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Digital page images are linked to the text file. r Uta t j SS BLADE I l VOLUME XVI IllghAed A As1nlAed t r LEXINGTON KENTUCKY SUNDAY APRIL 24th 1910 umbor2Df CREEDS Some things That Led to the Adoption of the New Testament r By Judge Parish B Lndd With the hope of presenting some features new to somo readers on the modus operandl which gave to the world our Inspired New Testament and the creed will be my excuse for this articles and In my H C Mythology I tavo gone quite fully Into the history and the Higher Criticism on the source and times of the production of the many books and other writings of the Bible especially In my Genesis to Revelation This article will be devoted to the origin and proceedings of the Council Nleaca which gave to the world 1the Christian Bible and the Athanaslan Creed as rules of belief It will be remembrred that Christianity as the child of fate slept In its cradle from the middle of the second until the first part of the third cen tury Before then It may be said It was In embryo Front the early part of the third century It was a smoking VOlcano often In the throe of the most violent eruptions Theso upheavals were produced by the clash of arms between the contending factions of Arias and Athanaslus who had played on the Ignorance credulity and pas sions of their followers all of Christ endom was a seething cauldron of fire and death The factions were altern ately slaughtering and banishing each other as chance made them orthodox or heterodox Aside from these great contests where were lesser quarrels at times between smaller factions The grcatei contest was waged over the status o f the supposed man or god Jesus Christ as to whether he was all god pan god or all coati older yqng fr o in F Sine age asine rainer iut contest went on there was no sign ol truce the whole Christian part ol the Roman Empire resounded with the clash of arms With Constantine on the throne as solo Emperor after the overthrow ol his colleagues in empire a new era dawned FlavIus Valerius Aurellua Constantine had long smarted under joint rule and was ambitious to be come solo Roman Emperor To ac complish this no obstacle was allowed to stand in his way Mnxentlus and Llclnlus as corulers were in his path Ho soon found a pretext to measure swords with them both were defeated In battle by this hardy soldier from the north but they were still living and tho defeated fortune might again perch on their banners The death ol hfse rivals was tho only remedy an excuse was soon found Constantlne had both of these good men put tc death Having tasted blood he trump ed up an excuse for murdering his wlfo Fausta In a cauldron of boiling water But there were others who might come up to dispute his power they must die His eldest son Crlspus put to death also the husbands ol his two sisters Constantla and Anas tatla and his nephew twelve years ol ago All prospective rivals now out of tho way he went to work to secure the allegiance of his Christian sub jectsConstantino was born at Nalssus 272 C E sole Emperor from to 337 His biographers say of him that be ing superstitious and somewhat dis turbed In conscience over these mur ders ho applied to Sapator a pagan priest to be absolved from these crimes being refused he applied to a Christian Bishop who at onco releas ed him from these murders By this time the Christians were becoming numerous but were scrupu lously opposed to war and so refused to enlist In tho armyThey must be secured as friends and soldiers Con stantino never lacked resources when ho had an end to accomplish To se cure the friendship of the bishops was to got tho Christians to enlist In the army Constantine was all things all o 1I1ena supporter of both pagans and Christians Tho Christians as we have seen were everywhere quarreling among themselves The policy of tho Emperor called for harmony tho bishops must be convened and settle their ferences The church was divided into three sections The Eastern with Its headquarters at Antioch the 1 Sputherri S1ranch at Alexandria the WesternatRome of these was orllocalgat up a large writings called gospels giving what purported to be the history of tho progress ot the church The references In ihese gospels to Christ were none otfnrp than Platos allegorical myth by him The Logosthe word of Zeus by Philo the Word of Jeh IIt wastu this reek sense say our best writers that tho word Christ was understood at least by the more In telligent the Christians and this understanding continued with the- o urch Fathers down to the time of the meetlag of the bishops at Nlcaea who even at that time put it Into their cre h by declaring Christ to be the Wordlof God Thus the Christ mained Ihilos Logosthe Word not a man The man was of later growth especially wlbh the more Intelligent Christians As for the great unthinking body of them they never did or could have other than confused notions which even today holds them In the face of nil reason Along wth these numerous so called gospels there were a great many spur ious writings of every kind and de scription None of these socalled gospelspine or spurious contained either dates places or names Each of branch societies had thesrthree on oral tradition Every ilcce of news relating to the progres of the church was called a gospel glad tidings Each branch had itg own gospels and knew none other t TsJyatho condition the gospels tipfof Th WcneairCcuncIi Not the gos pets we have now but those unoanon Ized gospels which some of the early Fathers of the church speak of as the gospels of the three first centuries for none others then existed Such was the condition of the church and Its followers when stantine Issued an edict calling on the bishops to meet at Nlcae and settle their differences From all parts ol the empire the bishops and presbyters flocked to Nlcaea each loaded down with gospels counter gospels epistles and counter epistles and scrapwrit tags not one of which so far as we can learn had a date place or name attached This was the Hebrew cus tom which was handed down to Chris tlnn times It was out of this heter ogeneous mass of writings that our New Testament was to come The task for the Council was prodigious even would It have been by a body of learn ed men much more so was it when the work was to be done by a class of Ignorant bishops halt maimed lame and halfblind martyrs most o them from tho forests mountains and deserts where they as hermits roamed like wild beasts living on roots Insects and reptiles and In rags and filth very few of them could read write but they made up In piety and devotion what they lacked In learning and Intelligence Sablnlus bishop of Heraclea says All except Constantino and Euseblus were a lot of Ignoramuses A few others as leaders says Euseblus die much talking which others say was but a mass of nonsense Constantino called the Council to gether became Its president thougf a pagan at the time and appointed his friend Euseblus to act In his absence Euseblus like Constantine was a mar of policy destitute of honesty prlncl or truthfulness HIs Ohrlstlar apologists are forced to admit that ly Ing In tho Interest of tho church was his boast Constantino took no interest in th proceedings of the Council except t keep tho peace Tho villlflcatlon o the members calling each other liars forgerers and frauds was of every day occurrence often coming to blow when tho Emperor was forced to ad Journ the body to avoid open war So far wo have had free sailing o historical seas but from this time or the records of the proceedings of tin Council having been burned by ordei of Constantino to obliterate tho graceful proceedings of the council much confusion prevails What little we have comes from a few unguarded notes of Euseblus and a fow others All else comes down to us sifted thro oral tradition in numerous versions Tim Council convened May 20th and after several adjournments finally ad journed August 25 325 E The number of bishops and presbyters In constant attendance Is given at 318 though not certain Including those who were constantly going and coming tho total Is footed up to about 2000 The Council was called for the pur pose of settling the numerous dls JUtes the most violent of which were on doctrinal points and It was on these points that most of the wrang occurred Theso once settled the lUng epistles and other New Testa ment writings came up for settlement As beforesald they were a mass of heterogeneous documents Each of the three sectionsEast South and West presented Its own All originally came from oral tradition T ja limited extent the four Gospels as we now