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Digital page images are linked to the text file. t BLUE GRASS BLADEIJl iZii4fcf kH I 8 IlallVOLUMEXVIU sBtdblda LEXINGTON KENTUCKY SUNDAY APRIL 1910 Number 17 4 SPIRITUALISM g Truth is Naked Only Fable Wears the Furbelows of Fancy BY M GRIER KIDDER The less a man knows the more he believes what nobody knows and the less he Investigates the more ho takes fcr granted Domatlsm Is the currency of Ignorance and baseless assertion the legal tender of self coii elt only the man who Invites contradiction mis trusts appearances modesty Is the daughter of mistake and nobody who has proved what he knows pretends to know much For tnls reason Intel ligence woos doubt until It is Introduc ed to proof Wisdom Weds uncertainty until divorced by evidence There Is no sentiment about fact no romance in naked truth only table wears the borrowed furbelows of fancy Many contend that truth cannot doctor ig norance that superstltlcn Is the only milk for intellectual Infancy false hood and wet nurse for mental babes So Is whisky useful In delirium tre mens the dogs hair good for hit bite but they forgot that If there had been neither whisky nor dog there would be neither delirium tremens ncr bite We shall never know all what we can know Is only a little of what our parents did not know and what our chll dren will know more of than we The stagnation of perfect knowledge would be worse than the stagnation of per fect Ignorance Infinite wisdom like artificially digested food while relieving at first would eventually atrophy there would be no work for the brain hence the rudimentary brains peculiar to these who imagine they have noth- Ing to learn To satisfied certainty everything Is proof few of us have our reason well In bandy and mental ordination Is fto dowments where one concentrates a thousand scatter The sensuousness of the Imagination Is so alluring that only a disciplined mind can safely give It rein The Ignorant mans Im agination is ever on an Irresponsible foray In mental space eternally bush whacking amid the twilight realm of the impossible every hovel breeds an architect of air castles It is a prosaic nigger who doesnt spend his space time in Utopia the poet only advertises tihe day dreams the rent of us enjoy but cannot express Every truh Is travestied by lies every sub stance casts grotesque shadows and why should not our known and brief life invite sentimental comparison with eternity I grant that without Immortality your present life would prove a fall ure but would your being immortal prove Immortality a success The more worthless a man is here the more satisfied is he of his post mor tem longevity and everlasting worth I know that I am here that is a monotonous selfevident fact and the man who thinks ho knows more has an understanding with definite limits and a self conceit with Indefinite boun daries You ask If I am to be annl hilated why was I born You are an Insignificant effect fulfilling some groat cause and It is presumptuous for you to expect to bo eternally no count I blame nobody for expecting a hereafter or being resigned to ex tinction but I have no patience with anybody who hires somebody else to prove either I deny no subsequent carerr to any man make no present fuss over fu ture feathers only claim that that par tlcular possibility Is settled on this side of the grave by no proof of probability I know pf no mortal analogue to fit Immortal argument analogy m seems to halt at me death I modestly confess to my descent from an anthropoid ape but my fami ly pride Insists that he was In good health when ho assumed that responsibility And let me say before forget that I prefer to bo descended from monkeys and Improve on my cestry than to have been created a little lower than the angels and fetch up at total depravity From that vast and Innumerable army that has gone to recruit the bivouac of tho dead not one has returned to testify In behalf of a fu tore life from all those great men and good women who have passed the last threshold of life not one voice has sounded a note of hope and he who would bo satisfied of a life be yond the grave must Invoke faith and 1 faith alone D ath while the most common of earthly occurrences Is the most mysterla jlils is owing large ly to the tar MnV the gentleman most Intcresteojls rarely endowed at tho supreme moment with the requis Ito faculty for scientific research as a result our knowledge rests upon the experience of tbree whoso reticence Is too pronounced for practical use Yet spiritualists Inftftt that proof Is born on every droth hid and tiat death Is but the mid ktfjf who ushers us into another life Tam not given to ques tioning anyoneS general sanity for one lapse into Thaw t but I never hear a spiritualist try o provo that peoples consclousness t Impaired by their funerals without hoping that il is only symptom No fiol willing to pay for the unknowable has to hunt long for the rascal who khows It and he who determines to iniy the impossible Is going to get something so much like It that he cant hell the difference Not only do Mlritualisls see and converse with jKits they fall In love with them and Jitarry them I know a woman who married a spirit man and the match jus turned out a very happy one Tie advantage of such a marriage is the v is no danger of tth husband gettlljj 06 superfluous as children a would Invite com ment they haJJdrclded to remain childless V1itouzzlell me though is did that inariMige make her a wid ow If net she marry a live man without curt titling bigamy In oneIv spirit woman and raised a family th children being foreign born of course Both wife and children are perhaps rathor diaphanous for practical pur poses and In the opinion of some together too thin but I suppose It was tbo best he could do under the clr cumstances I believe in marriage but I also believe In grappling with facts I might stand a spirit mother inlaw but that Is about as far as should care to venture golMr Paine and secured much au then tic data from him respecting him self and current events In the Spirit Land Mr Paine said he Is happy and has proved his book to be true and his chief recreation Is witnessing the disappointment of the orthodox arrivals he said the Presbyterian Im migrants are especially chagrined At tar that we adjourned to another room to talk wttli our loved ones and pretty soon a medium came up to me and said YOu had a father I didnt know where she got her In formation but she semed to have my family history to that extent down fine I assured her that from the various and emphatic evidences the old gentleman used to furnish thought I had Well she said he lis here and holds a bouquet of violets lover your head was happy to that Immortality had moderated some of the old gentlemans character istlcs but I salpr nothing Then she said He says dont be discouraged you will succeed In what you are Ing I wasnt aware that neededthe rest cure at that particular Juncture but as it was the first time he old genleman ever accused mo of doing somehlng I ought to do felt further indebted to the becalming environ ments of the Spirit Land But I cant get over those violets Tho medium also told us that the splrjls ate drank and worked The spirit food and drink acordlng to her Is the aroma of earthly food and drink while the work is the spirit of worldly work I thoiRh might stand the work but I didnt admlro tho commissary department- To do spiritualists justice they are the only yearners after Immortality who dont coase to yearn when they are up against It It Is an uncom mon spiritualist who doesnt consider his last breath a sigh of relief Death to the majority oven with the assurance of a future life Is ab horrent without the hope of humor lallly with the prospect of being noth ing and going nowhere It Is to most people unspeakable appalling Personally the chance of being nothing and going nowhere consoles mo with the hope of not being more than want to be and going where dont want to go I have seen several die and to mo the drawn features and marble cold ness portray extinction while that dreadful rattle In the throat seems to speak an everlasting farewell But the great question Is yet to bo answered an eternal problem Impregnable to reason unconquerable by science Alas the mystery of Immortality Is the immortality of mystery Spiritualism Is not new it has com forted fools and enriched rascals since the dawn of folly and tho sun rise of rascality It takes little to convince most people that what they want to believe is believable While the scientist courts the sun light and Invites contradiction the spiritualist sits in a dimlylighted room with others of the feebleminded while a fat woman In a Mother Hubbard and under the control of Beethoven or Mozart plays Nearer My God to Thee on a wheezy melodeon All of this is esentlal to the ensuing mental stagnation during which the spirits ap pear Speaking of control a med hum showed me a portrait of Napoleon she had painted while under the con trol of Sir Joshua Reynolds It look ed like a board fence advertisement of Sunny Jim executed with a white wash brush She said sne was un conscious when she did It and said I thought she was hope Napoleon still Is If I were one of those dis tinguished controllers in the Spirit Land