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Digital page images are linked to the text file. 1r f a GRASS BLADEA T Parker Wio sad ealerrd Mat r fVOLUME xvm LEXINGTON KENTUOKY SU NDAY MAY 22 1010 Number 23 I WHICH IS IT i Either Christians Worship Wrong Being or Bible is a Fraud rm t So after fifty years of careful study in search of Truth we have arived at ona of two following conclusions viz Either tho socalled Christians today arc worshipping the wrong lleing for their God or else the Bible is a book of fraud and deception Wo ask tho reader not to be in a ry in forming his conclusions on what wo may havo to say upon this interesting subject but let scientific truth and reason have a fair show and we will foot the bill First we will say in case we are to judgo the future by the past every hone ust intelligent unprejudiced person will have to admit that Christianity so called with its Jesus and Bible teachings are fast wearing awayon the dc can fool part of the people part of the time but you cant fool all the people all tho time Such teaching wo find in the Dible suited the people very well some two thousand years ago but today all that it is fit for is to keep our penitentiaries and lunatic asylums in running order and our courts supplied with divorce cases Ninetyfive per cent of tho criminals now in our jails were once and perhap are now either believers in some one of socalled Christian churches and have been brought up under its teach logs Tho same may be said of all the rest You cnn trace the cause of their misfor tEr a fl tathe11oa- of the churchTlieycave hail not an overdose of morphine but of Christie taught in the Bible to honor and respect our parents Very well we will do it So the very first thing we is that our first parents had more respect for the teachings of a serpent or devil as he is called than they diii for a God They took the devils ad vice and they came out victorious the did not die Now in case we were put to the same kind of a test today with Jestis Jesus says lie who as the dictator believeth not shall be damned The devil steps up and says Dont believe shall not bemoment youit for a damned ho is only trying to scare you Now the question is whose ad take that oftogoingvice are you Jesus or that of the Devil t Let everyone answer for themselves lint for would invariably follow our part we in the footsteps of our first parents not be actingwouldfor in that case we in trying to serve two the hypocrite Neither would wo be be Gods at once lieving in one God and serving another For our part we dont choose to worshipor believe in any God We do and praying think our own preaching ing and reasoning consequently the services of a God or a minister are not needed We dont therefore advise any one to believe in either a Jesus or a Devil as a God but we do say that in our choice would case of compulsion be His Satanic Jlajesty two to one In the case of our first parents you see tney did not die and today Christ ians are damning those who do not be Have that God told them tho truth in stead of the I shall always hold the Devil in high esteem for his fair honest unassuming style of business transactions lIe now er claimed to be anything morQ than a Devil No claim is laid to any power or qualities that did not honestly bo long to him He is just as ho was created and no other being mentioned in the Bible has been more faithful or has a better record for truth honesty and morality than than he While on the other hand Jesus claims to be everything on Gods green earth but what ho really IsI myth He claims to bo both God and man mortal and immortal both Father and Son and still persists in claiming to the Son of God Now as to his sonship ve claim that tho Devil has ten to one the better right to be called a son of God titan Jesus t for in case there is a Devil we know who his father was who created him but as for Jesus no one knows am- who his father was even in case he ever had any1 lie claimsTv be his own father I and coy flLttre one and he that hoth seen mo hath seen the Father Now according toBjble teaching we sum up this God Jesus and Devil business in this wise For four thousand years the world had moved along finely without any Jesus The Devil had the whole business underthis control when about two thousand years ago a man cams on the scene himself the Son of God the Prince of Peace and sold that he had been sent to seek and save a lost and rafted world While the truth we find Ho be is this According to his own statements he came on a fools errand for the world had never been lost or ruined until he came and ruined it phiavd it was as sofo before he cameras it is today Thcn instead of bringing a message of peace lie set the the world to fight- Ing and murdering each other over theIr fool religious beliefs Then skipped out and has not fbeen seen or heard of since Ho tried hard to usurp the Devils kingllofiand raise a row with him face to face con tats with hinf but in every instance the Devil com i out victorious So Jesus finally gets discouraged and up the chase in despair lie colled earnestly for ui t reputed father to help him but no relief came So JCius eaves underunpleasant conditions vizv Crucife betweea two thieve tZ7i l try it gain in a short time but no account of him yet People have lost all confi lence in him while their faith and lief in a Devil are as firm today as they were the day he uttered the words Thou shall not surely die So every since Jesus left the Devil ins had things his own wayamid he has of his time foreiii making good use he can count his victories by the lion while it yet remains to be proven that even one poor soul has ever been laved or went to heaven through the Machinations of a mythical Jesus So for our part we choose rather go with the largest crowd for ten to one it would be there we would fine those we love and a heaven without them would be the same as living in two hells at once So we say in case we were given our choice we would take the largest crowd nll the time Then it says that Jesus dead and gone nobody knows whet he is while the Devil is at his post very day and attending to busineai like a man Yours truly JOEL JL BERRY AN APPEAL To The Lukewarm and Inactive Freethinkers- of the United States adies and Gentleman We tho undersigned address you tho interest of humanity and in com icmoration of the heroes nail hero ine8 who have died for human lib rty Wo believe that such a cause will rongly appeal to you We are members of the Indiana Rationalist Iso iation Buckeye Secular Union The American Secular Union the tional Association of America the In dependent Religious Society of Chicago and the Paine Historical Societyand aro subscribers to all the leading Free louglit papers in America We urg ench one of you to unite at onto wUh one or more Frccthought societies to subscribe for one or more Free lought papers Wo are perfectlysure if you do so that future generations will sing your praises and call you hlessell You will also have the proud itisfaction of seeing the stainless flag imparts of the motley hosts of su of freedom waving upon the dismantled mparts of the motley lasts of super make this appeals in full confi dence that you VII help with your time and your money in the holy warfare of science against the priests of Jehovah King tryants popes and priests in all ages of the world perceiving the fits and power which came from organ izatlon If gods and devils and priests tho only enemies of the race are ever over organRationalism in the whole history of tho world where an organized priesthood ever relaxed its fiendish grip from the throat of liberty The Ethiopian could change his skin and the leopard his spots as easily as a Tope or a priest could become a lover of humanity and freedom Wo therefore beseech air Rational ieveryone of youto get together in a compact organization and help to inaugurate a reign of reason in the Republic bequeathed to by Jefferson Paine and Franklin The vile old strumpet of orthodox religion sits in the palaces and parlors of the world and compels mankind to do her bidding and to pay her homage By the perfect organization of her norant dupes she compels our politicians and our so called statesmen to become her panderers procurers and tools for her infamous uses This viie old bag intrudes herself at every birth ind at every death at every marriag and in our schools with her dismol rooning and would if unrestrained ns she has done in other lands where inrestrained and opposed She would make of our own fair Columbia a dO tisra like that of Russia or Spain the Freethinkers actually outnumber tho forces of superstition fully two to me and if we were but organized could easily rid our land of priestly rule and tyranny Ladies and gentle men let us organize and get busy DR T J BOWLES Pres Indiana Rationalist Association VM Y BUCK- cT1CYLER LaTOURETTE lOIDf C BECK JOHN II PRINCEOfficials Ind It A I heartily second the strong letter Dr Bowles It sometimes seems tbut we have about all the religion and sonal freedom we are entitled to con