havo them were In comparative harmony though differing to some extent This was true us to the three synop tics which run In the same groove- as to the fourth which was of later- origin It was added as one of tho members said to make the number- agree with the four winds and the four quarters of tie earth The decisions- cf the Council In settling the creed were by a majority vote though tra dition says each section trying to force Its own writings produced such a diversity of opinion that no agree ment could be reached Here tradi tion steps In and says The canon of Scriptures was now fixed by the Coun oil In this way The canonical and- apcchryphal bookgwere placed togeth er near the Holy with a prayer that the canonical might be found above and the others below The Council here adjourned for several days when It again met the genuine books were found ontho others under the table See MansI II 749 This does not seem to agree with the obher tradition which makes the result the effect of a majority vote unless we suppose that on a reassembling of the Council fraud was charged to have so placed the books found a threatened renewal of the contest and a final vote had to over ooic tMaycha igJr Tfils tt o31i1 UbIh keeping with all previous acts of this body Besides tradition again comes to the rescue and says that on the- final vote a very small majority was found In favoro f the canon but that found in favor of the canon but that cryWhether the epistles ascribed to Paul appeared to be among the apoc ryphnl writings does not appear but they were Just what the Infant church needed and so were classed among the genuine writings although we now know they were not written by Paul but by a class of Paullnlsts of Asia Minor near the close of the second or tho beginning of the third century When the Council had finished Its work It remained for the 318 members to affix their signatures to the final report Tradition here asserts that two of the 318 members of the Coun ell had died and were burled at Nlcaea pending the session that the Council deemed It essential that their names should be attached to the report with signedfures the document placed on the tombs of these dead men Cbrysanthus and Mysonius by name and the next morning their signatures were found attached to the report This ended the tnbooes of this fant ous Council which gave to the world the Afcbanasian Creed and the Inspir ed New Testament which not only fixed the creed but settled the Christ andIIthe Individual personal status of Christ who before that time was a theIJehovah In the guise of a dovo for a father and a virgin for a mother In this the Council but follower In the wake of all the pagan nations Some writers have taken issue on tho action of this Council on othe than the creed but I find authority for my statements above Besides n o thefwas voted on The several old MSS found mittsmy pro ceedings of that Council having been comens Arthur P Strong in his History of TiHjbooks which constitutes a collection of nil tho customs and canons of the onesd P If would seem that these books compose the writings brought from tho Eastern branch to Nlcaea that out of them only 20 were voted Into tho canon while 40 were rejected as sptStous or not wanted How many wel rejected from the Southern and tern divisions of the churoh we do Aiot know But It Is well settled sa a onlyisaY d This also applies to all other wrl Ings brought to the Council Only 14l the great collection of Epistles asc Ibed to Paul were voted canonical Ev n these have all been pronounced of t TulenchMchEast West and Southwere all wed each a gospel from Its own tolMhewbecausealwds and four quarters of tho earth o there must be four gospels This foe rth was assigned to one John here the names of these four evan g Ists were picked up who they were or where they oame from no one kn iws They were probably myths or deadwnocowIe not the writers of these gospels bit that others had attempted to p duce their sayings or writings of tl socalled Evangelists to what some If not all the aston ted for his learning who In the uncll being annoyed by some taunts th own out by the pagan philosophers at se and said Listen to me phllos Christthconfirmedaibyi Word whom we call the Son of Who was willing to be born aifa woman live with men and die jltr them He will come again ChrIsthltIlPems fo hebeen miiivu uy the entire Council as the correct In terpretation of the term Christ for It went Into the Creed as such This was the view taken by the fol lowers of Plato whose philosophy was adopted by the more Intelligent church Fathers as will be seen when we read what Euseblus said In that Council History goes back to the greatest antiquity showing the pedigree of the Son of Ancient Days to be both divine and human These ancient days re for to the pagans where the Son of the Father was called the Logosthe Word of Godthe breaththe wind from out the mouth of their dens primus This was also the Greek In terpretation as well as that of Philo and other early Hebrew scholars This Christ Idea which I have often before presented In my writings means and Is the equivalent of the word Good which Is claimed to be the principal attribute of Jehovah In time this quality gradually took on the name of a proper person This idea arising as a quality called Good gradually underwent a slow change until the closing hours of tho Nlcene Council when for the first time It was metamorphosed and like a butterfly from the caterpillar came forth a full grown manGod Orlgen the ablest and purest of tho Christian Fathers always taught that the Christ was purely an allegorical haracter and this was also the view taken of the matter by all the ablest of tho Fathers Not so by the prole talre who must have an object to worship Not being able to see this In a mere quality they from an early date construed this quality Goodthis allegorical character set up by Plate as a man from the loins of Jehovah tho Issue of a virgin Not being able to get away from this longestablished pagan myth they transformed It Into a mnn God This conception having been handed down front generation to generation our people even the most Intelligent ones find It hard to tear themselves loose from It Even most of the Freethinkers still continue to believe there must have been a real man called Christ around whom the early sect rallied but I find lately since I have presented so much proof of the mythical character of this Christ that our people are falling away from their early teachings and aro beginning to realize tho Inevitable deduction of the mythical character of the Hero of Bethlehem Dog Fennel In tho Orient ough to bo In everybodys book case ANARCHY An Idealistic Nightmare Resulting from Undigested European Liberty BY M GRIER KIDDER Talk is tho popular safety valve lo quacity the solace of the vulgar hot air the comfort of tho wretched Think of being poverty struck and dumb Moneyless and mum hard up and tongue tjed Empty heads empty pockets empty bellies and wind are In necessary partnership The failure naturally seeks the variety of reform ing his neighbor or Government slops over with homemade theories for for eign practice perhaps the hardest thing for a fellow to say who has nothing to say Is to say It He that hath ears to hear let him bray The absence of practice leaves a vacuum that nothing but theory can fill agination Is the ape of thought and It Is a poor fool who cant elaborate a nightmare that the wisest man cant realize If a theory doesnt fit the age It Is not Improved by calling It ahead of the age Its only proof of useful ness Is Its daptatlon to present prac tice to the needs of Its birth day Many a man thinks he Is a century ahead of his age who Is only a week ahead of the police several of us are looking ahead because we are scared to look behind Reformation Is the recreation of failure the mission of him who has missed everything else nobody devotes his time to others who hasnt flrst wasted It on himself Ev ery day I meet people who having outrun creation are waiting for evo lution to catch up The wise Government knows It can do anything with its people If It per mits them to threaten to do anything to It the people pay no attention to tyranny till tyranny pays attention to trifles The great unwashed threaten out their fury as they sweat out a sever Earnestness born of sHecpe determination of taciturnity desperation of contemplation no man can think much without thinking ho Is posed on But those who boll over with protestations resolutions and warnings blow off their danger harm lessly merely a case of blow hard or blow up bluster or blood mutter or