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BUUEGRABS BLADE 1 i w MAYkSth f Number j1VOLUME XVIn T M LEXINGTON KENTUCKY SUNDAY tllgbri oe ioIaf lS III MARK TWjINr Americas Greatest Humorist and one of Her Greatest Infidels 1 4 r It Is a matte of note that humor the opposite of plttty and sanctlinonous In variably tends to scepticism and freedom of thought The humorist Is quick to observe the ridiculous and what upon the earth above the earth or under the earth so fantastic ridiculous and silly the mysterious parts of the Christian faith humorist time couldnt help being an Infidel If he tried Lincoln Ar temus Ward Josh Billings Mark Twain arid nearly all the rest took to scepticism as a duck takes to water It Imo been generaly known for years that Mark Twain was not a Christian Some of his mostrbltlng wit and ridicule hits been spent on the prepostlous claims of the Christian superstition and upon the childish and foolish stories of the DibleNecrtheles8 they took Mark to church when he died and sung and prayed and twaddled and furnished an occasion for a good story from Mark when he i meets old friends In Altchedoubleell However the preachers are not breaking their necks claiming Mark Just now but If they can keep all knowledge of his Infidelity out of the papers they will claim him after while But this will not be likely for since his death It has come to light that he wrote a book some years ago against Chris tianity and lied It secretly printed under an assumed name It would have peen more to his credit to have cometjUitln the open but Mark was a bankrupt at that time and had to seep mum besides he thought that owing to hit being ashuniorlst it would not taken serToiislry ppfot iMttok tif be republished under his own name and will be the biggest seller of nlljiis of the country will anx iously await for in getting Mark one more bright star Is added to our already glittering proyfr- He hem jj to fear that it would be mode t itler of laughter and ridicule wed so he had his publishers print copies and sent them around to pie he wanted to have own them New York Tribune says he was discouraged because the world always wanted to make a joke of whatever he wrote or spoke so he took this method of putting his thoughts before them order that If the Identity of the author ever leaked out In his lifetime there would be nothing on which to establish proof The book has an unsigned fatory note which reads as follows February The studies for these papers were begun twentyfive or twen tyseven years ago The papers were written seven years ago have exam ined them once or twice since and found them satisfactory I have Just examin ed them again and am still satisfied they speak the truth Every thought In them has been thought and accepted as unassailable truth by millions upon millions of men and concealed kept private Why they not speak out Because they dreaded and could not bear the disap proval of tin people around them Why have not published The same reason has restrained me I think I can find no other The book we are told was written at odd times between and It sets forth the form of a dialog between a Young Man and an Old Man Its thors notions of the Inner springs of human character Midway In this vol ume of pages Is a list of the prin cipal religious faiths of the world And upon this the Old Man remarks That list of sects is not a record of studies searching seeklngs after light It mainly and sarcastically Indicates what association san do If you a mans nationality you can come within- a split hair of guessing the complexion- of his religion English Protestant American ditto Spanish Frechmnn s Irishman Italian South American Austria Roman Catholic Russian Greek Catholic Turk Mohammedan and so on And when you know the mans relig ious domplexlon you know what sort of religious books he reads when he wants some light and what sort books he avoids 1st by accident he get more light than lIe WantsIri America- fj you kliqwSvhlch party collar a voter f wearyou ktiow vihat his associations oreand he came by his politics and s n I J tiowoP4U which he reads to getliglnt a he diligently avolds anai which breed of massmeet Ingslhe attendss In order to broaden his political knowledge and which breed of massmeeting hidoes not attend except to refute Its doctrines with brickbats We are always hearing of people who are around seeking after truth I have never seen u permanent specimen I think ho has never lived But I have seen several entirely sincere people who thought they were permanent seekers after truth They sought diligently per sistently carefully cautiously profound ly with perfect honesty and nicely ad justed judgment until they believed that without doubt or question they had found the truth That was the end of the man spent the rest of his liCeftlJtlng up shingles where with to protect his truth from the weather Ifhe was seeking after pout ical truth hq found it In one or another df the hundred political gospels which govern menjlri1 the earth if he was seek ing after the only true religion he found it In rope or another of the 3000 that are Ithe market In any case when he found tine truth he sought no farther 1but Iran that day forth with his sol deringiron In one hand and his blungeon In the other hoi tinkered its leaks and reasonedpwith objectors There have been Innumerable temporary seekers af ter truthhn1 you ever heard of a per manent one7 In the very nature of man suchl Imppsslblp l- However to drop bock to thlr text training all trolnlnzjjff fornnpr nnollier of out stnniuenc clauon Isthe u tpar FrlijV thlnbf 1mu nC have made him ward or they train him upward but they train him they are at work upon him all the time At the close of the discussion between these two suppositious characters the Old Man observes Beliefs are acquire ments temperaments are born Beliefs aro subject to change nothing whatev ever can change temperament But the Young Mail objects that extreme tern peraments have been Instanced and the Old Man replies Yes The halfdozen ethers are mod ifications of the extremes But the law Is the same Where the temperament Is twothirds unhappy no political or religious beliefs can change the propor tions The vast majority of temperaments are pretty equally balanced the Intensities are absent and thus enables a nation to accommodate Itself to Us poltlcal and religious circumstanced and like them be satisfied with them at last prefer them Nations do not think they only feel They get their feelings at sec tempemmentsIcan by force of circumstances not argu mentto reconcile Itself to any kind of government or religion that can be vised In time It will fit Itself to the quired conditions later It will prefer them and will fiercely light for them As Instances you have all history the Greeks tho Romans the Persians the Egyptians the Ilusslami mo Germo the French the English the Spanish tho Americans the South Americans the Japanese the Chinese the Hindus the Turksa thousand wild and tame relig ions every kind of government that can be thought of from tiger to housecab each nation knowing that It has the only true religion and the only sane system of government each despising all the others lIch an ass and not suspecting each proud of its fancied supremacy each perfectly sure It is the pet of God each with undoubtlng confidence sum moning him ta take command tIme of war each surprised when goes over to the enemy but by habit able to excuse It and resume compliments In a word the whold human race con tent always content persistently tent Indestructibly content happy thankful proud no matter whattitq ligion nor whether Its be tiger or homecat Am I stating facts You know am Is the human race cheerful Von know It Considering what can stand and ho happy you do me too much honor when you think that I can place before it a system of plain cold falls that can take the cheer fulness out it Nothing can do that Everything has beet tried Without kl ucoesi I beg you not to bo troubledJ REV KELLY WAS TBAPPPBD- i tittlo Trip to Tulsa For a Good Time Brought an Evangelist- to Grief Special to Tine Becan Tulsa Ok May 2 If the ministerial association of the Methodist church for eastern Oklahoma had not fielda meeting in Okmulgee yes terday a man and a woman might have continued in their sin and voided discovery- As it happened behind this sim ple entry on the police court blotter there is a bitter storyof unholy love infidelity to treachery to tho cloth J K Kelly Etta DeWitt Charge immoral conduct Ar rested by Keath and Neal Bex J w Kelly whose name was written across the docket without a itle but who is known as a sniveling evangelist claiming to be of the Methodist faith deposited ash bond of 300 for the appear nee of himself and the DoWitt man in police court this morning jut forfeited it by failing to appear Preachers Sized Him Up Kelly fell into ia trap which hat long been set for him but which worked out unexpectedly last night Returning from Okmulgee where hey had attended a meeting of the ministerial association Reverend L W Baker and T E Sisson of tho First Methodist church of Tulsa ob served the peculiar actions of jouple in tits car in which they were riding The man Rev Sisson recognized is Rev Kelly while the woman though a stranger to the ministers was decided to be some other than the evangelists wife For years Kelly has been going through tIt country proclaiming liiinself to be a Methodist evangelist mid preaching at the country churches He is a polished talker suave of manner and of an aggressi Ive The country preach owtmdntlttrfrlaBtoup It r iifetftl f d lira a stir ring speaker and indefatigable ivorker But the city preachers had line on Kelly that they were anxious to tighten Plans Laid to Catch Him At tho Frisco passenger station telly and the woman alighted Unseen they were shadowed by ministers whose care it was to prove that Kelly was unworthy of the office to which he aspired and claimed- It was but a few moments after liidnight when Kelly and his paramour entered the Capitol hotel at First and Boston avenue Several pairs