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III f c YLI r t IJt BLADEIiVOLUlIIE rvra LEXINGTON KENTUCKY SUNDAY JUNE jth igio Number A LIVING J r I And How to flake If the FundamentalI Problem of Life Since the Human I Family Came Into Existence rr By dimming Severance Tlio fundamental problem of- hfe IS how to make a living and there leas never been any other since the forces of Nature produced the human biped and he began the endless struggle for existence Back of this problem most of the crimes find birth for which jails are built and it has also been a great factor in caus ing insanity and suicide Work ant worry have worn out and cut short the lives of large numbers 4of human beings and enforced with its attendant melancholy depression of spirits and general disgust with life has in sured much mental misery and many physical ailments The great majority of mankind have always lived in a state of uncertainty and as the old saying has it from hand to mouth Without homes or personal property enough to insure them t against want if long idle they have lived and struggled gsocial conditions that were al ways unjust partialund full Of privileges for the few The rea son for this is found in the fact that shrewd pnd selfish menAvith superior intel cts have made- laws and enforced them for per sonal gain and benefit Under statute laws the greatest of evils have been generated and permitted to flourish and tQ such laws alone we trace the great inequal ities of wealth and the extremes of poverty and rubes One of the wrongsthat statute laws have connected with our boasted civilization has been and is in the private ownership of for it has in the itland of a minority of our race the power to keep the great ma jority front owning or having the tribute use of any without to them Land muse be included in the natural rights of all men the same as the air they breathe for that which is indispensable to life must belong equally to all while here to need it As it is impossible to get oft the earth while living one must have standing to make his room and a place home even if he does not till the untold mil soil for a living Yet denied this natural right lions are until they have bought and paid who for it How many people never have a home of their own might have one if not compelled to buy the land on which to build habitation of sonic kind In all a of va Cities there are thousands cant lots which the owners do not intend to useand neverlive ou and yet through the power of ai title resting on unjust stat paper those who ute laws they prevent would gladly make there on from so doing because they are unable to pay the price de manded Such thing are a dis and should gla O to be denounced and condemned un til such a damnable wrong is abolished There can be no such thing as equal opportunities in this world while private owner ship of land exists and no person should be allowed to control or monopolize one foot of land that and he does not use or occupy the establishment of such a con dition in society would do more mad lessenpovertyto remove crime than nny other one thing Again the monopoly of natural resources with the wage system to compel the worker to give his employer the largest part of his productions is another grievous wrong and an additional cause of poverty and crime Statute lows which uphold these things and male them possiblo J are what Socialism is trying to change and destroy So when I see certain Freethinkers jumping onto Socialism and denouncing Socialists as fools or crazy mor tale I can but think that facts in largo numbers go to prove they rightly deserve the appellations they apply to Socialists These flip throwers of invectives and words that embody nothing but generalcondemnation of Social ism have no definite and well defined objections to offer and they avoid details in condemning it as they throw out their bitter opposition cheap itand un reasonable statements They know as well as anybody how rotten corrupt and unjust our social and industrial conditions are and yet they jump into the path of progress to fight Socialism without presenting any remedy for exist or giving the basic prin ciples of Socialism serious consid eration Socialism would destroy private ownership in land and give every one equal opportunity to possess it If such a thing would he wrong why dont they jump onto this feature of Socialism and show wHerein A cooperatiY commonwealth wliGro monopolIes are s and the producer of wealth gets it instead of sonic captain of industry like Carnegie Morgan and Rockefeller is also the object and the aim of Socialism If such a thing is wrong why dont the opponents show wherein if able These two things embody the main part of Socialism and if anyone is disposed to fight it they must fight to prevent the abolition of the private owner ship of land and the establishment of the cooperative common they prepared to do this f If so why dont they and reveal their assumed superiority in logic and arguments Either we have reached the limit of progress or we have not but the opponents of Socialism seem to think we have for they have no improvement to offer on the present system and are doing nothing except to sneer and fight with invectives those who are trying to push the world along We are told by these wiseacres that human nature must be changed before So cialisiu is possible In other words before land monopoly and the profitsystem can be abolished some radical change must take place ill mortal man as he now exists Having made the assertion it is up to the opponents of Socialism to demonstrate why and wherein Let them proceed to do so that we may be lightened by their superior wisdom Personally I can see nothing in my nature to change before I could enjoy the privilege of taking an unoccupied piece of land without paying for it and making a home thereon and I am troubled to discover any necessity T a change that would have to occur before I could accept and Make use of the entire product of nny labor I ami not getting it now buti not because I do not want it but because the