murder Frederick the Great when laughing at a cartoon of himself said My people and I have made this agreement They are to say what they please and I am to do what I please He was a zoologist This doctrine holds rood In married life the husbands doing is In pro portion to the wifes saying the more lip the more liberty the more fret the more freedom So when you pity a wife for bearing her cross In silence be ready to transfer some sympathy tc the husband hell need It I know of nothing more suspicious than a wife who smiles sweetly and acquiesces cheerfully believes everything her husband says but with that faraway look In her eyes Talk Is the floodgate of tho emotions and a woman never forgets what she had to say till she says With the mob suppressed talk fas ters Into deed Of course dangerous demagogues merit official notice but honoring with a six months sentence every vagabond who bespatters the flag Is making first class martyr ma tonal the best remedy for foul breath lis fresh air I condescend to spit down on no man who tries Ineffect rally to spit up to me The populace never wants to bite till forbidden to growl to show Is teeth till muzzled Then It comes near enough to thinkint- prove that a thoughtless Govern ment encourages a thoughtful people Woo betide a Government whose populace has chosen commonsense as a riety Think of all the great upheav of the past of the stupidity of rul who surrendered the power leIS history to their mobs Th current that with gentle murmur glides thou knowest being stoppc Impatiently doth rage which fits alike the limpid brook and the sewer Physical monotony often breeds men variety what tho eye cant see tht fancy must visit The masses must tai k of what they dont understand If the talk at all and who talks of the known without enlisting the aid of never nearer thooretlca license than when tho mob threatens nor Government nearer practical t ranny than when It disputes with th mob over tho dividing line No fee Government can afford to be Impatlen JIL l Ail flimeson we levy on conservatism for a precedent Invoke memory for a model let us not forget the ocean of blood and tears necessary to dissolve thenchains that shackled us to the of the dead past Folly vertises Its own foolishness corpseIpilloried Into notice by recognition too often the stolen garb of persecuted It Is to the Imprisoning of John Wilkes for writing treason that England owesfher freedom of the press Wilkes wasla drunken worthless vagabond that moral compost nourished the tree s of Icrankpromises than that ten be convicted for promising what twenty cant per form better the flag be Insulted by the rabble than the rabble know that It can Insult the flag If the orator have a practical follow ing If his past realization endorse his present threat Jail him without mercy for the flag that cant protect the pectability It represents Is fit to flap only above a pest house But arrest ing every whisky Inspired anarchist tforfor probable present Insanity The United States Government has chased Emma Goldman from ocean to ocean till It has Invested her with a national reputation and let me suggest that a bad reputation If there be enough of It sometimes Is as useful as a good one If the woman be guilty Imprisoniher and keep her Imprisoned If she be Innocent let her alone Anarchy would be too Idiotic for serIous refureUon If It er of for j this blUclarsancfrori rnavB nter viewed anarchsts recently and they told mo that Miss Goldman Is elated with the Importance thrust upon the entire menagerie are herIover what they call her tree tisement And no wonder when ev f cry dirtyencrusted Dago or Tartar who ferments with hogwash Is dignified with dangerous man to the KalmuckIGovernment Emma have talked too much she talked at all may have she oughtnt probably did If she tried t to say only what she ought Perso nally I have either to say nothing t which I find very difficult or to say something to shock folks which I r find less difficult and much more agree able and I am no anarchist either i ivariousnone of which meets my approval Most folks who diagnose my toms call me a dyspeptic sist that I have been crossed In and one distant sister offered SmpIme absent treatment I that a little propinquity be till she sent me her photograph I became reconciled to the remote Yes I have been called everything but anarchist Christian Scientist and pi ous and one admirer went so far as to tell me I was a socialist but didnt know It I told him that accounted for my being one and I hoped nobody else would know It But like most folks I have some pet theories which I am convinced If realized would make us a great nation Of course ingour would be left would excel In quality but revenons n nos moutons Burke called the Russian govern ment Despotism tempered with as sassination Ours strikes mo as lib erty distempered with Immigration forethe oppressed and complain of op pression open our ports and marvel at out crime Invite the ragtag and bobtail of Gods creation and wonder because they dont behave When I began housekeeping I furnished It with flypaper but forgot to shut the governmenty whilesstraight from getting crooked it doesnt make tho crooked i straight our mistake Is to run understhe same constitution No man who resorts to crime where thero Is some t wherotno excuse up Continued on Page 11 DU BLUE GRASS BLADE FOUNDED Dy CHARLES CHILTON MOORE nd edited by him until his death February JAMES E HUGHES Proprietor 126128 Uorth Limestone Street Lexington Kentucky- P Box SUBSCRIPTION RATES By mall postpaid 100 pr yr In advance Five new yearly subscribers at one re mittance cents each Foreign 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HUGHES Box Lexlng on Kentucky TRUTH Truth crushed to earth shall rise again The eternal years of God are hers But error wounded writhes with pain And dies among his worshippers Byron HISTORICAL CHARACTERS BAAL BaAl a Hebrew word signif ing Lord owner or master and applied as a general title of hon or to many different gods In ITosea 2nd 16 it is men tioned as a name which had given to Jehovah himself But when used with the definite ar title it specially designated the principalmnle deity of the Phoenicians and Carthagenians as Baalties or Astarte was the principal female deity In connection with Babylon and Assy the same deity is spoken of under the namje of Bel or Bolus originally Baal was the God of the Sun the ruler and virifier of na Goddesst of r ship of the Western Asiatic na JupitmproperlPhoenician Melchart which is usually suppos cityiTyre e a signifyingthe learned seldom is of opinion StrongKingsame God as the Phoenician Mo confoundcdBnaJ dias tinction termed him the Tydian locality1st King chapter 18 we read that the priests of Baal danced about the altar during the sacrifice and mangltspeedily answer their prayers INFIDELITY IN OUR CHUROHES 0The Deacons Dilemma The No Hell Theory from a Bible Point of View BY OTTO WKTTSTEIN I desire to show partly in exoneration of my well known radi enl views that here arc today more real Infidels within our nonCatholic churches than outside I ant prompted after long sil once to write this communication hy having heard that a certain enthusiastic deacon of one of our local churches has deliberately declared that the Bible did not teach that sinners and unbeliev alter deathers were consigned to everlasting punishment in a lit eral local hell but instead were annihilatedI to prove by the Bible itself and by the testimony of many of our most noted honest and consistent old school divines that whosoever commits himself tto such a belief or rather unbe lief is if the plain language o the Bible is meant to be under stood an unbeliever and actua Infidcland all this name implies and will he one of those who after death shall go into andhavcbrimIstonement select the following texts Matt v 22 Whosoever shall say thou fool shall be in danger of hell fire 3Fatt v 30 And if thy righ- hand offend thee cut it off all cast it from thee for it is profits ble for thee that one of thy mem t1111tIeanst into hellaMatt viii 12 But the chil dren of the Kingdom shall be cast toout into utter darkness there shall he weeping and gnashing of xiii 42 Shall cast them into a furnace of fire there sll he wailincr and gnashing n teeth 49 So shall it be at tlie enrlof the world The angels shoal come forth and sever th wicked from among the just an shall cast them into the furnace of fire there shall be wailing and smashing of Matt tectllIeye offend out an east it from theca It is better for thee to enter into life with one eyetoMatt xxiii 15 Woe unto you hypocritesformake one proselyte and