the accredited agents of their gods with power to call down the wrath or pleasure of their heaven- lyI monarchs on the heads of a worlds believers or unbelievers- On numerous occasions hereto fore I have to some extent given details of this clerical plant the rise criminal life and progress of the priestly hierarchy which took its rise with the Essenesand Therapeuts some 200 years before the time assigned to the mythical Christ was continued without change of principles when these societies threw off their old titles and merged in one body under the name Christian about the 140 nLflur vulgar era jrom and after that date the set has been known as Christian moaning a collection or association of pious men wor shippers for a time of the Hebrew God Jehovah lastly three gods Jehovah his son the good personified to represent a man called Christ to which was added the prefix Jesus the Savior the two words when spoken together orig inally meant to be good meaning holy is salvation The Holy Ghost meaning wind or breath of Jehovah being finally added to make a trinity which all the pa gans had The scope of this thesis will be limited to findings of fact and general deductions therefrom frond the birth of Christianity to the present time For the proof of such findings and conclusions I refer the reader to and numerous writings along this line The Christian priesthood is a thing unto itself it finds in the worlds history no parallel Religion is as old as primitive man on earth its foundation was ig noranceldgnorance of the laws of nature from this ignorance came fear which is the founda tion of all religion Among all the earths inhabitants no animal other than man was ever so stu pid as to have a religion Instinct and the socalled low order of reasoning of inanimate nature be fore man was sufficient to im press them that an appeal to higher powers brought no results nor would primitive man ever have thought otherwise except for the importunities of the priesthood who have ever been the bane of the world The beasts of the fields the fowls of the air and even the fishes of the sea instinctively know the useless waste of prayer a call on the immutable powers of nature for favors Supreme Nature who moves under fixed laws without thought purpose or design heeds no word actor wish of man or any other animal Man the most cruel and least wiso in this respect arrogant and supine as a zoological primate seeing Natures blind purposeless forces around him took them for supreme beings or the hidden spirits of celestial powers above the earth of which he was a less potent type lie in his primitive ignorance has thus created the first gods being the producers of the phenomena around liiin ho appealed to them for protection t from harm iaius we have the or igin of religion At thus stage of the primates life the mortrjorafty seeing their assumed to intervene between these heavenly powers and their clients for the protection of the latter from the wrath of the ii rmer In dreadful fear of the direful elements this sfopid primate readily assented to the will and wishes of the in er and lo pay tribute for his services Thus we have the origin of the priesthood and its dupes men and women of little- capacitywho give implicit faith ifml tatJjcir priests who in the morn of as now have ever keep their votaries in ignorance that they the therebyrOf of the ancient world each had work ed out for itse1J its own gods and a hierarchy of priests as divine agentsmHe man as a mere aniinial was allowed to establish civil rules of javernment he must in no wise trench on the reserved ftit tlHf priesthood which came directly from heaven In thei relisous world as thus made caoK tribe and people made if9tn gods always in the image of the maker This being cpnceded as a natur al right the litany pagan systems respected the gods and religions of all others as in the Roman Empire wheitflt allowed the gods of the Etruscans and Grecians to bp sHt Jin b ia tf p pities Jffi this toleration all the religions moved on side by side in unison and harmony as one stupendous whole Under such provisions there could be no quarreling The religious world was at peace with itself and all mankind Such was the state of things at- tho time of the birth of Christian ity and the rise of its priesthood when a new era one of strife and terror was ushered in The peace and harmony of the old pagan world was to be supplanted by a long reign of strife terror torture poverty death decline of learning and the loss of civilization In a word for fourteen hundred years the world was to groan and suffer under the despotic rule and ruin of the Christ ian priesthood Christianity in the morn of its- life drew all of its recruits from the lowest of the low Beggars thieves outcasts old women and children all of the most ignorant class entered its fold and became the life of the systemdespised- and held in contempt by the scholars and even by the pagans of the Roman Empire As such people then and at all times have constituted a large majority of our race the accessions to the ranks of Christianity were very it here not be forgotten that many of the ancient philoso phers and civil rulers deemed as such do today that religion of some kind was necessary to curb the passions and hold the multi tude in subjection On this the ory nonbelievers have loaned and now loan their Influence to the support of the prevailing su the very start these Christian cattle with the priests at their head denounced all the other religions of the world as false vilo and pernicious unworthy of fellowship and enemies of the true God who being a con solidation of the three in one de manded exclusive worship from all mankind that it was their duo ty to force all to submit to Christianity and obey the dictates of tho priests These claims as was natural arrayed all tho rest of the world against the new sect and even antagonized tIle different Christ Jan sects against each other for at a very early dato a diversity of opinion represented by different sects had grown up each claim IB 7 ing to be the true orthodoxy It was between these different sects that the early Christians waged their first warsconflicts- to determine which was ortho dox and which was heterodx In these sanguinary conflicts the weaker party or at least their leaders were either put to death or banished Often these quarrel became so sanguinary as to in volve the slaughter of whole com munities At times the majority shifted from side to side when the weaker wont down to death as penalty for their attempt to fer with the majority Nor was it of rare occurrence that the minor ity at one time became the major ity at another depending on the opinion of the civil ruler or that of a Bishop In this way an incessant war was kept up between the different factions from the earli est times down to the close of the first quarter of the third century when Constantine the pagan Emperor called on the warring factions to meet in con vention and settle their differ ences This call resulted in the famous Nicene Council which settled the New Testament canon at least for a time and gave to the Chris inn nnrlfl 1thnna inn Crnod a jargon of meaningless words which has since been the standard of orthodoxy a dissent from which being heresy the priest hood at all times and in all coun tries since the adoption of creed have as far as in their power tortured and