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I BUUE GRASS BLADE I I VOLUME XVIII JLEXINGTON KENTUCKY SUNDAY MAY 29 1910 Number 24 I rr m t lerr 4Ill h AND TEDDY STILL KEEP TM E WORLD GUESSING f H WashingtonThisfor Continued Catholic Support I I have refrained from writing on the Roosevelt Vatican episode until the clouds cleared somewhat and I might Ret a clearer Blimps of the situation It was plain to me from the very first that the truth was being withheld and the Methodist compjication only r blind It is conceded by nearly every one that Taft our putty President commonly known as The GoodNatured One is out of the coming race and nIl eyes are centered uponTeddy That Teddy has made himself offensive to many by his subserviency to the Catholic church IS well known and will not be overlooked in the next campaign By that time the people will get over their hysteria about him and there will be a questioning The general opinion is that the Pomade i a diplomatic blunder and got the worst of it and is now dis posed to be conciliatory about it Dont believe a wordof all this The mystery surrounding the whole matter implies a deep dark secret within it A great deal has been written about it and as evidence that every one is still in the dark the guessing continues If the whole truth had been revealed the papers would have ceased discussing it before this Holland the famous newspaper correspondent comes out with the following in todays Cincinnati Enquirer Read it carefully Friends of Colonel Roosevelt in this city have received intima tion that the unfortunate incident which prevented his meeting with the Pope has caused not the slightest irritation either on the of Colonel Roosevelt or that of the Rope at Jeist so far as jjWithinseveral who have known the true history of the incident i Some of these I have been brought into close touch with Colonel Roosevelt sbrn have within the past winter had audiences with the Pope and have had recently good opportunities for learning the truth v So dtyhappens from both sources there come intimations that V tUPor S de lipiid Fert1Clorialioo pt et have a good understanding of what it was that caused Colonel Roosevelt to make this single change in his plans Tim whole trouble was to crude undiplomatic and very unskillful handling of the matter by intermediaries so tocall them There was fault upon both sides and these errors were ofa kind for which neither the Pope nor Colonel Roosevelt was responsible Too Much Red Tape There seems to havo been overzealous and unnecessary tech nicality on the one side and on time other equally unfortunate management The result was that the intermediaries brought about a misunderstanding There is no disposition on the part of the higher authorities of the Church of Rome now to criticise Colonel Roosevelt That x assurance was brought this morning by one who can speak of the matter by the book almost On tho other hand Colonel Roosevelt now knows in detail how the matter was mismanaged and if it had not been for the serious aspect he would havo been disposed to bo somewhat amused at the selfconsequential officiousness of some who pro fessed themselves to be authorized to speak for him It is probably duo to this understanding that the irritation caused by the incident is already passing away in United States In the informal and yet efficient manner in which in formation is spreadabroad among the clergy and hirarehy of the Catholic Church it has been made known that there is no occasion for criticising Colonel Roosevelt since he as the Pope also did suffered extreme annoyance by reason of interferences which neither authorized and for which neither was responsible Still Admires Roosevelt There is some reason for believing that Colonel Roosevcll his been informed that the Pope now perfectly understands the cause of the trouble and continues to entertain the kindliest of inti ments of Colonel Roosevelt as well as admiration for his hmI actor Now what can you make out of this veiled statement by this care ful and reliable correspondent How is it this affair is always called an unfortunate incident f Why unfortunate Both went into it with eyes wide open andI the whole matter was made up and settled before Teddy loft Egypt When ho arrived at Naples and several drays before ho had a Chance to see Pope ho made a public statement of the case newspapers at homo not to agitate it but to take it up tenderly and handle with care and bo easy on the Pope So it was all prearranged and settled before ho got to Rome and for all you and I know it had been talked over for months Whats behind it Thats what we want to know Queer isnt it that all these mighty differences should exist between these two distinguished representatives of pious and political pomposity without ruflling in least the loving and personal friendship so long existing between themHolland says that within last few days there have returned from Europe several who know the true historn of this incident If at last this truth has been borne across tho waters by these several individuals then all we have heard about it heretofore must have been false Who are these several that came bearing the truth Holland does not say but ten to ono they are gentlemen who button their collars at tho back of their necksa class very much accustomed to bearing secret tidings What is so mysterious about truth that it should be so long delayed if there is not somethin behind it all that neither would have the public to know Holland knows all about it but he dare not say ituml the papers dare not toll it He says that it seems to have been the use irs Ur l t of too much red tape and bungling diplomacy andover zealousness and unnecessary technicality and a lot more of such silly twaddle for which neither the Pope nor Colonel Roosevelt are responsible Oh Fudge j This much however he states definitely He says There is no disposition on the part of the hi of the Churchof Rome now to criticise Colonel Roosevelt This assurance was brought this morning by one who can speak the matter the book This statement is a very important one The Pope wouldnot receive Roosevelt but now he has nothin agin him Why l Why this change of heart He further says In the informal yet efficient manner in which information is spreadabroad among th clergy and hirarchy of the Catholic Church it has been made known that there is no occasion for criticising Colonel Roosevelt Well then Teddy and the Pope must havo come to au under standing Why didnt they come to his before the matter hap pened we ask And what islithe informaland efficient manner of spreading news above referred to No more than this the Pope gives the word to his bishops they to the clergy and so on clear down the line it travels and the Catholic masses with few exceptions think just as the Pope thinks and vote just as he would have them to So when he gives out that Teddy is all ri ht now if he wasnt before it means that the matter is patched up between them and that the Pope has accomplished the end he was striving to obtain Who can be so blind as to imagine that the Popo would get into such a petty muss without having some great object in view l What could have been that object Well we will come to it in a little bitI The Methodist Church has lately p muted a proclamation to the inling and tricky and boldly says that American politics is behind this matter Ah hah1 lia Amcrican politfcPbcKindiiit4 Nowvoara coming to the milk in the cocoanut The great Methodist Church says this in a proclamation to the world asking investigation of its affairs of proselyting in Rome The Methodist Church is right there on the spot and it ought tflI know It does know but it docs not specify It simply says timer icon politics back of it What politics The Methodist bishops are not the only ones that know The leading politicians know and the leading editors know but none of them speak it out Why Because of that mighty 3atholir vote which makes and unmakes Presidents in this country Thats the why of it When Bishops of the Methodist Church make such a charge they certainly have proofs of their claim but why do they not have the courage to come out and tell what every astute observer of American politics knowsthat Roosevelt and Taft both dickered with Rome for the Catholic vote and they got it and so were elected as tho result What was price is the question next in order for when does Holy Rome ever grant a favor without enriching orself many times over with boodle and privileges The rotten stink Roosevelt left behind him in dealing with the Vatican is still offensive to American nostrils That Roosevelt might receive the nomination and be elected Taft was sent as Ambassador Extraordinary to the Vatican for the purpose of establishing a precedence in this direction One step at a time gently softly must the way be paved