daring slow little we b nd dging tuee elt wn slothful indifference with the cas enthusiasm of the organized forces of uporstition The Catholics of Indian polis recently raised a pile of money what fundknowsfor a nobody than a week the Presbyterians of raised 15000 for a new the same city Imrch building There are now arches in the city A young Catholic tells me he makes a year soliciting subscriptions for a Catholic paper There are scores of prosperous atholio and Protestant papers ported and by dowment by public patronage simply because they are ro gious papers It is human nature that we acquire love for a cause by working and seer tieing for it As lovers of mental ty let us wake up and get in the tight If there is a Freethought society near- let us join it If none let us organize Freethinkers in a one Three energetic township means that soon there be twenty I know for Ive tried it of a wealthy Free Did you ever hear 10ught editor It is a constant der excellent and brave- papers how some of our exist the way they are neglected by some of their admiring friends the contents butt er who hugely enjoy help to pay the heavy expenses The circulation is necessarily limited the byall the papers are boycotted orthodox advertisers I support then to the best of my limited ability and would rather let my taxes go delinquent than to lapse my subscription to anyof them Within the past year have given over 5000 of my slender menns to the cause of Rationalism and honestly I never enjoyed anything else quite as well I shall bequeath goodly lumpof life insurance when I go hence The suggestion of the good Dr Bowles Is fine What can I do to helpt I will contribute to the general cause not to any Individual FraternallyD Concluded from sixth column up daily the most absurd as up dail ythe most absurd stuff as Strange Case of Faith Cure Providential Escapes Haunted Houses etc is truly deplorable nnd as the press is supposed to deal only in facts and is the main factor in educating the people in breadth nndscope of sense std knowledge it should do its utmost to suppress all items tending to excite the ridic ous credulity of the people by pre te nding to relate certain strangi ings or events which however nrc- not strange when duly explained I STRANGE THINGS J hich Are Not So Strange When Inquired Into Musings of a Country Jeweler About Some of the f Tricks of Watches and Clocks 1 I BY OTTO WETTSTEIN ore is a conversation that occur tecl the other day in a jewelry store Well how strange SVhats strange i Why here Ive set my watch by a cjock which is stopped but its ex net y right1 i hats not strange isnt it Wo not at all It would be trwige if such a thing did not hap occasionally You see a grea Pc ma ly come in here to set their witches There are 720 minutes Ulft twelve hours our store is open icbi according to the sim t mathematical rules and thc ilaCof chances one watch in every 72kset by a clock not running or lo rat of 720 not running wine found to indicate accurate tjmV 1s that possible Certainly Even a clock nol running is right twice in twenty fOur hours and only those time which arq always runing poSe sifclvSmay never be WlmihIri Vcr tlioughtrofrthr but I see now were It not so it would be strange indeed The observant watchrepairer is often startled by other oincideut which at first seem strange but which when duly considered as fect and cause are not strange In closely regulating a watch he ad the secondhand in unkon with the secondhand of the regulator But it often happens that the secondhand without setting is right precisely to a second though the watch may not have been running at all Nothing strange about it either Setting a great many daily it of necessity happens once in sixty times In fnct did it nos so happen it would be strange indeed Sunday is a day of rest for the watches in a jewelry store as well as for man anl beast outside Monday morning all are wound and set But it frequently happens that one doesnt need setting because it is right to a minute though hardly ever to a second as this is likely to occur only once in 43200 time A certain watch most wretched in mechanism and a disgrace to the horologers art defied the skill of the best talent in the shop It was never right Like a balky mule it was bound to go its own way and this was the wrong way It was de cided that tha old man would have to sacrifice a day of his precious life to preserve the reputa tion of the establishment and to con quer the stubborn thing But pending this serious job behold one morning it was found to be exactly correct to a minute Tins was strange indeed But upon investigation it was found dead The mystery vanished Accidents never occur singly Is 1 popular saying among jewelers as well as other superstittious people If the maxim Were true it would indeed strange but it is false Accidents happen singly every day and no oiw thinks of popular fallacy but when occasionallyacci dents follow in quick succession wiseacres think of the adage and re mark It is so strange It never rains but it pours is based upon a like delusion A com mon occurrence is tho breaking of mainsprings in watches Being of necessity highly tempered a spring of course is liable to break at anytime Yet the poor jeweler is often jlamcd always held responsible und by virtue of custom must war runt them one year Thus it happens often that he is obliged to put a second or third spring in d watch r free of charge Sometimes they break after eleven months service then the customer laughs But occa sionally they break shortly after the twelve months are passed then the laugh ison the other side In my experience of over thirty years as a jeweler it once happened that four mainsprings broke in the same watch in one week while the fifth one out of the same lot of spring has stood the racket for five years and may outlast the watch Noth ing strange about it either Why should this riot happen once in a lifetime and among 20000 watches Liability to break in one case implies liability to break in every case- Yet it is often impossible to convince a customer of this and all ar gument is useless When a fine watch stops the first time he considers it a natural circumstance But if it happens a second time he thinks it is strange indeed The third time he is mad while if it curs the fourth time he brands the jeweler as an impostor and threatens to bring suit unless the cash is refuxe vc ott l1Nub111G a repetition iiircumice not strange can ever become strange or how a circumstance entirely consist cut with commercial honor can ever become a crime he has no answer but growls just the same I remember reading not long age an account of two locomotives both made at the same time precisely alike of the best material throughout by the best mechanics in the best locomotive works in New Eng land Yet while one performed its mission in absolute perfection without break or halt the other was tinually off cranky balky and in spite of its magnificent construction and management of the best gineers hat to be repeatedly hauled jack to the shops for repairs- It is precisely so with watche The best sf them is as liable tl kick as any A thousand insignificant trifles will interfere with accurate results And like cause ever producing like effects it is but reasonable that a watch which is liable to stop once is liable to stop a second third fourth or fifth time and nothing strange about it at all Tire stoppaye in either case not beiny related to any previous stoppage and therefore an independ ent result must be adjudged as such But this the average watchwearer will not da He persists in con demning a watch not indeed because it stopped but because per chance it had stopped several times before because if he could not thus relate tho last stoppage tc one or more previous stoppages he would not think it strange at all If you paint the Devil on the wall he will come is a popular Ger man adage Paraphrased it is Think of the Devil and he appears tmd shorn of its metaphor implies that if we think of a person he or she will come And think of it How strange You think of Mrs Jones and behold here she steps in it the door How strange is your exclamation and convictions of your prophetic and clairvoyant proclivities dawn upon you and you re solvo forthwith to attend Mute Mys ticas Angelicas seance to find out if you are not destined by fate for a higher mission and perhaps to mediate between this mundane sphere nndsmnmorland over yonder Yet how sadly you are deluded Did it never occur to you how often we think of persons who dont come and how often persons come we do not think of People corning is not strange it is only when the two ionrelated circumstances become related by occuring at the same time that you invest them with mystery and are prone to exclaim How strange And among tho thousands we think of who do not come and the thousands who come we do not think of is it strange that once in a greatwhile the identical person should happen to come we may have been thinking of Strange presentiments also come under the category of a mild form