I wouldnt do a thing to some of these mediums when they pass Is often an excellent plan when you have anything unusually good to say not to say it and when you have been inspired to spring an un answerable argument on the public to go slow and let the other fellow spring It Dont know till everybody else knows Ive been there No sensible preacher nowadays wastes time converting he Just uses the con verted for nil they are worth the lost sheep Is welcome if he wants to stray into tho told but tho ninety s verilyeInspiration is the Irrepressibl daughter of wanton Fancy the irresponsible and fecund dam of kno it all and from her flat reason has no appeal Spiritualism is positive assertion es tabllshed by negative proof Immor talty is true because nobody knows It isnt A sublimated Jackass braying into the vacancy of an Intellectual desert and waiting for a rational echo Its followers parallel their claims with earthly sophistry till tho parallel col lapses then crawl behind the bulyarks of went to the mor gue hunting for a missing friend Can you Identify him asked the of fleer I can that answered Pat Wasnt he dcef and dumb- I am certain of much of which I am unconscious nor do I wish to live till am conscious only of what I am certain But there is considerable dif ference between believing In spite o my Inability to understand and be cause of my inability to understand My body may be the residence of an invisible essence that nothing but death can evict perhaps that essence Is Invested with the attributes of spicuous longevity But If it be why has science failed to substantiate what an old woman can prove at half a dollar a head Why should tho so lution of this tremendous problem be relegated to the decision of a horde of crazy rhapsodists who think what they Imagine believe what they think and are certain of what they believe And to them doubting their ability to se the unseeable hear the unhearable and know the unknowable Is equivalent to an accusation of telling the untruthful By no means I am sorry that they are so truthful If they were hypocrites there would be some hope for them we can occasionally reform a liar but a fool God help a fool But you say this nonsense com torts millions Granted Then why try to substitute uncomfortable sense False comfort Is an unnatural stimulant an unhealthful intoxication that reacts in proportion there Is nothing lasting but truh with itr rewards and punishments Its crosses and crowns Another thing why worry about the dead Why not confine ourselves to the living making a speciality of what we can know and knowing more of it Instead of trying to scrape an acquain tance with what nobody can know by paying somebody to Introduce us How foolish to think that our great areI with wjjnt they have denied to wisdom refuse to our greatest scientists what they are said to expend upon tho most emotional credulous superstitious ag gregaton of bifurcated donkeys in eluded within tho Scheme of Salva tlontr have given the subject my prayerful attention and I have ar rived il the settled conviction that this world will not be what It should be until it is favored with a new Aloneiuenl devoted oxcluslvely to tho Intellectual redemption of the spiritualist oclety and the socialist party Spiritualism not only claims to know what nobody knows but proves the u iknown with known nonsense establishes elerily with temporal tomfoolery Every seance is a commen lary sit fanatical faith every sitting an t lesson In Infinite Infatuation PeopliTwho resent the honestly earned title J lunatics congregate in dig nified stupidity around a fat frowzy old frluid who assumes tho role of sue middUinan between them and some prohl faUcal spook Shocking Lit tie claldren go to drink in this skim milk idiocy from the withered breast of the hag Superstition and talk with t grandpa or grandma whose ashes may have mingled with the con secrated compost of some second hand grave yard forty years before they were born Unspeakable Dldjrou ever stop to think how much we should know If we didnt think we knew It Ever occur to you how much something we could find somewhere If we didnt waste so much time looking nowhere for nothing No body knows much of anything else concentrating on many Is making a speciality of all I m as satisfied that spontaneous generation is responsible for our be ginning physical and mental as I am that Adaptation is responsible for our deveopment physical and mental I havcino doubt that what we call the gout had its Inception In the monad and has come down through the var tons phases of brute life improving as it came until It reached man And what grounds have we for be lieving that evolultlon Is going to pawa permanently at him May not our lxslerlly ten millions years hence try is zealously to dodgo the disgrace lor jLsrent from us as thontaJorlty of us try to evade lhe odium of being descended from baboons Knowledge is not mothered by fswdaughter of protracted mental la bor the Inevitable offspring of dim cult Intellectual delivery And when a hysterical old woman pretends to conceive and bring forth what the greatest man cant beget I for one am going to suspect the child Human nature Instinctively glorifies or slates at what It doesnt understand Some of us are satisfied with wha- we know of this world others want to be authorities on tho next Some claim that there is no resurrection dependent of fertilizer and season others insist on watching a cemetery for a problematical crop Some say death ends all others declare it is on ly letting go one life to get a better hold on another In the meantime while making the most of life let the rest of us await the Inevitable proof possess our souls in patience and presentf0The only Infinite and hternal En ergy which exists is matler Only this and nothing more In segrega tlon It is represented in the dewdrop rose bone cadaver protoplasm dust rock or world In infinite aggregation It comprises tho universe of cosmic and organic life Could this latest spoojt of Atheistic scientists suppos ed to exist beyond tho reach o science be produced and Inspected by and mlscroscopo it would of necessity also be found to con slat of matter and matter only simply an eternal repetition of what we know exists in our Immediate environments Wellstein The Scapegoat 0TeacherOIl shall not keep you after sohool Johnnie You may go home nowJohnnie i dont want ter go home Theres a baby just come to our houseTeacherYou ought to bo glad Johnnie A dear little baby Johnnie vehementlyI aint glad Pall blame mohe blames me for everything Ltpplncotls Magazine She Meant Virago 0never dare to look down when Im standing on a high place said Mrs Lapsllng It always gives me an attack of verdigris Chicago Tribune FATALISM Or Federation One or the Other Must Be Accepted By dimming Severance Any person who presents a thought or an idea for public consideration must expect criticism and stimulates always be welcome for it thought and sometimes leads to a new view point And now Brother Wade let us look at your criticism II Fatalism gives a plausible excuse to every criminal tint ever disgraced humanity It was Ingersoll who said the im possible never occurs It is simply impossible for all men to see or think alike consequently they do not This much Mr Wade must admit As all men do not see and think alike there must be a reason why they don and we find it in fatalism or inevitable necessity Whatever insures thought controls action and no man ever had n thought that did not result from the effect of environment on body and a mans environment makes him cold and hungry and it is not in his power to relieve his suffering without committing the crime of theft he is very likely to disgrace humanity by so doing and where you find men committing crimes you will find an impelling cause beyond tlieir power to escape hence men act as they do because they must Fatalism does not give a plausible excuse for mens acts b t the cause Mr Wmlo never heard of a mans stealing an overcoat on the equator for they aro not needed there nnd again there are none there to steal two good reasons why he does not Governments result from it 1U 2tbe any Everything that occurs tin der governments is the result of causes that can always be found and ifoery judge juryman and lawmaker were fatalists they would not all see or think alike hence would not act As a alikeIprived of his liberty though I do not believe such people aro responsible for their mental condition which make suchtn person cause will ho found sufficient to account fo his acts or inclinations If a man is crazy and running amuck n fatalist would say as quick ns any onoItshut him up Why Because of per sonal safety as the law of self pres ervation is recognized by all men Mr Wade says I object to some his ground work of facts because the are merely assumptions When he specifies them which ho fails to do shall be dceliyhted to show him his mistake in so claiming That Nature works without plan purpose I reaffirm and the reason- for so thinking are so many and so varied life is not long enough to deal with them all Ah Mr Wade thinks Nature does have plans and purposes will he please tell the Blade readers why and what for she once put a tape worm in the stomach of Moses andfcaused him much poor health before lie found out what