that leads from Rome to the White Howe so Taft was sent Roosevelt carried out this sneaking job as quietly as possible After it was done and he found himself being severely criticised by a few Protestant clergy and Free Thinkers generally he came out in a statement saying that he had consulted the leading bishops of other churches before sending Taft and they gave their approbation and so he did not hesitate to send himOh yes he privately consulted few not giving their names nor tolling how many but the bishops of churches are not the only people of this country Why didnt lie publicly bring this matter out that Free Thinkers Jews Agnostics and Protestants and laymen n erally might know about it and likewise consult them Why did heI sneakingly violate the constitution and commit one of the greatest crimes against the government I have said it often and I say againthis one act of Theodore Roosevelt of establishing a precedent that may more easily lead to the of diplomatic relations with time Vatican was more treasonable than the act of Benedict Arnold and ho Roosevelt should havo been impeached Oh you think I am all in a stew and unnecessarily alarmed do you Well do you know that right at this moment there is a pow erful intrigue going on in Washington well organized and strong urging Taft to establish diplomatic relations with the Vatican No you dont know it Why dont know you it Because the press of the country suppressed it Why did it suppress it Because like tho Taft visit to Rome tho conspirators dont want this knowledge to reach the people nor the question agitated Because dirty work of this kind must bo done sneakingly if done at all The people are not to be consulted by their hired clerks When they wako up some fine morning und find deed done then their hired clerks will laughingly ask them what they are going to do about it About two weeks before Teddy Vatican incident was pulled off there appeared short dispatch in Cincinnati papers stating that A powerful organization influential and far reaclming was hardat work in Washington pressing Taft to establish diplomatic relations with the Vatican Slight mention of the same was printed next day and then no raoro not an editorial anywhere on this most startling ofall intri uesIWhy The Republican party has tho Catholic voto just now cause it has been coughing up The Democratic party would like to have it Neither of them are going to butt their heads against that most powerful of all organizations and deciding power and so their papers keep silent Is any one so foolish ai to believe that the Catholic hierachy would be urging the preseht administration to establish diplomaticitrelations with the Vatican unless direct promises had been held outIto it in payment for its vote f Can any one doubt that both Roosevelt and Taft have thus obligated themselves Certainly there can be no one so blind and foolish as to believe that these acts of our distinguished clerks are all to be seen plain on the surface No Monopolists Jesuits and their political tools never work in the light If the inside affairs of this nation were known to day it would stagger every mothers son of us Would Taft use his influence to establish these relations in order to bo nominated again l Certainly he would Didnt he go to Rome and bellywobble up to the Pope and kiss his handand maybe his toe Didnt both he and Roosevelt manage to put about ten millions of good American dollars into the pockets of the Popenot one cent of which was due him or belonged to him Wo are making a big hullabaloo about the forestry steal but this steal most open and brazen of them all was given but little notice The American people without the least resistance let Roosevelt and Taft hold them up and take this money from them and all for the purpose of continuing those gentlemen in political power Would Roosevelt promise to use his influence toward the establish ment of diplomatic relations with the Vatican in payment for renom ination and election Would our Teddy do that t Would a man who would intrigue with Harriman to raise a corruption fundof three hundred thousand dollars to carry the State of New York for himdo a thing like that Would he f Now all this by preface and let us get back to the Teddy Vatican rupture What was it allaboutwhy should the truth concerning it be so carefully concealed I How does it now come about that it is all patchedup and it is given out that the Pope and Teddy now understand each other and that their admiration for each other is just simply unbounded l And there is no disposition as Holland says on the part of the church of Rome to criticise Colonel Roosevelt and in the churchs peculiarly informal and efficient manner this notice has gone clean down line i Can you find any Catholic today who will say a word against Roosevelt this man whom his God Almighty at Rome wouldnt receive Can you find any disinterested Catholic not for him Can you find any of them howling themselves hoarse for Taft No Why Simply because the time is not ripe and when it was up to Taft to deliver the goods he daro not do itand so they are done with Taft Rome cares nothing for any party or man save as it can use it or him It is all things to all men and wholly for itself To the man who would be again renominated it can dictate what it would have for its vote It can bind him to promises and if these promises are not fulfilled it will certainly seek its revenge We often have to treat diseases wholly by symptoms but the sympto-ms may be so plain that there can be no mistake as to tho disease Evidence though wholly circumstantial is often strong enough to p convict and no mistake is made in the sentence let us apply the same fine reasoning to the Roosevelt Vatican rup ture Holland says the truth has not been told about itthat some gentlemen just arrived direct from the Pope have brought with them the truth which they conceal Heretofore then we have not known the truth I- Jh llpthodisl churchriht on the saysthe truth has notbeen told but that the whole affair has deepdark politica1 glllcanco which they know but do not specify How then are we to arrive at tho truth except by symptoms and circumstantialevidence It is plain to all that both Taft and Roose velt have been dickering with the Catholic power for its vote Therefcan be no doubt of this since the Boston Pilot leading Catholic paper boastedof the Catholic vote electing them and who ever knew the church to exchange its vote without a big reward for services ren deredIt plain to my mind if not to others that Roosevelt in addition to sending Taft to the Vatican putting ten millions of dollars into the Papal treasury and appointing many Catholics in high places also promised that if it were possible for him to do so ho would establish diplomatic relations with Vatican His term expired and he did not fulfil his promise No doubt it was secretly put to him many a time but he dare not and put it off on Taft who also promised the same for the help rendered and who is now being hard pressed but dares not What better evidence is needed Would the Catholic church be such a fool as to try to overthrow one of the cardinal principles of our constitution without the support of powerful party promises Would it attempt such a thing without success being in sight Not a bit it It generally knows what it is doing ofjSo Bwano Twumbo in course of time makes a big hunting and then turns his face towards the Holy City He had not yet left the Dark Continent before he was notified that he would not bo received by the Holy Pater It would never do to let the world know of the real differences existing so offensive propogauda of the Methodist church was palmed off as the real cause It was after tho manner of two thievesneither dare tell on the other of their sneaking and pilfering so the truth of the whole matter was concealed by repeating tho Fairbanks ruption and giving out that the Pope demanded of Roosevelt that he wouldnt speak before the Methodist and Roosy got chesty and in fine American style said his dignity would not permit him to accede to the Popes demand All this of course was part of the play for Roosevelt knew what was coming before ho left Egypt and no sooner landed in Naples than telegraphed to this country his side of the affair He then pro ceeded to Rome and the rest of tho fake performance is well known The Methodists didnt know the secret then but now they know it and give out that a political plot is behind it all Well then what could that plot be Among knowing ones this is tho general opinionRoosevelt they say lies been proCatholic to such an extent that there is an undercurrent of feeling against him and which will operate powerfully against him when he again comes up for election It is already whispered around that Philippine situation will be investigated Time trick then was to