when he is made you make him twofold yourSgeneration of vipers how can ye escape the damnation of hell Matt xxv 41 Then shall ye say also to them on the left hand depart from me ye cursed into theIlark ix 45 And if thy Sao offend thee cut it off it is better for thee to enter halt into life thou having two feet to be cost into brit into the fire that never shall be quenched Miark xvi 16 He that believ eth and is baptized shall be saved but he that believeth no damnedrLuke xii 5 But I will fore warn you whom ye shall fear Fear him which after he has killed hath power to cast into hell yen I say unto you Pear him Luke xvi 2225 And it cam to pass that the beggar died an was carried by the angels into Abrahams bosom The rich man also died and was buried and in heinginafar oil and Laarus in his bosom And he cried andsaid Father Abraham have mercy on me and send Lazarus that he may dip the tip of his finger i water and cool my tongue for am tormented in this flame Rev xiv 911 If any man worship the beast and his image fortbendshall drink of the wine of tito wrathof God which is poured out without mixture into the cup shallhestone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of theirtorment ever and they have no rest day nor night Rev xix 20 And the beast was taken und with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him with which he deceiv cd thenii that had received the mark of the beast and them that worshipped his image These both were cost alive into lake of tine burning with brimstone Rev xx 15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the tutee of fire TCcv xxi S But the fearful and unbelieving undall liars shall have their part in the lake that burneth witli fire and brim stone which is the second death Then to emphasize that every word of the Bible is the true and inafallible word and command of God himself it is written on the last page And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy God shall take away his part out of the book of life and out of the holy city and from the things which are written in this hook What are the which arc unmistak1l1hlwritten They are these That rejestof this hook his olf life and whose name shall not he found therein shall on the judgment day go into everlast ing punishment in that lake which burneth with fire mId brimstone And it matters not if there are contradictory texts if the subject related seems to him rational or irrational just unjust pleasing or shocking no man or woman stillclaiming to pose as a true Christian has a ndr lect for the infallible omniscience inspirt t ianity is founded It is either accordingtoMalflicw Mark Luke and John or a collection of innumerable falli hlo theories according to Tom Dick Harry and others allof them of no more importance than fictionf J will quote from the wordsof few of the best known consistent notdv as Calvin Luther Edwards nn sineitsRev Dr Herrick Johnson But the great body of humble grenthodyors hear what these men of tIle sayintion or conditional immortali gohaekread even as before the doctrine of eternal punishment Tell m why they do not want to read so Millions of as tender heart ibleTJlcscholars age after ass search possibilit ittThey find it because it is there They believe it because the nmst It is the eternal death the soul they arc in peril of If ihlcGaspeti pct of Salvation shall be preach ed nothingRev testimonies Whore quoted make thedocerincestablished by the Scriptures IJ nottindn 1hcIlinitty than this If the evidence thcnCllIistianswhich they rest tlier froth thr011of unending punishment of the prowI righteous repudiatetJlesc UICholy Biheoftener than of his love and yet ninetynine out of a hundred ser mons arc on thc love of God If two are preached on his wrath sulplmricAmcricnn structing It has not honest back I bone enough to slloiv forth the whole Bible uoujQnHiniy says fiftysix times a hell burning It has now beta burning a long time and has grown hotter and hotter with its vic tims You may shuffle off the whole subject from your atten Lion but your impenitent course is leading you to hell as surely as Fulton Street leads to Pulton for ry Prof Frauds William Nc- vmanIf the spirit within us our own fallible judgment and the Bible or the church without us are at variance we must obey the inward and disregard the out ward law- Resolution of the M E Church 1592Resolved that we the members of the Chicago preach ers meeting talc this occasion to reaflim our belief in the fn thire endless punishment of the Charles II Spurgeon En glands greatest preacherIThc torments of hell will be immeasur ably greater than being in a glow ing oven brickkiln or a fiery furnace When thy death comes thy soul shall be tormented mono itrlint ati the day of judgment thy body will join thy soul then thou wilt have twin hells body and soul will he together each brim full of pain thy soul sweating in its inmost pores great drops of blood he does not stalk how blood can exist in a degree of heat immeasurably greeter than that in a clowing oven and thy body front head to foot sut fusedwith agony conscience judgment memory all tortured bre tortured with salsa moans hot low roans and shrieks of tortured hosts thy heart heating high with fever thy pulse rattlincr at an enormous rate thy limbs cracking like tIle martyrs in the fire yet unburnt thyself put in a yc selof hot oil pained yet comincr out undestroyed all thy veins becoming roads for the feet of pain to travel on every nerve wJliclltJwbolical tunes of hell and unutter able lament thy soul forever nnlnitatincrined in London to a vast audience near thlcloso of the nineteenth Rev Dr 1roorlyI have colorerd wallithr01ltrIIfThiR penknifo litwhole thing out If yon are go tIlingsvon undcrfrtland nntwillbtIn view of all this it is self evident that our friend the dea con must choose between two al wordTlilt book whether or not it agrees with his fallible understanding titerf e or the remainder ol the belief he still subscribes to is tritehe willns Brother Tal mage says Go to hell as sure as Fulton street leads to Fulton ferry THE EARLY HISTORY OF py- THAGORAS AND JESUS By Joel M Berry There is as striking siluilrtrit observable in the early history Pythagoras and Jesus as there is between Bacchus find Jesus which it is impossible to ignore Bothwere natives of the same nconnirySyria thc former Join born at Samos B C 582anthe latter at Bethlehem Both wore Essenian monks which accounts for the conspicuous absence of the Essene name in the New Testament Both spent their early days in Egypt being i structed in magic astronomy and hothhadwould miraculously conceive and bring for sons who would be benefactors to mankind and both were born when their mothers were from home on journeys The history of Pythagoras gives us a good insight into the way legends arc evolved as that was evolved miraculotnis Both are said tfo have been father ed by n ghost tho mother of Py thagoras was said to have hnd connection with the ghost of the god Apollo the mother of Jesus by the ghost of Yaliuh Pythag oras was like Jesus called the Son of Godand was carried front Egypt to Babylon by the Persian King Cambysses son of Cyrus where he was initiated into the doctrines and learning of the Persian Magi magicians and thou into India where he was in structed in Braliinanism In later life he returned to Egypt to be instructed in astronomy and divi nation by the priests there The legendary character of the mirac oleos birth of the Christian Mes sinhaR given by the New Tes tament is of course perfectly vious when the narratives arc looked info and examined In the Mathcw Gospel we are told that it took place when Herod was king Now Herod was made Gov ernor of Judea a province of Syria B C 40 under the Emper or Anthony and died at Jericho six years before the date fixed for birth of Jesus on his way me from Calirrhoc a watering place near Athens where he had been to take tflio baths so that he was not in Jerusalem at all after B C 6 The Luke Gospel tells us that it took place when Cy renius was Governor of Judea and Augustus was Emperor Now Ouiriniis or Cyrcnius proconsultof Syria ruled from 5 and Augustus tied 5 C E So that according to Mlnthew the birth took place B C or 7 and according to Luke in tIle fifth year of the Christian erna dif ference of eleven or twelve years Both cannot be right The only records we have of Jesus arc from taintedor unreliable sources Contemporary history is ominous ly silent in retard to either or his wonderful doiners If Jess had gone about Judea foHowed nrocll1iminghi1l1wlf self twelve discinles riding tri iunn1inntlv into Jerusalem while the rabble