of ecclesiastical eyes saw him g p there and register inscribe this namo E W Travis and wife Oklahoma City E E Keith night captain of lice and Patrolman Neal were called Immediately and the preacher and the arrested in a room to which theyhad been assigned as nan and wife Taken to Police Station Rev Kelly and the woman who jave her name as Etta DeWitt were taken to tho station where Islt1ond was furnished for their ippcarancc in the morning Rev is married and has family somewhere the ministers clare but they do not know where Rev Kelly is about 50 years old CHRISTIANITY AND WOMAN Christianity has not benefited the world In respect to the condition of woman which Is one of the best criteria of civilization The ordinary Christ- Ian seeing polygamy prevail beyond the wrdera of Christendom and monogamy within thorn Imagines the difference is luo to Christianity arid his clerical juldes who know better confirm him In the delusion Here again It obvious that religion only consecrates the es bushed social order It sanctions po ygamy In the East and monogamy in the West Christianity found monoga my existing and did not create it Had monogamy not prevailed before the triumph of Christianity It Is difficult see in what way the new faith would iiave established it There Is not a word against polygamy as a general custom from Genesis to Revelation Jehovahs favorites were all polygamists neither did Christ command the marriage of one man with one woman The Mormons Justify polygamy from Blbiband the United States government answers them not by argument but by penal legisla tion Concubinage also justified from the Bible Tho more a man is steeped ii r l In the Christian scriptures his sexual ant domestic views become the more pat ClrlMlanity Indeed line been wom aliS tnemy and not her friend Christ own teaching on sexual mutters Is much dfeputtd His language very largely veiled and enigmatic but It gives a plausibility to the opinion of Count Tolstoi that sexual intercourse is always more or less sinful and that on who desires to be Chrlstlike can thl k of marrying St Iauls language Isore precise lie plainly bids an women to live single only If they can iot do so without fornication he al iosJof marriage as a concession to the weakness of the flesh Essentially therefore he places the union of men and women on the same ground as the ling beasts Further he orders wives to obey their husbands as absolutely as the Church obeys Christ coating the pill with tho nauseous reminder that the mats was not made for the woman but the woman for the man Following Christ and Paul as they un derstood them the Christian fathers lauded virginity to the skies emphasized womans dependence on man and treat ed her with every conceivable Indignity Dhefr language Is often too foul to tronI scribeLet It suffice to say that they wer Intensely scriptural in thought andI expression Taking the story of the Fall true they regarded woman as the dOOior sin and damnation Logically also they sow In the birth of Christ virgin a stigma on natural moth erriood tInder the old Jewish law every rworan who brought forth the fruit of was unclean This sentiment sur hId In tho Christian Church It was deepened by the miraculous birth of and strengthened by contact with thotgreat oriental doctrine of the oppo sition between matter and spirita doc trlnfe which lies at the root of all ascet Iclsnj and that Is the key to the sexual morbidity of all the creeds Iese are debatable matters and It Is easer for Christian rhetoricians to find wa of escape by subtle methods of In The Bible becomes In their hands a nose of wax as Eras etwl6t iJ iota any etia- yoc ect nm r or fart pisw ere are not i easily peiverted and an appeal to history will show that Christianity lowered instead of raising the whole status women Principal Donaldson and It Is well to take a clerical authority Is the author of an Important article In tho Contemporary Review for September on The Position for Women among the Early Christians It is Very unflatter- Ing to Christian vanity and It has been answered by silence It Is a prevalent opinion says Professor Donaldson that woman owes her present high po sition to Christianity and the influences of the Teutonic mind I used to believe this opinion but in the first three cen turies I have not been able to see that Christianity had any favorable effect on but on the trary the position of women that It tended to lower their char acter and contract the range of their ac tivity lie points out that at the had attain dawn of Christianity wonnn and Influence in ed great freedom power They dined In the the Uoman Empire company of men he says they studied literature and philosophy they took part they were allow In political movements ed to defend their own law cases they liked and they helped their husbands In the government of provinces and the writing of books All this was stopped by Christianity The highest post to which she arose In the Christian Church and a message door keeperwas to be u enough to woman woman bold Tertulllan a teach was In the eyes of wanton The duties of a wife were HlmpleShe had to obey her husband head her lord and su for he wall her perior she was to fear him reverence she had to him alone him and please cultivate silence she hall to spin and and she ought to take care of the house stay at home nail attend to her children Sir Henry Maine had previously ob served In ids remarkable Ancient Law that Christianity tended from the first to narrow the rights and liberties of women Not Uomnn Jurisprudence but the Canon Law was reVponslble for the that obdisabilities on married women nine In Europe down to the last cen tury The personal liberty conferred on married women by the mlddlo Roman law In Sir HenryMalnes opinion wall not likely to be restored to them by a society which preserved any tincture Christian institution Married women however In every civilized country are tow rising into n position of legal Inde pendence nnd tlniuis but n revival of the best Roman law which prevailed before the triumph of Christianity d W Foote In the Freethinker t TOLERANCE Toward Christian Science Absent Treatment and Other Crazes i rwasillitance left by the Nineteenth Century to Its successor the Twentieth we would unhesitatingly answer ToleranceATha n f great discoveries and Invention 0f the Nineteenth Century the steamengine the steamboat the railroad the tele graph the telephone electric light etc have revolutionized the means of po duc lon and transportation and have contributed In a most remarkable ner toward the Intellectual development and material comfort of the human race Hut the agency that will contribute more than anything else toward the rival of the true millennium by which we mean the era of peaceful and orderly development when all useless arid un necessary strife will be a halfforgotten memory Tolerance Those who have not made a study of the history of the Nineteenth Century from that viewpoint can hardly reaUe the tremendous difference In this respect between a hundred or even fifty genre ago and now Then those who held any opinions at all held them In the lit eel sense of the word one might say They would not let go of them on any account and so absolutely sure were they of being In the right that they would brook no contradiction listen to no argument It was Believe as I or be damned This was the so n religion politics economics philosophy medicine etc An antagonist was ijltucr a fool or a knave he could not possibly be anything else otherwise how uould ho differ from us And this was inw not only of the mass of peopleixjfvtha iJt the thlnkersI d leuir s qM ixcep were extr suety rara What ir marvelous chang Elns fatten place since The cocksureness hl tflvtti way to a kind of uncertainty hesitation The questions Am I right Am I sure that the thing Is s07 flit only too often across the mind of tlw thinker nf the present day and the thought of he possibility of the other fellows being In the right and our being In the wrung prevents us from becoming too arro gantly dogmatic or too ready to con damn new theories new Ideas which happen to conflict with ours We re peat what we said at the outset we con slderlhls one of the mpst precious sessions of mankind But this attitude of TnlndIs a com paratively recent acquisition It a re action against the bigotry and Intoler ance of former days and as we have said many times before all reactions are apt to run to the absurd or dangerous extremes Thats Just what has happen ed to our Tolerance There Is at pres ent a large class of people who are so tolerant as to be utterly Intolerable Those good people will not condemn thing they will not criticise anything for fear that criticized object may after all be In the right and they In the wrong No matter how stupid or absurd an Idea may be no matter If a movement may bear the stamp of fraud and quackery on the very face of It they will not venture nny crtlclsm With a sweet and saintly smile they will say Oh but wo must not say anything against It We have no right Though the thing looks false still perhaps It Is true Bear In mind they dont say We must not condemn before Investi gating That would be commendable But they simply refuse to pronounce any judgment for fear they may be wrong and do somebody an Injustice Wo won del whether these tolerancers know what such an attitude amounts to In our opinion It amounts simply to this That It Is absolutely useless to think on any subject whatsoever What Is use thinking at all If we can never know with certainty that we are right and ft the latest conclusions reached by us may be the wrong ones No this not what tolerance means and this Is not what the great thinkers and eman cipators meant when they fought against bigotry und taught us to assume a tol errant attitude toward other peoples views Toloifince means an absence of rbias a readiness and willingness to In vestigate new Ideas a mind free to change and discard old opinions and open to receive new ones Thats all that tolerance means But If after a careful and unbiased Investigation our