throw Protestants off track in this country by repeatng the Fairbanks incident when Roosevelt come to Rome The Fairbanks matter was genuine straight goods for Fair banks was not expecting to run for the Presidency But why should the same rumpus be raised with Roosevelt the Popes friend See I By raising this row with Roosevelt then it Would lead Prot jstants who are waking up to believe that this Pope is against him md it certainly had just that effect Protestants now are smiling allover at how Roosevelt kicked the old Popes pious posterior while Holy Papa is snickering in his gizzards over the slick way ho is playing both ends Time Pope realized that he had worked this end to tho limit and it was necessary to furnish a counter irritation over there in order to divert the minds of the people from the conspiracy existing between hin self and Roosevelt whose whole political career has been that of subserviency to the Catholic church Not only is this fooling tlw lurufool Protestants but the Masons as well By thus gcting these two elements quieted no Catholic question would be raised and all would bo smooth sailing for Teddy who is up to his teeth in this conspiracy Now that the fake quarrel is over and they have kissedand Continued on Page 3 i 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never go to heaven be love Yet God they Love Love and His home the JSmuggler Rollins Prank Rollins when Governor of New Hampshire a few years ago issued a Fastday Proclamation calling the people to prayer etc and requesting them to take some action to prevent the decline of religion in the rural dis tricts which he said in many was devoid of church and School and even of 1places to perform the mar ceremony and Christian over the dead Ilollins was Governor then and looking for votes Last week he was arrested for smuggling goods from Canada and a prison sentence confronts him Yet some people imagine that Christianity makes people good and immune from temptation and crime Soft and Pliable The papers report that the Catholic Church nt lust is to Navel IIitforIgetyears that tills particular nun was se lectedrell this is what is given out Some time ago in re moving her remains the coffin was opened and the body exam ined The flesh had entirely dis appeared nil except the brain which they said was still intact and soft and pliable We dont see anything miraculous or rare in this nor why it should be the credential of saintship for what else could be the condition of any living brain that believes in all the hocuspocus mystery and moonshine of the Catholic or any other religion f This much of credit we must give The friends of Old Le Diable Whatever else their brains may be- Theyre never II soft or pliable The NoPopery Oath The Catholics of England arc trying to bring about the removal of the NoPopery Oath Thee same was attempted when King Edward was crowned This Oath forever blocks all hope of a Cath olio becoming King of England and is as follows- I do solemnly and sin cerely and in tile presence of God profess testify and declare that I do not believe that in the Sacra ment of Our Lords Supper there is any transubstantiation of the elements of bread and wine- into the body and blood of ChristI at or after the consecration there of by any person whatsoever and that the invocation or adoration of the Virgin Mary or any other saint or the sacrifice of the Mass as they are now used in the Church of Rome are superstitious and idolatrous and I do solemnly in the presence of God profess testify and declare that I do make this declaration and every part thereof in the plain and ordinary sense of tho words read unto me as they are commonly understood by English Protestants without any evasion equivocation or mental reservation what soever and without any dispensation already granted me for this purpose by the Pope or any other whatsoeverland acIquittedany other person or persons or power whatsoever should dispense with or annul the same o declare that it was null and voi from the beginning rCOlIilliENTrThis oath is all wrong Laws should be made for all alike Prot estant superstition is no better than Catholic superstition It is shoo more a lie and no more silly t say that the bread and wine of the sacrament turns into the real flesh and blood ofa Jew 20001 years dead than it is to say that simple belief in Jesus will cleans- a man of his sins and save his soul To be consistent the Church of England should rid Or self of its own foolish beliefs and to be further consistent the English Parliament should not compel Catholic Jew or Free thinker to help support the State religion but instead should alike set right square down on every sqeeling savage of salvation and kick him out of State affairs But this will hardly be likely There are too many bigots on both But as long as the Catholic sidesI his first allegiance to the Englandlor or President wholly undesirable Each nation very naturally wants leaders whose first allegiance is to itself THE MARCH OF FREE THOUGHT By Dr J B Wilson Men progress only as they be come free to think and speak This they acquire only as they wade through blood and butchery and tears Observe the restless feeling of the masses of Europe today even in Turkey whoso young men having caught the spirit of the age dethroned the tyrant who masked as God Al mighty null established tional government eOllstituI Moro restless from grow the impatient musses of Europe threatening the coal nu ance of present administrations of State and Church Despite the very utmlost efforts of the mon archial and priestly party in Spain the late election resulted in nil overwhelming for Progressives of the schools and classes and YllriousI that 53 seats of the are to be contested is evidence that the present ministry has de termined to rely upon the forces of the people rather than upon those of the monarchy 1cler icalsThe government of Rome has passed from the Clerical party and today is in the hands of the Freethinkers and Free Allisons and its Mayor is a Freethinking Jew all of which are symptoms of the great popular desire for a change from the rule of King and Pope It is estimated that 60 per cent of the people of Italy have dropped from the church and the Spaniards are following them close in dropping out It took them centuries to ketch on but when they did there was an hegira Science steam didIand nations began to learn of others farewell to royal and uuthoritienI natural sister Latin na tion France ruled today by Atheists Free Masons and Socialists They see the liberty freedom and prosperity the French people enjoy and admire France as the chief nation of the Latin race and seeing that Frances prosperity is the result of cutting loose from monarchial and priestly power they are determined to follow the same policies in their own countries and so develop agriculture and manufacturing and become good financiers and business men and grow rich and active and prosperous like the great Infidel Republic of Europe Another groat source of educa theic11ligrataou carried back by the returning swarms Also these countries are crowded with American tourists every year who excite their won der by the money they have to spend and their evident educa tion and refinement All this in flames their imaginations will the superiority of republics monarchies and of secular education over paroeliial education It is easy under the circuni stances for the leaders of the masses in parliament to point to the United States and to Franc Republicd ane people and so their minds lire daily being inflamed against ruing powers tho aristocracy and the priesthood in their owi povertystricken and unhappy lands All their woes are now charge lsopoeI are based upon becoming Repub lies like France and America IAnd all this has been the re the few tireless and self FreeThought is the basis of all prog ress Before science before in Ivention before decmocracy be fore socialism ever has proceed the Freethinker the pioneer o all progress Mnny have died tit martyrs death and thousand und tens of thousands have le lives of sacrifice and died un wept unhonored and unsung but their grand work lived on Stake and prison and inquisitioi and scorn and ostracism could not stop them Now note the change of th fates The three great nations who have enthroned the Christian superstition which have clung it a ns to life are now turning from tyrannoWJlandplacing government and education in the hands of FreetJlinkel9tlle Infidelthe object of Christian hate for 2000 years Why do they do this Because they have learned at last that the FREE- man is the JUST man Twentyfive years ago who would have believed that by this time Nathanthe Freethinker and Jew would be Mayor of Rome Who would have dreamed that Briand Freethinker and Social ist would be Premier of France Strange is it not that a relig ion which