put to death all dis sentersOn scholars and witches the vials of priestly wrath have been poured out without stint nor have other dissenters escaped the terrible fate of torture and death at the hands of the priest hood of Christianity In all this since the socalled Reformation tho priests of both Catholics and Protestants have vied with cadi other in these persecutions Both have used the same instruments of torture1 each trying to outdo the other in its cruelties and the numuor 01 Its vie Ins Iii euuu case it is the hellborn priest standing on the authority of his Bible of forgeriesa book that will go down to posterity as the source of more crimes than have ever been committed by any or every other authority Read the bloodcurdling stories of the Old Testament the New Testament is a little better Of the 1400000000 of human beings of our world less than 300000000 are claimed to be Christians Of this number only about onehalf belong to the sev eral churches leaving 1100000 000 who are ruled to a greater or less extent by other priests If wo extract from this 300000000 the children and the feeblemind- ed who are not capable of form ing correct opinions and those who use the old oxcart of Christ ianity to haul their gods wares and products to market a few lone ciphers would represent the real believers- It may seem strange that a priesthood of so small a number have for more than 1400 years been able to dominate all Christendom the fairest portion of earth but the fact exists all the same to be accounted for on the ground of united action and the determined and desperate character of the priesthood After countless ages of relig ious harmony among the mutter ous pagan religions of the world it was left to the priesthood of a miserable bantling to be the first to persecute torture mutilate and finally put to death all who dared call in question the absurd story of tho Christian religion conception birth of a child resur rection of the dead all of which are physical impossibilities violations of the wellknown immu table laws of naturehence ab surd and ridiculous when viewed from a rational standpoint by men of letters The building up of a great sys tem of religion on such a flimsy basis is conclusive proof that the material used by the priesthood is intellectually a little above that possessed by the quad rumana The true devout believers of Christianity have at all times been of this class In this respect mere nominal believers who support the creed as a finan cial venture are not counted nor are tho more thoughtful and in telligent of the priesthood to be counteras a part of the cattle their leaders It iff the lives and doings of the wily artful sly order of the priesthood that have called up discussion slaughterheretofore preludethe sy tent came into power un der Constantine in the fourth centuiar As children of the secon third and fourth centur alee tljcy spent their forces in- slauglctering their own for the power of Rome did not al low them to murder outsiders but when the sect got into power underConstantine the whole or der of was changed the- priesthood was master the em perorvand later the kings were forced servants The Christian world was an hierarchy to be ruled iby priests with the Pope at their tread It was a concentrated other under unscrupulous priesthoodknewno all Ciristendom that word was uttered by the Pop the civil powers moved at his bidding he made and deposed kings und em peror at will the civil powers though nonChristian dared not incur lilliS illwill In short the Pope y the aid of the priesthood ruled all Europe and a part of Asia and Africa yearsknowaiPope and his priests succeeded in blotting out every vestige of civilization libraries were burned colleges and other schools closed the fw books that were permitted related to the church and its priests no writings other than such as supports the church were allowed the old Grecian and lloman classics had ceased to exist except such as were con cealed or had found their way to Iirabia and other Saracen landit The printing press had not uen invented the few book- sextaicould only be reproduced writingUooer is no wonder that the world of Christendom grew dark and that the darkness became more intense as time went on The inevitable followed poverty piety and crime were fellow travellers The priesthood its Pope and church were all in all except in Arabia and other lands under Mohamme dan rule where the old classics had been reproduced in transla tionIn the place of literature prosperity and civilization the priest hood substituted prayer poverty and crime xjrime on crime l-Wtoldall committed by the Pope and his priests on unbelievers which included every variety of opinion out of harmony with the dictates of the Pope and his priesthood To enforce the hell horn dictum of this hierarchy ev ery instrument which human in genuity could invent was brought into requisition not only to torture but to prolong the suffering of the victims such as the thumbscrew iron boot iron rack for breaking bones and other de vices too numerous to mention As to the kinds of punishment among them was cutting off noses carving out tongues hanging by the neck or heels until half dead then taking the victim down and cutting out his heart liver and lungs or burning him to death over a slow fire sometimes hang ing the victims both men and women up by the heels over a fire until half dead then cutting them down to prolong their ag ony as much as possible before final burning sometimes women and young girls had poles thrust into their privates and thus car ried along the streets until exhausted when faggots and fire were applied to finish this priestly hellish work These descriptions are only a few of tho many such devices and moans used by the priesthood to make Christians out of unbeliev ers to which let it be said the army was at times especially un her Charlemagne resorted to when whole tribes and peoples were converted at one single stroke Once so converted death by fire or burial alive was the fate of all who dared renounce the new faith The number so put to death no one will ever know Various es timates place the number of Continued on Page BIBLE What It Is a Question That Cannot Be Answered Intellegently By C E Johnson The Biblewhat is it is the question that has agitated the mind of thinking man for generations past and not until the last century has man so boldly spoken his thoughts and senti ments concerning this great stock of nonsensical ignorance which bleating skypilots would cram dodwn poor ignorant fools with a fourtined pitchfork so as to enable him to fill his own pouch with grub and gravy Yes the Biblewhat is ity Should the question be answered correctly it would disgustingly sicken the stomach ofa carcass eating buzzard Viewing the contents of the Bible page at a time would be like examining piecemeal the partlydevoured carcass of a ruin oceros Oh the horror The stench The filth that this divine book contains is probably the reson why so many righteous Reverendsd bask in the holy sun anydayread column after column of sen andIwho have reenacted the immoralities of David with some adventuress of misfortune The little escapade of Lots laughters with their old drunken sot of a father certainly is moral litera ture for young and immature yet when I read the 38th chapter of Genesis with its dis explainingOnan I wonder why peopTo