reason the only Instrument of Judgment that we possesstells us that a certain movement is a sheer fraud and 1 1 n rL bug that the Ideas It represents are so absurd as to border pn Insanity if we find that its leaders mislead befog and endanger the lives of the peoplethen 0t0 criticize and not to expose IsIclearly to fall In our duty and guilty of the most culpable negligence When a thorough study of lIteraJ Jture addresses actions and doings of the Christian Scientists convinces ua that their socalled system Is a mixture of fraud stupidity and Insane delusions when the chief priestess of the suit who while preaching her doctrines has not forgotten to become enormously rich tells us for Instance that she In stantly cured a cancer which had eaten Into the flesh to a degree that the jugular vein stood out like a cord when the literature is found to consist of the most imbecile gibberish absolutely unintelligible to a rational being when the reports of their cures prove on mination to be either pure Inventions or gross exaggerations except in cases of functional neuroses when In addition to all that are furiously bent upon mak Ing money and will not distribute any of their comfort or preach any of their truth without a consideration when we learn that the chief absenttreatment faklress down In Florida against whom rpost otllce officials had to issuo a fraud order obtained from a man In Now York under a promise to make his shortened leg two inches longer by thinking of it when osteopathy which Is nothing but a perfected massage impudently makes claims as a complete sys tem of medicine capable of curlnsrtJiB ost dlverse diseases bY ext nipulntla t wines tehtl8tC- o x nltt ace that he oar tYs pho d fever ji were a dislocation by pressing upon the seventh ceAJcal vertrebra when we see these mostly literate bonesetters knocking at the doors of various legitimate legislatures to be admitted to the practice of medicine without proper educational re quirements when wo see that the lowers of these cults endanger not only their own lives but also the lives of the community by refusing to take any pre cautions In tho Infectious diseases when what Is still worse Innocent little chll dren are allowed tp die In agony with out any attempt at relief a child that sustained an extensive burn and anoth er one that had diphtheria lq a most virulent form were cruelly prevented from getting medical aid hr their Chrtsftian Scientist parents until death them from their terrible suffersiigsyve- say when we see such facts of slmllarland worse character then It becomes our duty to assume an unequivocal atti tude Wo must expose the humbugs and fight the knaves whenever and wherever we can This must be the attitude of tae medical press of the medical socle lies as a whole and of every rlghtmlnd ed physician as an Individual and as a citizen H PEROr WARD TO LEOTUKE Morrison House Great Bend Kansas April 6 1910 Editor Blue Grass BladeI arrrived in this country about two 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 principal cities of tho United States My dates and places y aro as follows May 22Kansas City Mo May 29St Louis Juno 5 Chicago Juno 12 Cleveland Juno 19 Pitlsburg Juno 20 Washington July 3Philadelphia July loNcw York July 17New York July 24Boston July 31 Montreal Aug 7Toronto Aug 14 Btiffnlo Aug 21 Detroit Sincerely yours H PERCY WARD rjf l ar= JJ llL 1 BLUE GRASS BLADE FOUNDED Dy CHARLES CHILTON MOORE jnd edited by him until his death February JAMES E HUGHES Proprietor 126128 Uorth Limestone Street 1Lexington Kentucky Box SUBSCRIPTION RATES By mall postpaid 100 pr yr In advance Five new yearly subscribers at out re t ifmlttance cents each 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Issue of the Blade contained a inotice that the establishment of James J E Hughes from which the paper is pub lished had gone Into bankruptcy and was in hands of a receiver Atten tlon was called to the fact that a large number of our readers were In arrears for subscription and tho hope was ex pressed that many of them would promptly pay their indebtedness In this hope we were disappointed doubly so DIsapOlnted at not receiving the money and disappointed that the limo rived when so many Liberals have to be urged and persuaded to pay their just debts The money due us on bark sub ascriptions has been earned by usIt longs to us and ought to be sent at f once The bankruptcy into which we were forced was largely due to this neg lect to pay us what you know you ought to pay Tho Blade was never a money making affair If everybody paid an paid promptly the receipts would no youijers and others ore clamoring for their used In publishing a paper which Imoney going to you and for which you not paidlrBlade will go right along The last 1have was late and this Issue Is late be of some confusion In the plant bu things are clearing some now But we need that dollar and need It badly Another thing we need Is articles and contributions to the columns of the per We are extremely busy with ou plant Just now and need help In prepar ing copy and ask all our readers to aid In this direction It Is our present pur pose to Issue two numbers next wee and perhaps two tho week following THE MIND AND THE BODY More than twenty centuries ago Plato wrote The office of the physician ex tends equally to the purification of mind and body to neglect the one to ex pose tho other to evident peril tI Is not only the body that by Its sound conctl tutlon strengthens the soul but the well regulated soul by Its authoritative pow er maintains the body In perfect health And still the Christian Scientists the Newthoughters and the innumerable brood of quacks and fakirs who make make the mind their special province think and they try to make the people 4thlnlc that they have discovered some i thing k when they tell you that the Jr j 1 J mind u great influence on tho body Of course It tins but not any greater as Rreat than tho hotly has on the mind GOD IS LOVE The angel of tho Lord went forth and smote In the camp of the Assy rian a hundred and four score and five thousand and when they arose early in the morning behold they were nil dead corpses2 Kings 1935 and repeated Isaiah 3736 The pulpit pounders tell us to believe or be damned Is there a minis ter with brains enough to keep him out of a lunatic asylum that believes this passage of Holy Writ A merciful God and his angel slaughtered 185000 people in one night Why should Christians love their enemies while God kills his When tha Assyrians arose early in the morning behold they were all dead corpses Dead corpses and arose early in the morning Is this inspiration dreams fiction or false hoods PERRY ENGLE Missionaries arc mobbed in China Of courso they areall re ligions are alike intolerant of the other each alike destructive of the other Suppose missionaries from China were to coupe to the United States and under tho shadow ofn Baptist Methodist or Presbyterian church attempt to convert the people proclaimingthe Bible a manmade hookof fables and lies how long before those disciples of Confucius would be mob countryMoralhome One sunone of the smallest re vealed by science would incinerate greatesttcame in immediate contact with it in the twinkling of an eye We understand that what God does he does for all eternitDr Interiorn the learned editor please tell us why his God created the universe comparatively a very few years ago when during the vast eternity prior to the mythical creative act he did not create it If lie does all things for eternity duringthe Grayeho ever have consummated the cre ative act If during eternity he was content not to create it and is un changeable how could he ever have changed so radically as to create a universe Would an allwise God contcnt without a universe during eternity ever have created Wettstein Desire in the past created a heaven and desire is now fast ex tinguishing the flames of hell An increased output in a factory necessitates an increased number of artisans Infinite natural phenoin ena necessitate infinite causes or factors to produce them Hence Theism is inadequate to explain tho universal activity of an infinite uni verse A solitary agent or being in stead of explaining involves us in greater mysteries Man in an animal Allanimals are mortal Hence man is mortal whichtnaught but the infinite agregaie of the power which exists in each in SupremePowers exist not When we have deviated Nature of ignoranttwe will then be on the unobstructed road to intellectual progress Wettstein OPENERrJUST OUT Histf the Christian superstition Tho greatest of all superstitions that ever afflicted the human race tested by the ordinary provedtoscience and philosophy and an artful methodvof corrupting the human race causing hatred and hypocrisy progressWith tho orthodox to explain fi Help the new missionary niQve ment for the revival of the old phil osophy A sixteen page pamphlet Price fiftyfor24GJSt James St Montreal Can NORMAN MURRAY s k iIuuJLuLj4j MIRACLESI 0OF GREAT ANTIQUITY 0Dy Joel M Berry We have Just read a very interesting article In the Blade upon the subloct of Miracles by Mr T S Veuvor We now propose to see what we can find that subject that will Interoit tho read ers of the Blade And first wo will say It Is plain to be seen that Inspiration possession und exorcism led to the idea that certain persons possessed supernatural power to perform particular acts contrary to the laws of nature called Miracles We find that the following heroes and socalled gods are said to have perform ed miracles Zoroaster who confirmed his divine mission the Egyptian Saviors Ilorus and Serapls who raised the dead to life Osiris Isis to whoso temple the sick resorted in crowds Mnrduck the Assyrian Logos who raised the dead to life Bacchus who changed water Into wine Esculaplus son of Apollo who cured the sick and raised the dead Ap pollonlus of Tyanni who restored a dea maiden to life Simon Magnus the Sa maritan who by his proficiency In per forming miracles was called The ician It may be added that Simon Magnus professed to be the wisdom of