is so discreditedright where it Inns been mothered should find any room whatever in this Republic to exercise its t DR ESTHCS A VAN RIPER ur lather A van lllper died of monia Friday afternoon at 416 oclock at her home on West Main street She had been with BrIghts disease for the past year being confined to her home since last August She had however recently Improved but a severe cold contracted about two weks ago suddenly ended her life Mrs Esther Ann Van Riper was the widow of Myron Hawley Van lllper and the daughter of Edwin and Lucinda Isa bel Rodgers She was born on Christ mas day at LodI Michigan She attended the public schools of Ann bor and later the Druidic University of America being graduated from the latter In She was a woman of more than ordinary ability her intellectual attain ments being of a high order She was a member of the American College of Science of Philadelphia Pa of the Nor thern Indiana and Southern Michigan Medical Associations and of the Red Cross society In the work of which last named organization she was particularly she marled Dr M II Van lllper and three years later they deeplaid schemes of graft and intrigues for political power But itrwill come here too in time and some hard Tile Freethinker never sleeps Ho may not be tho richest ULan in the community He may not mingle mayenot be flaunted in the cars of men but he is ever abroad in the land and in his quiet way he is visionseof work of the humblest goes not uncounted When he hurls a weighty thought far out into the placid pool of superstition he frees a wave from its stagnant calm which ripples right back to him MIRACLES e I should not believe such a store were it told me by Cato was a pro verbial saying in Rome even dur ing the lifetime of that philosoph f ical patriot The incredibility of u fact it was allowed might inval idato so great an authority The Indian prince who refused to believe the first relations concern ing the effects of frost reasoned justly and it naturally required hisnassent to facts that arose from a state of nature with which he was smclittle analogy to those events of which he lad had constant and uniform experience Though they were not contrary to his experienc they were not conformable to it Put in order to increase the prob witnesseswhich they affirm only marvelous is really miraculous and suppose also that the testimony consideredapart and in itself amounts to entire proof in that case thero u proof against proof ot which the strongest must prevail but still with a diminution of its force in proportion to that of its antago nistA miracle is a violation of the laws of nature and as a firm and unalter able experience has established these laws the proof against a miracle from the very nature of the fact is as entire as any argument from perience can possibly be imagined moved to Kankakce where ho estab lished a practice she In the meanwhile studying medicine with him The hus band died In Kankakee Mrs Van lllper becoming a registered physician prac ticed In Illinois she came to Clrclevllle In where she continued the practice of her profession almost up to the time of her death Mrs Van Riper survived by two sons Myron K Van Itlper of this city and Garrett Van lllper of Cleveland Of her Immediate family there are living her aged mother and two sisters Mrs Augusta Ballard of An Arbor illicit and Mrs Augenla Paradls of Denver Col She was a large hearted woman and be side an nrdent devotion to her two sons was possessed of spirit of charity which found constant vent In assisting the poor and needy The funeral was held at her late home on Monday afternoon at oclock a song service being rendered by a quartette composed of Simon Frank Charles How ard Frank Howard and Fred Wlttlch Interment was In rJsat Ceinetery Clr clevlllc Ohio Democrat Why is it more than probable that nil men must die that lead of itself cannot remain suspended in the air that fire consumes wood and is tinguished bywater unless it that these events ore found argcc ablo to the laws of nature slid there is required violation of these laws or in other words a miracle to prevent them Nothing is esteemed u miracle if it ever happen in the com mon course of nature It is no l11irI ado that a man seemingly in goo health should die suddenly because such a kind of death though more unusual than other has yet been frequently serrel1 to happen But it is a miracle that a dtadmall should come to life because that hit never been observed in any age o country There must therefore bej a uniform experience against every miraculous event otherwise th event would not merit that appella tion And as a uniform experience amounts to it proof there ill here direct and full proof from the ItI ture of the fact against the exist ence of any miracle nor can such a proof be destroyed or the miracle rendered credible but by an oppo site proof which is superior The plain consequence is and it is a general maxim worthoC our attention that no testimony a sufficient to establish a miracle unless the testimony bo of such a kind that its falsehood would he mor miraculous than the fact which endeavors to establish and even in that case there is a mutual destruction of arguments and the superior only gives us an assurance suitabl to that degree of force whichre mains after deducting the inferior When any one tells me that he saw a dead man restored to life I im mediately consider with myself whether it be more probable that this person should either deceive or be deceived or that the fact winch he relates should really have lisp pened I weigh the one miracle against the other and according to the Biipcrority which discover pronounce my decision and always reject the greater miracle If the falsehood of his testimony would be more miraculous than the event wihch he relates then and not till then can ho pretend to command my belief or opinion Hume MATTER OF BUSINESS Excuse mo said the stranger as ho stepped Inside Is this Mr Mark hams office No replied tho man at tho desk His olllco Is on the floor above Thank you said the stranger as he went out leaving the door open Hey there yelled the other Como back and close that door Havent you any doors In your house Yes answered the sranger who had again stepped Inside and closed tho door but they all have springs on them Allow me to show you my pat ent double backaction door spring It closes the door without a bang and Is warranted to last yearsIt It doent you get your money back The price Is only 25 cents Yes seeing Its you Ill let you have five for one dollar Thank you sir Good morn Ingl Way to Choose- A friend has lot out a secret regard Ing the way In which some young womon judge novels In a bus two girls were talking of what they read Oh I choose a novel easily enough said one go to the cir culating library and look at the last chapters If I find the rain softly and sadly dropping over one or two lonely graves dont have It but if the morning sun is glimmering over bridal obes of white satin I know It s all right What It Proved to Him The announcer arose in the sight seeing auto Ladles and gentlemen we have just passed the Chinese quarter Old uncle Weatherby nudged his wifeAint that fine Mandy he chuck led I cant look nothing like as hi seedfied as when we first came or theyd surely tried to have passed that Chinese quarter on me IACuriosity said to be a tree In when touched- knocks the person touching It down- said the shoe clerk boarder who had been reading the scientific notes in a patentmedicine almanac So ejaculated the scantyhaired bachelor at the pedal extremity of the mahogany It Is evidently a species of boxwood BROTHERS Senator Grabber to constituent youdConstttuentGratUngSenator About the Worst troubles In this sad old world EllIt seems there Is no end torTogetherI the most complete order iYes but It has one drawback Is that- I have noticed that these model housewives who keep their homes in applepie order are apt to bo crusty A Prudish Person- see where a muslcalcomedy has a chorus of girls called The Runaway Crew Just Judging from the clothes they dont wear they ought to run away and hide Caset Didnt the duke need the money He needed the money but he re fused to let her father use his coat of arms as a trade mark for a brand of axle grease A Medical Puzzle There is ono odd thing about is that That they dont come In the root of the mouth Decided for Him Have you decided that you would not eat meat No but guess our butcher has decided that I wont He wants me to pay my bill Will Never Know Seymour It Is better to bo right than president Ashley Is IU How do you know Youve never been either and never will be J PIUS AND TEDDY Continued from Pane miulo UP and come to nu undorstandinj Roosevelt in my opinion has iiiudo many concessions to Homo and among them that of citnh idling diplomatic relations if it be in his power