of superstition and result from circum stances apparently strange which are not strange Thinking of an event liable to occur at any time or liable not to occur is not a present iment but a simple mental process which becomes a presentiment when the event thought of occurs To il lustrate I have occupied my present place of businessthe identical store for twentyone years Thoughts of robbery and fire have often haunted me during this time So far these calamities have not Yleveryhave been neither nor strange Should I however some evening while meditating on the probable risk of fire and robbery a jewelry establishment is ever sub jected to actually have a presenti ment my store would have to be rob bed or consumed by fire otherwise of course it would be no presenti ment Thoughts are not strange Fires and burglaries are not strange But when the thoughts and calami ties happen in certain succession su perstitious people ever reveling in realms of mystery imagine a rela tionship between the two and call it a strange presentiment Dreams are realized about as often Hundreds of thousands of dreams alike delight and haunt humanity nightly yet how rarely do we real ize the vanished phanton That thousands dream dreams is not strange why in tho name of reason is it strange then when in a world of ever varied circumstances these occasionally correspond to our r redhaired girl and the white horse are no more related than a whitehaired man and abrindlecow JB Mom b df onccivcrl the eclairrand now behold It is cOI sid ered so strange that quite often when wo meet a florid maiden a milkhued steed is a conspicuous ob ject ill the perspective But some good people insist that strange things do happen all argu ments to the contrary notwithstanding One of my customers relates I know once upon a time we had stoppcdforlying awake in bed all at once I heard the clock stop ticking It ac tually frightened me I knew some death had occurred in the family At atlpreiselyNow just think two weeks later we received a Utter from the old country that grandmother had died on that night at precisely fifteen min tea post three Dont tell me this wasnt strange Well maybe it is but when Musider all the facts in the case VI1Sherneededleaningonce vanishes Thousands of clocks throughout the world stop every nightSoMr Brown dies there is nothing strange about it In course of a lifetime nonrelated circum stances occur countless number of times No one presumes to invest them with mystery It is cnly when in one case in a million perhaps the two ordinary events may be construed as related that to the superstitious it appears so strange People have forebodings and mxiety when contemplating a long journey This simplyreasoning from existing causes to possible fects There is nothing strange about this but it is strictly consistent with intellectual culture and philosophic thought Thus impending dangers haunt thousands who yet proceed to their journeys end and turn well and happy Their thoughts innumerable as the sands of the sea vanish and are forgotten and in the absence of the dreaded calamity imagined but never realized never became presentiments But if in isolated cases the calamity foreseen actually occurs it is herded all over the country as a itrange presentiment Tho morbid fascination of the masses for strange things and the mxiety of some papers to parade Concluded in third column j n h wrucv 1 BLUE GRASS BLADE FOUNDED use By CHARLES CHILTON MOORE end 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 ono re mlttance cents each Foreign subscriptions postpaid J150 per year ADVERTISING RATES One Inch single column cents one month 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for Us commas The puir est my senno the dark uiifathomed caves of ocean bear and the same be true of your mind Especially do wo re quest articles from our younger reader You teal nut be a Udder a Wilson a Foote a Ladd or a Vettstelu Very few of us are Hut you certainly can say something that will be of interest to your fellowworkers These great men bad their beginnings Let us tell tne readers of the Blade what you are doing and what you are thinking GOD OR MAN OR THERE 1S NONE By Otto Wettstein God as defined in the bible Gen is 2 And the spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters He was smaller in dimensions than the waters of the earth or there would have been no object for him to move or he could not have moved without moving off Gen is 3 And God said Let there be light He spake and must have had organs of speech Gen is 4 And God saw the light Must have had organs of sight eyes etc Gen i 20 And God said Ixjt us make man in our own image after our likeness Gen is 27 So Godcreated man in his own image in the image of God he created him This if the plain language of the bible is intend ed to be understood by ordinary mor tale absolutely defines Godthe signer creator and ruler of an in Inito universecomposed of infinite numbers of worlds planets suns systems and constellations millions of them millions times larger than this earth and most of them beyond the reach of our strongest lenses as a man Think of it The arHI ficer and ruling factor of an unlim ited universe a frail insignificant pigma in the image of man Re sembling man in stature and general characteristics talking to man like man to man consequently limited and local walking in the garden two by six occupying two feet of l L ground maybe threenot more yet a God hero and there and every where on around and beyond the earth at qno and the same time If not miracle what is it Gen ii 2 And ho rested qn the seventh day Got tired after work ing six days and like man had to rest Gen ii 7 And God breathed into his nostrils Necessitating ganic life lungs and associate or gans heart liver stomach etc effect tho respiratory process and without which breathing is impo ii 21 And he God took one of the ribsand made a woman clearly an act necessitating great mechanical ingenuity hands arms etc Gen iii 8 And they heard the voice of God walking in the cool of MdthemselvesLord the trees This em phatically establishes the anthropo morphitic proportions of the bible limbslimitwas not not to be where he was etc callerAdam I onilieHouwalkedclearly ho could not have been d everypartHe called for Adam showing ignor wina fenHv AdamIand hid myselflsaidetc Gen iii 12 And the man saideteGen iii 13 And the Lord saidete betweenquently with many other persons thebibleGodin the image of man christiansGodhas recognized their God as sac since its inception the Iulerorfactor limitedtheimagoation of the world or the movement withitsresi6ttheexpretrainimage of man can control the earth in its flight through space sayin nothing of the countless millions of other planets sweeping through their gigantic orbits Last evening we witnessed the i teresting phenomenon of the transit of Mercury across the face of the sun To the reflective mind such rare cosmic events ever suggest pr fouiidest The planet thappearance of a tiny black dot comparisontovisible It occurred to my skeptical and prosaic mind Suppose the bibleGod were placed in identical appear9Howbe to discern this God thirty millio of miles away How could he exi fly stand walk or float up there I hisinot fly nor live beyond this earths atmosphere Being many tiro nearer the sun than the earth co ditions favorable to organic life do probaby not exist so he could not live up there even if he got the And if per chance he would a could venture within the orbit of a planetor sun what would ba the fate of any living being while these a rushing through space at the rate a thousand miles a minute How could it escape instantanious an hilation But supposing for arguments sake we concede God to be im mensely larger than man a monstrous giantsay his head as large as Mercury his body as large as earth and his extremities in portionand this collosal being had occupied the identical position last evening occupied by Mercury how would he then have appeared to us How large then would have been his comparative sue to the sun ash the remainder of the universe not then occupied by Jam He would situp have resembled two black specks peas or a small black spider crawl lug on the disc of the suna million of them needed to entirely eclipse the once of our sun alone and not mentioning the infinite expanse of space beyond the sun in every direction not hidden or covered by this inognilcd God And if per chance this exaggerated nun to us mon strous largo God would get behind the sun or Sirius we frail mortals would of course not be able to see him at alland whats worse ho would be absolutely unable to see us thus clearly in that case leaving the world and infinite iuumbcr of other planets all hidden by the sun for the time being without a God or godless sure 111Yet tho bible insists thut a God in the imago of man made the earth the sun tine stars existing throughout boundless space if he moved at the rate of millions of miles a sec ond for billions of years he could comparisonto comparedtoIf not miracle if not fable if not