she hind dope land removed it If he can see ariythin- that Nature ever built up on this earth that she did not afterwards tear dawn he should not conceal the formation as no one else has such knowledge No one who thinks and reasons can suppose that the universe always existed as it is today or that it always will for eternal changes are going on in everything that exists It is not necessary to be a poet to see the beauties of Nature but one cannot live on scenery any more than we can lien on our boasted climate- so hogs and hominy play n more im portnnt part in life after nlU than things which merely please the eye Nature will kill you if you look at lie beautiful hills too long without eating so the practical man is the common sense man Mr Wade asks why do you love honor and respect your mother tieing a Yankee will answer his simple question by asking another Why does n young man in this vicinity have no love honor or spect for his mother and why did he put formaldehyde in her coffee lh pot recently and try to kill her If it is Natures plan and pur pose that he and I should love and respect our mothers and the young man just mentioned should not love his what causes the difference in her plans and purposes Fatalism has no trouble in settling both these questions hut tho man who gives Nature conscious intelligence in her actions cannot do so I must re affirm that will power is nothing but the strength of mans desires for where desire to get or to do some thing is absent the will never mani fests Mr Wade asserts that he can will nnd does contrary to his desires and judgment if he so chooses But he errs for the moment he acts he acts to gratify a desire that resulted from a certain line of thought which produced it No act of any kind takes place without desire where the will moves for the will is not an inde pendent force that sits above and has no connection with causes So when causes invariably move the willand- I defy any one to show an excep tionit is an utter absurdity to talk about free will We have no more to do with till will in its last analysis than we have with the action of heart or lungs digestion or tho tendency to sleep If the will were an independent force it would have to be divorced entirely from natural fluences and wo know it is not if we know anything As our future actions will be decided by the fluence of the environments we hap pen to be in we cannot foretell what ive will k1t or ten years hencejJf L01 w what conditirns will prevail to pel action nnd this is why no man can foresee his fate any faster than it comes To illustrate this point Yesterday desire led a man to start for a certain place wrjch he expected to reach in this city Ho was about to cross a street when struck by a team and in less than one hour was was his fate and it was through no plan or purpose of Nature neither was it decreed from the Godras old John Brown thought John Calvin believed in foreordina- tion It simply happened under till laws of fate or necessity If a man believes in God as the controlling power in this universe ho must log ically believe in foreordination for knowsyoccur to the end of time So thought John Brown who said just before ho was hung I have no fault to find with the manner of my doessnot trouble me in the least I know that the very errors by which my scheme was marred were decreed before the world was made I had no more to do with the course I have pursued than a shot leaving a cannon has to do with the spot where it will fall If this belief is not accepted jy Mr W he must if a rational man tie to fatalism for there is dogEither i intelligence runs the universe according to plans and purposes that are being worked out with mathematical certainty or it is run by n blind and unconscious power that produces results in accord with necessity as time rolls on with its everlasting changes Reason can conceive of nothing else so I defy any man that walks tho earth to overthrow claims and arguments of fatalism for to do so he must first produce his God and then connect him with natural laws or modes of motion and show how he does things To explain works of Nature by saying God acts through at all and matter is no explanation until somo evidence of that mental f creation is found apart from natural f God must take his place jphenomena with tho other myths that have in r terested and amused credulous man deals only in bygone ages Fatalism with facts and God is not a fact but a theory to explain the conclusionlfillof thoso who dabblo in Los Angeles Cal l h BLUE GRASS BLADE FOUNDED Dy CHARLES CHILTON MOORE fnd 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 pr yr In advance Five new yearly subscribers at one mittance cents each Foreign subscriptions postpaid 160 per yearADVERTISING RATES One Inch single column Insertion cents one month or lour Insertions JlOO six months 600 one year 800 Quarter column Insertion 200 one month 1400 six months 2000 one year 3000 Half column whole column or larger advertisements at special rates mon plication ALL SUBSCRIPTIONS to the Blade will be discontinued at the expiration of the term for which the subscription baa been paid up In advance The address slip on tie paper will show subscrIbers thn date of expiration of subscription Back numbers or numbers omitted be sent If asked for upon renewal case of discontinuance SHOULD ANY SUBSCRIBER change his or her address advise this once giving ooth old and new ddress aa desired THE OFFICE of publication of the Blade U at 126128 North Limestone Street Lexington Kentucky to which all Freethinkers will be given a hearty wel comeE Is entered at the Poatoffli at Lexington Kentucky as second des mailing matter ADDRESS ALL COMMUNICATIONS TO JAMES E HUGHES Box Lexlni on Kentucky BIBLE QUIZ The Philosophical Bible Class Book Bible Myths and Their Parallels in Other Religions by Doane The Class Header first reads the leson for the day then the Quiz Master begins the Memory Training of the class The reader silently follows tho quiz In the text The Quiz Master after receiving a satisfactory answer in substance reads the answer In the quiz If tho question has been put to three members of the class without a oath facory reply the reader without request proceeds to read that portion of the text covered by the question The question is then again put to the class etc- Singing Cosmlan Hymn Book Lesson for April 17 1910 Paganism and Christianity Chapter XXXVI p 409 to close of thec hapt- erAI find no other means to prove doubt that Christianity is anything but Paganism under a new name an eminent Catholic ecclesiastical historian in speaking of the adaptaton of pagan ceremonies says what AUis permitted to tho Cburch U use for the purpose or piety the cer emonies which the pagans used for the purpose of Impiety In a supersti tious religion after having first ex plated them by consecration td the end that the devil might receive a greater affront from employing In honor of Jesus Christ that which his enemy had destined for his own ser vice What Is Clemens Alexandrlnus opinion of Christianity and atheism AThose who lived according to the Logos were really Christians though they have been thought to have been Atheists as Socrates and Heraclltus were among the Greeks and such as resemble them QrThe testimony of St Augustine declaring the Christian religion to ery ancient Is very Interesting Please relate his narrative Aru1at In our times Is the Chris tian religion which to know and fol low Is the most sure and certain t health called according to that name but not according to the thing Itself of which It Is the name for the thing itselt which Is now called the Christian religion really was known to the ancients bor was wanting at any tine from the beginning ut the human race until the time when Christ came In tho flesh from whence tho true igion which had previously existed began to be called Christian and thlb In our days tho Christian religion not as have been wanting In former times but as having In later times received this name Q The learned Christian advocate M Tarretln Informs us what cerning Christianity and paganism AThat it was not so much the empire that was brought over to the faith as the faith that was brought over to the empire not the pagans who were converted to Christianity but Christianity that was converted to Gibbon tells us what concerning the Constantine religion AThat It achieved In less than a century the final conquest of the Roman Empire but that the victors themselves were Insensibly subdued by the arts iJt their vanquished rivals QWhat did Fautus writing to St Augustine say in regard to the eve of the Christian and pagan re Iglons A Nothing distinguishes you from the pagans except that you hold our assemblies apart from them Ql1he Greek philosopher Ammo ilus Saccus founder of the Neopl tonic school taught what AThat Christianity and page when rightly understood differ In essential points but had a common origin and are really one and the same thing QWhat does Caclllus say on thld subject AAll these fragments of crack- brained opinlatry and silly solace layed off in the sweetness of sougI by the deceitful pagan poets you too credulous creatures e the IhrlstUus have loeu tlioiioiiIy formed and made over o youi own GodQWhat did Celsus the epicures philosopher