Urns Itonu mllst hnwo to offset his waning influence at home Upon good inforru lion the alread y set up at Washington I am told ie infacl a secretly recognized diplomatic machine as much an accredited power as that ofIIUY other nation in all oxcept tho name But Homo to be given inHIontinlstundin must have accredited public ecolIiI tion nod for this she will sell her vote to any party machine it miltI ters not that will yield V the scheme She knows her power She has the organization She controls the votes Roosevelt cannot be President again with Oh theres lots of funny things going on that are cnrofullyconcealel from the public sight Pierpont Morgan handles too Pope millons in this country Does any one hear of any one fighting Morgan combl11es Olt not But they light steel trust and others that Pierpont nUll the Pope have nothing to do with Nnturally you ask how could Roosevelt ns resident estublishI diplomatic relations with tho Vatican Not alone of courser uiui wholo Republican machine at headquarters must be set in motion to manufacturo sentiment and help When the trick is turned it will be done before tho people know it imagine that we still have jMost of us are silly enough to democracy here What simpletons wo are Laws are no longer made by the people or not even by the reprc sontatives of tho people They are not even debated in Congress They are made in tho Committee room Who controls tho com mittee room The lobbyist tho representative of tho monopolist the grafter and churchman There will bo no debate on the subject and but Low will know about it when Rome at last attains her long desired and most coveted recognition in this country If everything wore done in open Rome yonldnot stand the ghost ofu chance and there would bo no But Homo and political bosses dont work that way For my part I the matter But Rome isand settlefightwould like to see an open against such a majority But if she smooth enough not to go openly work herself in secretly she knows that neither party will have can tho courage afterward to try to dislodge her Once in she will lift her head up in prestige again before tho world She will command and tho secrets of state She already commands the army lacing nearly all of the officers and two tliirds of the soldiers navy of the old What a chanco for her to connive with the autocracies world to crush completely out what little is left of real republican government which she hates with all the hatred of her inquisitorial soulIt history The firing of achangeonly takes a little timing to bo tho start ofa prolonged and bloody war Lafayette gun may is destroyed it would be by this governmentwarned us that if ever hethatwarned ussayingand Lincolntho Catholic power saw a dark cloud hanging over us and that this cloud came from RomeMark Ilanna came out boldly saying We depend upon Who Roman didSocialism tho court to save us fromchurchand supremo like himself Wo Why monopolistic corruptionists ho mean by classesand privilegednonproducersaristocratsbosses grafters controls the labor of this country the Tho Popo and able to blockCatholics majority of tho members of which are great effort tho leaders may try to make every for it must lay itsbecome a powercan neverTho Socialist party from the working foundations in the cities and Ilther its strength controlled by the Pope and twothirds of these are Catholics classes and the friend of capital of Socialism and all labor reformfoethe isnt lend yet by and authority No that old snake and damnedsight vilefe but its last hope in this country It must win here a effort it is making here therefore or lose out all over The mighty should put every American on the oldbelieve that any offoolish to of be so as Can youany Roosevelt has anytoasting world autocratic that are now form of or for usDemocratic governmentlove whatever for our hearts old Snake of Superstition once our With this fiendishly destroy would all jump at our throats andtheyhow quick example of freedom and hope of mankind Ah la this ono great littlo leak in dike will let in the mighty seas toittheresmake Some of you will Oh they can never whenthe time coiues well show cm many of us and and isolated theres plenty of us hut we are unorganized Yes know littleand farmersregions and distributed over farming of the real situation and sixty rounds out in thp Ono man with a Springfieldrifle Why I Because he at baythousandstreet can keep a for littlecountunorganizednumbersis organized and great in The church is the greatest or power the guise of superstition tho world and doubly dangerous witfor it right now it not they areorWhether they Taft for the fulfillment and influential force pressing a well organized put tho clamps to have evidently his Theyof andhero America ever produced the newspaperRoosevelt she has ever hind ThePresidenttho most dangerous make unmake presidential sell which will or Church has a vote to ambitions But it also has a price the Catholic Church for renomination Would Roosevelt sellout to for Catholic votes but Theodore Would lief Whoand election thesis that Roman make out impossibletried toRoosevelt over ofinfluence in tho settlement Catholicism had any determining confessed in his American States Who for the same vote these had been exceedingly Mrs Stover that ho letters to Dear Maria in Now York and Catholics in his appointing generous to to make JohnDear Mariathewho was it that dickered with same Ireland Cardinal Who had more to say of the Catholics of Maryland than Theodore Roosevelt Who hailed the day when a Roman Catholic triose allegiance is always to the Pope first should sit in the seat of Lincoln sent Taft to the Vatican Who hard pressed befors his election settled the Friar lands question enriching the Pope by many millions And then you ask Would he None of the above is circumstantial but proven evidence With such evidence before very eyes Avould Roosevelt to be again nominated and reelectedconspire to establish diplomatic relations with Vatican Yell well see If ho comes up for thoPresidenoy again and Catholics arc with him you play know whuts up They ree oWlition Time are bound to hire it if they cun get it They are trying for it now They will leop trying A few weeks ago the Pope wouldnot receive n call from Teddy Now it is nila bungling mistake nUll they fully uuiderstund and think ever so much of each other and find any Catholic paper saying a word again Teddy will you In that informal yet manner spoken of uv Holland in which time church spreads its information the word has gone down the line Keep mum Teddys fixed Some reading this may think Iaim a bitter partisan Democrat I am not but an Independent in politics having voted thu Repub lican ticket more often than the Democratic I think Mr Roosevelt is a great manin some waysandcer tainly tho greatest allround politician who ever sat in tho Presi dential chair From wardjobbery up he thoroughly understands the projudices and weakness of men quad knows how to play them for all they are worth and for his own fjlorification This is his particular forte which most people mistake for statesmanship For artfully both small great questions ho is an adept and for centering the national importance upon himself this country has not seen his like Ho has struck misty blows at corporations and trusts but always with a velvet hand His talk was all bluster and amounted to this some trusts are bad but sonic are goad so dont hurt tithe Jl 1 l 1 J J trusts and certainly none were ever hurt by him Ho was forever lighting grafters and crushing criminals but in seven long years no ouo was urreste and jailed Ho rushed at them like u mad bull but never horned a criminal Ho bellowed and pawed however till ho could be heard all over tho plantation and the fool common people thought he was roaring in their defense As Lincoln said of Ueo B McClellan ho was hell on dress parade but damn poor on action Anyhow ho hits been able to bum foozle most Americans and it takes a smart man to do that But whilo ho was thus making a grandstand play for selfglorifi cation while jollying poor and winking at rich while exalting tho dignity of labor and throwing his arms around capital ho unwittingly set in motion a sentiment or rather strengthened boutiment already set in motion which has led to tho present outcry against tho corruption of office andof organized plutocracy For this we give him credit although ho did it unwittingly and was playing both tho poor and tho rich for sumac purpose his own glory Show mo an issue that ho did not thus straddle and boiled down what has his wholo talk amounted to but this Just let things lake their course as they have been but you be good government rests on the character of individua- lI defy any one to show me any accomplishment beside above resulting from all of Roosevelts masterful I statesmanship 0 If ho has solved anything