system we live under will not permit me to have it So this talk about Changing human nature before the great principles of Socialism can be established is the weakest and most senseless argument that was ever used against it Socialism is pure democracy the only rational method yet discovered or advocated that would give equal opportunities to all man in the struggle for existence- It has no stronger opponent J than the Roman Catholic Church which has always been on the side of despotism and oppression and every orthodox Protestant church hates just as bad These facts are worth considering for vro have the record of both churches and wo know the reason they oppose Socialism is because they see what it would do if established Both of them want these unequal conditions both want the masses he d in subjection by poverty and ignorance and when we see Free thinkers joining with them to op pose a worldwide movement that is sweeping on withsurprising force and rapidity when past changes in systems and governments are considered it looks queer to say the least Of all then the Freethinker should be in favor of progress of new ideas and methods that will increase human comfort and hap piness and he should be the first to welcome a departure from old and wornout customs that work evil and injustice But prejudice is a human characteristic and none of us are free from it at times and in this case it seems to be playing an active part for enlightened elf interest should v uig nwBto Socialism by the great inducements it of fers We all know that the con centration of wealth which has always carried with it the abuse of political power has caused the downfall of every nation recorded in history and never since history was written has wealth con centrated so rapidly as here in the UnWed States since the Civil War From two millionaires at that time we now have so many we cannot keep track of them land the extremes between the rich and the poor are widening daily It is therefore safe to say that if some radical change comes not in the near future our doom as a nation is sure to be that of those nations Volney wrote about in his Ruins of Empires for un der existing conditions this government is as sure to become an empire as the flight of time is to continue and then ultimate re sults can be foreseen by simply reviewing history There are only two things now being advocated by thinking men that can prevent thisSocialism- and Anarchy The first would improve the government and make it for the first time in history a pure democracy the sec ond would bring chaos and confusion and end in a despotism with the usual one man power at last Socialism is feasible practical and desirable is vision uneleSir1abletrying to exist in social relations under the theories of philosophical anarchy that every one will do right by his associates and practice all the virtues if statute laws are done away with is the limit of utter nonsense As people cannot think alike and do not abolishing all laws to govern hit man conduct would surely fail to produce expected results and disagreements would certainly occur between individuals and communities that would require laws or some kind of rules that could be enforced to settle them Society with its millions of members is a complicated affair and laws of various kinds are needed to insure and preserve liberty for the individual Nothing before the world in the shape of ideas contains such possibilities for irood and beneficial results as Socialism and the natural trend of general events is in that direc A SOULI i Belief of Majority in One Goes for NaughtW When Weight of Wisdom is With the Minority t Uy Otto ettsteiu The belief in the dual nature of mUll is almost universal only a comparative few repudiate this popular beaef m spite of its apparent charms and attractiveness rills however is no argument in ItS favor Intellect does not increase even in vast aggregation AS the clear soarsI comIprIslllgintellect of a liumboldt or a spencer towers tar uuove the ag gregated intellect of the uncut tureu millions of common people Mherefore tic intehecti ual product 01 thousands or mili lions of ignoramuses can be no greater thrum the wisdom of one AH intellectual 0 multiplied ad innnitum ever remains Therefore the fact that vast IndependIent especially when we consider the iact that the minority who deny such a theory aggregate more wisdom knowledge and logical anaylsis than tnose affirming tio jlgr atcr4t iHetlltnf sca enco repudiate the belief while every plantation darky and Dig ger Indian fervently believes in flapjacks and scalps hereafter the same as here This proves that the belief is ono of heredity and sentiment non the result of philosophic re search It is born of the desire to live of vanity and egotism Then the church has over utilized it to sway power and authority Titus it has become universally popular and therefore aside from its enticing nature offers to its devotees fraternity social influence votes money etc while all those repudiating it are placed Wider the ban of social ostracism and persecution Considering then the agencies at work to uphold this popular belief it becomes apparent that its denial must be the result of unflinching honesty and individ ual research There is no motive thinkable why any sane man should pronounce himself against it while yet entertaining such belief though there are millions of skeptics today still wearing the cloak of piety for policy sake As long as the church indirectly offers premiums for belief and in lids penalties for unbelief the evidence of the few levying the popular belief far outweighs that of the majority against it Thus while all beliefs should be respected skepticism most of all should be honored because only purest motives can lead up to itIf we attempt to grasp analyze and comprehend the idea intended to be conveyed by the word Soul or Spirit human rea son and understanding falls pros trait at our feet and latest scientific methods are of no avail If every portion of the human anatomy cnn be examined anal yzed and duly classified