God the word of God the paraclete or comforter the image of the Eternal Father manifested In the flesh And his followers claimed that he was the born of the Supreme All those were titles applied In after years to Jesus They had a gospel called the tour corners of the world from which Iraen us probably borrowed his reason for lcbolieziind number of the canonical says of Menander the won der worker of Samaria that he revel ed in still more arrogant pretensions to miracles than Ills master Simon Mag nus saying that he was In truth the Savior Justin Is quoted by Euseblus as having said of Menander He deceiv ed many by his magic arts and there tesIItitperformed wonderful miracles Tacitus 4lex1l1ndrlalamo man by the mere touch of his foot The Hindu Krishna was In constant strife against the evil spirit surmount ing extraordlnarj dang rs IiItrewlnohiS way with miracles rblslng healing the sick restoring the maimed the deaf and the blind It was by belief In the miracles of Buddha that his religion was so firmly established Buddhist saints also per formed miracles Their garments and staffs were supposed to possess myster ious powers and those who touched them were blessed The ascension of Jesus Peters release from prison which originated from a company of Buddhist missionaries to China who were Imprisoned by the Emperor but an angel came and opened the prison door and liberated them and walking on water were not new A disciple of Buddha by faith crossed a river walking on the water when he arrived midstream his feet began to sink and he at once strength ened his faith and successfully crossed over A Buddhist saint who attained the power called perfection was able to rise aid float along through the air Tho Jews frequently wrought miracles to confirm the sayings of the Rabbis of the Inter is said to have cried out when his opinions were disputed May this tree prove that I am right and the tree was Immediately torn up by the roots and hurled to a distance and when his opponents declared that a tree prove nothing he said May this stream then witness for met and at once flowed the opposite way No one custom of antiquity Is so fre quently mentioned by ancient historians as the practice which was so common of making votive offerings to their del ties and hanging them up In their tom ples Images of metal stone and clay arms legs and other parts of the body In testimony of some divine cure effect ed Miracles for fools was a popular adage amofig tiro Greeks The shrewder Romans said The common people like to be deceived deceived let them be Celsus in common wth most Greeks looked upon fnristlanlty as a blind faith that shunned the light o reason In sVeakfng of Christians lie Hays they are forever repeating do not examine only believe and faith will make the blessed wisdom which Is a bad thing In life foolishness Is to be pre ferred Miracles ocur only where people are found ready to believe Jn them where they are credulous enough tri believe In ghosts spirits or fairies These supernat ural beings appear where charms prayers and dreams are credited there these are efflcatlous The Belief In miracles Is stronger If they have rfccuryd a long way off or a long while agoJr at night when they are the unbeliever they only happen to tho bo hover People who would smile told that an angel crime at a certain time and reason to trouble the waters of the fountain in Trafalgar 8 iuuro healing the drat sick person who stepped in will look very grove and pious when n similar story Is related concerning a similar pool at Je rusalem distance and time lending the necessary enchantment Solitude hysteria and dreams as we imaginantive are prolific of miracles which Ish where faith abounds Those who feel themselves sufficiently Inspired to work miracles in these days It Protestants they generally Und their homes In luna tic asylums If Catholics the miracle gen orally occurs In some sylvan retreat away from all Intelligent and educated people The fathers of the church themselves were nonbelievers In miracles Arlycn attributed them to magic Ho says that the wonderworkers never appeared in the circles of the wise and better class but always among the Ignorant and on cultured He calls Jesus a necromun cer saying that he learned his magical arts in Egypt Justin Martyr says that Jesus was accused of being a no cromuncer a magician and a deceiver of firedsame and says that he wrote books on magic one of which was called Mayifla Jesu Christi The Rev Dr MIddleton says there was Just reason to suppose that there was some fraud in their miracle worklng tliut the strolling won lIa1taughtinns been performed by Jesus the only accounts of these are those found 1rthe- New Testament Whlle those performer- by others ate strangely silent with those of Jesus Justus of Liberia who was eborn about five years otter the time signed the crucifixion of Jesus wrote a Jewlslj history but it contained no mention of Jesus nor of the events cerning him nor of the miracles he is supposed to have wrought Now according to the very books which record the miracles of Jesus he nowhere claims to have performed such deeds When told that If ho wanted people to believe In him ho must first prove his claim by a miracle he said a wicked and adulterous generation asks for a sign and no sign shall be given It except the sign of the Prophet Jonah This answer not satisfying the questioners they came to him again and asked if the kingdom of God is as you say close at hard show us at least some one of the signs In the heaVens which are to precede the coming the Messiah Paul declared that the grent rea on whx Israel did not believe Jesus to be th Messiah was that the Jews required a sign John In the sec ond century makes Jesus reproach his fellow countrymen with unless you see signs und wonders you do not believe It evident that had ho performed the miracles attributed to him the Jesus would have been only too ready to ac cept him as their Messiah and that since he was not accepted by them we may Justly conclude that he never performed any miracles By all Intelligent un prejudiced people Jesus Is looked upon as a myth and the Idea of a myth working miracles is most too thin for this day and age of tire world JOEL BERRY Attica Seneca Ohio May Mr Joel Berry I would be pleased to see a criticism article In the Rom you on the enclosed Blue Grass Blade I have read a great many of your articles In different tree thought papers and considered It a treat to read them I know you can do It Jus eflee and will seo that these young men get It I am years of age in poor dont do mucheyesighthealth poor writing Fraternally yours E B TANNER Attica Ohio THE ENCLOSED ARTICLE- d ECHOES FROM THE MENS BIBLE CLASS THE BAPTIST SUN tDAY SCHOOL Lesson Genesis Chapter Genesis meats hook of Beginnings The first verso tells us of tne ning of Created Things God created them so he must have been before creation No attempt made to prove the being of God In his other Book the Book of Nature Gods existence Is proved and when he begins his hook ha assumes that all know him The word translated God Is plural teaching the Trinity The first verse stands as a paragraph by ItselL Between It and the second an Indefinite period of time elapses- f The first tells us of the Creation of the Material Universe which must have been ogee ago The second verse Introduces us to a state of chaos and darkness that existed about years ago the result of d great catastrophe This Is In harmony with Geology Scl enlists tell us that rocks composing the great geological scale must have re quired ages upon ages In their forma tlon and that at the close of the geolog lent scale which was about 6000 years ago a catastrophe swept away every isting species of plants and animals then living Verso three Introduces us to tho scene of wreck aid ruin following that disaster and shows God at work again moving upon and rearranging previously existing matter and creating the things which now Inhabit our globe Here begins the human polled of the worlds history The Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters Without a mover there can be no mo tion Matter has no power to move It self Evolution which presupposes spontaneous motion of lifeless matter trary to all history observation and ex perience THE CRITICISM Ministers and Bible teachers are as a rule very fond of exposing their Intel lectual faculties upon subjects they dont nor can not possibly know anything Is a sample from the mens bible class of Attica Ohio In commenting on tho first chapter of Genesis they say Genesis menus Book of Beginnings We answer It may mean the Beginning of Books but not the beginning of God nor the material world Those are things the beginning of which yet unknown to mankind The bible writer says In the beginning but falls to tell us when the beginning wns which Is proof positive that he knew no more about a God or a beginning than I tlo and as we dont find the name God signed to a word In the book as author we conclude that It Is a farce not worth reading Again this Intelligent bible class tells us that no attempt made to prove the Being of God but In his other book the Book of Nature Gods existence Is ed and he assumes that all know him so that gives us two books that God has wrote Instead of one In one his being Is proved In the other It Is not Which one are we to believe either of them say that God presumes that all know him What an Insult upon the dignity of a socalled allwise Infinite Godl Does our mens bible class of Attica Ohio suppose for a moment that an nilwise God does business on the presumption plan tire same as they do Presume that the bible is Inspired that there Is a God that there was a beginning nnd that God cre ated tho business out of nothing Nature dont prove the existence of either a god or a beginning because they are both past tending out All we can honestly say is we dont know Agan they say the word translated God plural meaning tho trinity We wonder who was wise enough to change the name of God Into trinity No one but the mens bible class of Attica Ohio that we ever