pTaccf this book before their children as a guide It is no wonder that prostitutes have overrun the landShould I write the 36th chap ter and 12th verse of Isaiah on a postcard and send it through the Lnited States mail I would be prosecuted for sending obscene literature through the mails It certainly would be great to have the little novelette the Book of Ruth printed in tracts and passed around to SundaySchool children so they will be sure to read how Ruths passion led her to crawl into bed with her cousin Oh is this not moral literature You old ignorant fathers and mothers why do you place the old book reeking with immoral filth into the clean pure hands of your daughters Do you wish to educate them into the slums of prostitution by using the Bible as a textbookI accept the Bible as a moral guide when it teaches ob scenity adultery and prostitu tion also polygamy slavery can nibalism witchcraft human sacri fices murder wars of conquest cheating lying and deception theft and robbery intemperance vagrancy ignorance injustice to women unkindness to children cruelty to animals tyranny intolerance and persecution Abraham had two wives and when he died the Lord said Abraham obeyed my voice and kept my charge my command ments my statutes and my laws II Gen 265 Jacob was a polygamist and after he had secured four wives and concubines God blessed him and said Be fruitful and multiply Gen 3511 David had a score of wives and concubines and David was a man after Gods own heart II David did right in the eyes of the Lord God said to David II I delivered thee out of the hands of Saul and I gave thee thy mas ters house and thy masters wives 2 Sam 1278 Adultery is made prominent by the numerous adulteries of Abra ham David and Jacob The South derived its reason for slavery from the New Testament by Paul sending back a Christian servant who had run away from his Christian master Servants be subject to your masters with all fear not only to the good and gentle but also to the forward 1 Pet 218 Exhort servants to be obedi ent unto their masters Titus 29 II Let as many servants as are under the yoke count their own musters worthy of all honor yl 1 2AndScriptures also sanctioned slav eryIIAnd if the servant shall plainy say I love my master my wife my children I will not go out free then his master shall bring him unto the judges he shall also bring him unto the door or unto the doorpost and his master shall bore his ears through with an awl and he shall serve him forever Exo 2124 What is it more horrible than human sacrifices Godcommands Abraham to sacrifice his son Take thy son thine only son Isaactwhom thou lovest and get thee into the land of Moriah and of fer him there for a burnt offer yThosetion on this horrible practice might read Jud 112640 2 Sam 21 You talk about heathens and barbarians What is this Is it cannibalism The fathers shall ilieeileIs Ezek 510 And ye shall eat the flesh of ns the dourf1LeOf daughters shallvn eat v 29 And I will cause them to eatIthe flesh of their sons and the flesh of their daughters and they shall eat every one the flesh of friend Jer 199 And thou shalt eat the fruit of thine own body the flesh of thy sons and of thy daughters So that the man that is tender among you and very delicate his eye shall be evil toward his broth er and toward the wife of his som and toward the servant of his children whom he shall eat The tender and delicate women among you which would not ad venture to set the sole of her foot upon the ground for delicateness and tenderness her eye shall be evil toward the husband of her bosom and toward her son and toward her daughter for she shall eat them Deut 2853 57 Except ye eat the flesh of the son of man and drink his blood ye have no life in you John 653 The Christian sacrament points to the time when savage priests gathered around and dined on human flesh and wined and supped on human blood I do not accept the Bible as a moral guide because it teaches witchcraft It was through its r idlings that the witchfires burned in Europe for centuries and nine millions of people went to their deaths just because the Bible says Thou shalt not suf fer a witch to liveI Exo 2218 II A man also or a woman that hath a familiar spirit or that is a wizard shall surely be put to death Lev 2027 A book that is set up to lead people as a moral guide whose God is a murderer and a guiding hand in a number of foul mur fietionlund Spare them not but slay them bothman and woman infant an suckling 1 Sam 153ISlay both old and young maids and little children I Eze kiel 96Cursed be he that keepeth back his sword from blood Jer 3810 Gods chosen leader for his chil dren was a premeditated murder Continued on Page 4 1F Ii JIIII BLUE GRASS BLADE FOUNDED ny CHARLES CHILTON MOORE ind edited by him until his death February JAMES E HUGHES Proprietor 126128 Uorth Limestone Street Lexington Kentucky P O Box SUBSCRIPTION RATES By mall postpaid 100 pr yr In advance Five new yearly subscribers at one remittance cents each Foreign subscriptions postpaid 161 per year ADVERTISING RATES One Inch single column Insertion cents one month or lour Insertions 100 six months 600 one year 800 Quarter column Insertion 200 one month 400 six months 2000 one year 3000 Half column whole column or larger advertisements at special rates ron ap plication ALL SUBSCRIPTIONS to the Blade theIbeen paid up In advance The address sUp on tie paper will show subscribers th date of expiration subscription Back numbers or numbers omitted be sent If asked for upon 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send theirs and we wont need yours We need yours worse than we do theirs because they are waiting for you to send yours before they send theirs Perhaps you have forgotten it Thats bad for us Look it up and send it now When people who profess a re ligion do not believe in it them selves the natural result is the eventual precipitation of social chaos Christianity is played out it is an unmitigated evil and what is worse it is a hindrance to any thing better taking its place to enlighten and educate the people At best man has but a few years to live and he strives hard to waste them by indulging in re ligion and politics Both are evils that will go glimmering when man comes into his senses Until then we must keep up the fight against both superstitions Many men may believe that they believe the dodgmns of the Christian faith but if they will carefully examine their own minds they will be forced to the conclusion that there is after all a great big doubt lurking behind it To believe in such doctrines as are promulgated by the pres ent day church is an outrage upon the very intelligence of which they so perisistentJy boast Common School is the breath of life I tell you the school house is the fortress of liberty As I have said ten thou sand times the sfhoj house is my cathedral the teacher is my preacher The United States spends over 250 per pupil in the public schools Italy spends 25 cents In the United States 110 letters for each individual are passing through the pos offices in Italy only 16 letters And this is the place where Gods agent lives I would rather have one school house than two such must develop the brain civ ilize the heart and above all things we must not forget educa tion from early days Nothing should be taught in the school that somebody does not know Ingersoll ADDRESS Delivered at