as some thing NOT a soul what in name of reason is the soul What are its constituents and can it tion as the close and attentive student of sociology must admit The fundamental problem of satisfactorilyItried fails to do it experiments must still continue but all the present time nothing is seen that bids fair to accomplish so much for welfare of Immunity So let us give it a fair trial Los Angeles Calif be resolved into its component parts Wiiut is maul Divested of the physical organism what remains to shape me form or constitute tau organs and nervous system producing the functions of man is not tue tout ensemble compos muscle and nerve necessary to tmiKe hUll a man f lould a man ue a man and all it implies without flesh olood bone stomach lungs or irum Can we think of- a man without them or of a man existing now who as is not conceived and born Can a man a man before ho is a want If not how can a man still exist when every particle which made him a man fins been laid under time sod and has been absorbed by soil plants fluids and airY Before me is a fly Apparently it is happy and enjoys its short existence It no doubt thinks feels has sensations etc But now I have crushed it Nothing is left but a small speck of inor garlic matter What has become of the fly its functions and emotions t time matter composing it will soon combine to produce oth er forms leaving not a vestige of tiY A yj s the station of this jdenticaTfly or its mind still exist If so is it not an effect without a causea mir acre 1 lately saw a man crushed in similar manner Body and wind are cause and effect Before time cause exists there can be no effect Who has ever dreamed of investing with reality or a name a spirit or soul of some one never known to have lived in material form No one The body then is the prime factor as the creator of mind or soul precisely as it is the creator of individual digestion respiration tad other involuntary processes So the body enables us to think reason and remember These mental functions are effects produced by our brain senses and nervous system very similar as respiration is produced by the lungs and heart They are self evidently cause and effect the jatter absolutely dependent upon the former Remove the cause and the effect necessarily vanishes also We might as well believe a clock can indicate time when shattered to pieces a locomotive move without steam or cylinders a piano produce harmony of sound without strings as to lieve that mints mind can be active or exist as an independent soul when the organs producing or causing the mental process arc no more What is man f A purely phys ical effect of purely physical causes Fresh blood and bone give him outline form and weight The arteries heart liver lungs etc are the cause of life The stomach digests food the heart forces the blood through his systems the lungs supply him with air Time brain through the medium of the senses and nerves enables him to tliink hear feel and see and in connection with the total aggregation of his com plex intricate magnificent organism completes a machine which in its totality and perfection only is the source of consciousness and timid This sumtotal this com plete whole alone IS MIAN Annihilate him rued his functions both physical and mental cease lsoliiitd is generated by the body as electricity from a battery Thus body and mind exist as cause and eltect in man but in lesser degree in the lower brute creation also down to the prime val cell and may be in infitesimal degree in each atom of inorganic Til matter But owing to mans sup eriority which some brute necessarily must copy wo shquld not seek to exempt him from the imr mutable law of nature which de crees with inexorable authority that Dust thou art and to dust thou must return Man his no preeminence above the brute Whatever has a begin ning must end and the material now composing our bodies is needed to secure the eternity andIinfinitude of the universe But in spite of these selfevi dent facts time school of Spiritists of every time and land attirm that man is an exception to the usual course of nature and that a mi raculous and immortal existence is his destiny That all this phys ical perfection is useless and su perfluous that when the once proud and noble muii has not as much organic reality as an oyster that yet the identical man pos sessed of identical outline and functions can exist during all t eternity as well without this phy sical body as with it God is sup posed to be the Creator of man in fact man as time crowning work of God is pointed out in evidence t such rt being coul rnutcv61vc from r fortis bu absolutely necessitated a Creator Yet did it ever occur to our friends what a waste of energy it was on the part of God to make man if during all eternity here after we can live precisely as well without this body as with it f What use to endow his children with so much manly dignity and womanly beauty for a few paltry years if superfluous hereafter If spiritism is true the start ling miracle affronts us that notli ing absolutely nothingpossess es identical functions and poten- cies as the grandest organism ever evolved by nature Because it is a fact which cannot be dis puted that each and every particle which composes man is laid under the sod and nothing mains rejLa Grange Illinois- CHRISTIAN SEORETSI By Norman Murray As I have strong hopes of seeing the Rev Mir Whately adorn the Rationalist platform as he is belpingideas quite unintentionally on irisegivehimof Rationalism and Christianity and show him the gain not in riches I must admit but the knowledge of humanity he will acquire by getting out side Chris t humanityfrom done for many years Though the disadvantages oi devoting a good deal of time tc learning theories that one must discard in after life after he dinracovers time truth are many still they are not without profit A practical personal knowledge of Christian experiences is ono of the most useful assets that In Rationalist propagandist can have This experience enables him to see through the delusion that the Christian is