heard of They are capable It seems of changing things around Just to spit themselves ThqOsutJWls however tiword God is slmpM the word Good spelled with one o Ifrft out The first verse of Genesis they ay stands as a paragraph by Itself That is very cor rect It has always stood by Itself al ways will because no beginning of eith er god or creation of the world have ever been found out yet and likely never never will Our mens bible class next Introduce two beginnings of the creation thMJry one In harmony with science and ogy We wonder which account they wish us to believe as the corect one But that harmony with bible teaching verse will State that to a fraction One the first day an light was created on other not until the fourth one verse Btatcs that God ended his work on the wilt say It was sixth day another verse on the seventh day Such Is bible t Ing tells us that about Again our bible class that a great cango six thousand years existing spe tastrophe swept away ever then Ing vegetable lifeandceS of animal While the bible tells us that It was that God only six thousand years ago They then say created all these things the catastropheseeing that God after creating things as they no goes to work exist and here they begins the human period of the worlds history So we a one did we world before the present beings in It Whohumanand without any teaching as that created that Is such the bibles account In harmony with creatlont Nr neither It In harmony reason We hopeor with goot class of Attica Ohio m i our mens bible when they can take live to see the day reason for their scientific truth and motto instead of presumption Think and reason for themselves be lieve only what they know to be true and nothing more JOEY M DERRY TWO GREAT SCIENTIFIC v DISCOVERIES t I 4e The World has no God and Man v has no Soul aJ Aworldwide movement to nuke them known and perpetua ted For particulars send a self addressed envelope to the President of the Church of Humanity W II KEIUR Great Bend Kansas U SA 1i c NOT THE LEAST ALARMED The last tlmo wns around here wns telling you about the comet said the tourist- remember boss grinned the freckled lad on tho fence Didnt frighten you much Not n bit stranger Well listen Since then have found out that the comet will be equal to 20 full moons Good news by heck Tharll be more spooning than ever dad wont have to burn so many candles And the mules can feed at night and work twice as hard in the daytime You seem to be n gool prophet buboDo you know the tall of this comet will sweep the earth next May That ought to please ma sir be cause May Is housecleaning time You seem to be the limit young man Suppose you awake some morn ing and find there is nothing left but the farm Just whntI am thinking stranger President Taft says Young man stick to the farm guess In that case Id have to do It- Regular Junkshop Wnats the trouble with you any way doc yawned the human ostrich in the sideshow Trouble enough growled the sur geonDldnt operate on you and remove two horseshoes a pound of tacks a file and a glass stopper rein your stomach Dont you Intend to pay me my bill The human ostrich yawned again Guess not doe Dont you thinK you have got enough out of me al ready Always In Session You never have to spend your eve nings alone Lucky woman Then your husband doesnt belong to any yes ho does but belong to it too You do When does it meet Every evening Goodness What isIt The Ancient Order of Unltel Lovers OI Not for Her He tried to capture her with the lovelnacottage story Did she accept him No she told him that she did not believe in fairy tales HE KNEW Miss Acta LottIs the manager In Office DoyNo hes out Miss Acta Lott How do you know Office DoyI saw the statement of last weeks business How He Made It Joe will make his mark some day Said his father with delight He didbut In an Illiterate way IFor he never learned to write The Mystery Penwners say for pure punk they deserve the lemonGuyerTints my opinion But how can you refer to them as mystery novels GunnerThe mystery Is how he sells them yThe Power of Art I understand there Is a picture In the Metropolitan museu before which women stand speechless for hours at a time Must be a wonderful sight The picture No the women 1 Business Before Pleasure- see that you have been reading political economy- A little answered Senator Sorg hum but had to give It up got so Interested was in danger of neg lecting the appropriations demanded by my constituents The Gotham View VhatB that party kicking about Bald one New Yorker Oh hes one of those guys who are lucky and dont know it replied the r He came hero on a roundtripIticket from Philadelphia return coupon Styles In Ailments Well here announced tho fashionable physician In his breezy way And now what do you think Is the matter with yotl1 Doctor hardly kndwSmurmurod the ruHhlonabre patient f Wbat is ew1 1i IJlJADEMAIL BAG From Across the Border MONTilUAL Canada April Mr J E Hughes Dcr Sir Enclosed find In U S stamps and my book udverttls J silent which I would like Inserted to occupy onefourth column top of pago If possible and let mo know what column will cost for ono year I see you are gottlnir some bright contributions recently yours truly NOHMAN RAY Did Not Know There Was a Blade WOODLAWN Editor Ulad Enclosed find the wherewith to pay for one years subscription to the Blade Up to a few weeks ago I did not know thero was a paper America published In behalf of reethought but thought there ought to booI was taught from Infancy to regard the Bible as an Infallible guide In all matters not allowed even to pect that there was one very little Jot of error the whole book I tried very earnestly to glvo the Scriptures a literal Interpretation In my life and often found myself In a terrible dilemma When tried to abide by tho Instructions to hato the world and all thats In It I found that human nature and reason and mon sense revolted I found myself an outcast hated by all men In return In Vo3tlgatlon of the foundation of my be lief forced Itself upon mil and since yielding to common sense and reason- Im a happy man with prospects of nt least a few years of joy and pleasure Ive learned that heaven Is the happiness we create and enjoy during this lire time and that Instead of there being one universal God frowning down upon the wicked world every moment of time there are many gods but not personal which we create ourselves A god Is an object of adoration All people adore that which gives them the greatest pleasure Each Individual has objects peculiarly his own There are no two individuals In the world constituted solutely alike In every respect and so there Is a difference In that which makes each Individual happy consequently till object of adoration varies with each Individual We can all enlarge the Jects of our happiness anil In thus doing we Increase the greatness of our gods- Our god Is only as grjal as we make It Instead of squandering our lives away here In the vain hope of a future life In a heaven only Imaginary we begin to enjoy real heaven In this present world god ever No one has ever seen a personal visited that future place called have heard about j heaven and so all wo them only hearsay Ono parson knows Just as much about them as another thing as faith When There no such move a mountainwho canIs the man or uproot a tree by the simple exercls of faith and yet It only requires the very smallest atom of tit article It dqci not exist mores lint You may look for soHcltediJ SHALL In the future SMITIIt Likes the Letter Publlshlnp Feature SILOAM SPRINGS AUK Apr Dear Sir If you Editor Blade My follow the founder of the Blade In lishing Utters It might be of some ben oflt to persons who Are disposed t beJlAve the propagation profit by this I untruth must ultimately fat of truth or the social and eco unless the practical uomlcal conditions be preserved There succeeds It must be tore Freethought practical There are several hundred acres of land In this vicinity subject to homestead entry good timber and grass suitable for culture of berries fruits and vegetables train etc Uneven flinty Should like to hIve some Free and be glad thought neighbors Information which might to give any goodfJhnllles to locate In this lead some out the avaricious section and keep Christian gobblers All grades of lands FraternaliyvS L WILLARD r Ohio May 15 1910 lrt Jns Higlic- slsxit tdn Ky Dear I enclose invitiltibh and program of our Juno 5th Paine Banquet Please muko note ot same in Blue Grass Blade I have sent out many invitations but want everybody to know it and hope all will como One of our sky pilots as suite sick but no doubt the prayers of th faithful will land him 0 K My subscription runs out in Juno M Roberts in and my fifes t Sept I enclose check for2ahead for wl11chplcose move tags ono yeas each At tlu Bniiquetall try to geb the others to renew and pcrhaps song new ones Vive La Blue Grass Blade With kind regards I am yonrsI If BOBERTS January 29 1737 June 8 1809 OLUH NrMREIlONB of the BUCKEYE SECULA1I UNION Will hold their Eighth Atijtutil Paine Memorial Banquet In the Hotel Bovey Icnniaoil Ohio on Sunday Juno 5th in the Year of MAN 310 PHOGHAM 1230 P M Assemble in Hntel Parlor 130 P M BANQUET Goo 0 Roberta will act as rfOIlSt master and will open with a short talk on who writ THOMAS PAINE Tho following inembers will speok as follows J Wilbur White Thomas Pnine The Author M S WagonerThomas Paine The Soldier Edward M Lowe Thomas Paine the Statesman J A CulbertsonThomas Paine The Heretic T C JeffriesThomas Paine Ills Vindicatior Speeches limited to 15 minutes Mr James E Hughes et 01OU ire cordially invited to be present nt this meeting which is held in mem ory of his loath 101 years ago Jum 8 1809 JOHN II BOWSER Prcs QEOO ROBERTS Sec THE GREAT KIDDER The Blue Grass Blade is to be ongratulatctlon discovering Mr Grier Kidder To me his lust three articles was a feast 1 believe ii humor satifj and ridicule as a far more effective method of abolishing all superstitions including Christ ology Bibleolatary Socialism Spir itualism and all other foolishisms Dr Engles does