superstition what in the name of iiiamaking the earth first theheavensninetythreo millions of miles away alteJitmote distance without burning hini onenget up tthere ninetythree millions of wild away with his burning seething whichsone gulp cremate withitsand its God and Devil thrown in for nextdayative job on earth If not a miracle what is it theoIlogiansabsurdity of the bible howevertlleirpostulated a higher and truer con lkingaspiritualwho possesses all the attributes and notbiscarelive canbetho same time no matter wheth her a man a mountain or a star al AGodrthe uni verse yet a God Who can exist complete in a flower the morning star the love of u woman etc A Godjwho fills all space yet can miuished and complete in the eye of a needle or in the heart of man Implying ten thousand millions of com plete Gods yet all one and the same philosopherrson and holy ghost of the trinity but believe in a miracle infinitely more ridiculous ingitispowernwhen simplythe matsu think hearingbreathing This necessitates organic structure limitedfinite conceptions butewhich have notjleastIrentnhas been ex ploded and L now repudiated by all sodnear in the eternal and immutable order of thin universe alone survive ofLa Grange Illinois MILLENIUMni HidbyBrought to Light theBy E G Chase What is the sign that the millen nium carne at the cross Christ abol tIlelawcontained in ordinances for to make shepherd theornow commanded all flesh to re pent of serving him and the time of the millennium is come when I illtruth attheContinued on pogo 3 HOW IT HAPPENED The man who is always asking fool ish questions approached the tough looking citizen who was sitting on tho steps of his shanty nursing a sore headWhats the matter with your head asked Mr Uuttln- Depression In it was the laconlo kind of a depression Business depression Hm Thats a queer place for a business depression How did you get IU Trying to meddle In other peoples business Now trot on stranger before you get one of those depres s ions yourself They are catching And Mr Buttln trotted Too Late Dobson Were there no restaurants In There were 10 DobsonThen why did you have so much trouble getting a meal Dlnwlddle I arrived too late Dobson But you told me you ived at 10 in the morning Dinwiddie So did but that was too late the sheriff had arrived the day before The Feminine Idea SheDear saved a great deal of money today HeGlad to hear It How did you do I- tSheI bought a handsome rug for only 20 He But my dear we dont need a 1new ru- gSheI kngw we dont but If we had needed it we would have had to pay 45 for1t Getting Ready Ives Young Loaffler who Is going to marry Smiths daughter Isnt an Industrious fellow BeersNo he isnt industrious and Smith evidently realizes the fact and Is preparing for the Inevitable result IvesWhat do you mean by that BeersWhy I mean that Smith is enlarging his house to make room for the young man EITHER ONE Mrs DewtellWhat is that piece that Kitty is singing Mr Dewtell Its either an aria from Pars ifal or she has seen a mouse and is scared Ancient and Modern The oxeyed maids of other days Were beautiful I trow But could they reach the peroxide Beauties we have now A Desecration Sharps and Flats Is the headin over the Boston Advertisers column of clipped humor We dont like t see this The memory of Eugen- Field and the original Sharps an Fats column seems desecrated by such usage of the title Sighs What was the bridge of sighs asked the woman who was looking at the picture book- I suppose replied Mrs FlI m gilt that is one of those games in which you aro obliged to make It spades every time On Funds Did Billy call up his girl on the long distance not Ho was too short The Certain One statedthe Is that The state of matrimony Something Wrong Post committed suicide because he was overworked Pooh He couldnt have been so very busy or he wouldnt have found time to do It Who was It said Life is just one d thing after another Probably a fellow who saw a snitch trying to catch a blind tiger Be Plain Where will you spend the heated termPardon me before answerareIyou t summer resort evan JlIst THIS IS PHILOSOPHIZING I own n box of crackers My pants aro freshly pressed My Kngllsh thcme pads almost new + Friend you may keep the rest For nlniplo little comforts Like three that fate hath sent Beatify tho human soul And nil It with content But happiness transient Philosophy well knows One episode brought mine to grief And heaped my cup with woes One zero night the steam Was shut oft at eleven Whun I camo In to be thawed out Oh then where was mylHeaven Harvard Lampoon IN THEIR VALEDICTORIES dont know what we an do to save tho country Walt a couple of months and the high school graduates will tell us Rather Puzzling Theres one thing wo cant understand Tls not of womens hats But why they all should fear mice and Yet be so fond of rats How It Was- I certainly admire that man What In the world for His will power He has no will power at all Why he told me that he just made up his mind to quit smoking and ha quitHes lying his wife made up her mind and he quit Gallery Gods Tall TragedianYou seem to think a lot of those petrified potatoes that were thrown at you over the footlights last night Going to take them away as souvenirs Low Comedian Why shouldnt n Wouldnt you call them the gifts of the gods Didnt Get the Earth Hyker Hello old chap Allow me to congratulate PykerCongratulate me What for HykerWhy it is reported that you have reecntly inhecla landed es tatevPyker Well the report Is ground less Im sorry to say Suitable Indeed GunnerThey are now malting Imi tation celluloid collars out of goats milkIany names GunnerWhat would you suggest GuyerWhy the Buttln Brand would be as good as any- Efficacious FriendWhat You dont mean to say that you saved the lives of those freezing men by mental treatmentIExplorer Yes suaded them that they were watch ing one of the early seasons ball gamesPuck But Not Frank FredIt is idle In you to expect a Shegwill say a lateso candieddHIS ESTIMATE OF IT Jinks This good advice of mine doesnt cost you a cent Hlnks Well even at that It costs more than its worth The Reason They named the Infant Browning For he was simply grand And then he said so many things They couldnt understand They Knew What She Was Mrs Glldersleeve How do Ethels parents regard her fiance Mrs NearlYWell they dont regard the young man with cny degree of envy Such Ignorance Mythology tells us that Hercules once held the world up for Atlas What was the matter with Atlas Did his hat blow off IFFERENTIP CrLE ARE Chief Justice Tanoy the Tennessee mountains once broke one of the shafts of his buggy A small colored boy came riding by on a mule The Justice hailed him Here my boy ho said can youthelp me fix my buggy Sure boss answered the boy and tableWell well said the learned judge now why couldnt have done that dunno boss replied his first aid unless some folks knows more than others Success Wouldnt Waste the Diogenes stared anxiously at his lantern The wick feebly sputtered and when he shook the vessel It gaveIforth no gurgling sound The oil reservoir was emptyand the lantern place Is this he anxiously asked a grimy native This is Pittsburg The searcher for honest men looked no use lighting up hero he said Ill wait until I gut out side Charitable Why are you so sad my poor man asked the housewife pausing a moment from her house cleanIng Ah mum sighed tho tired tramp I cant help being sad when think of dls cold cold world I asked de woman down do street for a nights lodging and she says could sleep In her bin of anthracite You wouldnt be so cruel would you mum No Indeed my poor man If you will shako these two rugs Ill let you sleep in my bituminous bin That is soft coal you Inquisitive Imowrillyou send a cry da- yPaulI her a letter as often as that Id be broke In less than a week Inquisitive Aunt Jessica Why Paul what do you mean PaulSimply this My letters are so valuable to her that she makes me send them all by registered mall 1ICOULDT HELP IT Do you think hes honest No He even cheats himself when ho plays solitaire It Would Seem So The short man ought to do more work Than the tallest man can do It For the economic reason that lies ao much nearer to Brownings Magazine Her Soft Answer Young Mr Meanlngwell at break fast tnbleThis egg Is as hard as a Mrs Meanlngwell Never mind dear be patient Ill just ring the bell and have Nary boll the egg a little longer The Drawback Miss PertThere Is one bad thing about these chic Chanticleer fashion effects SmartWhats that PertThey wont be left to us 1Missgirls them All the old hens will be Distinctions- Do you think that current litera prosCayenneIor a dollaraworder Too Much for Him Young man said the busy mer chant to an applicant for an office po sition can you keep books No sir replied the y m used to think could but the book borrow ers were too much for me Not Convincing Lady at the jewelersIs this din mond genuine Jeweler As genuine as your own hair mada- mLadyAhernlet me see something elseIted Hen Just So It took me three weeks said tho traveling salesman to got an