the Funeral of Mrs Malinda Nauman December 20 1909 By Henry P Wagner Friends We are assembled on an occa sion of mournful interest We have come here to pay the last tribute of respect to our kind friend and good neighbor and to the devoted wife and cherished mother of these dear loved ones whom she has left to mourn her untimely death Death though certain yet is often unexpected and in the case of this good woman whose frail form lies mute in our presence with the light of the eye now dimmed with the lips which have oft so kindly spoken warm and friendly greetings now hushed and with the warm heart that lids oft throbbed for others woes now stilled It seems that in this instance death was more sudden and more unexpected than is usual and that it is not the ordi nary but the extraordinary thing that has happened to remove this good woman from our midst Two weeks ago last evening I sat here in this house visiting with her and her cherished fondly and she was so jovial and I not know ing anything of her affliction we pleasantly talked for an hour or so and when I left I was as usual warmly and courteously invited to come again but little did I then think that I had look ed upon her smiling countenance for the last time and that we had spoken the last words that should pass between us So I say in all truth and candor that her death was untimely and her friends and loved ones mourn Here today in this house of mourning we view a striking in stance of the uncertainty of life and the vanity of all human pur suits We can in no way be of any further benefit or assistance to the deceased The last offices paid to the dead are only useful as lectures to the living from them we are to derive instruction und consider every solemnity of this kind as a summons to pre pare for our own approaching dissolution Notwithstanding the various mementoes of mortality with which we daily meet notwithstanding death has establish ed his empire through all the works of nature yet through soino unaccountable infatuation we forget that we are born to die We go on from one design to another add hope to hope und lilY out plans for employment of many yours until we are sudden ly alarmed by the approach of Death when wo least expect him and in this at an hour which we probably conclude to be the mOl idian of our existence To every person on this earth death comethsoon or late Wealth cannot bribe him to stay away rank and power cannot shield us from him no strength of mortal arum can bat his onward march He alone is no respecter of persons The ruddiest check panes before his breath the stout est heart ceases to bent at his touch the strongest frame bows and falls before him As he moves swiftly and silentfy by among the ranks of men he lays on one and on another his chill ing hand and they fall on either side lifeless and cold Deathcomes naturally We have no choice about our coming into the world and likewise have no choice about our leaving it Life is a process of natural devel opment Death is the culmina tion of this natural development And the happy thing about this life is that we know not when it will be terminated And so this good woman has mot with the common fate which must befall all humanity The high and the low the rich and the poor the learned and the unlearned all all must meet on this common level lalinda Sdhreyer was born in Clear Creek township Keokuk county Iowa June 19 1872 She lost her mother in childhood and was raised to maturity by her aunt and uncle llr and hrs J 13 Goeldner She was united in marriage to L 0 Naiunan Dec 3 1891 To this union were born two children Freeda and Ernest She died on December 17 1909 in the midst of her usefulness when the sun of her destiny had scarcely reached the noon hour leaving two fond brothers her two loving children her devoted husband and a host of Warm and true friends to mourn her loss She was a woman kind loving and generous In cases of sickness and death she always of fered her assistance She real ized that she had been left help less when a child and was lohg ly cared for by others and she was always willing to help others in like circumstances Let us profit by her example and do un to her loved ones left in their affliction as she would have been inclined to do unto ours under like circumstances As we carry her body to its last resting place in the silent city of the dead let us bear in mind only her virtues which were many The reword of a useful and vir tuous life is the conviction that our memory will be cherished by those who come after us as we re vere the memory of those who have gone before us and as we deposit her body in the tomb and drop the tear of sympathy in the grave let charity incline us to remember that while she has pass ed beyond the need of those kind ly benefactions we owe each oth er in lifelyet she still holds a place in our memory and love and unit we can manifest that love by sympathy and continued benefactions to the kind indulgent and devoted husband and the darling daughter and doting son who must now be reared to womanhood and manhood with out the aid and assistance of a mothers wise caution and a mo thers beneficent love Let each one of us endeavor to so live in the way and manner so beauti fully expressed by the poet Wil liam Cullen Bryant when he said So live that when thy sum mons come to join the innumer able caravan that moves to those mysterious realms where each must take his chamber in the s lent halls of death thou go not like the quarry slave at night scourged to his dungeon but sus tained and soothed by an unfal tering trust approach thy grave like one who wraps the drapery- of leis couch about him and lies down to pleasant dreams THE GRAVE Kind Friends In silence on her bosom nature receives both the good and the great the one who lived and died by faith and the one who in reason found his guide Bolief to her is no virtue unbelief no crime whether or thodox or heterodox it is all the sine and as each and allie down to that eternal rest her boon to all mankind they inert with indifferenceIThe here rankand station have found their end social distinct ions no further go ant nil the barriers built in life between uiiin and man whether from the versity of thought from race riches or religion here vanish forever in the silent itIf the lead Perfect equality now prevails The storms of passion the ambitions and rivalry the hopes and the tears which come to the living shall never again disturb her The idea of immortality that like a sea has ebbed and flowed in the human heart with its countless waves of hope and fear beating against the shores and rocks of time and fate was not boom 0 f nay book nor of any religion It was born of human affection and it will continue to ebb and How beneath the mists and clouds of doubt and darlcnesa as long as love kisses the lips of death It is the rainbow hope shining upon the tours of grief We now consign the body of this loved one to the grave that with the lapse of time the law may be fulfilled and while we do so with reverence and respect isIUhsentgive back her own and to all that remains of this once dear neigh bor and affectionate sister we now bid a long and last farewell Farewell DEATH OF A J SENOUR Again the silent agent of change which man calls death has taken from us a good and no ble son of mental freedom On March 17 1910 Mir A J Senour at his home near Independence