not like being kidded One of the safest and harmless teats ofany new fad is the extent it will endure sarcasm satire and ridicule Dr Engles appears to be possessed of spirit fancy My experience of fiftyone years in two hemispheres is that when people begin to get visions of spirits their constitutions are getting eut of order I would take Kidder to be a much more interesting companion to spenil on evening with than one who wan ders into the spirit world I have known people who have made a hell of their homes hunting spirits alcoholic and other spirits Some people can see spirits without tho help of alcohol but it is safe to say that alcohol would enable them to see morerlhc great Eraenum found that Christianity was foolishness fit for women and children and demented persons Socialism is next door nqighbor to Spiritualism If you nee help fdr present difficul ties dont look to Spirit mongers ot Socialists t NORMAN MURRAY Montreal Canada IS MATTER OR TILE UNI VERSEINTELLIGENT Tho Scientists attributes the tovennents of nature to necessity which the poet calls intelligence and the illiterate knows as God Is it intelligence or necessity that auses water to tun down hill or tho air to vibrate We think while the vater and air do nottliink Tliougnt is a creation of our minds there is such thing the transfer 6 f thoughts To believe in disein odied thought is only a supers ion so if thought coultLbe trans ferred it must at sonic time be Bep irated from one mind during its jassagc to cnothe mind Intelligence like sound is a creation of the brain hearing and endare snonjms every sound ve hear is produced inside our head md those born deaf dream of hear ng In creating sound we also cre ate some related idea Sand in this ireativo act we build and establish mr character We often hear i e roduco a sound a foreigij word for instance wo have no definite idea or many word vibrations are liUver ransposed by usinto sounds or ideas the same is true of visual impres lions wjien wo try to listen to ono matter mid lend our attention to mother the mind being busy with jne set of impressions the of her is unobserved The meaning of objects events or words depends largely in the ideas they incite in us while in others they incite lliffcrcntineasrlheu we ran purposely neglect to consider a statement by occupying our mind with a different platter anti the jtatcmcnt is inert the ideas common to tho statement are never ormed or eaeatcd by us this is the philosophy of choice or free will cant make mblieanyideas hisotyn Orthodox Kjople loose the God idea in acquir ingu philosophy of nature but to ibandon the idea without ch correct ideas of nature and thinkIerirnls to conduct siyulay schools of licntal philosophy that to spend their lives trying to obliterate the work done Ly tho orthodox Sunday schools Nature is neither moral or non F Lm 111 moral and lint no God for nature cannot think while God is a ere acton of the mind Language is an art and while all tho mental qualities acquired by man through speech are artificial or supernatural quali ties and to attribute such qualities to matter m its unthinking cond- Lion is purely superstition To write seriously of blind unconscious force or a wise ment of nature Ueason knowsI etc or of i gray sound and blueI smell is a misuse of terms which simply shows that the writer is un able to think logically When we rmcmber that we Inat move the air with our yocnlorgnlis speaking words but that the other fellow must produce the sound with his organs of hearing and then vert the sound into ideas with his brain it is wonderful strange that so many understand as well as they lo Some one tells us that the tion of speaker or hearer making theI noise and ideas is too fine a point to consider but when we observe tho claim that the universe is intelligent and note the human suffering of past ages both due to ignorance on this point we think knowledge of small matters very useful F S WEAVERVera S D JOHN CALVIN 0 The Man Whose Political and Rellgloui Rule Made Geneva Famous and InfamoulIo BY MAIULLA nICKER In July I saw In the Granite Monthly an article from John Calvin hone of Concord New Hampshire on John Calvin of Geneva Switzerland John Calvin Thorne gave iis his views ol John Calvin and the editor of the Ite Monthly printed them now offer him my views of John Calvin I shall be perfectly honest I shaU not apologize to anyone for my opinion I west It un derstood from the start that I hate vin and Calvinism I think that ho was coldblooded animal and Intend to Mint him In his own blood He was me a monster a creature without natural feelings Ills doctrines were for snakes not for men and women Imagine how much better the world would have been had he been born in Zululand He had lo things on the brain God and Calvin lie was a divine egotist What ho thought of his fellow being shown In what he thought of himself lie said I dm John Calvin thy king Thou shalt have no other kings before meI Where was nothing on earth higher than Calvin In his eyes and inly the Lord God did tie regard as his superior Calvin made Geneva famous and Infa middle of the teenth mous lie was In the century a theological colossus In the beginning of the twentieth century ic Is a theological pigmy His fame has From the heightseen a descending one he has sunk to the depths Instead of llrectlng the great Protestant movement of his time into a permanent glory his qlloweri have witnessed the failure of its religious sch lna and the end of his rfllglous reign Calvinism Is not treated isa live Issue by Intelligence of t- oyl It a corpwl and In the lads or the Undertaker Calvin was born on July ot Roman Catholic though decent parents ile came Into the world unannounced urology Is woven about his cradle Z Nature nut disturbed ut his bull and cannot learn that any especial terest was manifested In bubyhuu outxldu the homo Into which ho nude advent Ills father was an officer In the ecclesiastical court nod dlocefo Nolan where he had resided during h lifetime His mother we arc told endowed with beauty and plto rart combination It evident that her son John Inherited more of the latter from he r than of the former His father early les tined him for the priesthood and acres Ingly he was sent to a college at Paris when he was about fourteen Young Cl vln was studious by nature and easilY led his class lIe was a sickly youth and his weak constitution together with an exceedingly severe disposition won for him the reputation of being haul and unsympathetic qualities which gnv with his growth and strengthened will hla strength When Calvin was elgVteet his father decided that his son shoula b a lawyer rather than a priest and hI was to be fitted for that profession Fo nearly four years he pursued his legal studies at the expiration of this time the death of his father determined him tc return to theology Previous this however he had become lmewhat ac quainted with Protestant views Mst were then attracting tho attention of Europe and Calvins eager mind auvrdj opposed to church doctrines and disc dine felt the Inspiration aid upon nor ugh examination of the dovlrtncs pio mulgated by Luther he decided to loin the rellglous movement 4Pau5ruti bj that great reformer It causod him nc theological pangs to swap lice pups tai the Bible lily authority Vnceforth a book Instead of a man blt a bale with God In Ita veritable divine revelation Protestant liberty of cohHOioma went no farther than to read the Bliia and to be lieve what It said But wog to the per son who read It not to leliI v lnub was no less of the devil to the Protestmt Ulan to the Catholic The first great work of was his Institutes of the Christ ti Religion This was published In He was a marked mull from the data jf lie publi cation He had been In exdt three year when his book came from the iUets Ir Calvin stopped ut neiuVa mm 1 stolen visit to his old homo nbmdlna to remain there only for a Hlrgta night The hour of his destiny strul when entered the city Ueneva had jut emerged from religious ijniuny of the pope and from the pollttjit tyranny of the Duke of Savoy when yalvln ap eared upon the scene Irotustantlsn had gained favor among Iha people md the day was drawing nigh viien the relgi of the priest would be brokun in swws erland forever The rule of Calvin Jcga In He made himself civil am ecclesiastical head of affairs He government He derived his authority from himself Anyone who opoaed hire opposed God He presumed to speak for tilt whole Trinity and the punishment he administered was the punishment ol God Calvin established a theocracy in Qeneva but he was the head of m God was only a silent partner lie tried to be as bad as the DJrd God if the Israelites and he succeeded In spots It has been claimed Jor Calvin that he was no worse than his age That he age was atrocious may be admitted Jut such an apology for this theocrat confers no gtoryt upon him While I will not the fact that the sixteenth hrlstloH Century was a cruel and ed period of the worlds history I wish to assert that the best men of that time were not allowed to the front or to teach or to urge their opinions Many great md good men were obliged to live In obscurity In order to llvu ut ell and tt profound scholar wan forced to step or the price of death for speaking Tho Christian church for teen hundred years hud donu lltllo moro than kill the brightest und noblest of tin children of men There were a few streaks of light In tho darkness Christendom which promised the coming of u fairer liar but only at this distance can be realized how dark was that dark ness One light and then another was quenched by priestly power but as one went out another burst forth until the sky burned with the glow of victory and hope filled the heart That Calvin was a merciless ruler the chronicles of Geneva prove beyond a question His rule was tyranny of an uncompromising kind There was no love In his heart He showed no com pusulon for the weak and unfortunate under Ids administration a child was be needed for striking Its mother testimony was secured by torture of the mostI cruel