audi ence with the king But it was worthIthe trouble lie conferred a decora tion upon me Booked un order did you l SOME REFLECTIONS ON SCIOUS INTELLIGENCE IN TURES I WORK By Channing Severance Kditor Blade Jit swapping ideas with Bra Wade will begin by rcfurring to the print ura error In tho hcudlinu ho copies Fatalism or federation weans noth fug wrote futuliyiu or foreordina I tion and claimed Unit ono or tin other must bo accepted as a belief tliuro is nothing else to do when on begins thinking Mr Wado beltevt that all wo seo in Natures works is tho result of design and that coiucioiid in telligeuco directs every movement IIccn in the universe do nut so beikvu andas no men absolute knowledge to sustain his belief it for or against such u conclusion the most any can do is to advance his reasons for be T lieving as ho does Tho man who champions the design p argument strikes an insurmountable obstacle at the start Design must have a designer Who or what crwitcd Him in this case A harder jucstion to answer has never boon propounded The favorite name for this designer is God and Mr Wado uses that name If there bo a Uod such as he believes in who do signed him and gave him the power expressed in words omniscience and omnipotence How could ho create himself and acquire suck characteristics The question is unanswerable and must forever bo but why ask it until the existence of such a God has been dem onstrated f As far as known Jlr Wades God is a myth and ho has never existed save as a mental theory to mount for tho unknowable Until wo have some evidence of God wo should ignore him completely and deal only with Nature and her manifestations When wo go to Nature to study phe r nomena wo must stop with it for we cannot go back of it and only by trying to dues or can one get the God idea Wo sell matter manifesting in certain ways andsome people jump at the conclusion minter could not thus manifest unless there was u God back of it who was working out his do signs and fulfilling his purposes a is very foolish thing to do for who knows the possibilities or tho limitation of matter Who knows that an extraneous forco und a personal intelligence are needed and how did they find out io one knows it and it is an unwar ruled presumption to assume any such thing For all we know mutter tains its own potencies and requires no God to manipulate any of then and that is just wluit shall claim and then attempt to demonstrate as far as tells us that matter has al liullllibleI for no idea is so absurdly us to suppose it was ever The Bible idea that there was nothing but God at one time is a fool idea and no rational mind can hold it for an instant To get a starting point to reason from Bible writers assumed the existence of God and then on this assumption they built all the fool theories that have been blindly accepted as facts ever since by the credulous Wo know that matter exists and with matter I propose to start my line of reasoning not with God for as sumptions are utterly worthless in has always existed it has always had certain properties and they are inherent and indestructible They were not given to it by some God nor can thcybo taken from it Matter and its forces are one and inseparable- Our reason tells us this and nothing in rational thinking was against this idea It is only when superstition gets a hold on human minds that this fun damental fact is doubted Now how do the manifestations of wetter tako vireo Always under im mutable laws or modes of motion in which the caprices of a fickle God are never seen The laws of gravitation are f never suspended and wo know what tot expect if any object is raised above the earth on which we live and get all the experience life has to otter It must drop back The omnipotent God that Christians tell us about and believe in has never interfered with this law in anyway and so with all of Natures other immutable laws which go with her two great and only forcesattraction- and repulsion Conditions always decide what mat ter will or can do and God or no God there can be no life forms no vegeta tion without heat and moisture Under right conditions said Aristo tle Nature is ever ready to burst into varied forms of life but who ever know her or the Christians God to pro duce a flower on a calm of ice or petit toes on a solid rock Conditions do not permit such things mud right here is where thin omnipotence of God van ashes anti intelligence disappears as a factor in doing things If intelligence controls matter it can defy conditions for it can make its own and use them at will But it docs not and forever and always we see matter manifesting as it must from necessity Nature never makes flies only in one way and Dr Cook saw none up at tho North Pole Human science can prevent Nature from making flies and her output ia largely limited in certain places by controlling conditions What does Na tore make flies fort What purpose has shot Are they to feed spiders Wo know they are dangerous to tho health of human beings that they carry dis ease germs and often cause death from suck tilings It is Natures plan and purpose that they should or that of Mr Wades Great Designer do out caro to think that eon scious intelligence does sucha thing for such u purpose neither do 1 wish to believe that tapeworms 30 feet long urn deliberately put in human stomachs to give tapeworms pleasure and fort life and felicity at tho expense of sutfering humanity do not believe that conscious Intelligence creates one form of life to lire on some other form front the lowest to tho highest and iu all the endless varieties and yet wo know such to be the case No life is preserved and perpetuated without feeding on some other form of life and the whole earth is u battle ground for existence in which that universal nat ural law known as the survival of the fittest prevails This fact cannot be denied disproved or evaded and under this law which reflects neither tenderness nor sympathy wo all live light and die Dont talk to me of conscious intel ligence that tills a human beings lungs with disease germs and slowly kills the highest form of life that has yet been created Dont tell me that either God or Nature calmly and erately designed a cancer to torture and torment mankind and to insure a lingering death which wo know a er must do for reason revolts at the idea and turns from such a designer with loathing and contempt Neither seek to create a belief in my mind that the natural calamities that are constantly occurring and causing untold misery and suffering as well as death to men and animals are the re suits of plans and purposes of an intelligent force in or outside of Na urn for when reflect on the fact that over 270000 human beings have been killed by earthquakes in less than years the thing is too preposterous for ono minutes consideration and though Christians may profess to love such a God or intelligence I prefer to damn and curse it if it is a reality which deny No Nature is a blind and an unconscious force working without plan or purpose and no eye argument can dis provo that fact Admit design in one thing and you must in all for if the eye was created for a purpose was tho tape worm and the cancer smallpox and syphillis leprosy and blind ness from cataracts and every kind of affliction that human flesh is heir to Let us admit that the human eye is a wonderful thing but if we are looking for wonders in Natures works where are you going to begin or stop the deadly rattlesnake is a wonder ant is his mode of traveling and all tho minute forms of life tint require a microscope to xeveal them including the kind that eat up your lungs That we see adaptation in Natures works is freely admitted but that it long way from design The eye is tho result of conditions that made it possible and so with every organ that exists in man or animal reptile or in sect and as conditions are not right to produce eyes in the fish found in Mam moth Cave those fish have no eyes and fish with eyes if put in there would in time lose them for light is necessary to make eyes and to keep the church had power to pre vent people from thinking neither Na ture nor God were subject to much criticium for everybody was taught to believe in a Heavenly Father who did all things well and loved and protected his children but now we know the whole thing is a fake and we stand face to face with this fact so well and trutlrfully expressed by Ingersoll Nature creates man without purpose nnd destroys him without regret Los Angeles Calif THE MILLENNIUM- Continued from page 2 flesh are at enmity against the spirit und is not subject to it neither in deed can be These are not the children ofa Holy Ghost silent tongue worship but the children of the promise seed etc these texts show what tho heathen Gentiles are Rom 87 ch 8 Joshua 24 19 Isaiah 45 20 1st rhcss b5 and 1st Cor 1213 it is no wonder that Christ prepared tho wilderness journey for the heathen Gentiles through his sheep fold straight and narrow way that leadcth unto life and few there be that find it Matt 71314 Christ said save