write on this subject AThe Christian religion contains thing but what Christians hold in moon with heathen nothing new- or truly great QJustln Martyr In his apolog to the Emperor Adrian for the ChrIst- Ian religion set up what claim AThat the Christians had not setup a doctrine which In any essential yolnt differed from that of the pa mo QThe most celebrated Fathers the Christian Church whose name staud the highest are who Arhey were pagans being her and educated pagans Pantaenus A D was a halfpagan half Chrlstfa Father Clemens Alexandrlnus A D 194 the same sort of a man Tel tulllan 200 A D another one of the- holy type Q How did Tertulllan reason or the evidences of Christianity AIn find no other means to prov myself to be Impudent with success and happily a fool than by my contempt of shame as for instance maintain that the Son of God was- born Why am I not ashamea tc maintain such a thing Why but because It is Itself a shameful thing maintain that thQ Son o God died- Well that is wholly credible because It Is monstrously absurd I maintain that aster having been buried rose again and that I take to be ab solutelr true because it was manl festly Impossible QWho was Origen A D and St Gregory A D 240 ABoth paganChristian Fathers QWhat is the only difference tweeu Christianity and paganism AThat Brahma Ormuzd Osiris- Zeus Jupiter etc are called by othEr name Chrlshna Buddha Bacchus Adonis Mithras etc have been- turned Into Christ Jesus Venus plgea- Into thtf Holy Ghost luis Devakl etc- Into tho Virgin Mary and the demigods and heroes Into saints Pagan festivals became Christian holidays- and pagan temples became Christian churches dead matter If matter There Is no were dead there would be chemicai affinity between atoms lite gravity attraction etc When living dies and structure or organism disintegrates each atom possesses the Identical life or potentialities It did when in the living form or when rtrst scravitated with mlllons of soclate atoms to evolve such living- fram We may correctly define the- term life as organic or inorganic- 1Ife but never as living or dead mat torWettsteln 0Thero is one essential agent the- chemist cannot control In his labora tory viz time and this Is the reason wby matter in Natures workshop produces results In the course of ages- which nina In course of generations can never accomplish Wettsteln DIVIDE UpI AMERICAN RELIGIONISTS WANT A SAINT OP THEIR OWN The Man Who Discovered America Wil Do as Well as Anybody Else BY HAROLD BANNING The cunning brains of the religionists have Just conceived a new schemo to promote business and attract attention They have many ways of doing so but having disgusted tho world with loud sermons and expensive parades they Intend to accomplish their purpose by soiling the name of our greatest benefactorChristopherl- umbus Co Columbus has been dead over four hundred years but the ebb and of tlmo cannot save him from the ligionists All true Americans have read with anger of this attempt to canonize the great admiral The plan was hatched In Phllad phla that City of Brotherly ove whose strets are now stained withe blood of the Innocent and Htos all such Intrigues soon bore fruit pe Itlon signed by only 2000 asking for the canonization of Columbus was presented to the Pope by one of the religionists The petition oon ollowed by a gang of Christians leaded by a prominent Ameilci Pho reasons set forth by this delegation should excite roars of Paul ter In our great Republic Mr Sar ti received them with his pious grin and usual godtwaddle Then cam heir request The leader argued that here was not a single Am rlcansalnt In the calendar and that It would n great consolation if the discover ot America were so honored He might have added that as sixty per cent of the Americans avoided hurch as they do smallpox they were not greatly worried over the saint question But nothing was said ot this no statistics were quoted the leader probably nowing that His Holiness wasnt very quick with Iggers He might have told tho Pope that as the Americans are the most moral race In tho world hey did not want many saints around He hould have described the warm come accorded to tue Latter Day Saints But none of these interesting facts were mentioned and they left Mr Sarti wondering why the poor pious Americans were denied ny homegrown saints The Rationalists can hardly believe nts iizennfaRonahR don liberal principles could fall ow enough to envy the rotten monarchies of Europe their great armies of crim- Inal saints Oh Reason Is It possl- ble Did this occur in 1910 Not satisfied with this insult som pious priest came out with the statement that Columbus was a vicious immoral sailor with a wife In ever our greatest historian Irving his Life of Columbus does not entlon this fact we may regard It as a holy lie This muckraking servant of God has been reading the works or rather lies of Father Boyle Irving tells how bitterly Boyle hated lumbus because the admiral would- not allow him to torture and kill the natives When famine threatened the colony Columbus put Boyle on tlons The priest could not forgive tbe admiral doing all In his power to injure the great sailor Columbus endeavored to restrain the cruel religionists and protect the- natives but when he was absent they- did as they pleased Great bands priests and soldiers roamed over the- land killing and torturing the natives In a most godly manner On one saints day they hung thirteen natives to honor Christ and tho twelve clples After describing this horrl- ble crime Irving says Such occurrences show the extremity to whist human cruelty may extend when rim ulated by zeal in tne cause of IIglon i The last years of the admirals life- wero clouded by tho Insults heaped upon him by the clergy Having thrown every obstacle In the way his voyages they now determined humble the man who had shattered the false geography of the Bible Among these priests was Juan Fosse patriarch of the Indies who succeeded In having Columbus arrested and sent home in chains Such treatment broke the admirals heart and- when he was released he ordered the shackies placed in his study where- he could always seo them saying they- were his reward for the New World He also requested that they should be burled with him The only cause for this treatment on the part of the clergy was that Columbus was the finest character of his day which naturally made him enemies among such people Ml fair historians agree that lumbus was the noblest figure of the- fifteenth century While he may not- have been a model In some respects it Is certain he possessed more humanity than all the clergy since tho- god theory was conceived The Christiana cannot attack Co lumbus on tho ground of nornllty as their Blblo 18a poor advisor anrl their own past Is dark When the harlot was brought before Jesus he Immediately pardoned her with the famous sentence Neither do I con demn thee Lot the Catholics read a hlsory of their Popes before tacking Columbus Let them read of Pope Alexander III But tho plan to canonize him is the worst Insult of all Imagine the lant admiral seeking the society of the pious prayermongers called saints Picture him associating with such creatures Columbus Is too great to be slandered by fanatics All their efforts to canonize all their praye petitions and noise aro in vain and Columbus will be remembered and praised when the word god has been banished from the vocabulary of man Mt Vernon O JH PEROY WARD TO LEOTUR Morrison Rouse Great Bend Kansas April 6 19 Editor Blue Grass BlndeI arrived in this country about twoI months ago and have given a number of lectures in this city under the auspices of the Church of Humanity I am now arranging a lecture tour through the principal cities of theJ United States dates and s followstire as May 22Kansas MoIMay 29St LouistTune 5Chicago Tune 12 Cleveland rune 19 Pitlsburg rune 26Washingtonr- uly 3Philadelphia July 10 New York July I7New York July 24Boston July 31 Montreal Aug 7Toronto Lug 14 Buffalo tug 21 Detroit On the enclosed list are some ofI the subjects of my lectures In the above cities where there are Free thought Societies I shall be please to lecture from their against idolatry and superstitionI In those cities I visit in whic there are no such societies I shall be happy to hear from any friem therein who aro willing to assist in the organization of my meetings andI to supply me with information re 1 sr incavailebleluilly Am I imposing too much upon your good nature in asking if will be kind enough to draw your readI ers atention to the contents of this lettEr and that of the enclosed handbill With cordial greetings and sincere good wishes I remain Sincerely yours H PERCY WARD THE UTILITY AND LOGIC OF PRAYER By Joel M Berry The earliest prayer was a dance and in the early Christian churcl special provision was made for danc Ing In the Choir Greek chorusad- ance The presules or bishops led the dance on feast days The angels were believed to be always dancing and the glorious company the Apostles Is really a chorus ol however In the Christian church fell Into discredit through the moralities of the love feasts bul faintly survives In ctouroh processions St Basil said As dancing will be our occupation In heaven It had better be practiced betimes on earth The Chorentes an order