nature heresy was punished by giving heretics to the Homes Calvin was feared and hated lieI brooked no opposition Castclllo was banished from Geneva becaused heI dared to differ from Calvin on minor points of theology and Bolsec was dcI lured u felon for speaking disrespect oily of predestination Calvins King tom of God In Geneva was a hell on earth hurt Calvin was no worse than tho God he adored no worse than life Blue of this God He took the ground find maintained It that tho deity was the only legislator for mankind and that his law was to be found his holy word It was this divine law which ivas carried out In Geneva The God of Abraham Isaac and Jacob and Calvin was put upon the throne of human af fairs and the world has paid for It in tears and blood In suffering and misery untold and unknown The crowning atrocity of Calvin was the burning of Servetvs That cruel murder should have stopped the tide of Calvinism at the martyrs stake A man who would order a punishment like that for a difference In religious opinions held religious opinions unfit for men and women to adopt Michael Servetus was a Spanish sician a noted scholar and an abft writer on theological subjects He mitted the crime of not being orthodox He exposed foolishness of the doctrines of the Trinity and otherwise anely criticised Christianity For ex pressing his liberal religious views or other words his Freethought views was thrown Into prison at Vienna at the Instance of the archbishop but ho effect ed his escape Intending to go to Na ples ho passed through Geneva in ills guise but his Identity was discovered and he was apprehended by the magis trates on a charge of blasphemy and heresy HIdvritlngs were carefully amined to flnjlVcround for accusations These were easily found His arrest how ever was not to the satisfaction of some is he was neither a resident or a sub ectTo relieve themselves or rcsponsl aljil for their action consulted thelt divines and every one declared for hIs Runlshment Calvin being especially emphatic as to the necessity of putting ilm to death Servelus was forty times a heretic according to his accusers and the standards of Calvin but not a word that he had written would he recant He defended himself bravely before his Judges but he was sentenced to be burn ell at stake No religion can tolerate another and o priest can forgive another and dlf ferunt priests killing men and women in the ursine of God was during the teenth and sixteenth centuries almost a pastime Human beings were given to tho llamas without thought or care of the horrible sufferings of tire unfortunate victims Thero Is no mercy in tire and none In the lirefiends who can light the fagots around the body of the martyr Where the Bible has been accepted as the law of God murder of Innocent per sons has been defended by priest and magistrate In Geneva during the as cendancy of Calvin hundreds were burn ed for witchcraft and sorcery Every person who refused to bow the knee to John Calvin was declared to be the enemy of God and all enemies of God must be put to death But God has never killed a human being for heresy or blasphemy Priests and parsons have killed thousands and laid their crimes to God Calvin punished thinkers aur thors men who loved the true and the rightmen who refused to accept his commands or to wear his yoke On the night of Oct Calvin had one less lover of the truth to tear for the greatest scholar of his age was dead The bright mind of Servetus had been put out by religious hate Think of a religion that demanded the death of an honest a noble and an upright neat Calvin could have raved Servetus but his religion would not allow him do It The burning of Servetus was part of Calvinism and Calvin religiously believed that when the ashes of his en emy had been gathered together for burial he was forever dismissed with a shovelful of sand But men sometimes rise up if ghosts do not If murder ever condemned a murderer then does the death of chael Servetus condemn John Calvin It would make a long chapter of history to chronicle the accounts of bad men killing good ones A religion dlesIt never surrenders und it dies sometimes by its own hand it kills Itself by killing others It Is not because Calvinism contained so much truth that It has reached although ter rlbly emasculated our age but rather because the generations between the llith and 20lh centuries were fed on false hoods The pictured Calvinism of today is as unlike the original us the government of the United States unlike the government under Nero Put Calvins true portrait on the walls of the Presby terian church today and they would put on the color of shame all honor be not dead within them It seems strungo that It never occurs to u man like Calvin that he could do more good to the world by killing himself than by killing his victim We can account for the tiger of the jungle the wolf of the plains for the crocodile of the Ganges for even the murderer of Whllechapel but how count for the cruelty the fiendishness of Calvin HIs apologists say that he lived In an age of wickedness In a time when unbelief was not tolerated but a of kindness of broad views and Intel leclual sympathies would have risen above his time and been remembered for his deeds not for his bad ones There Is no doubt that the age In which Calvin flourished was bad and there no question that it was made so by Its faith It was dominated by a 4 cruel religion It was Calvins duty to be better than hls age better than his religion If God would punlah withCM iRdeath a man who dared to express In dependent convictions on matters of faith Calvin should have saved this i + e see ++ + 0e e + ++++ ++++++ ++ 0 +++++e e e +4 ++ j 19091909E- l i Blue Grass Blade Bound Volume I i Containing Fiftytwo Copies of The and all handsomely r in Blue Buckram with gold i i 300 Reduced from last years price inaht Blade bound letters 3QO si 2 iSubscribe NOW and get your name on the list in time t t f E A STILL BETTER OFFERi V For Five New Subscribers For Five New Subscriber s iWewilhseftd ONE COPYof the Bound Volume 4t+ FREE OF COST 3 btlfc person sending us five new subscribers in one club at the regular rates before Dec 31 1909 IiTHE CLUB is PREFERABLE GET UP ONEI SECURE A COPY FREE fxrfiy 4 f BLUE GRASS BLADE Lexington Kjr 1 Ct t 4 + + tt r f 7J1 u man Let God be cruel but men should be kind to men Sorvetua might have been as cold and as cruel as was Calvin had ho possessed his Ideas of religion find this Is the particular point to bo emphasized There was a wide difference In tho faith of these two men and the difference their faith mnde the difference In the men Calvin hated anyone who refused to acknowledge his power who dared to question his theology or to defy his thority He was a theological tyrant He had gone Godmad Doubt of Gods law as promulgated by himself was the high est crime and to be punished with the most terrible deaths No one must think beyond the boundaries of his thought The mind must not pass the circumference of his conclusions This man assumed the right to condemn those who differed from him and he used Ms power to cripple liberty to stifle investigation and to hinder the search after truth Ho was a bad man because he had nn atrocious religion because he worshipped a ferocious God The most that can be said of Calvin Is that he In fIIcted four hundred years of brutal her ology upon mankind He left a legacy of selfishness of cruelty of brutality to tho world A few years ago money was contrIb- uted by some liberal minded people for a statue of Servetus to be erected In Geneva The statuo was not wanted there by those In authority An Inscrip tion on one side of the pedestal whic supports the statue tells us Its history It reads as follows A location having been refused by the Administrative Council of Geneva to the statue of Michael Servetus offered by International subscription the commit tee has turned It over again to the mu nicipality of Annemasse It waq Inau gurated October Annemasso Is a little place about three miles out from Geneva but It has one object to embellish It and make It ate tractive the monument to Michael Beri yetus Truth Seeker New York From Wichita Kan Beacon DID A PRAYER RESTORE LIFE An Arkansas Man Writes Here for the ProofHe Was Told That a Girl Wichita Was Brought Back to the Land of the Living After Six Days 101rom Arkansas comes an absurd letter to the postmaster of Wichita who has turn refrred it to Mrs Mon tho polled matron concerning the report that- a girl hind been raised from the dead In thus cit Mrs Mason has written very plain letter In answer to the quiry giving her opinion of persons who lay claim to the ability to perform such miracles It Seems Incredible To a representative the Beacon Mrs Mason said wit seems incredible that there could be anyone so wicked as to lay claim to the power to do such thing as the letter speaks of or so foolish as to believe it possible but suppose there are both classes presume the story lied its origin the so called resurrection of a girl named Eula Wilson about three years ago In the first place the girl never was dead and In the second place 4 the trance from which she awoke was theaplace the only persons know of who prayed for the girl was a Mrs Hill and I am not certain that she ii prayed for her or If she did that she professed to be a member of any hofl ness band It Is certain there was no special effort by prayer on the part of any considerable number of persons to restore the girl to consciousness again for I was at tho house much of the time Y Pointr r iMrs Mason thinks It would be much wlioclaimdead could have exerted such an Ihfiu once upon her for good aa to prevent the necessity of sending her to the form within three months from the time she was ill and later prevented her from leaving the good hone of tier parents and running away with a mar rled man followsd London Ark April Postmaster Wichita Kan Tfaear SIrJust for my own satisfaction IWoullttke to harrow otew mo ments of your valuable time d There In our little town a class of peopii sown as the holiness who deign