Kenton County Ky lapsed into the sleep eternal Honored by all hated by none this good man has been a Freethinker for years having years since turned out of the dark and narrow path of or thodoxy into the fertile and blos soming fields of reason A short while before Mr Sen our died he called to his bed his youngest son Doctor 0 E Sen our of Union Boone County Ky to whom he stated that he real ized the end was near and as he had long been a Freethinker he wanted his funeral services to beheld in strict accordance with Freethought principles It was his request that Dr J B Wilson of Cincinnati 0 deliver the fu neral address and in case the doctor was unable to attend that his Mr Senours oldest grandchild J A Culbertson of Pittsburgh make the address Arrangements were made with Dr Wilson and on Sunday morning March 20 1910 the funeral services were held in the Courthouse at Inde pendence Ky The Courthouse was crowded to its full capacity as Mr Senour was a man of many friends respected by all who knew him The Dr talked for about one hour expounding the principles of Freethought The audience gave marked attention and no doubt many found in the Doctors remarks food for thought which will be of benefit to them for years to come Mr Senour had long hoped that as his last great service for the cause of intellectual liberty that his funeral could be made the oc casion for getting before the public the principles of Freethought He understood that the orthodox are seldom prone to lend an ear to words that argue against their cherished superstitions but are ever ready to silence a tongue that voices honest skepticism However he understood that on occasions of funerals the pious listen with a tremble and for that reason he wished the oppor tunity which his death would af ford to be taken advantage of and his wishes were respected Mr Senours funeral was no doubt the first strictly Free thought funeral ever held in that neighborhood Other Freethink ers havo died several recently but their wishes and beliefs were not respected the ghoulish hand of orthodoxy in its eagerness to rule the dead as well as the living making itself felt in such instances After the services were over a number of persons came to Dr Wilson and made it known that they were in accord with what he said and that his words were freighted with much truth And could Mr Senour know the ap parent good for the cause of the emancipation of the mind that his funeral service has worked he would no doubt consider that ho did not live and die in vain Mr Senour was 72 years of age and is survived by one brother Mr Timothy Senour aged 74 seven children three sons and r four daughters eleven grand greatgrandsonIn the side of his beloved wife who preceded him into the great be yond some two years ago out where the golden rays of an nil partial sun kiss to life and fragrance natures flowers where bird and song vine and blossoms immaculate snows and sublime quietness reign supreme he was returned to the bosom of Mother Earth the great crucible where a few years hence all must meet on a common level of equality Pence be with him r ATWOOD CULBEWrSON Half the world doesnt know how the other half lives Possibly answered Miss CayeuucBut that isnt the fault of the ladies who get together with their knitting in our hotel Washington Star Generous The DoctorMrs Murphy you must be at your husbands side constantly as you will need to hand him something con stantly Mrs Murphy Niver doctor Fur be it from me to hit a man whin hes downPuckC- onditions Hostile PatWe sure do need rain parson Pr1l01KL1t Hopkins FITsdChoanlae UouIrOar4IaI BOOK for Will mall receipt otSUO BLUE Lexington Kv Plicst Thats what we do- 111 remember it in my prayer to 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DAILY VIA QUEEN CRESCENT ROUTE GOOD RETURNING UNTIL MAY 31st 1910 For PirtlcoUn call on or write C KING P h T A St teilntfton Ky JJLrrJIm aft I Jj THE EFFIOAOY OF PRAYER Berryrhere culled Tho Peculiar People who astonish and oUeud tl Christians by their excessive faith iu believing what the Bible tells them Christian coroners and magistrates condemn and conVict them for carrying out the precepts of Jesus their Master and ApostleWhen ill instead of sending for a physician to cure them they call in Elders according to the teaching of their Scriptures who pray over the sick person and anoint with oil in the name of the Lord James 514 believing that the prayer of faith shall save the sick and the Lord shall raise him up The promis is corroborated by the writer of Mark They shall lay hands on the sick and they shall recover 1618f Those who cannot believe in Bible promises such as tho lato Charles Bradlaugh andothers are sent to prison und those who do believe in it and try to act up to it are also sent to prison be cause they both have the honesty to say Those who do not believe in them but pretend to do so con demn the two former but wha an illogical position these ad ministrators of tho law take up for the promises or commands are either true or they are untrue If they admit the latter they indirectly condemn tho very book 01 which their creed s founded By thus bringing the Holy Scripture into ridicule or contempt as the Blasphemy laws have it these dispensers of the law are virtually guilty of blasphemy and rendei themselves amenable to the Blasphemy Laws under which Freethinkers have been persecuted and punished Wo cannot help admiring tin honest logic of these poor delud ed people who place implicit faith in their Bible but what can we think of those who for respecta bilitys sake accept the Bible with all its contradictions impos sibilities and atrocities while se eretly being nonbelievers who one moment send people to prison for not believing in the Bible and at another send people to prison for believing in it rein is the difference the mwtsirementtofcrefiiilit lintprR ers for rain or fine weather and prayers for the diseased or dying The first is called faith the other credulity But the dif ferenco is a difference without a distinction which is nn impossi life insurance companies in preparing their tables take into consideration the piety or prayer fulness of a district And are these tables formed on an estimate of tho prayers that are likely to go up to theC throne above or on an estimate of the average longevity of liyes And would they not do so could be prov ed satiefactorily that prayer was really efficacious and not a mere matter of feeling and sentiment Is prayer for recovery from ill ness logical Wo hear from believers who have perfect assurance and con fidence in being what they term II saved of the perpetual bliss and happiness reserved for them in Paradise This being so how as it that these same p ople have such a dread of illness and fear of death Why do they send for the physician immediately when they are ill and request the pray ers of their friends and of the congregation among whom they worship not be it observed that they may depart speedily for Paradise but that they nay re cover and rennin a little longer in what they call this miserable wicked world We can only conclude that this world is not so distasteful the bliss of Paradise so inviting and certain as orthodox believers when they are in the enjoyment of sound health would have us efficacy of prayer is and must be a matter of opinion To those who choose to spend a con siderable portion of their