strowcd branches in his way bontitifr resnenhnble met tIIIrnincrtlntrnmle courtnnsettine thpi stnlK sentt rin r then nods and money onllinn them fuels vi ante livnonrilVs sons of bill nid otlinr offensive jujmcs JWat rtninlyhayotemnorarv history of the stir that mart nssiirndlv would have been merle And wo onnnot conceive such riotous conduct n flit nor ofn 01111 molt n mfnsti wealthy and reSoe 1tn hIp merchants with out their inijwcdintclv takiticr the law into tllf 1Orn hands and ninVintr short work of him There arc tIle Gospels which as we haP soon are too contra conTe of the miincroii pavan Mbssiahs before him to he sronuine himitwo passages in Josenhus which can casilv bo perceived on exam internolnHonSflit Annals of Tacitus also shown to be a forcrery The Gospel sory of Jesus cannot stand n moments criticism for the discrepancies arc numerous tho o between John and the Mathew Gnsnols boinc es I1Stll1f ofluenottllll1ono journey to JornsnJom ho did not mafro many Tf his method of tenehincr was flint of Ute tJlefourth theffacts wo minv clean about him have to he mtessedrat fronn a number ofrtl10st RtOlirRJ1IRleRs miracles obildi h siyines and statementsdTn flic Epistles his existents is 1ic1emtintence that he uttered preserved Paul writincr from 20 to 30 years refnerence ho over 1or did ToRe alms stakes no mention ofany such mnn as Jesus in his original manuscript Tacitus wrote a hisfory about this time but does not mention anv Teens in it Phi lo anti the two Plinvs father mid son who also wrote about this time made no mention whatever of Jcwus Now wo ask How can wo imacrine such nitrate as this possible in ease such extraordi nary events as are recorded in the New Testament Wheat Jesus were 1 true The feeding of thousands of people with a few small loaves and fishes the raising of the dead to life again mid their being seen theImiracnloushours earthquakes mysterious voices from the clouds bodies ris ing through tlio air etc such sweaty would certainly have been noised abroad would have formed topics of general conversation and could not have failed to have found a place in the literature of the day Cures said to have been wrought upon incurables yet no liIevents could havo oc curred and none hut the fourGos pet writers have known anything Wheat them It is more titan SUB piciousit is absolute evidence of pious fraud and deception iL PERCY WARD TO LECTURE Morrison House Great Bend Kansas April 6 1910 Editor Blue Grass BladeIorrived in this country about two months ago and have given a number of lectures in this city under the HumanityIthrough the principal cities of the United States Jfy dates and places aro as follows May 22Kansas City Mo May 29St Louis Juno 5 Chicago Juno 12Cleveland Juno 19 Pittsburg Juno 26 Washington July 3Philadelphia July 10 New York YorksJuly 31Montreal Aug 7Toronto Aug 14 Buffalo Aug 21 Detroit On tho enclosed list are somo of the subjects of my lectures In tho above cities where there are Free pleasedrsuperstitionIn there era no such societies I shall bo linppy to hear from any jWcnl therein who era willing to assist in the organization of my meetings and to supply me with information re garding available halls upontbo kind enough to draw your read 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 t EXCURSION 150 CINCINNATI AND RETURN SUNDAY MAY 8 SPECIAL TRAIN Leaving Lexington 725 TRIP TO ROME by DR J WILSON The International Congress of Free thinkers was held the City of Rome Italy September The author attended that Congress ns the American delegate It Is an account of travel and personal experiences that hut received an universal encomium fnvi press and people In It religious dogmas and tales of priestly fiction are ruthlessly exposed while the general style Is without com parlson In American literature of travel Cloth bound pages Illustrated Address orders to BLUE GRABS BLADE Lexington Ky SOME COMMENTS ON BIBLE TEACHINGS lCBrIt is stated in the Bible that there wits a day when the sons of God eaino to present themselves before the Lord And Satan came also to present him self to the Lord and he proves to be the most interesting son of them all for the Lord it seems leaves all tho rest to care for themselves and directs his attention to Satan only Quite a rise t dont you think front a serpent in the Garden of Eden to an as soeiate with the sons of God But in our opinion as honest and worthy a son as God ever creat ed ho has been with God from the start and will likely stay with him to the finish His other re pitted son skipped out and left the whole business in charge of Satan The Lord on seeing him receives him kindly and asks Whence comcst thou Satan answers him intelligently Then the Lord calls his attention to his servant Job and asks Satan if he knows anything about him On being informed that he knew as much perhaps about Job as the Lord himself did The Lord on hearing this gets jealous of Jobc and turns him over to the care of Satan to try his faith to see of he was a just man For the particu Jars in this case see the Book of Job We often hear ministers commencing on the glorious victory of the Lord over Satan in the case of Job but we never hear s of them commenting on the gloria ous victory of Satan over the Lord in the case of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden The very fact of the Lord turni ing Job over to Satan to experi went with proves the truth of Satans statement to a fraction that he knew as mluch about Job as the Lord did Does God have to experiment with man to find out what he is No other person in the Bible is favored with as many nice little Christian epithets as Satan Besides being called Satan Serpent and Devil St John styles him as the God of this world Thanks Bro John you have come devilish near telling the truth for once For our experience teaches usI that in ease any one in this world is deserving the title of God His Satanic Majesty is the man He has stood the storm for the lost six thousand yeas has been right at his post day and night and as long as that beautiful life giver rises in the East and sets in the West he will be right there Tie surely is the God of this world for he has the whole bus iness under his control and in ease anything goes wrong he has to stand the blame and in that ease justice would demand that he was deserving a little of the ramp The Lord though tells us in plain positive terms that he is not only the creator of all the evil there is in the world but not an evil shall hnppen in a city but whati he does it Tell the good Christian minister this and heI will at once get furiously mad at you and call you an Infidel or an Atheist and charge you with blasphemy This man they call Jesus durj in his little stay here on earthi tried hard to set up a kingdom in opposition to the Devil or God of this world as John calls him but he soon became dis cournged and left for parts unknown Tie soon found out that neither the God nor the people of this world wanted a disturber of the peace and family affairs forj their leader So they put him out of the way Then one God at a time plenty for in case there wore two they would soon be fighting over the spoils Teens saul My kingdom isI not of this world No we dont think it is for in ease iti were wo should think his place would be hero looking a little after his subjects And we think it very doubtful if he is running n king dom in any other world lib tried hard to set up a kingdom on this earth but trot tired so on pre tense of going on a visit to see his Father and under promise of returning in a short time he skips out and has not been seen or heard of since and that is now agoTntretdiiig fearfully tired of waiting to see what the result is going to be Theologians are disputing over the problem viTIIS Jesus a God Wins ho a man or was he a myth Tho above problem has been in dispute ever since Jesus set his foot on this earth and it is no nearer n solution today than it eras 1000 years ago Millions of liven have been sacrificed and of blood have flowed in an to settle the vexed question But all to no purpose Ever sinco Jesus uttered the words I clone not to send pence but a sword the battle has been rag J ing Millions of poor innocent women and children have also had to suficr and sickness sorrow pain and death have been sent broadcast over the laud And further this fearful massacre of human beings has not been be ween the believing on one side Iud the unbelieving on the other =No trot a bit of it It has all been among the meek and lowly followers of the Lamb themselves Satan or the Prince of this worldns the ministers call him has not lifted a hand nor ta ken