of monks reUred Into the desert to obtain vatlon by dancing At Limoges the peoplo used to dance around the- choir of the church and at the end of each psalm Instead of the Gloria Patri sang Saint Marcel pray for us and we will dance in honor of to the time of the Reformation dancing was practiced In the Cathol- Ic cathedrals of Spain Portugal Rou slllon Peru and Mexico and to this- day a dancing procession takes place on WhitTuesday at Echternach In Luxembourg Survivals of this tom In the Welsh lowers are to be seen of Whitfield called Jumpers the Dancers of Ohio and the Sha kersSpoken prayer originated In an In ntatlon remains of Which are seen In the urgies repetitionsIn the frequent of such expressions as Kyrie elelsoo Lord have mercy upon and Good Lord deliver use In which- the dolty Is first flattered by being called good and then asked to deliver from the evil ones or powers of darkness Flattery and selfabase ment have always accompanied worship and prayer Besides the collect- Ions of good spells against the s petitions for blessings fine weather rain success in battle etc- wore and are to this day common and believed In by man When Halleys comet appeared 1456 It was considered the harbinger of the vengeance of tho Deity and the Pope ordered all tho church bells In ISuropo to be rung In order to acaro it away The falthfUi were dered to add a special prayer to their dally supplications AS their prayers had so frequently before been answered In eclipses and in times of drougl1t and rain so on this occasion It was declared that a victory over the comet when it disappeared had been vouchsafed to the Pope who got the credit for exorcising successfully expelling It from tlikles Hall however who discovered tho comet guided by the revelations of Kepler and Newton also discovered that Its motions so far from being controlled by prayer were guided In an emptio order by destiny and ho predicted Its reappearance in 59 which duly occurred The Biblical promises accepted by the Christian church as genuine re gardlng petitions prays etc collectively and privately are 1st Whatsoever ye shall ask In my name that will I Jesus do John 1413 2nd Whatsoever shall ask the Father In my name ffjlll give It to iou Ask and ye shall receive ate John 162324 3rdhTho pray ers of a righteous man avalleth much 1th If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed ye shall say unto this mountain Remove hence to yond place and it shall remove and not ng shall be Imposslbl to you Matt 1720 6th All thGlgs are possible o him that belleveth Mark 923I ith Whosoever shall say unto this mountain Be thou removed and be thou cast Into the sea and shall not doubt but shall bell that thes things which ho salth shall come to pass he shall have whatsoever aithWhatsoever things yo desire when ye pray believe that ye receive them and ye shall have them Mark 112324 7th If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed yo might say unto this sycamore tree Be thou plucked up by the root and be thou planted In the sea and It hould obey you Luke 176 The falth carrying capacity of a grain of mustard seed is impossible estimate even roughly but the ex resslon suggests a very minute proportion The naivete1 of the latte part of No 6 exposes the magical character and fraud of the attempt to cajole the Jews into a blind credulity Believe that ye receive tnem and ye shan have them The above promises are unlimited to persons and as to time being no means limited to the life time ot the Apostles These jlgns shall fol 7wtftlIiamum1tn urwith you always even unto the end the world They are somewhat marred how ever by the contradictory assertion of God the Father and original ot whom Jesus Is said to have been the carnation and those said to have been Inspired by him God knows the secrets of the heart Psalm 21 All the Inhabitants of the eartt are reputed as nothing and he does according to his will among them and none can stay his hand Daniel 435 For I the Lord change not Mal 36 Then what- can possibly be the use of prayer him as suggested by his reputed son It God does Just as he likes nothing can change him as he says barring the smell of cooking Gen 821 and if he knows everything Including tho peoples wants we can scarcely seethe logic of prayer to him As regards the utility of prayer we should expect to see some practical results from It In tistiy life among those who have faith and who believe Do we Let us examine the point little Those who are prayed for- most are those who are prayed for publicly In churches by large numbers ot the faithful and believing OViCr- elgns heads of States the nobility and the clergy Have our kings and queens enjoyed any better health become any richer or lived any longer because of the prayer In the State prayer book that asks that It may be granted them In health and wealth long to live HIstorf says No our nobility endowed with greater vine grace wisdom and understand- Ing In consequence of the prayers this effect Judging from the large number of criminals and delinquents from among this class who form small proportion ot those who appear In our courts of Justice we should say No Does prayer protect from disastrous floods or produce rain In seasons of drought Mr Foote tells us that In 1879 we were afflicted with n fall of rain scarcely paralleled the country Through the spring and Bummer the deluge persisted yet our- rain doctors kept nsqulet as mice Perhaps they reflected that It was scarcely politic to pray for sunshine until the Americans had ceased to egraph tho approach of fresh tempests But deceived by a brief spell of fine weather In July they suddenly plucked up courage and proceeded counsel Omnipotence The result was woeful On the very next Sunday after prayers for fine weather began to be offered a terrific storm burst- lover tho land and for weeks the rain Was Incessant The harvest was spoiled mid about forty million pounds sterling of produce was lost to the country Docs tho history of earthquakes and other misfortunes such as fires duo to natural phenomena show that praying people are saved front danger while the non prayhcg ones suffer When the earthquake of 1887 In the north of Italy and south of France occurred Were the churches Gods own houses saved and the gaming tables at Monte Carlo destroyed No Just the contrary Tho Inhabitants of Balardo fled from their houses at the Ish church where they fell on their knees and Implored the divine protec tion The priests and people were praying with one voice when tho lestial answer arrived A fresh wave of earthquake rent the walls and the roof fell In on the faithful and believ ing crowd killing three hundred and mutilating as many more A violent gale swept over Xeres on Sunday the Lords Day May 22 1898 Did It destroy the bullrings and preserve the churchesthe hens es of God No While the faithful and devout brides of Christ virgins whose lives were dedicated to tho service of their God were engaged in the chapel of tho Carmelite Convent- In tho most solemn act of worship which the Catholic Church possesses not only was the chapel struck by lightning at the moment when the priest was admlnlserlng tho commu nion but the priest who was in the act of feeding these brides of heaven with the body of their deity was jured When the building In which a Chris tlan Bazaar for charitable purposes was being held In Paris in 1897 was burned down were those pious and icnevolent people who were carrying out tho work of their Master Inside saved from the frightful effects of the flames No numbers and these the most helpless were burned to tenth among whom was a nun In he very act of prayer believing to the last In the false promises of the Icily she placed her faith in It was said by a French priest to be tho act of God but there were two acts ot God which require reconciling The first the drawing together of his people into an extricable trap with his blessing the second their ruthless and coldblooded murder not withstanding the pleadings of tho good unbride of Ohrlst even In her ponies Surely If the love of this fiendish deity Is to be obtained by uch cruelty and human suffering we may be excused for hoping that he will not take It Into his head to fall 13tl I1 r t But I must stop or Bro Weaver will be calling me down for making my ar dies too long For further Inform tlon on this subject see Kvolutlon of Man by Dr Hardwlcke and The oily of Prayer by G W Foo- teEXCURSION 150 CINCINNATI AND RETURN SUNDAY APRIL 24 SPECIAL TRAIN Leaving Lexington 725 A M Hopkins Bleaching xo nao WIT Jot ioIoeord GlovesItonot1eael Write rotnmlCo A TRIP TO ROME flbyDR J WILSON The International Congress of Free thinkers was held In the City of Rome Italy September The author attended that Congress as the American delegate It Is an account of travel and personal experiences that hu received an universal encomium troy press and people In it religious dogmas and tales of priestly fiction are ruthlessly exposed while the general style Is without com parison in American literature of travel Cloth bound pages Illustrated Address orders to BLUE GRASS BLADE Lexington Ky ++ +++ ++ HHOK1 t 0 Blade Mail Bag i+ N N K N +1N N N +11bNON N N N H KN N N HOH 1 Terse and Pithy Comments from Various Readers on Sundry Subjects A Humanitarian CARROLL YYOEditor