j that a girl In your city or liydrryour city had died and had reached the State ot mortification but through the pray J of the holiness people she was rais lfIupand Js thin at the present time e claim that she had been dead slx iZ days If this Is a toot or not a fact itgVery respectfully i fc ARCHIE PRICE WHY HE MEDITATED It was In the quicklunch restau rant Tho little man who had forgot ten to remove his ear mutts when he entered appeared to be In deep medi tatlon Every few seconds he would gaze vacantly across the table and murmur It Is doubtful It Is doubt tilt The other quick lunchers became Interested Expect some money and doubt If It will arrive ventured one nut the little man shook his head recovery of some sick friend problematical asked another Havent a friend In Chicago sponded the little man with a vacant stareThinking about the Cubs chances of winning the pennant this year added a third Not Interested in baseball sir Then tell us what It is that Is so man held up a cup This egg gentlemen I have broken it and =But his questioners were gone Another Dig Mrs Stubb reprovingly John you were rather lato getting In from the club last night Mr StubbYes Marla you see there were lots of business men down there and we were discussing busi Stubbs Ob well Just wait un til we women get on a suffrage foot diehMr StubbsWhose busInessevery bodys Plenty of Noise am deuced surprised to see Fred dy engaged in conversation with those two wicked burglars remarked the tall chappy In horrified tones Sh cautioned the short chappy Its a weal bizarre idea of Freddys What Is Why those two burglars have just stolen the whistle from a freight loco motive and are going to attach it on Freddys new motor car Well Earned Rest Here lies all that Is mortal of poor Tewksley There Is something pathetically appropriate In those words on his tomb At Rest You know some incidents of his life then Yes Tewksley lived In a suburban town and for twenty years he sprinted every morning to catch the 730 train for the city DUTY OF COURSE First SenatorMy but he talks a lot about the tariff Second SenatorYes it seems to be a matter of duty with him Gentle Souls ii feel In my bones said fair Cora That I shall become anold maid But not In your wishbone said Dora Now they dont speak on parade Forbearance Young Tomklns is a remarkable what respect He has been wooing a certain young woman for the past six months and de clares he has never quoted to her that stanza of Omar Khayams beginning Ah love could you and with him conspire i Foredoomed am writing a book that will ap ipeal to the average man It ought to be a success but It jwont Why not because no man will admit even to himself that he Is an average man IInOlden Days Diogenes was observed to be carry Jug his bathtub around on his back rI am doing onenight stands on the lyceura circuit he confided and rooms at the hotels cost a dollar less when you bring your own bath And yet some doubt that Diogenes- jvas a wise man Getting the Money My latest effort is a society play The vlllalness marries the hero tor his money society plays are going out Then Ill make a melodrama of It and have her hit him with a piece of lead pipe A Small Mistake- J suppose said the stranger watching a workman spread a carpet from the church door to the curb thats the high road to heaven youre fling there rNo replied the man this is only a bridal path Titlilts WHEN WE MEET mctWhntWill the old earth bumb Its heed and see some stars Comets go at such a rate Is it safe to have a date With a traveler so likely to lertvb scars When we strike the comets tall Shall we have a bargain sale On account of all the remnants floating round Will spark plugs be any steeperTCan from the ground Will it carbon diamond send usT Will its Iron courage send us Will Its sodium salt the sea more when It falls Will it shower a lot of rocks Giving us magnetic shocks What will be the card It leaves us when It caJls- 7Camllll1 J Knight in New York Sun Extra Cautious They were returning to America after an European honeymoon George petulantly really feel hurt Over on the other side you de Glared was a jewel and you havent repeated It since we have been aboard Hist cautioned George holding up a warning finger If declared you a jewel I might have to pay duty You know these customs men are terribly strict these days WHY OF COURSE Wills of millionaires remind us We can make our own some day And the lawyers will most likely Break It in the same old way His Advantager To recite the Village Blacksmith The hoarse boy was the choice For he had local color with The sharp rasp his voice Not Guilty See here young man said the old lawyer to the junior member of the legal firm you told me you were going out of town on legal business yeS terday and I learned this morning that you went to call on a youNg lady How about IU Well sir replied the young man I shall plead not guilty until you can convince me that it is illegal to call on a young lady For Insomnia That man Hoopenlofer full of bright Ideas Whats his latest He has opened a moving picture show for insomnia victims Eh What are the attractions Just Ordinary vaudeville with the phonograph rights of the Congression al Record His Good Luck tYaas said Uord Shortoow I hunted big game whfeijjwas Afrlca lawst yeahlions tigers and phants doncher know Have any luck we asked Yaas gweat luckrepIed the noble hunter Nevah got sight ov a single beast largeh than a hare doncher know OBLIGING Ii Wandering WillieCan youse give a poor feller a bite- WomanCertainly Here Ttgo How He Landed Her He proposed while up his aeroplane- I shall land her this time he thought Then he did In a way lie had not wot When a lever slipped and caught The Preference My dear said the faseelng parent that young man may bo a trifle tedious but he is a coming manI1rPerhaps weary maiden but Id rather he halt go in him Overlooking the Meter Mother Come William jgulck Minna has tried to kill herself by In haling gas- FatherGood heavens Think what the gas bill will be this month Meg gendorfer Dlaetter r J CULTURE IN THE HOME Mother says that It foolish To grow wrinkled old and gray To accumulate obesity wrong She contorts upon the carpet Every morn at break of day Rolling thus shes read reduces em bonkponsr Evry brand of paste and lotion Forty kinds of germicide Which will slay the bug of baldness In Its lair These my poor old frantic father Pertinaciously has tried To rejuvenate a sickly patch of My two ulsters acrobatic Do their stunts with circus vim Tho Im not so sure theyd care to have you there nut they keep their figures graceful And their waist lines trim and slim Just by standing on their heads beside a chair H H Matteson In Life Startling Statistics Our town boasted tho enthusiastic commuter from Suburbanvllle Is remarkable in more than one respect For example In the street Where live Madison avenue a thoroughfare five miles long there is no child that is not a twin He would have hurried on telling of other wonders of this town but he was halted by a little in qulsltlvo man with a pointed nose who saidMy dear sir will you kindly tell us the number of families that live In your street The commuter moistened his lips then replied as boas tingly as ho could One IPOOR GOAT First Oo tYour brother looks aw withjhlraSecond health food yesterday Suited Him Remarked a brave philosopher As brave as brave could be Although didnt make the world TIs good enough for me Horse Sense Olox Theres one thing dont like about that horse bought of you last fnl1KnoxWhnt Is tha- tIlloxHe doesnt hold hlshead quite high enoug- hKnoxNaturally Nojfdoubt he feels just a bit ashamed DloxAshamed Why what has he to JKnoxThe havent paid for him yet t tvItthat woman Yean endure such hardships as the suffragettes are enduring- for the sake of the cause fc Indeed IttsD was reading tho other day that they are even refusing to eat while Jnjjali Eat some of them are even refusing to chew gum No Trouble at All VisitorIt must be a gigantic task to run a great newspaper like mlrsi EditorNot at all Its the slest thing In the world Dozens of my friends as well as perfect strangers come in here every day to till me how to run it S THESE GIRLS HeDo you think she will have himSheIts not a question of having him Its a question of getting him The Proper Spirit Undismayed come good or Hopeful all the time He whos beaten smiling sunn Makes defeat sublime i BrantNew One City editorHeres a mighty good story about a young fellow who runs away with a chorus girl Night editorWhats that good story Why its been done to death City editor This one hasnt Its an absolute novelty The young fel low is neither a millionaire tier a PlttsburgerJ i rrocc TWAR EVFR THUS I never bought some Wall street stock lIVlendsButAnd crimped my Income past amends I never put my dollars shipThatTo give me nothing but tho slip I never bought a noble horse highButWas sightless In Its starboard eye I never reared a pig or cow When meat was soaring high and higher That It did not meet death somehow Before Id closed up with tho buyer opportunityIs me bliss It always happens seems to me paralysisArthur Repu lican Brute Newpop My wife went shopping yesterday and left me to take care of the baby OldwedYou have my sympathy old man Det you had the time of your life trying to keep him quiet NewpopOn the contrary I found it dead easy The little follow never let out a howl In three hour- sOldwedSay how did you manage It Nowpop Oh I merely gagged him tied his hands behind his back bound his feet together nailed his clothes to the floor anji then chloroformed him THE REASON i The Goose You should be satisfied with what you have sThoeDuckIam Its what I havent gotfthat Im dissatisfied about His One Thought Adown the wall the convict slid For freedom he had mado a bid I hope said he that Jailer Jake Will excuse the liberty I take Getime be the star of your life PeggyYoud better go Percy hear fatter approaching PercyOh but feel brave tonight I shall be your star even If he does comePeggYYes but you had better 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