further than this point it out Dont fly up at this now but be coin and just sit down and think it over and see if you can find where he has given any solution to any question that anybody has accepted Just try it Take tho Friar lands for instance lie gave tho Pope 7500000 for them Capitalists have gotten a hold of some of thisn scandal resulting and the Friars are still on them just tho same Take my word for it theyll get most of those lands back for Catholic support They didnt go one step and already many concessions have been made them This is a fair example of Roosevelts glittering states manshipHo a natural Jesuitall things to all men insomuch as it will contribute to his own glory The cowboy ho declares is a better and more useful citizen than the farmer The farmer is tho very salt of the earth Thus he is all things to all men A blubbering tearful friend of all the oppressed yet in Brussels ho swathes his silk hat with a teninch band of mourning for the degenerate roue and bloody butcher and robber of the Congo A political prostitute yet a prophet of righteousness anda preacher of stale platitudes An uncompromising Republican he courts tho admiration of kings A croaker for peace yet forever blowing tho trumpet of war Having shot a running Spaniard in tho back he is a poser of the heroic a model ofmilitarism He knows all about it lie has been there An irrepressible egotist with an unmuzzled mouth he is silent on no question though he know much or little about it Yes just once ho was silentjust once ho didnt uncork At the tomb of Napoleon it is reported that he held himself in speech less reverence and departed from the mausoleum without making a speechIn august entourage and immersed in those stupendous environments he absolutely gave his chin u rest Tho specters of the great campaigns in Italy Austria and Germany silenced that onco strident voice For the moment at least Jena and Austerlitz obscured and oblit erated San Juan and as brilliant figures of Napoleons wonder ful campaigns and tremendous battlefields Massena Soult Lanes De Saix and Noy passed before the Colonel in glittering and shadowy procession he couldnt help but see himselfsurrounded by the Buck Faushawes and Rattlesnake Pates of the crowded hour of SantiagoAs over the illustrious ashes and afterwards whirled the sword that onco made all Europe tremble that swept crowns from historic heads and caused cabinets and chancelleries to shako in their unhappy shoes what else could this mighty man of America do a reverence reserve No wonder ho was silent in that stupendous atmosphere But the Colonel soon revived his wind and his resourceful powers of declamation Relieved from the chastening shadows of Na poleons tomb and reanimated by the urgencies of brother lunatics elsewhere ho soon burst into pompous platitudes chattering of righteousness and flooded crowned heads and effete nobility of other worlds with his strange and sudden vociferation But what is the use to go on What his politics are or hi3Ireligion is no ono knows Ho is the champion straddler of tho universe Whoever pipes he dances whoever mourns he wails Summed uptho little he has done for his country was at a big cost and wholly obscured by tho much ho has done for himself Tho general public just now look upon him as a great God Al mighty It will get over it Hysteria like all things else earthly comes at last to an end lIe will home soon and a ehouting- und tho tumult will cease and men will quiet down and come to their sober senses and at least realize that twothirds of all Teddvs greatness is but the reflection of their own foolishness that the disposition of men to gulp down all that is handed to them from thoseI in authority is tho most amazing of all human weaknesses Though Catholic population is one to six in this country still organization is power and tho church has tho organization When it comes to pass that the Pope can make our Presidents then the church is justified in her claims that this is a Catholic country With the advance of the Papacy to political supremacy down must go Protestantism Protestantism that onco had a tongue in its head and a spine in its back Impotent spineless Protestantism is having its putty nose pulled and twisted by the Popo as ho pleases and dont seem to know it It is silly enough to imagine that Roosevelt now stands with it because of the late unfortunate fiasco pulled off at Rome A blind man ought to be able to see that it was only a makebelieve for the purpose of shifting attention from tho closebound relation of Theodore Roosevelt to the Catholic Church Now let us all be goodand cultivate character and espe cially righteousness and thine Theodore be the power and glory forever and ever J J3 WILSON M D TIE GREATEST GIFT By Otto Stcchhan Blessed if thou callst a child thim own Which finds in love und not in foam A friend in thee a confidant Whose purpose pure who e broad ened views A character of worth portray A child at heart in courage men By reason guided love controlled Whose ecorts but of praise deserve Whose motto reads Excelsior Who seeks the grand the edifying In nature are the beautiful By whom the of superstition Are calmly vcwedat Reasons shrine Who thus endowed with soul en nobling Detests the vulgar vice abhors Who upward striving onward forging Gives promise of a useful life H Though not a sage nor yet a dullard Not lucking either wit nor mirth Who by his actions his example Adds honor to the cause of man Hast thou a child as Ive portrayed it lhen thou itdeed art doubly blessed Then all thine honors riches fame Will pale beside this precious gift A TRIP TO ROME by DR J WILSON The International Congress of Free thinkers was held In the City of Rom Italy September The author attended that Congress as the Amertotr delegate It an account of travel and personal experiences that hat received an universal encomium frov press and people In It religious dogmas and tale of priestly fiction are ruthlessly exposed while the general tyle Is without com parison In American literature of travel Cloth bound 30 pages Illustrated Address orders to ULUK GRASS BLADE Lexington Ky t11 L 1If THE COMING RACE Tell me mollicr It really True as Jokers lovo to state That when you were young as am You had meat to masticate People tell such funny stories Things that cannot be you know So I thought Id ask you mother If this fairy tale were so Tell me mother are they joking When these foolish people say You had butter on tho table Sometimes even twice a dayT Eggs know were once quite common This learn from books rend But that you ate meat and butter Seems Incredible Indeed William Wallace Whitelock New York Sun HOW HE UNDERSTOOD IT Dr Quinl Did the colored doctor treat you very long Ephralm No sah he nebbah done say treat once while he were comln heah Oh Joyl Lift up ye bardlets- A jubilant strain Peekaboo trolleys Are with us agalnl Brief and Expressive Our chief Is witty said the detective with the telegram- In what way asked the friend Why the criminal we were after was named Rich The chief tele graped three words that told all What were they Get Rich quick Market for His Product HalifaxSponger the man who makes the Energetic Rising Yeast- Is preparing for a tremendous future Is he so optimistic Halifax He has discovered that his product makes an excellent anti ballaat for airships A Bad Move first Legislator I took my wife with me to Annapolis yesterday to protect me from the feminine Inva sion Second DittoThat was a wise move wish had thought of It First LBe glad you didnt She was converted and Is now worse after me than they were All Figured Out Why do you refuse to carry an brella Well In a heavy storm you get wet anyhow dont you suppose so And In a mild rain you dont need one Besides somebody would steal It Pleases Him Scribbles writes some very pleas Ing verse Indeed Ive never heard of Its pleasing anybody Evidently youve never observed Its effect on Scribbles KEPT TABS ON EM TomSkinner always employs two lawyers JackWhat for TomHe gets business advice from one and then consults the other about how much he ought to pay of the first ones bill The EasyGoing Some people fight from day to day With valor and persistence While others choose along fifes way The line of least resistance The Girls Mayme When I take my hair down It comes below my knees Qrayce Why did you buy a length that doesnt fit you No Cause for Excitement Hurry upl A man Is drowning In your well Thats all right we dont use that well any more r A REAL DANGEROUS The stranger In tho public playgrounds noticed that the little boys wero giving tho little girls a wldu berth on this particular morning Thats queer he mused Say sonny thought you little boys and girls played together We do sometimes enlightened the youngster on the sandpile but not today And why not Cause It Is as much as we can do to