any part in it All he has done is to stand by and watch the progress of the battle with occasionally a smile nod tho rc mark Sec how these Christ inns and followers of Jesus love to murder one another Then says Let thom fight it out among themselves I wont no part or lot in the matter I dont ave to fight or murder any one in order to run my kingdom I would choose rather to do all I to protect the people in stead of killing them Look at the two great religious factions in this country today fighting for the supremacy standing with swords drawn waiting for the order Forward March Then see the fearful Father murdering the sonc nd son the father brother ar rayed against brother with death ctlilcannot stand Neither ore two opposite kingdoms supposed to occupy the snore space nt the zone time It would be like too many gods While one would be the greatest of plentyall that there was room fortwo would not be worth anything- As for the myth problem we have decided on tflmt for ourself years ago We find that he isC not only a myth but a murderer and all who wish to become folllowers of him commence lit to observe his command vi If any mlan come to me and hato nott father and mother mid wife and children and brethren and sisters hecannot be my disciple Luke 1426 Parker Sercombe of Chicago aposWe of Rational Education and Sound Thinking has been made the subject of a species of heresy trial by the regents of the University of Wisconsin who find him guilty of Socialism free love and Anarchism and therefore undesirable as a lecturer before any department of that institution Mir Sorcombe spoke not long ago before the Universi tys Department of Education on Education in Democracy Prof E A Ross who was instru mental in gaining him a hearing- is censured by the regents Mr Fercombe has written to each of the regents a letter in a proof copy of which submitted to us by Mr Sercombe we see signs of a growing conservatism on the part of the writer He says wrhe silly charges published against Professor Ross and my self of teaching Socialism free love Anarchism etc fall to the ground completely in the light of the exceptionally exemplary lives led by both of us and Had the Board known too that I had long since repudiated God aban doned the defunct magazine in which the loosely written para graphs purporting to be my views were foundandso on This semjs to us somewhat foreign to tho rattler defiant nature of Mt Sercombe and a reflection on his magazine ToMorroAV which is dead and should have nothing but good said about it according to the maxim lie might as wen stand on his record for a man who has once ofiended the gods of morality though he repent liable to do it again and embarrass respectable who introduce hint to scats learning and vouch for him as a Thinkingf Americans have become so ac customed to sending missionaries to Mohammedan countries in the hope of converting the followers of the Prophet of Christianity that it seems a trifle strange to lllicin to be informed that the Su preme Pontiff of Tslanl at Con stantinople has actually sent a regular missionary to this coun try to ascertain the prospects of introducing tho Moslem faith New York Sun + + ++ + + +++++ A ++ f 1909 1909 = = y y j Blue Grass Blade Bound volume i + Containing Fiftytwo Copies of The Blade and all handsomely = ibound in Blue Buckram with gold lettersj jneedfrom last years price 300 jj Subscribe NOW and get your name on the list in time A A 1A STILL BETTER OFFER i t For Five New Subscribers For Five New Subscribers iWewill send ONE COPY 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for Music Is the voice of Love Love Is the magician the enchanter that changes worthless things to Joy and makes right royal kings and queens of common clay It Is tho perfume of the wondrous flower the heartand without that sacred passion that divine swoon we are less than beasts but with It earth Is heav en and we are godsRobt G Inger soil Talent has the four seasons Spring that Is to say the sowing of the seeds Summer growth Autumn harvest Winter Intellectual death nut there Is now and then a genius who has no winter and no matter how many years he may live on the blossom of his thought no snow falls Genius has the climate of perpetual growth Ingersoll It ought to be our ambition honestly to deserve the disapproval of the ene- mIes of Rationalism and the respect and sympathy of the free and the brave M Mangasarlan It Is a splendid thing to think that the emperor of one loving and tender grow old to you Through the wrinkles- of time through the mask of years If you really love her you 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of has f The f a eeniaetetathhue Isscaraiy my the J of aof path FORTYTHREE HANDSOME yOLUMES I Size SKx5M Inches 13034 Pages over Illustrations of which 45 are colored 1 Hlstorical6 dramas Pam s Dictlonry to fortythird so Index It a a The printed anew THE EDITION art a Mute to i THE COMPLETE SET SENT FREE FOR APPROVAL a of JSnd the Ipproval If remit free fw arej to a Jpus REMEMBER tile THERE ARE BUT APleInd euges fEW SETSoCVoltalreln FortyThree fr you CUT OUT COUPON Soo Irnot SEND TODAY radvllOol1Wlthln Slgnatun ziddrmtSt Iubett GuildRnfdexct tllorhebopsCity n AKRON OHIOstart DaleCeit lt f- I ni JU11 q tANARCHY Continued from Pago for iirottt Is likely to grow Into blow ing them up for pastime and the an archist who decompounds a Czar be cause ho should will probably disin tegrate a citizen because he can hab it like fire mid whisky Is a good sere ant but a bad master Think of one of these advocates for sudden expan sign thousands of miles from his nat ive hunting grounds and hard up for game There are no czars grand dukes are at a premium ho may be reduced to governors even mayors or at a pinch to supervisors Think o being reduced to a supervisor- In Russia I fellow has to be Illegally bad to keep from being legally worse to expand somebody else unconstitu tionally to avoid being contracted con stitutionally There Is no compromise between the something he wants to be and the nothing he doesnt want t be There dynamite Is one of the essentials the only creator of polo ical vacancy the solo promoter of official variety When a Russian holder resigns he Is said to hand In his resignation with conspicuous pre cipitancy When the last grand duk retired from ofllce he forgot to take over fifty per cent of himself with him I am told they advertised for his head death Is said to have been sudden Now dont you know It wouldnt requi- resort to such logic to convince your uncle that he Is officially superfluous I dote on political preferment but I want my resignation to be more grad ual when prepare to plunk the ce lestial catgut I dont want to gyrate Into bliss I am nothing If not digni fied What was left of the Grand Duke left a wife presumably a wid ow and sic visited the anarchist In jail I dont know what she said to him probably asked him If his ther wasnt a woman or at least that Is what all the pious old ask me when I say that I dont believe In eternal punishment I cant ex press a contrary opinion nowadays without some old woman doubting the sex of my maternal ancestry nobody wants to know If my father wasnt a man I own to being afflicted with sec eral of the idiosyncrasies of genius but in a few of the essentials I am emphatically with the majority However this Is by the way In England the anarchist says what ho wants which keeps him from doing what the Government doesnt want John Bull knows tbat as there Is Just so much growl in men and snarl In Voman the only safe method is leav ing human nature uncorked The t sult Is everybody who has something Itosay he oughtnt to say goes there say It and everybody who has something to do he oughtnt to do comes here to do It Living near me Is a woman with the feminine mania for squalling for somebody she knows is beyond hearing abnormally devel oped She is silent all day too In dustrious to gossip too busy to chat ter but about dusk she steps out side and erupts vociferously Will yum OWjllyum You Peel j yum You Weelyum The sciousnessI that the unresponsive Wil liam Is probably In an adjoining town ship exerts no deterrent Influence Just so much congested Weelyum clamoring for exit thats a11 Do make myself clear We cant make folks do as we wish In silence obedience is naturally tem Ipered with protest surrender season ed with condition submission mixed with back talk the tyrants mistake Is claiming the shadow with the sub stance When I was a boy old folks would fall upon children and larrup the blazes out of them and whale them harder for yelling The accepted belief among parents In my accursed