lives in what may appear to rational people as useless praying for we have seen that no communication can possibly take place between the natural the supernatural the scrutable and the inscrutable the finite and the infinite All we can say is let them do so no fair innmlcil person would wish to de prive the illiterate of their little comfort It is with a feeling more of sadness than of reproach that we turn away from such and though their faithfulness to their opinions may be admired it is impossible to look with the same equanimity upon the obsti nate and culpable credulity of tho more intelligent ones who men tully able to sooand to reason absolutely refuse to do either But does it not appeal to tile mind uufettcretUby the slavery of custom that such a waste of valuable time is very shocking to contemplate and especially so when we consider what might bo learned concerning the truth of the various phenomena that are daily exhibited which are now as so many dark places to the perso of faith Wore that time devoted to the study of Science and were these credulous persons who display such ignoranc in oven the Elementary science told that they were guilty of similar superstitions to the savage in the heart of Africa they would be as much astonished as wo maybe at their credulity The idea of incessant divine in terventiou ill opposition to tile operation of unvarying law will always be orte and encouraged by a priesehoodsince it must desire to be considered as standing between the r of the votary andpVovidential act AstlOnonucahpredIctIons of all kinds says Draper depend upon the admission of the tact that them never has been and never wilKbe any interven tion in the operation of natura laws The scientific philosophy atnruis that the world at any giv en moment is the direct result of its condition in the preceding moment and the direct cause of Its condition in the subsequent ino mene Law audyChauce are only din ereut names for mechanical necessity Every event has its warrant in some preceding event and gives warrant to others that are to follow Again he says It has always been inexpedient to admit the prevalence of law of any kind as opposed to providential intervention It was considered derogatory to the majesty of God Unit that will should be fettered in any way Wo are in wonder and admiration if not reverence in putemplatiiig the magnificence oi the visible universe the marvelous beauty and harmony of nature and her grand and immutable laws our own existence and that of all other life by which we are sur rounded We are also justified in recognizing the existence of an nscruible over behind all rhem nwi tlfil manifested hound us but to attribute all this magnificent result of natural laws to a manlike deity given to lager cruelty and vindictiveness out god among a number of thers and jealous of the others lemanding worship in the form of cringing selfabasement flattery and adulation is to reduce uimanity in a manner to tile owest species of animal life and tbo human mind to a state of uimitive cowardice and fear Such gross and ignorant notions fostered through many centuries of priestcraft have been tho means of keeping men in larkness have led them astray from the truth and have delayed he progress and development of science and the advancement of nowledge With the disappearance of an iiithropomorphous God with hu Ulan attributes there disappears lSo not only lip worship but di vine worship of any sort Mr Herbert Spencer says that worship is not mere liphomage but a homage expressed in actions not a Where respect but a respect proved by the sacrifice of time thought and labor Again ho saysIt is the neglect of science that is irreligious It is tho refusal to study the surround the surrounding creations the universe Mild its cause that is religious Not only docs man kind in general pass by without study these things which they daily proclaim to be so wonder ful but they frequently contemns mere triflers those who give time to the observation of nature und actually scorn those who how any active interest in these marvels Devotion to science is a tacit worship a tacit recognition of worth iIr the things studied and by implication in their apse For a more concise view of this abject see First Principles hy Herbert Spencer or Evolution of Man by Dr ITardwisk OOIETY NEEDS 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twenty to fifty millions This does not clude the 100000000 who Prof Draper says lost their lives by tho twentyyears war to recover Spain and Africa brought on b the priesthood nor does it elude the lives uselessly lost in inI 200 years of tho Crusades those whose lives were given up in the 250 years of the strife be tween the Catholics and Protest WIts Hugeunots where the priests exhibited equal cruelty to their opponents nor does it in elude the extermination of the Al bigenses a powerful Christian sect by the Catholics or the slaughter of the English Catholics by the Episcopalians after the Popes party had been driven from England- In the long siege of some 1400 years from Constantine to the close of the seventeenth century while the priesthood held the fort about 200000000 of human beings wore sacrificed by them to perpetuate their power in build ing up the church Dissenting Christians as well as Jews and other heretics went down to death at the hands of the priesthood who as a general rule forced the civil authorities to do the killing In the face of all this historical evidence and much more that might be added the priesthood Catholic and Protestant are ever babbling of the blessings of Christianity a system whose priests slaughtered their millions and rejoiced over the prolonged suffering and terrible agony of their victims The priesthood from the remot est antiquity to the present has been the bane of the human race The Christian priesthood in particular has at all times in addition to its other crimes been an enemy to progress a stumbling block in the path of civilization the opposer of every advanced thought the destroyer of all use ful books and the opposer of every sciencethe great devil fish of the world whose octopian arms everywhere have encircled its countless victims Its claims ofmerit are standing lies to en trap the unwary not a benefit has it ever conferred on mankind- In addition to its other crimes it has created an imaginary hell of eternal torments as a means of forcing tribute from the weak it has erected numerous tollgates along the great high way of life where it stands sen tinel demanding tithes of the faithful for which it promises a passport to the Elysian fields and an eternal home in heaven If the world will ever have peace and liberty the priesthood must be exterminated peacefully if possible but totally annihilated Introduce into the schools the bloody history of the priest hood from Constantine down to the close of the seventeenth cen tury and in a few years there would not be left a priest to tell the bell on the death of Christianity whose fate though prolonged for a time is fixed by the inexorable decrees of evolution MRS RICKERS CANDIDACY TamesI of of Mrs Marillia flickers guber natorial candidacy by The Times seems to afford the Republican managers of the state an easy way out ofa serious difficulty That trouble has been confronting them for some time has been sharply manifest It is not that there are not still men enough