under with out accusing him of iutentiona fraud When a man who has been fully possessed with tlhe Christian su perstition as I havo been at onetime gefs outside of it he finds himself in an entirely new world without moving away from the scene of his former activities That in itself is no small gain in Continued on Page Four s t JRM 11 BLUE GRASS BLADEd POUNDED Ill CHARLES CHILTON MOORE deRthli edited by him until his February JAMES E HUGHES Proprietor 126128 Uorth Limestone Street Lexington Kentucky- P O Box SUBSCRIPTION RATES By mall postpaid 100 pr yr In advance Five new yearly subscribers at onp r rnlttanco cents each Foreign subscriptions postpaid HV per year ADVERTISING RATES One Inch single column Insertion cents one month or lour 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serene the dark utifathomei caves of ocean bear and the samo true or your mind Especially do we quest articles from our younger readers You may not be a Kidder a Wilson a toote a Ladd or a Wettsteln Very rev saytI their beginnings Let us tell tne readers or the Blade what you are doing and t what you are thinking IS THE MIND IMMORTAL f First let us determine what t mind is Is it material or is spiritual f The mind like t body is capable of growth or t velopnteut The infant soul into the world knows little nothing As soon as its eyes arE open it begins to look around ideawIs velop mind as wellas food to nourish and build up the body The mind is never at rest but fcontinually at work constructing are mental image that pass through the mind while ideals are those ideas that are r cherished or worshiped Even during sleep the mind is as active as in our waking hours We may not remember what pass sourte the other parts of Uhe body is at rest the same as when dead We have read where persons have been to all appearance dead fon twenty four hours or more suspended animation and same back to life and described the it thoughts while in that state how they saw preparations being made for their funeral etc Jesus no doubt understood what death was when he said The maid is not dead but sleepeth He said of Lazarus He 6Ieepet and I go that I may awaken him out of his sleep When he got Isdnsa came bound hand anti foot Jesus said Loose him ami let him go We lulus access to the external world our five senses The eye is the principal medium by which we gain all our knowldgc but the acquiringTall That these ideas which occupy the mind just as furniture pic Lures etc do in a house arc not of material substance like the grey matter of the brain is ovitdent from the fact that they not require space as do all 111aI terial substances for if they lidI a man with a largo education collection of ideas would neces sarily have a large head in ordei to contain it but such is not tlc case Some our most learnea men and most fluent speakers have small heads and many m with large heads know but li tie Then if the mind is not a material substance like the brain it follows that it is not fed wit material like the body which i perishable and has to be replace- but it is fed with that which is indestructable which has no ginning nor end There is no new thing under the sun is n true saying All the ideas or ventions of men have existed before and are only Truth manifested in ideas of jt tice the ultimate of theuniverse are eternal lull the mind stored with the imperishable riches of justice love an- ne truth is immortal This is doubt less what Jesus meant when h l3rjid This Ks life letie nat to know God and Jesus Chris- whom he hath sent The gre truths that he and other great reformers have tittered are eternal riches of the mind IThe words that I speak to you they are spirit they are the lie A E WADE Chaffee Mo FREAKS OF FAITH Faith according to the II goo book f is a very piece of property to possess hadYe taken place under its influence Seas have been dried up 01 molarecourW Running rivers of Juiv ceased to flow and the wat rolled on and left a dry path for the nation of Israelites to cross hayre been destroyed an- a d little mixture of horn tooting The dry flint rock in the moun tain side gave faith a stream ot cool water by the stroke of Mosetfire herod and faih By faith the sun Irand moon stood still when Joshua rod and faith By faith Eli j all beshut up the heavens and brought on a three and a half years drought during which time thou sands of precious souls must ha perishes for lack of food drink By faith Elisha cursed a haoGod to create two special bears and send them at once to his rescue and devour fortyih baiwith the spear and sword Fat husbands and brothers ha h1been murdered through fast Wives mothers and rs cruelllet itandjust shall live by faith Now all the foregoing incidents d supposdc to time they are alleged to have transpired is so remote that not 1a shadow of evidence either his torical or scientific remains to day to substantiate such claims Faith is the only means which a sane man or woman ca grasp the doctrine of the bible There is no selfevident facts prove their integrity In fact prtio of the bible as truth that very feat would destroy the basis oi faith Men would not be required tc live by faith if selfevident facts are available They cool consider the facts in the case and live by sight If there was a single undisputable fact establishing the immaculate cones p tion of Jesus it would be no long er necessary to rely on faith Fasts would replace faith To be lieve in the bible story of Jesus one must do so without a shade of a shadow of evidence either naturalscientific reasonable on ihle Faith or belief is itj evidence Faith is the evidence of things parIticle of evidence and swearing nil thing is so because you be lieve it The kingdom of god is the only tribunal in the universe that requires its subjects to be lieve without good substantial down to our own time generation we are at a lasso find any trace of the lost except the old stale reports and myths of the bible I challenge the whole of Chris tendom to produce the evidence minutesttsaVErare arsenic and poisons of all sorts lose their deadly properties by a