childhood was that the worse you lick ed a young one the more he was sup posed to evince a silent appreciation of the favor bestowed I have no hesi tation In saying that forty years ago the average boy who wasnt an an archist at heart where his father was concerned and did not number para dde among the cardinal virtues was the exception And what are Ignorant people but grown children and what should a government be but a father a modern faher Of course It Is ex asperating to hear these ruffians be smirch the flag and I wish every one who fouls the air made sacred by that banner could be punished but mark you a little legal notice of much Il legal talk Inflames more public sympa thy always on tap In the AngloSaxon breast The faultfinder with this government is necessarily a refugee from a worse one The appreciation of liberty Is to him an acquired taste and a runaway Russian is as much out of place here as Balsams ass would be In a grand opera or a socialist as chairman of a committee de lunatlco Inquerendo Do I make myself clear We are drifting of course toward greater liberty and as we fit Itl1and c erty of today as the liberty of today will be the tyranny of tomorrow What could our ancestors have done with our freedom Conferring upon us the liberty that will alone satisfy and as similate with our posterity would be casting a mighty good quality of pearls before a mighty poor quality of swine freedom suitable for a gentleman fit this generation We have learned only what we have there Is more dangerous than a free man who has not served an apprentice ship to his freedom the trouble with the American mob Is It has been suf fered to bite off more than It can chew Government by the people What are the people but a drove of pipedal live stock flattered with lies and ca joled with superstition boasting of what they will do and doing what they are told bragging of their liberty In one breath hurrahing for the police man and hallelujahing for the prIest- In the next bellyaching about their inoadoration at the sight of a rumsoak ed agitator or a Jackleg soul saver you live In San Francisco Invoke your memory for an object lesson In ernment by the people Tho golden age of daas you plcase may dawn on nelicense begins to suck tho stinking fog of equality from the social muck heap I shall emigrate follow Uw suge3tion of the Irishman who said If the leethem lIe American anarchy Is one of these Idealistic nightmares resulting from an attempt of diluted European gastric Juice to digest concentrated liberty Every age has its trials very genet ation Its discouragements but free government like charity suftereth and Is kind IIIts essence is atandln what It can to show what it can stand This glib talk of hanging Tom an Dick for countenancing what hanged Harry has done Is waste of breaths who doesnt approve of something which If he did would merit tho noose It Isnt what the mob says but Lwhatwhat It executes barking dogs seldo bite a few jackasses kck while bray Ing A good law fulmnates almost as much growl as a bad taw the injust ice of an Injunction does not ready obedience there Is an sible conflict between Thou shall not and want to Quarantine useful but the quarantine officer Is unpopular all sick arrivals cuss him What keeps down smallpox Do yo u know any more vociferous fellow cit zens than our antlvacclnatlonlsts Few admire a policeman he Is to most fclks not their protector but a uniformed threat with his eye eve r upon the Innocent expecting guilt Yet abolishing the policeman for what he would do If we deserved it calls for annulling the street scaveng er because he proves that we are not so cleanly as we should be remedies are rarely pleasant or smell sweet but without them we should be morel unpleasant and smell worse We must be kept from doing as much as we wish to keep us from doing more than we should few of us can satisfy our selves without dissatisfying others there Is nothing I suspect more than the perfectly comfortable man When you meet a fellow with no kick com ing watch him As to deporting the anarchists how do we know the Czar wants them asl to hanging therm how do We know devil wants them Front the latest advises both rulers have their hands full As they are here we should treat tnem with apparent Indifference an eternal vigilance humor the promlser hang the performer A man may be lieve In somebody else doing something that he wouldnt do himself I often do Personally I should rejoIceI at a general anarchist exodus wont dust and when anybody is bombarded I should approve of hang Ing all connected with tho bombard ment not because they would be an archists but because they would be murderers But perhaps some anarch ists are not expansionists In the meantime Emma Goldman is buzzing IIandAlthough a born American I am no statesman but it seems to me that if wo have a pair of selfevident facts down fine they are that government by the tyrant and government by the people are failures There Is but one ocracy worse than autocracy or mobocracy and that Is that filthy buzzard theocracy that fattens on either The greatest possible good for tho greatest possible number Is secured as much by a minority of one as by a majority of millions The trouble lies not so much In the fac that our representatives represent their constituents tco little but that hey represent them too much The only guarantee of good government Is the peoples representative forget cIccIcomes the States prison and the public school And In closing let mo say am yet to hear an anarchist Insult our public school and I have more respect for the man who Insults everything else we havo and honors that than for him who honors everything else and Insults that without which tho stars and stripes would be a filthy rag fouling tho air In which It waves Do I make myself cle- arPOPE AND ROOSEVELT Does the Pontiff Alone Discrimi nate Against Associates of Undesirable Citizens BY 1IENW HANK orfno or political motives has proved him self a true citizen of his country in defying the autocracy of Rome Roosevelts instinctive sense of selfsupremacy however caused him to overestimate the impor tance of his act and thus partly to weaken its effect by telegraphing the American people how to conduct themselves in the light of his momentous deed Roosevelts pedagogic and detailed instruc tion to the American people isj almost as offensive in the light of American independence as was the Popes implied insult to his intelligencePope X mistrusted Roose proprietieshUll lest the Popes might be misconstrued he pre sinned to instruct his proposed distinguished visitor in his duties subsequent to his visitation Thereupon the aforesaid distin inmstinctive American sense pendence offended and abrutly ended the negotiations avoiding the aVtican But sooner hadI instelligence of Roosevelt than lies the Vatican But no sooner hadj insult the general intelligence of all his fellow citizens Fearing that the American people were toiconstrue his act awl in what man ner to discuss it he sent n longI cablegram across the Atlantic giving them detailed instruction rand beseeching them not to go to 1nr over the mnttcr The Pope seenus to be smarting under UleI vlight that Roosvelt inflicted on him and the entire American citizenship has entice to sympathize with his Pontifical Supremacy Nevertheless whatever we may think of Roosevelts idiosyncra sies he has done a worldwide service for universal freedom and intelligence by wrenching the Va tican and thrusting a few rays of twentiethcentury intelligence in to its antiquated brain Ono might surmise that the Papal College had learned its lesson from the Fairbanks incident But drops of water must fall for many scorn before they penetrate a stony IIics as a Liberal am not at all straightway set about to beingdwaged between Catholic and testantism We who are without the theological barracks are well assured of the facts to know that the garrison of bigotry isequallystrong in either fortress The Presbyterians and Method ists have yet as notch to learn in the way of intellectual and theolo crical freedom as have the Catho lies of ecclesiastical and political freedom Nevertheless to the honor of tho modern Protestant thatt progress the last quarter century have been both amazing and rcassur ing Advanced Methodism of to day is virtually the conservative ITnitarianism of preceding de cades Progressive Presbyterians and independent Baptists are to day slouching off the ancient mis cniidincr theology and coming rap idly in line with science and mod ern discovery The movement is however slow and ponderous and altogether irksome to active and advancing