keep out of their way They are playing suffragettes and ma king believe wo are policemen Given by Mistake Disgusted Customer who has brought back a watch he purchased from jewelerIt was a disgrace for you to sell me a watch like that Its absolutely Impossible to make it go fast enough Jeweler after examining the tim- eplecei most humbly beg your par don sir you surely have good reason for being dissatisfied dont know how the mistake happened but find that I sold you a plumbers watch Under the Spell About this time last night said young Harlow as he lighted a fresh cigarette was sitting on a sofa be side a girl telling her that she was the only one In all the world had ever loved And she believed queried Dil Ion Of course she did answered Har low Why I believed It myself at the time Not Sympathetic When had told Mittens about the unhappy existence of his old friend Mary Uotuseer he gave not the slight est Indication of symathy but snappedIt her right Its the girls It her fault questione- dIts her fault be explained be cause she refused to grasp the oppor tunity I once gave her for marrying- me Illusion Spoiled- I recently made the acquaintance of a young woman who declared that she had never wanted to go on the stageMost sensible was on the point of so consider- Ing her when she Informed me that she hoped some day to fly with Paul ban USED THE PADDLE ON HIM WillSay Jack your father ights In telling people that he paid died his own canoe JackYes and Ive often thought when was a boy that he Imagined was one A Big One Id love to make a fortune A pile big as the dickens One big as journals tell you You can make raising chickens A Fragile Flower You wanta da hair cut asked tho barber In the rush shop Den calla my brother Petro Is Petro better at haircutting than you asked the new patron Petro much better He tella da wonderful ghost story and your hair rise and he no losea time holding It up with da comb A Probable Short Term Mrs SamuelsAnd such a man But of course Mary married him for his money Mrs HeardumYes and also bo cause no company would run the riskm of Insuring his life Realism on the Stage Why dont the theatrical managers want husband and wife in the same think the public wouldnt care to see a man making love to his wife Looks too much like acting eh Quite Likely- A woman In Indiana claims her husband hasnt supported her In thirty seven years He must be a sorry cuss No doubt Still dare say he knows Just how the government ought to be run Expecting Too Much Has your wife got a coon How do know It seems to me that you should know If anyone should But I havent been home since noon New Reason MasterWhy were you late for early school Wright Wright Please sir must have overwashed myself London Punch m J f CENSUS OF CHURCHES IN THE UNITED STATES Gives Protestants 20287742 Catholics 12670142 Washington May 31Tliaggregate number of conununi Gouts or members of all religious denominations in continental U S for 19UG wus 32930445 ac cording to the U S Census of re ligious bodies a part of the Census bureaus special report nov being in press Of this gram total the various Protestant bod ies reported 30287742 and the Roman Catholic church 12 679 142 Of the Protestant commu nicants according to the report 80G per cent were outside the principal cities of the country or the Catholics 279 per cent were iu the cities of the first class those having a population of more than 300000 while 478 per cen were outside the cities of the first second and third and fourth classes the last class being cities of 25000 to 50000 Protestants in the first cluss cities aggregat ed 73 per cent Of the Protest nts the Protestant Episcopal Church reported a majority of its communicants in the big cities 512 per cent as did the Church of Christ Scientists 826 percent The report shows a growtl of all communicants both in the cities and country since 1890 IE the five leading cities the pro portion of communicants to pop ulation was New York 447 percent Chicago 407 per cent Phil adelphia 388 per cent Boston 626 per cent St Louis 466 per centProm Cincinnati Times StarCommentThe clergy have been crowing a good deal over this report put out by the U S Cen sus of religious bodies FAKE The fake part of it is plainly seen in the fact that all the government enumerators know about church nieuioersaip is what the clergy themselves report It is haraiy likely that they would report a decrease as all not only want to make a good showing but it would never do to let the wick ed world see that the power of Uje Lord by which we mean the power of the Clergy is on the wane That would never do But take this report just as it stands and what is it but an aw Jut confession of the weakness of Christianity The first consideration to be mode is that 9U out of every lUll children have already been brduglit up in the church or un der its Influence Whatever gams the church makes is in births and in bringing buck a few into its fold who were formerly in the church When a Catholic gets a Pro testant or a Protestant wins a Catholic that is no gain to Chris tianity If a Methodist leaves his Church and goes to the Baptist that is no addition to the ranks of the Lord But we read of numerous in stances where clergymen have titaken an actual invoice of their stock on hand and find after striking oil the names of a number of dead people on the books and those moved away and those who have become indifferent and dropped out entirely that their real assets are from one fourth to a halt less than they supposed A year ago a newly employed Chi cago pastor who thought he was ping into a congregation of 140 was astonished at the smallness of his audiences He went to weeding out and found he had in reality but 653 or less than half There is hardly a congregation anywhere big or little but is likewise carrying names of disinterested people who have ceased to attend and who do not justly wing to the church but who go into this count From 10 to 25 per cent is a fair proportion of the delinquency in every church Father iMcGrady now deceased the famous Socialist priest of Bellevue Ky told me that he always padded his reports to the Bishop When he had a congregation of 600 he reported first year a gain of 200 and so kept adding as high as 300 over the eat gain every year This he said the Bishop ordered him to do It not only made a good showing for him but also for the Bishop lIe had a large congregation and could easily pad Smaller congregations could not pad so easily as the people themselves would detect a false report What a woeful woeful spec tacle that of the Catholic church It hns had over 25000000 emi grants to this country They breed like rabbits and ought to make a showing by this time of J Ii lJ I toJthoironly have 12679142 and one third of these are little children md how they do crow over their great gains which in fact como alone front emigration They have a great organization and put up a mighty bluff bu emigrate as they will and breed as they will their ranks grow thinner year by year The same holds good with the clerical chanticleers on the Prot estant side They boast of their steady gains but should they weed out appalling losses W their numbers would be shown They boast of several new churches being built every day but say nothing of those abandoned The country church is a thing of the past 75 per cent oi which have no congregatons But laying all this aside ac cording to their own count they nave only 32936440 out of over 91000000 population or one in three Thirty two millions in the church and 09000000 out of it lucre is no way of getting at any actual count of the really and truly interested church members in this country That is who work for the church whoIsupport it and go to it But guess i believe there is about uUUjUvu in all or about one in live At tins rate of decrease in IOU years there will be no church ihe Christianity ot today is no more lIKe that of nf iy years ago than a niiely cultivated farm is like a thieitet and in another IOU years tat change wIll lJe soi than a today haveldcvcQPand the name by which it is now Known will be known no more foreverI nowllbeus Come back to us l is its cry today to millions who once were with it and who have stepped yond it but only the few comeback And strange the clergy keepj crowing over their reputed gains seemingly unconscious of the ability of men at large to figure for tlieinsel vesIWhat do they suppose are the thoughts of the average person when he perceives that the church with its powerful organiZation and hundreds of millions of ex penditures has only 32000000 while the Philistines without or ganization and without spending money have 59000000 But worst of all they have God in their sidewho watches over them even as he observes the sparrows fall Back of them they not only have the support of the Mate but the mighty