faithtare instead of depending upon thc nIcan see bmato sec If christinns were consistcn they would consider the liKer the field and learn a lesson from them how to live without toiling or spinning scripm sisdeven own beddontesay tofitis alleged to have said- e tobringthe father at variance with the son the son against the fatiiei tlHfamilypeace in general If this is true stayamongto have been put out of the way damndsorrow trouble than all else put together The history 01 followers theererThey are facts that all the apol ogies 1n the world cannot erase Ihey are menaces in the Way o1 Christianity Thinking people are not rushing headlong overYthese facts to get into the churctDlchurch still succeds n few superstitious soul out otflieh into heaven f but they are getting fewer every decade ereis a better way to trav rough road of life than tb biter ofdevilstion with a very slim chanei oil ldliberty in doing good witfevei dlall the fables taught the worryingoverho catakEvn onelldonihsure oneelnoV tcIYsuoICtoday We cant progress and adhere strictly to the Christian doctrine because to do so means that every thought must be brought late obedience to Christ There would be no time to take up with in ventions greatnwith which our world is made theiiwould have no belief but justthe reverse If all the great invent ors had complied with the com onlytheythink over their objects of inven progresSdparted from the doctrines oiL lifts bible No more of it for mine thelibertyis my ideal in this life and hovinc done all Ican towards tlei ad vancemont of these I shall have lasthour ftJWoodlawn Afla Ir i j If IN THE CRISP AND THE GLOW In tho crisp anti the glow or the morn When blue shines tho sky overhead When tho purple and rose or the dawn Ing sprladTheTo tell the red blood In ones velnsl Mans heart In transcendant thanksgiving Gives voice to exuberant strains In the crisp and the glow or the morn- Ing The fresh wakened gold or the day All weakness or yesterday scorning Encouraged he goes on his way The pleasure or daylight and striving Or labor for those near and dear His breast or Its misery shriving In sunshine Inspiring and clear In the glow or the suns slow retiring The crisp of the slow twilights fall With love all his eagerness firing Sweet love for home wire chlld mans alii CompensationHisNo weariness mars the elation Or heartgushing homesongs he sings Lurana W Sheldon New York Times MISUNDERSTOOD Lieutenant showing party of visi tors over battleship This is the quarter deck One of the PartyGee I thought it was all free Very Seldom You seldom see a mortal wight No matter what his labors Who doesnt find In rates despite The time to knock his neighbors Another Knock The manager came out before the footlights with all his nerve and egotism And our leading lady he announced In a loud voice is a dyed inthewool actress The old country man in the first row had noticed the peroxide curls of the star Hm he remarked in a stage whisper Sort ota dyed in4he hair actress too eb Mr Manager Tho Producer It must be annoying to have to ask your husband for money said the trusive woman- I wouldnt think of doing so re plied Mrs Cumroz We insist on family games of bridge and in that avoid being under the slightest obligations for what he contributes 1 Pat Was Ready for Her Lady who has just returned with a livery rlgI will never patronize your stables again That horse walked everystep of the way Put Celtic assistant Yez didnt expiot the baste to ride did ye- zmJdbNational Monthly l Enough Said Rather a foxy move on the part o Miss Trlppys press agent What was that He has sent out an announcement that a wellknown jeweler makes all her costumes ACCIDENTAL STEPMOTHER Mrs FinneganShure an th car only missed me by about a foot Mr FinneganThen had yez a stlp farther the children would hav had a stlp mother The Professor His halt long He plays quite well And has a name Like u college yell Indefinite What fine presence that woman has Do you mean how she looks or what she got Contradictory Aspect I have found out that Gadsby Is leading a double life Thats singu lar un HOW SHE LOOKED AT IT A lifeinsurance agent was trying to induce young Mr Nevormuch to take out a policy You owe it to your wife to Insure Then if you die shos provided for Mrs Nevermuch was duly pressed and urged her husband to carry some Insurance Well dearie said the hard pressed man Ill explain this proposition to you Then If you want me to take out Insurance will Its like this If I die soon you will still be young and goodlooking enough to cop out another breadwinner And if I live long enough the premiums on the Insurance would make the pay ments on a pianola Which will you decided to take the pianoand- her chances Another Yarn And you were once the tattooed man In the circus said the sympa thetic housewife Yes mum responded Sandy Pikes as ho speared a buckwheat cake with his fork And once you wore caught In a rainstorm and all your colors ran to gether Poor man Were you out of a job long No indeed mum Dat very night I went around to de melodrama and got a Job as a deep dyed villain Still Invisible By the way old man said the chronic toucher in lubricated tones you remember that fivespot bor rowed from you last fall Yes responded his friend with a yawn and every time I think of that fivespot I think of the comet Thats a queer combination Whats the similarity Why Ive been looking for it for months and havent seen It yeF To Take No Chances HamlarWhy in the dickens have you got that string tied around your toothAbsenteTo remind me that I must have the tooth removed HamlarBut goodness gracious Why dont you do as ordinary people and have the string tied around your stiffly Because sir I dont care to have my finger removed UP TO HIM EdlthI told papa that you wanted to see him the next time you called EdwardWhat did he say EdithHe said all righthe wasnt youfThe Hookworm Who hooks up his whey And never a sigh Deserves with the angels In Heaven to fly How He Delivered Them You want a job as driver of tho wagon eh said the grocer to the raw looking country youth