Blue- Grass Blade If you will lUy al low me space in the columns of the Blade I would like to submit the fol lowing letter to my unorthodox friends for publication The ma jority of horn do not profess Christianity neither do they reject the divinity of Christ but are con tent to sit supinely in the old rutt of the ancient teachings of their fore fathers They aro worldly people who have given little or no thought to tho subject religion except an occasional declaration that they II be licvo in a hereafter It is tp this class that we owe our progress in the advancement of our cause An1 it is to this class we can truthfully say wo know you are sensible and not prejudiced against reform of whatever nature so long as it tends to the betterment of humanity We believe they will agree with us in this if they will but allow their better judgment to predominate long anough to investigate our cause thoroughly from a scientific as well as Theological view point A sci entist knows things from personal observations He looks at things in their natural state His reasoning power is unbiased by superstition of any orthodox creed whatsoever He will not allow his early training to intersept the progress of evolution He is over alert for new ideas and new methods His highest ambition is to discover that which has been hidden by the dark ages of the past When men have been freed from the awful fear of eternal punishment after death by a vengeful God then they will have climbed up and out of the ancient rutt of religious su perstition and the world will have advanced a pace Men will be better fitted to look upon the universe in its natural state and be more capable of doing justice to his fellowman The rising tyecerations willvbo plight that tills life is the only one they will ever know that their only Heaven is hero and now If we would be happy in this life we must improve every opportunity to secure that end Our happiness depends upon our manner of living If wo overioad our stomachs we suffer from stomach trouble If we cat that which does not agree with us we are made to suffer accord ingly If we commit a crime we suffer the loss of our social standing If we mistreat our neighbor we loose his respect If we steal a valuable article then our guilty conscience rebukes us inwardly thus we become unhappy and life is made miserable by our own hand Now dont get theII God idea mixed up with these characteristics Please remember there is no II God or noII Devil existing in my mind to control my sentiments I am a free moral agent of human nature Free to think Free to act Free to speak and by the careful manipula tion of these principles I am able to control my entire life in the in terest of my own personal hapiness This is Humanitarianism or Rational ism as you please- Respectfully submited MRS C B HAVEN Carroll Wyo Vera South Dakota Editor B G Blade It is so seldom wo read an original statement that I complimented the author of ant that The death of no woman was recorded in the bible Without ashing my permission tho man rushed my letter into print to gether with a long whallywrang lack ing sense of certitude Nearly every shade of opinion or belief may be found in the orthodox ranks but in one matter they all agree that the bible is history and only God knows almost everything they do not My critic is too anxious to preserve the literal word we suppose because it fits his copy and so fearful that an allegorical interpretation will destroy it that he acids the truth He tells us that ho renounced orthodoxy over fifty years ago Al most every thief will renounce burg lary though ho continue to burgle if my man isnt orthodox what is heT Ho doesnt claim to be liberal The matter under consideration is whether we use words in the sense their author used them or attach a later and different meaning to them The most important words of tho bible are inserted transliterated and therefore retain and are meant to be understood in their original Sanscrit Assyrian or Hebrew meanings as the case may be English words also ing used in their radical sense and free from traditional accretions quire more discretion than tho ordi nary blatherskite cares to devote to studyIf attach a different meaning to a word than its v42inal sense we have no means to determine what the peo ple who coined and used such terms thought anti my contention is for original meanitwhen reading an cient writings Even many English words used in the bible have acquired different meanings through traditional usage since the bible was cannonided pre vent as used in the text then sig nified a vent or opening previously made a way of escape arranged for before the time ofjits need where we now construe it as meaning to in tercept He asks what the word Adam would be Well Baking the Bible for it we find it defined thus Male and female create ho them and call ed their name Adam Therefore the word Adam is presented as the name for the mind of man and also tho name of u woman s mind The bible tolls us that God is spirit and that Adam is created in the likeness and image of God therefore we must conclude thui Adam like God is spirit or mind and has no special reference to his body as the body of mankind is called ground ie earthly God is only claimed to be an idea of the mind and whereas many persons deny having any such idea every liberal will grant them immunity without quibbling over it Credo signifies a belief or II I be lieve Miscreant is the term our pious ancestors applied to the here tics they toasted and means One who thinks wrong Create signifies II to make out of thing vif idmifi o our csir periences into a system an intel lectual world of thought as the ven erable Ernst Hacckel states tho mat ter The production ofa physical universe would not be a creation be cause it is composed of substance matter which is incapable of cre ation a creation is any new idea or combination of ideas into an orderly arrangementIn N T we find Je hovah of the beginning intro duced as ogos or Jesus i e Rea son the great organizer of ideas both words being the same only one is Hebrew while the other is Greek and neither is given as the name of a man born in a natural way there fore to be regarded as divine or a matter of the mind 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rhe r1trhe The l lucidand an He a Encyclopediststbe olescfauniyuseolconfuslonandhorror litraturelof The witha is that Comist I I FORTYTHREE HANDSOME VOLUMES f Size 8K x 5 Inches13034 Pages over illustrations of which 45 are hand colored dramas is s of to ost1r m1s an It b a THE EDITION fmadeart as rare of the to a galleryof a been brlnl of of THE COMPLETE SET SENT FREE FOR APPROVAL a of to Send the free and If Jjoo The and fw baultdtbeprlcewl1lbudvaucdto 1larleREMEMBER Cnitsaea THE OtuoR IFEW SETSofVoltalrq FortyThrre CU 3aoTSEND TODAY tf you ttn1ya Signature t Hubert SnUbRmtkn rtddrtU tU1otJtabopsClty AKRON OHIOStat4 Dattto- aafearatv eac 4etr cc ata tttlel l 7S17at47t l flilJ Jl Il 1141 MATTER ONLY NO ETERNAL FORMS IN NATURE No 12IWettsteinIBy Otto Tyndnll said platter is not Hint capacity which pholosophers and and theologians have pictured it but the universal mother who brings forth nil things as the fruit of her own womb Nature is seen to do all things spontaneously without the meddling of the gods In final analysis nothing exists but matter in its innumerable manifesta tions Matter is force force is mat ter Nature consists simply of matter ubiquitously and synchronically operative throughout infinite ex panse Science seeks and finds in the inherent physical and chemical qualities or potencies of matter the sourcpI of all cosmic activity and organic life Absolutely no extraneous agencies fashioning worlds constellations mice or men have ever been discover ed by tekscopo or microscopenoneI needed The sole phenomena are active and omnipresent in the matter constituting the phen omena The latter being infinite in aggregation this is the only rational explanation The job is too big for ono agent being mind or a God less wo posit ahugemiraclcworker which hypothesis however leads deep er and deopcr into the labyrinth of mystery anJ then argument ceases Nature is like a great kaleidoscope in perpetual motionits forms ever changing the scope ever the same There are ro eternal forms of matter Man is a form of matter hence not eternal Though the crowning work of nature he must humbly submit to the inexorable edict of his environments viz that which begins must end Nothing persists all forms of matter are transcicnt except matter in its elementary form When men flowers trees and cos mic bodies are created this is true only in a restricted sense These are not creative but simply formative processespreexisting matter assuming other forma When the White Citywas created in 1893 not an atom was created when Chicago was laid low in ashes not an atom was anihilated Forms of matter changed but their constituents survived As wood stone or wetal is needed to build a house or temple s the physical structure is necessity to fashion a man And a the house is no moro MWhetrdesfroyedsrntan finds vheiriiis l organism which made him a man is no more Let us stop fooling ourselves and seek the truth no matter where It lends Oh threats of Hell and hopes of Paradise One thing at least Is certain