strength of the omnipotent God and still hey can only count one in three They have the training and edu ration of their children born in the church and they cant even keep many of them in the fold In their desperation they are scheming to raise three billion ofI dollars by which they are going to convert the world in 25 years The worst shattered brains in any lunatic asylum in the country souldnt conceive of a crazier idea With unlimited means and idvantages they cant convert mud bring to Christ even the peo plo all around them They may is well try to change the com plexions of men and the shapes af their noses as to change their minds by the expenditure ol money For the last 25 years they have been trying to get God in the Constitution and they could not even do that and then they dream of changing the minds ol threefourths of all thin people in the world Is it any wonder the men of the professions the Dr Eliots etc and men of all Jitno longer the dictator of men and nations but only a pious beggar and a desperate political schemer If the clergy were real wise men they would keep all church statistics out of print for what else do their figures prove but the impotence of the Almighty as well as their own J D W PROVIDENCE By Joel M Berry An Associated Press dispatch dated Berne Switzerland January 10th 1909 says during day in an ancient church near Sionl it suddenly collapsed burying worshippers in its ruins All the members of the congregation wero either killed or injured A wild panic followed three who escaped + H ++ + + t r 1909 1909y y i Blue Grass Blade Bound volume y y Containing Fiftytvwo Copies of The Blade and all handsomely tbound in Blue Buckram with gold letters 4y- f 300 Reduced from last years price 300 4 2 Subscribe NOW and get your name on the list in time x EA STILL BETTER OFFER f k For Five New Subscribers For Five New Subscribers I iWewill send ONE COPY of the Bound Volume iIi FREE OF COST I To any person sending us five new subscribers in one club at the regular rates before Dec 31 1909 i + THE CLUB IS PREFERABLE GET UP ONE SECURE A COPY FREE 4 I 22tBLUE GRASS BLADE Lexington Ky = NONewN N N N N N N N N N N N N N oo YI rushed out running through the cityI shouting that an earthquake had overtaken the village After a hours exertion the fire department corpsesbutnumber under the ruins Sixty per sons were badly injured The col lapse was caused by the time worn pillars giving away Such occurrences as the one above reported are so frequent that a believer in the intervention ofa supreme being in the affairs of men might be excusable for inferring that that being was malevolent instead of merciful or even just or that he was making frequent manifestations of his own nonexistence That is that he was performing wonders causing catus- trop11es refusing to protect his most devoted worshippers for the express purpose of demonstrating to man kind that he is utterly devoid ofI mercy or that he is riot wisireifougfi to foresee and know how to pre vent such awful calamities or thin he is not allmighty and not able to prevent them or that no such a ing as a providential god rules over the phenomena of nature and theI affairs of men If a human being were to show such inability or such ignorance or such lack of mercy art to cause or allow such an occurrence- as above cited he would be looker upon by his followers as either an imbecile a weakling or amoral monster And we know of no such thing as a logic especially adapted to reasoning abut divine things but must of necessity judge of the acts of the gods ifwe grant their ex istence in the same way and by the same rules us we judge of the acts men for all supposed gods are conceived of as Anthropsmorphous manlike and they arc made in the likeness of man The lesson men should learn from such calamities as these is not that they should put their trust in a divine providence and implore him to interfere with the laws of nature but study the laws of nature themselves and they will have no use for any divine providence or any other divine being AN APPEAL Ladies and Gentleman We the undersigned address you in the interest of humanity and in memoration of the heroes and hrro roes who have died for human librly- We believe that such a cause will strongly appeal to you We are hers of the Indiana Rationalist Ao ciation The Buckeye Secular Union The American Secular Union the Par tional Association of America the dependent Religious Society of Chicago and the Paine Historical Society and are subscribers to nil the leading Free thought papers in America We urge each one of to unite at once wli one or more Frecthought societies and to subscribe for one or more Free thought papers We are perfectly sure if you do so that future generations will sing your probes and call you blessed You will also have the proud satisfaction of seeing the stainless flag ramparts of the motley hosts of su of freedom waving upon the dismantled ramparts of the motley hosts of super make this appeals in full fconfi dense that you wil help with jour timo rind your money in the holy warfare of science against the priests of Jehovah King tryants popes and priests in all ell n ages of the world perceiving tho bene fits and power which cams from organ izationn If gods and devils and priests the only enemies of the race are ever thrown it must be dune by organized Rationalism There is no example in the whole history of the world where an organized priesthood ever relaxed its fiendish grip from the throat of liberty The Ethiopian could change his skinC and the leopard his spots as easily as a Pope or a priest could become a lover of humanity and freedom We therefore beseech all Rationalists eery one of youto get together inI a compact organization and help to inaugurate a reign of reason in the Republic bequeathed to us by Jefferson Paino and Franklin The vile oid strumpet of orthodox religion sits in the palaces and parlors of tlje world and compels mankind to her bidding and to pay her homage By the perfect organization of her ig politicsbecome her panderers procurers and tools for her infamous uses This vile old ling intrudes herself at every birth and at every death at every marriage and in our schools with her dismal crooning and would if unrestrained do as she has dune in other lands where unrestrainedand opposed She would make of our own fair Columbia a des potism like that of Russia or Spain The Freethinkers actually outnumber the forces of superstition fully two to one and if we were but organized we could easily rid our land of priestly rule and tyranny Ladies and gentle men let us organize and pet busy DR T J BOWLES Pres Indiana Rationalist Association WM Y SCJIGYJER LaTOURETTE JOHN C BECK JOHN If PRINCE Olliciais Ind R A I heartily second the strong letter of Dr Bowles It sometimes seems that we have about all the religion and per sonal freedom we are entitled to con sidering how little we prove done and are doing to secure it Compare our own slothful indifference with the cash enthusiasm of the organized forces of superstition The Catholics of Indian apolis recently raked a pile of money for a nobody knows what fund In less than a week the Presbyterians of the same city raised 10000 for a new church building There are now churches in the city A young Catholic tells me he makes a year solicit ling subscriptions for u Catholic paper There are scores of prosperous Catholic and Protestant papers ported by public patronage and by dowment simply because they are ro ligious papers It is human nature that we acquire love for a cause by working and sacri ficing for it As lovers of mental fiber ty let us wake up and get in the fight If there is a Freethought society near let us join it If none let us organize one Three energetic Freethinkers in a township menus that soon there will be twenty know for Ive tried it Did you ever hear of a wealthy Free thought editor It is a constant won der how sonic of our excellent rnd bran papers exist the way they are neglect ed by some of their admiring friends who hugely enjoy the contents but nev er help to pay the heavy expenses The circulation is necessarily limitednnd the papers are boycotted by all the orthodox advertisers I support them to the best of my limited ability and 111or n J would rather let my taxes go delinquent than to lapse my subscription to allyof them Within the past year 1 have given over 5000 of my slender moans to the cause of Rationalism and honestly never enjoyed anything else quite as well I shall bequeath a goodly lump of life insurance when I go hence The suggestion of the good Dr Bowles is fine What can do to helps will contribute to the general cause only not to any individual FraternallyD TWO GREAT SCIENTIFIC DISCOVERIES A worldwide movement to make them known and perpetua ted For 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