in the party who are as well qualified as the average run of those whom they have been putting there for the last half century but the difficulty is to find a man who wants or is willing to take the office or at least to run for it upon whom both the stalwarts and half breeds machinists and reformers conservatives and pro gressives regulars and insurgents can or will unite The Woodsville News names 18 men still left in the party any one of whom it thinks fit for Gov ernor and hints that there are others not named but it is unable to single out one upon whom it will guarantee an agreement by the rival camps and the longer the selection is delayed the more doubtful the success of the man presented before the primaries when voting time comes Neither the News nor any other Republi can paper or leader can name a man upon whose success at the primaries as an aspirant for the Republican naminationmuchl- ess as a candidate before the people it would dare stake a penny or a years subscription lint this Mrs flicker candidacy backed by Tho Times puts an en tirely different aspect upon tile situation Marilla is a Republican dyed in tho wool and if not a yard wide broad enough to stand squarely in her own boots and tie up with no faction Any mom ber of the Republican party can support her heartily and consist lently so far as politics may be concerned tliough of course she is not running on a partisan plat form She runs of course on a Womans Rights platform in vindication of the principles for which she has been contending for the last half century or a considerable portion thereof at least and on that platform and in defense of these principles ma chinist and insurgent can cheer fully unite There has been no more decided advocate of Woman Suffrage in all these years than Senator Gallinger the boss Re publican machinist of the State Governor Quinby himself is an ardent advocate of the cause Komick and Burroughs and Ben Ion and Churchill and Bass of the reform army are suffragists of the deepest dye Llford the great pacificator has always been found on the side of the fair sex1in their contention for equal rights Here then is common ground for the whole crowd FalLing in behind The Times and training under the Ricker banner their differences will be for gotten and the day of discomfi ture delayed if not avoided There is nothing in the Consti tution or the statutes to preclude a woman from running for or holding any office in the state from Governor down Judge Doe once held that she could not be a notary public but Judge Doe was a law unto himself lie has pass ed on but Marilla Ricker still lives and is riming for Governor on her own merits The chances are that she will get a following such as no male Republican on an ordinary party platform could command Henry Robinson who has sulked in his tent as it were for some years past will be in the forefront He will gird up his loins take a hitch in his suspenders pull down his vest roll up his sleeves turn down his collar and sai in against all comers who dare an tagonize the woman whose friend and admirer he has been lo these many years And with Henry there will rally a host of others who have found nothing to incite them to action in recent issues As for the Democrats they will find no difficulty in rallying to the standard Branch and Park er of the Old Guard and Hallis and Carr of the new regime have al aong been equal suffragists They will fall into procession side by side with their former adver saries as naturally as water runs down hill There seems now to be no good reason why we should not make it unanimous for Mar ila both at the primaries and at the general election thus saving the Republicans from the threatened dilemma and insuring the state a governor who will do things All that is wanted now to insure the complete success of the project is the approval and operation of Lysander Carroll and D Frank Tucker for which there is strong grounds for hope BD3LE Continued from Page 1 er lie looked this way and that way and when he saw that there was no man he slew the Egyptian and hid him in the sand Exo 212 God was a great general in war He directed his armies and disciplined his men in the feats of war Blessed be the Lord my strength which teacheth my to war and my fingers to fight hands to war and my fingers to fight Ps 1441 Ye shall drive out all the in habitants of the land and dwell therein Nunn 3352 53 I have mentioned only a few of the horrors and abominable teachings in this foul bookthe foulest and most degrading in all literature It creates demons levies and courtesans of the fam ous red light districts and downtown slums Every great crime or cruel wrong is sanctioned by this foul demon of literature which is a disgrace to the bookshelves of our civilization- It is a drawback to progress a disgrace to morality a viper which has for centuries preyed on the credulity of mankind Madill Okla + + + + + + + eM7i + i + 1 I Mans Origin and DestinyaBy Dr A Hausman Alameda California it This is the Greatest Book of modern tim s on tho theory of Evolution applied to Sociology twill shortly ho issued in book form by the Blue Gras Blado making a book of nearly 500 pages The author has IIt dedicated it to Prof Ernst Haeckel and tl o great Jena philosopher has accepted the dedication iS200 200 i I 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 SMC scribe Now Subscribe Now tJAMESNeH NeN N N N N N N N N N N N N N NNN +i ++ + + +++++ +s ++ + ++++ OBITUARY Mahala Pottle Ellsworth was born in Salem Maine Dec 8th 1836 Shew as the youngest of a family of eight children all of whom have preceded her in death She was united in marriage to Benj Peabody on the 15th of March 1857 at Freeman Maine Mr and Mrs Peabody embark ed for the West in November 1863 and located on a farm near Utica Minn To this union seven children were bornfour boys and three girls One son Amos was killed by lightning in 1869 at the age of five years Mr and Mrs Peabody moved to St Charles Minn in 1894 About three years ago Mrs Peabody met with a painful accident that has caused her many months of suffering She never fully re covered her strength but was a marvelof patience and fortitude to her friends and family all thru this ordeal Three years ago the 15th of March Mr and 1 Irs Peabody celebrated the 50th of their wedding day anniversalYI occasion which all ent will long home has been the scene of many festivities and family gatherings Those who have known Mrs Peabody best will long cherish the memory of her many virtues her kind words and loving deeds Even thru all her sufferings her greatest concern was for the com fort of those about her her chil dren grandchildren and husband She had a smile and a kind word for them all Her life was one of unselfishness honesty integ rity and true morality She was a noble wife a devoted mother and a sincere friend She passed away March 18th 1910 and was buried at Utica Mimi Rev Hamrin of the Methodist Church assisted by Mrs L Patterson conducted the services at the house and grave The casket was loaded with beautiful flowers gifts of relatives and friends Miss Nona Caw sang beautifully Face to Face and Crossing the Bar and two se lections were sung by a quartets Once more we are brought face to face with that mystery which nUll calls death Death is a mon arch who reigns over all creatures that live upon the earth We are born with death in