Yes sir Are you one of these fellows that can stand and deliver the goods can deliver em all right mister but always sit down Rough on Algy Algy swears he had a brain storm dont believe It Why not For the same reason that dont believe there can be rain where there Is no moisture The Main Place Lieutenant Shackleton says he determined the British flag shall lion over tho Antarctic pole Well tho British are noted for going to the tom of things but what does that mat ter so long as we are at the top Souvenirnmany rare nr still hid away In mustYgarrets Mrs GreenI dontdoubt It Henry The old hammock Inmhlch we court ed is still up In Irret A Little Touch BackerHow did the show go ManagerIt wentlIke a breeze Backer I thought ItJ would something like a draft or so to mak it go On a Rush Hour Car The Conductor Whyjfdont yo move forward there The PassengerTlie motorma wont let me HSROIC MEANS ITho little man wanted n pin to hold his ripped sleeve together but every one that passed give him a cold stare Presently a big Individual with shoul ders like an ox and wrapped up In a voluminous sweater sauntered down the street and tho little man accosted him In desperation For two pins said the little man Id knock your block off Tho pugilistic looking citizen was dumfoundcd When he recovered self ho found two plus in his trousers walstLnnd and handed them ovor Now come on you little macker ell he thundered Come on an knock dls block off Just try Itl But the little man was already dodging for the other side of the streetI Ill let your block go this time ho bantered but had to have the plus Playing Safe First Suburbanite Come on old man Well just be in time to catch the 630 train Second SuburbaniteWell run along Im not going home yet Im going to have something to eat first First SuburbaniteWhy thought you always dined at home Second Suburbanite usually do but my wife got hold of a magazine yesterday that tells how to get up a dinner for five for 50 cents told me she was going to try It Goodby Benson todayI Benson was a good friend of and hated to lose him He wore a cheerful smile and the best of spirits It will bo hard to i find another fellow so genial so full of the Joy of life Whats the matter Has Benson left town for good No Surely he Isnt deadtNo He borrowed five dollars from me this morning Toned Down To hear him talk youd think he owned the earth j You mean when his wife isnt around I his wife Is close by to hear him talk youd think he owned about as much earth as the average angle worm ITHE HORRID THING MargaretHow did you enjoy your dip in the ocean this morning with Jack NanNot at all he simply hugged the shore Making Bad Matters Worse When questioned why He still would drink tI4Her Idea Is she a girl of original Ideas One thatIfiance has an ear for music and all the rest of the world thinks he hasnt Why Because he likes to hear her sing Frazlle Flower Yonder ho goes with his attend ant and his physician These ball players have to be very careful you that fellow a ball player recognize him He worked in a local stoneyard all winter Outclassed thinkIIn the few years hes been talking wisetContrary- dreamed last night that pro posed to you and you accepted me Dreams go by contraries you know proeme What Everyone Knows A New York woman tells her woman hearers td go to bed nights and let the angels swing them to sleep How absurd There arent enough angels in New York to swing a baby to eleeple Snub HeI wouldnt marry the best votlItonr fulf JESUS DID IT Of nil the cheeky und l ro HUinptioiis ucla to which the clot gy stoop tliab oi declaring every progressive thought invention lull discovery duo to what they cull Christian influence is tha boldest and most brazen There is hardly a sermon preached but that they inculcate this idea That civilization uud the present suuto of development are the di rest result of the advent of Jesus into the world and that every advancement which is yet to be made will be due to the presence of his doctrines und his holy representatives among the children of men They manage to fit ery scientific tact to some saying of Jesus although lie was us ig norant of this department ol learning as u canned lobster IIo knew nothing at all of chemistry of auutomy of electricity of me chanism or of anything else prac tical and useful He was u preacher of morals more or less good or bud compare his system with that of Buddha or Confuci us and there is iiotlung left to his credit Sum up his philosophy und general intelligence and com pare it to that of Socrates 01 Aristlotle and the balance is tc his discredit Let the reader re view the whole work of Jesus und compare it with his own gen eral information and what man who reads this would exchange his knowledge of the world 01 men of philosophy of invention and discovery for nil that Jesus knew Why put Jesus to an examination of things useful and practicaland he wiould be a play thing in the hands of any bright school boy of twelve years This man of doubtful existence and in ferior learning und knowledge of men is worshipped by his super iors in intelligence This is the result of the imposi tion practiced by the clergy upon the undeveloped and passive brain of childhood Such a condition could not otherwise exist The brain which is left free to de velop and to draw its conclusions from its own observations and experiences can never descend to such worship It is unnatural 1that intelligence should rever ence and worship inferiority and and superstition hAve but one means of perpetua ting themselvesiiand that is hy their imprisonment of the most helpless und defenseless thing in the worldthe trusting brain of the child l romi the very beginning children are taught that Je sus did everything and that to him we owe They grow tc mature life firmly convinced than iu is true The brain is so totally deprived of the instinct of doubt that it is wholly incapacitated of the instinct to investigate They growl to mature manhood believ ing every word of the pastors sermon They never dream of questioning any statement that he utters If their preacher