yourselves from pour heathen prodigal brother called the untoward generation Acts 240 Christ took His parable of the prod igal son and his brother who abide with his father who is heir to all his Heavenly Father hath Luke 1C 31 who represents the children of the second man tho Lord from 1ho acw heaven millennium rest 1Heb 4 world of first resurrection of cross whore it was our duo to havo part in to walk in newness of life etc tho prodigals to represent the door for him to go to his spiritual brother tho shepherd to bo for given as ho is the sinner that is stealing the spiritual inner just Christu children inheritance Jcro 12 11 the prodigal satan ministers arc transforming themselves as the apostles of Christ etc 2nd Cor 111315 by teaching the Gentiles to worship God carnaly to live by ordinances of water baptism to live as do tho Jews Gala 214 Christ created His just spiritual children perfect and put their transgressions from them that fear him Psalms 103 1113 the Gentiles prodigals do not fear to approach and blasphemo the name of God with a carnal prayer 1st Tim 616 Rom 2 Christ crucified our flesh of sin and put us into the captivity graves of dry bones Ezek 37 Another good sign for flesh to see that Christ went into His Holy millennium rest tomplo where all flesh are to keep silence before him Habak220 If Christ was answering carnal satan devils prayer sacrifices than He mocked himself in 1st Cor 10 2021 Luke 132427 Ezek 203v 31 Isaiah 1 1015 Christ does not rebuke spirit silent tongue faith worshippers that bends the knee of the heart the prayer of Man asses in the Procyrpha like Rom 826 to pray without ceasing Christ hows His great love to His children in this sign that the millennium came at the cross for a prodigal minister to offer a prayer gift unto the Holy Ghost it does not sin against the Holy Ghost as it sins against Christs shepherd Christ made him lords many and gods many1st Cor 8 to bo Christs prayer altre Matt 52324 Thereforo when a prodigal preacher bring thy prayer gift to thy brother shepherds alter and there rem em breth that thy shepherd brother hath ought against thee for robbing thy brother shepherd of his silent tongue prayer alter leave there thy prayer gift and go thy way first to be reconciled to thy brother shepherd this being reconciled is the pentance for being captured by the devil at his wit 2nd Tim 2 2526 then the prodigal minister can offer his prayer gift according to the silent tongue prayer of faith see Matt 182123 to show these truths to them who are seeing things by the flesh eyes they cannot understand them for the things that are seen by the eyes of flesh are temporal but the things that are not seen by the eyes are eternal 2nd Cor 418 The Sunday schools are the hotbed to take the children law righteous spirit crown then thoy art cursed John 749 Isaiah 52023 1 Peter 418 If we are in fellowship with our first Adam body we are absent from being spiritually taught by the Lord If vc keep our first Adam flesh dead indeed from works for righteousness we are present with the Lord 2 Cor 5 68 If a flesh and blood prayer gift is made with a sogn hymn it putt Christ to an open shame and treats Him very treacherously Heb 6 10 Isaiah 249vl6 ch 5719 every flesh sacrifice tells Christ that our millennium rest harvest resurrection of our crucified sin flesh is four months off etc John 435 When the prodigal preacher importunes sinners to come to Christ as they do to be saved as Christ was the door and the shepherd in the Jews religion through his apostles Now that the prodigal preachers are the door and he is all the sinner there is it makes the prodigal minister to climp up some other way than by his own door Christ said the same is a thief and a robber John 101 etc Butas then He John the Baptist that was born after the flesh persecuted Him Christ that was born alter the spirit even so it is now 0 ye hypocrits prodigals ministers ye can discern the face of tho sky but can ye not discern the signs of the millennium times who are the spiritual Holy Ghost silent tongue believers prodigal son brother that abides with his heavenly Father and is heir to all the Heaven ly Father hath he represents Christs little children that believe in the silent invisible church of Christ body that He made members of His spiritual flesh and of His bones Christ went into his new millennium spirit rest heaven in spirit within us Luke 17 2021 where the Father is worshipped in silence by faith without having to go to a dumb idol to endure the weather elements Matt 5 tells the character of the silent Holy Ghost worshippers- We should object to the Billy Sundays mixing saving faith with temperance morals and cast is devilish 1 Cor 102021 in the millennium rest spirit world for A 11 L JL 1 flesh and blcod to teach a low circumcision water baptism gospel as it is filthy rags Isaiah 646 James 315- Vinton Iowa MagaeineThoof that well known Freethinker and distinguish ed jeweler Otto Wettstein appears in our advertising pages Mr Wett stein is worthy of the patronage ot the public He is an honest man that can be trusted Whatever he agrees to give you you are sure to get as we have learned by experience Brother W is doing grand good work for cause of Free thought and is entitled to the consideration of the Liberal public The subject of the above eulogy claims no credit as a writer or scholar his efforts in that line are crude and simply Musings of his low idle hours But he does claim to be a FIRSTCLASS JEWELER Has worked at the bench for fortyfive years is a natural mechanic art critic acute judge of goods close buyer and close business on mini mum degree of expense His FREETHOUGHT BADGE is conceded to be the most artistic and expressive emblem ever designed His COL INGERSOLL SOUVENIR SPOON is without question the finest speeimen of the diecut ters art ever produced Sterling Silver 2 It is his aim to establish himself as Your Jeweler Send for price lists of Watches Diamonds Silverware Optical goods etc free OTTO WETTSTEINThe THINK WHY NOT By ExSenutor Perry Engle Newton It is the duty and privilege of men to think A convert to a Christian church is one who pretends to believe in dogmas and traditions which the ed ducated Christian is abandoning- If smoke stacks pay taxes why not steeples- A creed stands for compulsatory uniformity in belief The penalty for violating a creed is expulsion from the church and from heaven A people who pretend to believe can only pretend to be good Many of our pastors and peopl in our churches only pretend to lieve in the dogmas of their creed Time best pastors and pew holders are helping to amend their creeds The creed and religion of that immortal patriot Thomas Paine who said The world is my country to do good my religion will grow brighter and brighter as justice is exalted and humanity gloried Look at Spain and Turkey depend ing upon their priests and prayers dying like poisoned flies dying uttering prayers with their pallid lips dying in their filth and faith H PEROY WARD TO LEOTTJKE Morrison House Great Bend Kansas April 6 1910 Editor Blue Grass BladeI arrived 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 the principal cities of the United States My dates ani places are as follows Juno 5Chicago June 12 Cleveland Juno 19 Pittsburg Juno 26Washington July 3 Philadelphia July l0New York July 17New York July 24Boston July 31 Montreal Aug 7Toronto Aug 14 Buffalo Aug 31Detroit Sincerely yours H PERCY WARD A TRIP TO ROME by DR J WILSON The International Congress of Freethinkers was held In the City of Rome Italy September The author attended that Congress as the American delegate It la an account of travel and personal experiences that hat received an universal encomium frcvi press and people In It religious dogmas and tales of priestly fiction are ruthlessly exposed while the general style Is without corn parison In Amerlean literature of travel Cloth bound panes Illustrated Address orders to BLUE GRASS BLADE Lexington Ky XitLji k FAMILIAR QUOTATIONS Where Is my razor And where do I sleep And who put those pictures Down there In a heap Where the table Anti whats In that tub And how are wo ever To get any grub Who broke that now mirror And who smashed tho lamp My eyes but youre dirty You look like a trampl Whats wrong with the baby Im all out of breath And geel what a circus Im tked to death fudge NO ROOM FOR TWO MINDS suppose you and your wife are oi ono mind Sure Wo couldnt live In our Oat If we werent As Glory Goes Round Oh fame flke a barbers chair You wait your turn with patience vexed And scarce get placed In comfort there Ere Its your move Fate hollers next The Smart Man Orlmklo a resident Blysterre who lives next door to me Is the most Btupld specimen of humanity I have ever seen and yet every one in town speaks of him as The Smart Man Greenleaf a stranger Why is thatOtlmkfeHes the proprietor of a mustard plaster factory Maybe It Will Yet The announcement that there are- eggs in cold storage In New Jersey does not appear to have sulted in anything What did you expect it to result In