us and when our bodies are worn out death snaps the silver cord and hushes our voice in silence Human life is mysteriously in vested with laws to violate which is to blow out the candle of our existence The pale horse and his rider are no respecters of per sons They cut down the strong man who seems to be in posses sion of all his powers the young maiden in the bloom and beauty of youth and the smiling babe in its mothers arms Those understand and obey the laws of health may for a time if they have no inherited disease escape the touch of this hand of death But sooner or later the wintry frost nips the flower of life and we are gone for ever As dejith is both natural acid evitable becomes us as rational beings to regard it calmly and if by knowledge of and obed ience to the laws of life we may give our existence a free and full opportunity to run out its three score years and ten we shall not be so reluctant to pass away In that mellow age man sinks as tranquilly into the sleep of death as an infant falls asleep on its mothers breast In youth we cling to life we are terrified at the very thought of personal dis solution This youthful tenacity of life is like the green apple which clings to the branch and cannot be plucked from it except by breaking the twig upon which it grows Old age on the other hand has lost its strong attach ment to life It is like the ripe apple of autumn you touch it gently and it drops freely into your hand Death at a ripe old age is as natural and beneficent as birth was at the beginning- It is quite natural for all thoughtful persons to try to lift the veil which hides the future from us It is quite natural to have some opinions and theories but at this point where the wise men of all ages and all nations have been silent it becomes us to be modest in our belief and char itable in our speech But this wed know There is some good in all It is clearly the duty of every rational being to do as much good and as little evil as then endeavor to culti vate a sympathy so true a helpfulness so great a charity so broad that it may embrace humanity and crowd all evil from our hearts Let us try tlS- o live that when thy sum mons comes to join The innumerable caravan whim moves To that mysterious realm where each shall take His chamber in the silent halls of death Thou go not like the quarry slave at night Scourged and beaten to his dun geon but sustained and soothed By an unfaltering trust approach thy grave Like one who wraps the drapery- of his couch About him and lies down to pleasant dreams The following poem was read at the funeralSHADOW Life was full of music in the hap py past Now with mist and darkness are our skies oercast 0 sweet summer ended if we had but known That when leaves had fallen we walk alone That the night was coming and that we must part That the ties must sever binding heart to heart Now upon the border we must stand alone Oer the deep dark river those we love have gone Down into the billows stepped the feet Love is truejnnd precious Love is pure and sweet 0 how could they leave itleave its scene limeLeave their forever deaths dark stream between Tics so close and tender wind about the heart Yet the dreaded summons forces- us to part Clinging arms would hold them Strive to draw them back For the stream is turbid and the skies are black 0 thou untried future could our hearts but know Of our loved ones journey when from us they go Could our hearts but fathom all the great unknown Into whose dim shadows they must walk alone But above the river droops the misty cloud Hiding them forever in a sable shroud Could our mortal vision pierce the mystery That so darkly shadows thus un certainty Could the veil that stretches like- a mist between But for one brioLiapment let us view the scene All the strange unthoughtof un known things that be In that region boundlessthat Eternity But the misty shadow oer the fu ture lies And the sullen river mocks our streaming eyes Are they gone forever those we call our own Will they give no answer Si lence hath no tone Shall we never never see their faces more Till we cross the river to that faroff shore And if there we meet them we will greet them how Will they be our own then just as they are now Is our love eternal If we could but know Tho to part is bitter we could let them go 0 ye dreary shadows how you hide the light Must we walk forever in a moon less night Still we call that questionwill- you give no heed Will you never answer to the hearts that bleed 0 the aching sorrows left witiiin the breast 0 the hopeless longing and the vague unrest We are sick and weary with our hopes and fears Sad as funeral marches seemi the coming years Is there naught of comfort Naught but sorrows tear Is there naught to follow but the pall and bier When tho clods shall rattle on the coffins lid And the lifeless body from the light is hid Is there naught to follow Must- I still contend With an empty shadow If this is the end Why those vague aspirings for a purer life Thoughts of something better than this toil and strife Why not be contented with our living here Why forever longing for a higher sphere Why will hopeless yearning fill our hearts with gloom If our life is ended when we reach the tomb Is there not a future where we neednot part Where the clinging tendrils twine around the heart 11ClL iLj Where the honest feelings will not end in pain Those we love the dearest will be ours again Parting is so bitter Is there naught of sweet Is there not a home where we all shall meet Tell us ofa future so beautiful and grand Tell us we shall meet them in a better land Some sweet word of comfort kindly to us speak For our hearts are breaking and our faith is weak If there is a future fraught with joys more pure The great pain of parting will the bliss obscure Days will pass so slowly tis so very far To that land eternal where our loved ones are Yet the pain and anguish we could better bear If we knew that sometime we should meet them there 0 the hardest lessons conned thru the weary years Lessons not completely learned een thru our smiles and tears We are vainly groping for the golden chain That with scarce a warning death has rent in twain 0 the links thus broken time will not restore Will the tie thus severed part us evermore Must we plead forever Is there none can tell Of that mystic region where our loved ones dwell Is there any future Must we ask in vain Will we in the future meet our own again 0 the doubts and shadows that around us fall Shroud our gloomy spirits in a sable pall Is our love eternal If we could but know ho to part is bitter we could let them go It is more important to raise the living than to raise the dead to bring up the baby than to pull up Lazarus Truthseeker Whatever may be Gods future there will stillremain his past If the lives whom in the ftutre he is to bless are to be witnesses to his divine goodness the lives whom in the past he has blighted will be still crying to him out of the ground and since the theist maintains that he is the same yesterday today and forever the hand which is red with the millions of years of murder will nev er cease to incardine all the seas of eternity W H Mallock THE Charles Chilton Moore When a young man the author had started out to walk through the Holy Lands on foot Reaching Paris he gave up the journey and returned home 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