this life flies One thing is certain and the rest are lies The flower that once has blown ever diesvNothing can ever become some thing and something can never be come nothing Consequently sub stantive eristence at the present time of the underlying reality of all forms bodies and beings matter absolute ly proves its eternal existence in the past and future The church pleases to style Materialism Tha Gospel of Negation Indeed What do we deny A sol itary fact truth an object of knowl edge or what The priest cannot answer Wo simply deny their bold affirmations originated in ages of ig norance and which at the present day are farther from being maintain ed by the data of science than ever before Materialists affirm that Nature is all that it is supreme and that it contains within itself all the elements and the cogencies needed to evolve cosmic activity and animal life This the church denies These selfevident facts revealed to the humblest human being by science and his own senses it ignores Which is the Gospel of Negation Which is the true unbeliever It cannot possibly be a manifesta tion of bigotry or an arrogant as sumption of superiority frankly and plainly to affirm that there is no God and that there are no spirits because the totality of our knowledge all facts and evidence point directly that way and prcve it A negation is al ways in order unless tho affirmation can be established But to affirm that there is a God and that a dual man emerges from a dying man cap able of surviving during eternity when after thousands of years of assevera tion proof has not been forthcoming this I insist cannot possibly be de fined correctly only as the grossest God is God par amountly by virtue of his omnipres ence A finite God here but not there there but not here cannot be a God and all it implies But if God is everywhere it follows as plain as twice two are four that only an in finitcstinml ptrtion of him car bo in any special place or in man If the entire God were in man he could not bo throughout tho boundless realms of space also But such a small part of any God could not of course contain all tho necessary at tributes of nn infinite God Hence di viding a God and distributing him ad inlitum divests It him of divine attributes destroys It him and further abandoned belief must bo preemptorily Theology is the antithesis of nil sciences facts reality knowledge philosophy logic reason sense and God tho antithesis of the grand tout ensemble of all existence Whatever is is not God What ever we know to be is not God Whatever know to exist by the evidence of our senses aided by all inventions and accessories of modern science as well as closest an- esisis not God The sum total of all existence is not God The causes of ill phenomena are not God Nothing is God 0 lifeloving mortals who yearn to see the approaching day burdened though ye be with countless ills so urgent on nil is the love of life for life we know of lentil wo know nothing and therefore it is every one of us is afraid to quit this light of the sunEuripidesI NOTED CHARACTERS Agrippa Henry Cornelius a re markable character of the 16th Cen tury distinguished as writer philosopher and physician who united great ability and extensive acquire- ments with quackery was born of n noble family at Cologne 1486 Ho led nn adventurous and unsettled life quite in the spi rit of his times As early as 1509 he was appointed teacher of theology at Dole in Tranche Comte and attracted great attentionI by his lectures But bitter satires on the monks drawnI upon himself the hatred of that body he was accused of Heresy and liged to leave Dole He next taught theology for some time in Cologne occupying himself nt the same timeI with Alchemy and then Italy where he took military service under Maxmilian 1st and was Knighted He was afterwards made Doctor of Laws and Medicine and gave ecI ture ni Parvin uptil burdened vith debt ho tied to Casalc After TIhe was appointed Syndic of 1ebIput in 1502 he was again in Having excited the hostility of theI inquisition and of the monks by defense of n Witch his old enemies the monks persecuted him still in Cologne so that he went to Freibery in Switzerland where he began toI practice as a physician In 1524 he went again to Metz and there he gained such a reputation that the Mother of Francis 1st choose him her physician As he declined toI phophesy the issue of the campaign that Francis 1st undertook in 1525 ini Italy he lost his post and went to Holland Here he wrote his cele brntcd book Do Incertudine et Nnnitate Scientiarum 1527 a BetingI satire on the Sciences as they then exist wl An accusation against himI having been brought before Charles the 5th on account of this book he again became a fugitive and repaired to Lyon He there found the hatred he lied early excited in France not yet extinguished and was imprisoned But being liberated through the exerIt- ionR of his friends he Grenoble where he died Agrippa was a 535Iand had the merit of bating many of the prejudices age His hook Deocculta PhilosI ophian which contains the tematic account of the Cabbala stands in direct contradiction with the work above mentioned The most complete collection of his writings appeared nt Lyon in two volumes without date about 1550 BIBLICAL NOTES OF- ANTIQUITY BEERSHEBA Beersheba or Biersseba noted Wen of the Southor Well of the Seven socalled because here Abraham entered into an alliance with Abimelech King of Gerar which he ratiled with un oath and a gift of seven ewe lambs Beersheba was situated on the Southern border of Palestine about fiftytwo miles South west from Jerusalem and formed the limit in that direction of the Israelit ish dominion It was one of the most ancient as well as one of the most interesting places in Sacred record While Abraham resided at this place he received the command to sacrifice his son Isnnc Whose residence it also was Esau was robbed of his birthright and blessing here and here Jacob sacrificed to God before de parting into Egypt The sons of Samuel were made judges here and was from hunce Elijah was forced to flee into the desert from Jezebels 3Mfr i Hfr fr + + + + + + + + + + + Mans Origin and Destiny Y By Dr A Hausrnan Alameda California i This is the Greatest Book ofmodern tim s on the theory of Evolution r applied to SociologyY Itt will shortly be issued in book form by the Blue Grns Blade making a book of nearly 600 pages Tho author hasXdedicated it to Prof Ernst Haeckel and tl a great Jena philosopher has accepted the dedication q2VVJ 200 + + + Subscribe Now and Save Money r fiAll charges of postage will bo prepaid upon advance subscriptions- Tho first chapters are now in the press and publication in book farm will immediately 1 follow its serial publication in the blade colulrms s SAicscribe Now Subscribe Nowt JAMES E HUGHES Lexington Ky 9 + N N N N4Na N N N N N N N N N N eV4 rNwrath After the captivity Bccrshebu was occupied for some time by the Jews and in the 4th Century A Di it was n Roman garrison Two cir cular wells of fine pure water the largest being fortyfour feet dtcp to the surface of the water and twelve and n half feet in diameter And a heap of ruins about half a mile long and a quarter broad remain to mark the place where Beersheba once was See Gen 21 3122 1928 10 KING AHAB Aliab the Son and Successor of Ormi Was King of Israel from 918 to 897 He married Jezebel the Daughter of Ethboal King of Shin Through whose infurioit influence the Phoenician worship of Boal was introduced the King Himself duced to idolatry and the Priests and Prophets of Jehovah cruelly persecuted Yet the Prophets tained their influence ever the eopl- elDJ1oElijnh ilnr1lIpt11y the priests of Boal and reprove the wickedness of the King with the mose severe threatenings of ptinish ment Ahab prosecuted thre wars with Various success against Ben had ad King of Syria But in the last nrrowlHissends out the lying spirits to deceive His Prophets And the Lord said Who shall entice Ahab King of Is rael that Ha may go up and fall at Ramothgilead And one say ing after this manner and another after that manner Then there camp out a Spirit and stood before the Lord and said I will entice Him And the Lord asks wherewith And He said I will go out and be a lying spirit in the mouth of all His Prophets The Lord told Him to go And that He should meet with the best of success For a more detailed account read 2nd Chronicles 18th Chapter in full JOEL M BERRY MISCONCEPTIONS OF PEEETHOUGHT A letter in the Blade Mail flag of March 13th together with two or three like sentiments previously ex pressed by other writers awakens somo conjectures as to wlrjt may with reason be demanded of a Free thought paper and a Free rough editor After remarking that a cer tain article written for the Blnde had failed to appear the writer says- HI trust your paper is in reality n Freethought paper and not oiie only in name etc Does this then imply that an editor of n Freethought paper must publish every article which reaehe his desk or else alias be found wanting and be rounded up with the gouts Such a verdict seems to place our Liberal editors in a most precarious situation The space in all of their papers is limited but there is no limit to the amount of copy that may come in in any given week The orthodox and sectarian