Why I thought that an announce meat of that nature would Start a scramble Sufficient Responsibility- So you dont want to vote said the suffragette Gracious nol replied Mrs Me Dudley H8 bad enough to have your husband blaming you for every thing that goes wrong about the house wlthQut being held responsible for politics Got Them Katie what In the world is the baby crying so about The masters shirt studs maam Why dont you let tfio little dear have them then- I did maam and hes swallowed emYonkers Statesman Speaking From Experience- I want a run for my money Then go to Chicago Why do you recommend that townBecause thats where a footpad chasEd mo for 16 blocks TALKED HOURS AT A TIME TelllttDoes your wife speak moro than ono language Naggit No but say she knows that one like a book No Flowers I dont like your face said tbo maid Who was heiress to money and lands So the only thing left for him to do Was to bury his face In his bonds Its Nature The guests were fairly hanging with anxiety on tho result of Mrs Sharpers card party A lame then of suspension bridge Long Distance JackWhat is the safctet way to kiss a girl after eating onions EvaKiss her through a telephone Literally So Jinks tells me he Is living high So he is In an attic room be lieve G J1 AT THE TELEPHONE Dear from this distance far Thy face I can not seo But distance no bar Twixt such as thee and mot at tho telephone Contented I may bo To kiss the air alone That lately hath klasod thee This sort of lighter line That maidens all adore Since to their hearts like wine Its liquid measures soar All poets quickly pen And whether bad or worst We all know how since when Old Herrlck did It first Puck- EVERYTHING READY Dairyman Have you put the chemi cal eggs In the window AssistantYes sir DIfave you dropped the embalm ing fluid in the milk AYes sir DHave you repainted the butter AYes sir DThen why dont you open tho shop Scuse Pleasel On Fletcherltes Wero prone to brag But not the kind Who chew the rag Her Clever Motive So you are going to housekeeping as soon as youre married I thought you had made up your mind to board Yes but George Is equally deter mined to have a house of our own And so you are going to keep house in order to please George No Im going to keep house so that George will be glad to board Pastures New- I wonder whats become of all those 90pound women who used to throw big men over their shoulders by the aid of Jiujitsu Oh the 90pound women are still here but the fellows who used to write those jiujitsu stories for the newspapers have found other fields of prevarication Upside Down- I am shocked to learn that some of my ancestors wore wooden shoes said the gilded youth And I am shocked replied his father to see some of their descendants reversing the order by be- Ing blockheads Emotional Capacity Isnt It queer that so many people declare they go to the theater for queer Because no matter when you go there or what kind of a show it Is the audience Is always In tiers Had Picked Some Too See here said the butcher to a delinquent customer I have a bone to pick with you Dont mention it rejoined the d c Ive picked so many of your bones at home that Ive worn out three sets of teeth within a year A HOT ONE TomThats a fine auto of yours Ill borrow it one of these days By the way what kind of an alto do you think It would be best for me to usefDickOne of your own The Busy Bee Beware the man with honeyed ways And buzzing tongue Bereft of pelt you find yourself Btungl Its Athletic Nature That man whom you met going into the dentists just now is a great that accounts for it Accounts for what His having such a jumping toothache 1 I r 1 1 m c c =POTENCY OF FREETHOUCHTi Editor Journal iiciug u Jbrue Thinker 1 would like to make a ply to flay J L Bojds criticism oi tree thought or Infidelity aS lie terms it in your May isstli issue His inferences being iilogically drawn are unjust to nee thought lie intern that because the coacgi1 founded by Free Thinkers at Libel al Mov has disappeared and pretty much all of the colony there dispersed after meeting witii all opposition that Christians could command against it who even went so far as to build up a town in opposition to down it that because it aid not sur vivo is proof he says that structivelY infidelity nits nothing to its credit and that so impotent a thing is it that it cannot live alone History is full of accounts of cot leges and libraries being destroyed by tho avowed followers of the cross truths crushed to earth and held in contempt for ages their votaries despised hated or ba shed or murdered truths which er their long slumber are now accepted and cherished by the intelligent Their long sleep was not the result of their impotency but tho peoples ignor ance The land of the birth of the cross the cradle of Christianity was conquered and appropriated by a faith infidel to it The Christians only remaining hope was to regain its graveyard Does this fact prove the impotency of Christianity and the power of the infidel crescent Will Brother Boyd answer In what did the potency of Christianity consist during the dark ages Did it then occupy the throne if not why The potency or impotency of anyJ theory can only be measured by its ability to withstand intelligent criticism investigation where both sides are fairly and fully presented its judges being men capable of reasoning The tactics of keeping oneI side in the dark is as treacherous a mode of warfare against truth ast would be the use of the sword or burning at the stake for the same purpose and those who adopt it show the impotency of the theory for which they apply it in so do ing they also show their own insin cerity and dishonesty- I think in fairness the Journal ought to and will publish this even in the interest of Christians for to refuse in their behalf it seems to me would be to acknowledge the impotency of the Christian religion 1 would further say to Brother Boyd that no Infidel on this green earth builds hopes simply on nega tions nor do they attempt to ue ceive themselves or others for the sake of a hope for which there is not a shadow of evidence Nor have theyany fears for an alleged lake ofJ fire burning with brimstone of which even the faithful are ashamed and attempt to figure into a ncwI meaning found only in imagination A A SNOW Bracwell Iowa THE END OF THE WORLD Milan Republican I am in receipt of a marked copy sent me by one of your subscribers of an article headed Thinks End is Near by some Bible student in your March 10 issue Prom the tablishment of Christianity to the present hundieds of different dates have been fixed for the end of the world all of which theories have como to an end but the old earth plods on Many persons in the past have disposed of all their early ef fects and have refused to cultivate the soil so great was their faith in the near approach of the great con flagration But people are rapidly losing faith in interpretations of Bible predictions at least it is now hard to find one of sufficient faith to bank in a financial way on the I may not absolutely know of the future but may have a strong probability of it from the past It is because nature runs by laws of eternalsameness that history is so likely to rcpat itself We may not absolutely know that the sun will rise tomorrow morning but the chances are billions to one that it will for it has raised billions of mornings before Geologists have proven that this earth has existed during an immense period of time in their opinion several billion years and the probability that it will come to an end within a thousand years would not be one in a million for it takes a million thousand to make a wo are asked to lay science and observation aside and simply take the Bible on this subject But is the objector willing to do thos Let us see We can show by the simplest and plainest Bible teaching that the time set for the end of the world is now past and one to make it refer to some future time will have to twist plain Bible teaching out of its natural meaning Now right here we are met with the ob jectionIt could not refer to the for the world never camo an end in the past So they arc here giving observation or science in preference to tho Bible When Jesus taught tho end of the world and the destruction of the temple and the establishment of his kingdom and judgment day as con tined to that generation in which ho lived and during the life time of his disciples Matt 241 34 Matt 16 2728 did ho mean by the end of the world the end of the Jewish age or was the writer simply pre dieting something that never took place We will not take issue here in this essay our object being simp ly to show that the time for the pre dicted event is now past The booki of Revelations does not name events that are now future Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book for the time is at hand Behold I come quickly and my reward is with me It shows things that musi shortly come to pMS See first and last chapters Jesus was made to tell his disciples that they would e not have time to visit all of Israels