minds Mr Roosevelt wishes us to understand that no religious ques controversyta question of personal etiquette and the sense of individual fade pendence are involved- In that statement Roosevelt is shortsightedand uninformed andttowards Roosevelt in undertak iL ing to prescribjMMolnw intelli gence and pc tt nhonts is merely the aiTognntfattitude of the Vatican towards ill mankind The Popes defenders shout that he is the supreme sovereign of 0000000 devoted subjects and as the Pontificial sovereign hisc will should be respected the Popes defenders forget t hntI there are several billion people on the earth who do not respect the Popes opinion or yield to his authority In presuming to dic tate to Mr Roosevelt the Pope reveals his purpose to dictate to the entire world Roosevelt is no subject of the Pope nor is nl1YI other American citizen whether Protestant or Catholic If theI Pope dares to interfere with Mr Roosevelts personal independence in Rome how much more will he venture tb interfere with the political independence of his subjects here in America If Roosevelt or any other American crooks the pregnant hinges of the knee for the favor of the Pope he implies to every Catholic in America that when the Pope speaks his voice is superior tto all other earthly potentates and gOY ernments The Catholics every where would soon construe such an net And the outrage which American Independence has here tofore suffered at the hands ofI despicably weak Americans who for the sake of favor and recognition have shamelessly submitted to the Popes dictation has found in Roosevelt a just and praise worthy rebuke Everyone who reads history knows that the Pope has his e e on America This nation is hisI lIeIhas11YaHeantoday than in past centuries This is evident in the lurking spirit of revenge now rankling in the banished priests of France on whose heads fell the condemnation of the radical government It was manifest in the murderous specIt1C1ia menace over the towers of the papal palace The history of papal Rome has been little more than tIll history of fraud and de ception spiritual autocracy ann weaklIlndand the thumbscrew the prison cell and the autodafc Rome prospers only where ignorance and servile stupidity prevail She time monstrous robber of the poor who pour a ceaseless stream of Peters pence into her inexhaustible treasury What has she not done to deceive the masses with herhealing shrines her son venir chips of sacred cross of Calvary her sale of indulgence her costly masses to draw souls out of purgatory into the fields of paradise What hideous invention of religion to terrorize nnd benumb the masses has not Rome invented for the aeerran dizement of her power and time enrichment of her coffers A silly plea is made by some of the Popes defenders that he is an old decrepit man confined n virtual prison cell within thb enoughtojest Why should we halt at tub denunciation of Rome and her pompous power of darkness and oppression because she chooses to honor an old and sickly man her pope Has she no healthy young and vigorous priests to serve her or perchance must she elect only weak and decrepit men as her popes to symbolize her own decrepitude and decay Why is the pope a prisoner in the Vatican save that he chooses to be He owns millions of the poor peoples money he wears costly and extravagant robes paid for by his myriad dupes he enjoys what ease and elegance of person maydemandabundance of pageantry and splendor In order that he may maintain his throne oceans of human blood have been spilt countless heroes have worn the martyrs crown progress has been held bank for centuries the grip of supercilious stupidity scholars have been subsidized o slaughtered science demolished or demoralized womanhood demeaned or debauched education perverted or persecuted and the grovelingin erRome knows nothing of freedom Tier war cry is Death to liberty her orison 0 God- slay thou the her tie Rome and Independence ix As mix oil and water Either Rome1 as an autocratic power must per ish on American soil or Amcri lean independence will at her hands Roosevelt whether or not he meant to has taught the aged Pope the meaning of Amer icon independence Roosevelts cringe hOWler may he more dist quieting than his kick If he to crawl out of his prcdica politicalir indeed punctured the absurd pomp of Route and he should receive the chastisement of every Catholic who is more subject of Rome thnn of America Lot Catholics now wreak their von rennet at the polls and prove that tical sovereign is dearer to them secular thnt an Italian ecclesias iScal sovereien is lender to them than the liber v of Columbia has vouchsafed them It would be well if Rome would dare to do this to show her teeth on Amcri IOn soil and prove she is still same sly pnntber tin leap at the thront of her fops as in nil the npes past The shameless shadow rt Rome nne indeed fell athwart this land It wa RumRoman ismii Rebellion Burehnrdwho niioed downfall of Tames G Blnine Therein the Vatican evinced its power on American soil MJIV the ol1trltOe never nprnin bo nernetratel Tt miwlit be well to have tin nnntlet thrown at out feet and if Roosevelt acain becomes a political standard hewer to seize it and challenge Rome to do her best Yet Roosevelt himself lies much learn There are those who suffer at his hands the ontracc of their freedom as he at isllosophicnl Annrehists and social eirinerntR iTS mustache fairly eethes with tiers fumes when he pmt mentions the name of SOCial iqlI TIe hates too the Infidel rind toon oven to blacken the nnme of Thomas Paine in his are honored prnve Tit us assume that when Rnosovplt ant ns Pres iflent in fh White TTonse one of tIll worlTs famous Rnoinlists say Pebel or owns or Brinjid chose ns nrivnte citiens to visit this lamI Runnose they invited them Uelvos to call at tbo Wlnte Ponse niul honor him visit Sun moan that rent SneinlNt pon onvn wos alniit to bo nssemhlcd Mid Rncevolt knew there was a nro nlMlilV that flies dstinfiiish od liVlits of ooinlismi would at toml tin fuscpniJMncTo of fl1nrltsir- 1hlc itiens Vow in nil can dor Tnsir vonld von not Mr Roosevelt untie eiiel eirenm stances Imvo noted mach as did the Pope in his predicament 7t MOID osoddiiH lop ulna tt0 was to have been held a great gathering of philosophical Anar chits in the laud and that theta came into this country such dis tinguished scholars as Kropotkin or Rcelus or Tolstoy who chose honor themselves by honoring the President of the nation What would Mr Roosevelt have done What would he have laic who was the immediate cause of the enactment of the law that de mands the instant deportation of every Anachist however harmless his life who immigrates into this landof liberty Would you not Mr Roosevelt havo refused to receive such proposed visitors except on the assurance that they would not celebrate the assent binge of the Anarchists by their personal presence Or doubtless your Yankee shrewdness would have come to your rescue and wiser than the Pope you would here refused to sec them at all because they were such despica ble agitators The case is pre cisely parallel Lot me go one step further Just at this moment one of the most revolutionary political events in American history has occurred One of the great cities of the nation has with a large majority electeda Socialist to the office of supposethatWashington and Mir Roosevelt is President of the United States Would Mr Roosevelt receive him receive the consort and politi cal of one Warren condemned by- n Federal Court and one Eugene especinlNelllesi youeloThe cases are logically parallel nothwithstanding in the latter case your decision must needs be rendered toward one of your fcl low citizens Ohwnd sonic power the giftie gie us To see oursels as ithers sec us Poor Pope we pity you But Roosevelt in spite of your vol clinic rivalry of Mt Etna some day your nifty be shocked from your serene philosophism as you have shocked the unsophisticated Father in the Vatican Roosevelt and Rome Extremes have surely met Yet Roosevelt liiiusclf some day may meet a still greater extreme even on American soil The Truth Seeker There Is no success In life without love and marriage You had better be the emperor of one loving and ender heart and she empress of yours than be king of the world Ingersoll If you want to be of ser= vice to the cause you es= pouse and at the same time help some of your friends you can have The Blade sent to ten of them- one year for Five Dollars WINTER TOURIST TICKETS TO THE SOUTHEASTrON SALE DAILY VA QUEEN CRESCENT ROUTE GOOD RETURNING UNTIL MAY 3ht 1910 For Pirtlculari call or C KING P T 1 St Leildfilon Kr lmy