press is not expected to print everything sent them but the Liberal press it ap pears must crowd it in space or no space merit or no merit or forever forfeit the honored name of Free thought This is not quite my own idea either of Freethought or a free press It seems hardly just to me that an editor should be expected to publish all tho rubbish that can evolve from the brains of fanatics and lunatics rind the paper that undertook so much would not bo worth a nickel a every creed party union or association now has some paper published to promote its own views Then let writers send their choice effusions to their own class of papers A free press does not mean that one paper must be filled with n conglom eration of ideas for which the publisher must pay the printing bill however contrary the ideas may be to his own views a free press means only that no paper should be interfcrrcd with or discriminated against I have always supposed in writing an article for publicntion that if I wrote on one side of the paper put a title to it signed it and mailed to the edit r that said editor would guess that it was written and mailed for publication in his paper Editors are not more obtuse than ordinary individuals end it is not necessary to write on a separate sheet to ex plain what the article Is for or about- or to follow it up with a reprimand in case it fails to appear in the paper If it fails to appear one can just suppose editor had sufficient other articles that suited his purpose I said in the beginning it is not any one writer that has caller this forth but several One writer if my memory serves me right threat ened to withdraw patronage from the Blade if his or her manuscripts were not printed It nppearedout of the question that the editor might possess judgment or discrimination of his own it was for him only to obey But our Freethought papers should be the most carefully edited in the world It matters nothing how ligious papers are edited it matters everything how Liberal papers are edited Our editors more than any other class are carrying the weight of tho world on their shoulders They reed the cooperation of their readers andcontributors they absolutely do not need dictation MRS J C COON Barlow Florida A PLAN FOR ORGANIZATION OUTLINED VERA S D Mch 1910 tOllow1IngMr Percy Ward In Truth About God and Life for January says that he has made tim discovery that there la no future life In other words that death ends all In this case Mr Ward simply makes a statement thaj he nor any other living person can proveISays M Grier KIdder Theoretical Anarchy Is my dream for the future because theoretical anarchy says Mind your own business Practical anarchy on tho contrary suggests minding your neighbors At least blowing Innocent folks to atoms with dynamite to prove the brotherhood of man doesnt strike me as exclusiveness I am an atheist and while I do not believe that Nature thinks I was impelled to prove thai nature requir ed no personal caretaker or maker I disclose a plan of the universe that explains gravitation etc so simple that any sane man or tenyrold boy can readily grasp It I base my re pious doctrines of thero being no God upon tho Bible It stands or falls with Genesis that if Genesis gives no authority for God In other parts of the Bible there certainly Is none Tho first and only Munition Is Elohlm a which means the forces of nature which we call tho Gods As tho birth of Jehovah is provided for later in the text Its not the creator of our physical universe but when the tellectual universe Is mentioned In John Jehovah Logos Is given as Its creator therefore I affirm that hovah means human reason without which we can have no intellectual organization or universe of mind As it is necessary to observe the dictatesC of Reason or Jehovah to retain and perpetuate Ie reproduce in our children sane minds and healthy bodies as we must strive and cultivate peace and happiness through intellectual warfare I believe there Is need a Freethought organization wherein the truth may be taught where Chris tlans betimes will be welcomed rath er than repulsed and where we may Instruct them and lead them out of their wilderness Into the fair havenI ot Ratlena4om Brother Hughes you are making the fight of your life Socialism Is selfishness and It will desert you the Instant It shall succeed or rather tho Instant a Socialist President would be elected Masonry anti Romanism would begin to scrap and Freethought would sink In the general disruption of societyI td Interest you In a scheme of my own want to establish the work of my life practically want to begin the organization of Liberal this can be done as I have considered it and planned It out can supply thousands of dollars as an in vestment to further the cause hilt am sure as I planned it will be self supporting as a small book which am working on and have been for the past 40 years will supply the funds and leaven the cause But need advisement literary skill and business ability swig with what can and have supplied or In other words the matter Is to be subjected to its friends My plan Is to let each member pray or not as he or shounay choose Let only atheists have n controlling management of the organization r talnlng Godfearing persons on the rolls as probationary members To denounce no one for their opln punish no Innocent person for the Ignorance or shortcomings of others V j To have nothing to do with politics or the regulation of human conduct but to deal with art science etc the culture of the mind e religion which Is the sclcncoof the mind that deals with preserving and perpetuat- Ing sanity- I am not writing this for publica ion but to call your attention You may publish my name as a candidate for tho lecture field as an Organizer of a Rationalist system for the promo ion of Freethought and In your own terms Indicate what the system ma- ybeF S WEAVER Vern S Dti THE DOGMATISM OF MATER IALISTS It strikes me that our good friend Wettstoln Is positive to the extent of dogmatism but I am an Agnostic and dont pretend to knowF W Beck Dont pretend to know what That there is a God Of course you dont Bro Beck but why dont you Be cause nobody knows If such a being existed dont you suppose all would know it you would know It and such being would have proved it himself long ere this But because nobody knows it and because any conception- of such a being is impossible as till intelligent divines concedeand es pecally because the facts of Nature absolutely make such an abnormal Ing Impossible what ground have you to say you Dont know Absolutely none It is unreasonable not to call it cowardly Dont you see you are placing your superior Intelligence and doubt on a par with the Theists ab ject superstition You thus concede their belief is as reasonable as your rational unbelief Why thus humiliate yourself why concede this much when reason Judgment knowledge facts all are on your side absolutely nothing on theirs It Is not your bus iness to fly off throughout the realms of boundless space till you are old and grey haunting their God Not at all Simply deny the affirmation based upon nothing Your simple honest denial proves there is no such a being unless In deed at lost Vftpr years of search they could find or prove Suppose one says There Is a de vll would you assume the Agnostic attitude and say My friend I believe there Is no such a being but there may beI dont know Suppose some one says I have a live elephant In a bird cage In my house but refuses 1to prove It would you concede that might have or might not have Suppose some one says Twice twc Is five would you In spite of your knowledge to the contrary concede Twice two may be fivoI dont knew But such attitude towards selfevldently false vropnsltlons would be no more unreasonable then your attitude now as an Agnostic You know there Is a universe of cosmic forms and life Two entitles cannot occupy the same space at the same time The universe positively preoccupies nil spacehow can a God also occupy It Thus an omnipresent uni verse excludes an omnipresent God The Materialist confining himself strictly and humbly to self vlllent facts therefore has a right to be dog matic smuch so as the mathema tician who dogmatically affirms that twice two is four and because twice two is four twice two cannot possibly be five though the whole world should so affirm- J man dies the Materialist simply Ho Is dog says This man Is dead matte about it and has a right to be Another says this man Is not dead he still livesasserts It dogmatically but dont prove it Who is right There Is no room for Agnosticism no halfway house no middle ground Tho conflict Is between Naturalism and Theism and thrse two schools or factions must fight the battle to a fin ish If Theism Is reasonable Mater and we should ialism stands supreme have the courage to say so OTTO WETTSTEIN Ia Grange THE ORIENT by Charles Chllton Moore author hadthe When a young man walk through the Holy started out to Reaching Parts he gave Lands on foot returned home lieandthe Journeyup rail and boat about made the trip by three years before his death This book account of what he saw and angives myths It explodes numerous Christian Is especially suitable for n present Cloth Bound Pages Postpaid 125 Address orders to BLUE GRASS BLADE Lexington Ky ll UJ