cities until the Son of Man come Matt 1023 Speaking of judgment why did Jesus admonish his disciples to watch for they knew not what hour the Son of Man would come if he was not to como during their lifetime Why admon ish them to be doing good works at that time when he knew they would die thousands of years before Tho book of Daniel was not known until B 0 165 It was then written by an unknown writer to encourage the followers of the Mac cabee brothers in their struggle for liberty so asserts the higher critics writer was for the Jews what of Arc was for the French or Harriet Beecher Stowe for the Abolitionists He made Daniel pro diet what he knew himself to be history and went no farther except he for Jehovah to set up a great kingdom at Jerusalem that would in the whole world It cannot be shown that he knew anything tak ing place during our times The fourth king in Daniel 725 who was to make war against the most high was without doubt the tyrant Anti ochus Epiplmnes who was routed by the Maccabees and their valient Zealots- A A SNOWt Lineville IowaPRIEST Shot Through the Head AfterGib bon Had Murdered His Wire When He Returned With rift r From a Drive ST PAUL MINN May 29 P J Gibbon a wellknown businessman of South St Paul took his wife out driving today returned with her to her home in that suburb blew out her brains and then went to the priest house of Father Walsh of the Church of St Augustine shot him through the head and again through the hips When both of his victims weroI dead Gibbon walked eight blocks with his revolver in his hand and surrendered to Chief of Police Me Coruick at the South St Paul Cen tral headquarters Gibbon is in jail at the suburb where the Chief of Police swore in deputies to with stand the gathering mobs of infuriated foreigners who work in the packing plants at South St Paul and are Catholics The mobs Were quickly dispersed however and no further trouble is anticipated Gibbon and his wife had not been living together it is said for a year They had eight children and Gib bon is said to have called to see them about every two weeks and spent the afternoon with them Today he called early at the house in a car riage and the neighbors saw him take his wife out of the home and drive away with her In a statement tonight Gibbon clared that Father Walsh had too intimate with his wife ROMAN OCTDPUS AND THE FUTURE HOME While small numbers of Free- Thinkers gather and organize societies with high sounding titlesto let them die in their infancythat gi gantic octopus known as the Catholic church is colonizing the United States preparatory to making this the future home of the infallible poe and his contingency Quite recently an immigrant train carried- a load of Hollandersthe head of each family averaging 1000 in his pocketinto the wooded Minnesota where many thousands of acres of land are open to their settlement Every Dutchman in this crowd is a Catholic and his church Jias acted as his real estate agent The church selected the location and made all the arrangements for the transpor tation of these people from crowded Europe to fruitful America Amer ica the land for whose freedom Jefferson Paine and Lincoln strug 2 +++ +++ +414 ++ +++ ++ +++ + + + + ++ 4 ++0 ++ss i 1909 19O9 i Blue Grass Blade Bound Volume i AContaining Fiftytwo Copies of The Blade all + + bound in Blue Buckram with gold lettersAZ Y s 3OO Reduced from last years price 300 1 A Subscribe NOW and get your name on the list in time 2 + 1 A A STILL BETTER OFFER i 4 For Five New Subscribers For Five New Subscribers 1 VolumeA A i FREE OF COST + To person sending us five new subscribers in one club at the regular rates before Dec 31 1909 + + ATHE CLUB IS PREFERABLE GET UP ONE SECURE A COPY FREE + + 2 tBLUE GRASS BLADE Lexington Kjr t + N +++ ++ ++ ++N +N H H ++ ++ a ++ +++++ +N + 1 + + ey4 N +++ + + +++++ gled is systematically being prepared for tho and support of the pope retinue We can see writing on the wall the church Want to lies from a Catholic nation Catholic nation Does that her power in the old is waning that the Latins trampled to the turning her friends in Irelandare strong enough to there a diamond studded haven of security Where turn for a domicile but openhearted America that takes the cast offs of and permits home their earnings to church and her church leaders realize that is not far distant when of Europe will follow of progressive France and light of investigation into geons and destroy the germs that have for subsisting on the life people The church in her and she is wiseis for a refuge and she is aged and toadied to by politicians known as who are willing to sell for a mess of pottage the liberty of the race to few paltry votes from Catholics of today What arc you as a and lover of liberty about it Will you go among yourself about terialism spiritualism and a hundred other ism you like Paine declare world to be your whole human race your put your shoulder to the progress and help onward and upward over 1Iiiiicastsuperstition to that ley of freedom beyond you help the human this paradise that was stroyed by the early ceasing to flay your he docs not believe pet ism If he will help icate parochialcorruption perstition we need him of whether he believes in of matter or whether he 1livc again We need us build workmans the material now piled up tries to help us make ers and mothers of black clothed celibates collect taxes from the the earth thus reducing the farmer and the help us teach the poor that the nickel that contribution box will her babe to the try where salvation from mental disease is free If you are a and go to church no other place to go and nickel in the box because quit it take a book and church hour under a When some one asks dont say I have none Paine to do good is and dont tell a lie when If you have only been gin to live be happy and you will radiate cheerfulness as the light and heat If you JLJ L it for freedom regardless of the your daddy voted and regardless location as to Mason line Vote for the man who give us the greatest amount of and justicenot mercy 1 that word mercy it nauseates ino of the big sugar coat that I could never swallow I was always thinking of tht interior Vote for the man will collect taxes from the as ellas from the poor voto for the man who will the saints pay their railroad vote for the man who will stop wholesale importation coloniza and naturalization of Catholic that are fast filling our houses and prisons and thus our taxes you fight with the Paines Jefferson or will you allow the to gather you in with his far tenticles MINNIE PAUL SADDEST STORY OF ALL HUMAN LIFE we are to believe scriptural angels were once as com on earth as mortal men walk and talking eating drinking deceiving striking people and doing all manner of vile On one occasion the chief of heaven Gabriel walked up Zacharius who was performing at the altar and told him an astounding story that Zach meekly asked whereby shall t this for I am an old man To the chief angel replied I am that stands in the presenc God thou shalt be dumb anl be able to speak until the day these things shall be perform because thou believest not my See first chapter St Luke also in this chapter one of the and saddest stories of all life It is in regard to Mary mother of Jesus It is too long production here but turn to the and read for yourself Here our comments upon it That God should make such fair that the child should reign royal splendor on the throne of and then permit him to be from his humble home with where to lay his head scourged spit upon and cruelly killed one pitying word is beyond power to believe for a moment human being or any other being would act thus even if it was god of love himself should re our utmost scorn The poor in fear and anxiety must on until finally when hope come again to her all at once hope was blasted her innocent was falsely accused and arrested denied justice and hor and heartlessly put to death we ask why will men profess toair write and teach such stuff to the utter shine God and their fellowmen There nothing commendable in this from any possible viewpoint or divine It is blasphemy and there is no sensible ground argument to sustain it It is the saddest stroy of all human that millions have been forced believe these talesutterlyab and impossible of being true Then instead of not allowing others to believe or not believe as they might choose they have invented all kinds of tortures in order to make them believe these senseless and in human stories These tales have cost the world snore sorrow than all others put together and yet tho fact remains that Jesus neither died for us nor saved us for if we are ever saved we must save ourselves Jesus will never save us JOEL M BERRY TWO GREAT SCIENTIFIC DISCOVERIES- A worldwide movement to make them known and perpetua ted For particulars send a self addressed envelope to the Presi dent of the Church of Humanity W H KERR Great Bend Kansas U S A EXCURSION 150 CINCINNATI IAND RETURN SUNDAYJUNE SPECIAL TRAIN Leaving 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