says that all civilization depends upon bite doctrines of Jesus they ac cept the statement without thought or contradiction Observe how nearly every ser mon is made up The preacher Fakes up some Biblical text then goes out among the works and accomplishments of human effort to illustrate it He ransacks history and biography and travel and invention and science and modern discovery and applies all these to his text and when he is through he has everything that men now say and do attached and riveted to something Jesus said and dia two thousand years ago They credit to Jesus thoughts he never dreamed of The fact of it is they take their own best thoughts and put them into the mouth ol wonder that the world has blindly believed that Jesus was an intellectually great personage when millions of men have stud ied and thought and given Jesus the credit of their efforts Not satisfied with their owncontrimu tions they also attempt time theft of the learning and discoveries ol nonChristians and put these also into his mouth They go outJ into the world of literature philosophy invention and discovery and grab every good thing that mankind says and does of itself and credit it all to Jesus His Bible touches that the earth is flat and fourcornered A skeptic thought differently and at the peril of his life so expressed himself and eventually dis covered it to be roundJesus did it Another skeptic discovered the telescope and proved the stars to bo planets and great heavenly bodies instead of candles to light the earth at night Jesus did it L lJj w n IJJlIJJ jiuotner discovers ana proves tho law of gravitation Jesus did it uiotuur ucmousmitcs to sat isluetion of too scientuic world tine theory ol ixeoular Hypoth esisJesus did it Another dem onstrates line speed of me amid the distance of stars Jesus diu it Another gives geological proofs of the uniformity of cos laic forces und the antiquity of the globe Jesus did It Another discovers the principle of evolu tion by natural proces iJesus dia it Another discovered and proved that electricity and lightning arc the same Jesus did it Oth ers have applied electricity tc mans use and comfort Jesus diu it Another wrote the Declaration of Independence and with a low other siceptics framed the princi plea of this government Jesus did Another saved the coun try in its moment of greatest per il amid freed the bondmen whom Christianity had enslaved Jesw did An Atheist Deist Agnostic Jew or Skeptic of whatever class never did anything of himself Why bless your soul JESUS did it J 13 W THE OREED OF BURNS One of his suppressed poems To gull time mob and keep them under The ancients told their tales of wonder A pious fraud a holy blunder A rainbow sign An earthquake or a blastt of thun derWere held divine By those whove faith to swallow doses A wondrous story nothing loses Time dextrous feats ascribed to Moses Are proofs as plain 0 sleight o humid as Horman BoguesLegerdemain Beware the sttories of tradition Lest sense give way to superstition The rayal magic competition U sacred fountain Whichcan a midge by faiths to a mountain A God o mercy just and good Holds forum us in an angry mood Drooning the world a in a flood To punish Hymen And turning water into blood Just like a demon He murdered thousands in a trice Made Egypt swarmi with frogs and lice Hud he sent sheep and cows and riceHis hungry hoard Might ilk a one have got a slice And praised their Lord Wi hocuspocus rod in hand Like Mother Gooses magic wand They could the elements com mandAs legends run Divide the sea and burn the land Or stop tike sun Their prodigies bombast surpasses Like dykes the ocean stood in musses Theyd flying prophets speaking assesBeside a salty wife Their amorous Ghaists oercame the lasses Wha lived that life Their Samsons strength lay in his hair Their jealous waters sterling were- Showers of fire cause through the air Like brimstone danders Saints lived in fire by virtue rare Like salamanders iho Apostle Paul by fancys whim Soared up to heaven in a dream And Satan brought1 him back twould seem So says himpel But how could nick to heaven climbWhos chained in hell This damned old wily serpent Nick Was promised lang a mighty hick 11o turned the chase and played the trick Wi Gods first born He got him scourged nailed to a stickAnd crooned w thorn First search time subject through the piece Tis fraught wi blunders such as these V UIIJJ t l That reverend priests their flocks fleeceWi conscience Teach humble beings by degrees To swallow nonsense Time sovereign leaders of each faction Join hand in hand in close compaction To set Gods kingdom up at auc tionA lumpin bargain Drive silly mortals to distraction Wi their damned jargon YelJ moral truth shall gain the day- Illumed by natures glorious ray Anathemas shall flyaway Wi priests and diels Sound reason shall the scepter swayHard at her heels THE WORLD AS IT IS By Quirin Bachler Nature has punished Jesus Christ for insulting our Creator The heaven of which Testis preached was never found by him or any one else Nature punishes the people while living through incu rable maladies or accidents No dead man ever suffers The soul without body has no knowl edge or pain Teachers or preachers who make children say grace before meals insult our Creator It is not Natures fault that so many people do not get what they need It is the fault of false re ligion and their policies The hospitals are full of such people Animals do not insult our Creator because they were not taught false religion If you want to learn something of the world or our Creator read Natureism Price 25 cents Address Chicago Ill 2737 Madison St I REMEMBER By A B White I remember I remember well The little church of brown Where in Ive heard the preachers tell Of golden harp and crown That from Gods hand we would receive Upon the final day If we would in his son believe And his commands obey I remiember I remember well That this thought come to me When they would prate of sin and hell Ilow wise theso mon must be To know that God a few will save And see the others fall When he to each the life breath gave And is the head of all I remember I remember well That soon there canine a train Of stronger thoughts to longer dwell Within my doubting brain Though friends deserted on and on I struggled to time light Until I stood at reasons dawn And watched the day grow bright I remember I remember well The battles that I hud The gloom and shadows to dispel Of stories taught a lad Ive oil been told I am a fool By Christians of my town Because I go to reasons school And shun their church ol brown So let us place the torch of truth Where it may shed its rays To warn the minds of growing youth Against superstitions ways And soon well clear the trash and rot The crucifix tear down And build a school on every spa Where stands a church ol brown TRIP TO ROME by J WILSON The International Congress of Free thinkers was held In the City of Rome Italy September author attended that Congress as the American delegate It an account of travel and personal axparlences that hu received in universal encomium fro press and people In it religious dogmas and tale of priestly fiction are ruthlessly exposed while the general tyle Is without parison In American literature of travel Cloth bound pages Illustrated DOa THE Charles Chilton Moore When a young man the author had stnrted out to walk through the Holy Lands on foot Reaching Paris he gave up the Journey and returned home He made the trip by rail and bont about three years before hln death This book gives an account of what he saw and explodes numerous Christian myths It especially suitable for a present Cloth Bound Pages Postpaid 125 Addreim orders to BLUE GRASS BLADE Lexington Ky vL Lrt l1 THE LIMIT OF EARTHLY GLORY wouldnt rare what winds might blow never would complain again Id never fret the sting of woe Nor warble a dismal strain If Fortune had bequeathed to me Tho wad bestowed upon John Id never mind the bitter cold Nor for pity any more The world should never hear me scold No editor could make me sore If I possessed such power as The power that Aldrich claims as his depressedNo of me And should never be distressed Dy any kind of malady If I could be as wise by gum As Shaw says hes S Klscr Chicago RecordHer ald HE WAS THINKING OF CHICKEN Miss SnowDoan yo fink It am fine toe ramble about on a beautiful moon light night Mr Dlack Well guess dat de pends on wat yos rambling fo Magazine Maid Shes faultless and fair How can we but love her And worship her there The girl on the cover The Glutton Daughter In whlsperI never felt so ashamed of pa In my life He boasted In the diner that he had eaton a whole chicken a twoinch steak and topped it off with a lobster and a welsh rarebit Mother Gracious And did the other diners make any comment DaughterYes a drummer asked pa if he thought he was on the Great Gorge route All Thats Necessary The girl who Is to marry Teddy Roosevelt Jr is much better looking than he is Oh have you seen a portrait of herNo not yet Then how do you know- I have seen a portrait of young Teddy Taking Him Up Is this Mr Jinx Yes What can I do for you I represent a life Insurance com pany Miss Pert asked me to call on youMiss Pert I dont understand She says that you told her last night you would die for her and she wanted me to drop in and insure you A Sure Sign There Is one time when you may be sure people are fishing for scan dal What Is that When they are talking with bated breath Dont It Now The earth Is doomed to pass through the taU of Halleys comet on May 10 It seems to me that the earth has been passing through tales of that comet for a year- OBEYING THE DOCTOR Parson Brown What yo got dat freemometer on do floor fo Mrs Smlf Mrs SmithWell you see parson ic doctor were heah an it were hung ing on de wall an he done said It were too high How Singular A new best seller Is built upon A novel plan The heroine strolls out alone And meets a man The Philosopher of Folly Marriage is not always a failure says the Philosopher of Folly but if youre careful to marry a rich girl Its nearly as profitable Its Narrative- comet presages wars disasters and all kinds of misfortunes Thin Its end is a tall of woe MATTER OF BUSINESS Excuse me said the stranger as ho stepped Inside Is this Mr Murk hams office No replied the man at the desk Ills office 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 stranger who had again stepped Inside and closed the door but they all have springs on them Allow me to show you my pat ent double backactlon door spring It closes the door without a bang and is warranted to last yearsit It doesnt 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 let out a secret regard- Ing the way In which some young women judge novels In a bus two girls were talking of what they read Oh I choose a novel easily enough said one I go to the cir culating library and look at the last chapters If I find the rata 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 know its all right What It Proved to Him The announcer arose in tho sight seeing auto Ladies 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 h seedfled as when we first came or theyd surely tried to have passed that Chin lee quarter on mo Curiosity There Is said to be a tree In Australia which 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 working in orchardWhat are you doingConstituentGrafting Senator Grabber Shake About the Worst Of troubles In this sad old world It seems there no end But sadder than all others Is To find a phony friend Going Together She keeps her house In the most complete order Yes but it has one drawback What Is that I have noticed that these model housewives who keep their homes in applepie order are apt to be crusty A Prudish Person see where a musical comedy has a chorus of girls called The Runaway Crew Just Judging from the clothes they dont wear they ought to run away and hide An Unusual Case What broke off the match Didnt the duke need the money He needed the money but he 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 one odd thing about is that That they dont come in the roof of the mouth Decided for Him Have you decided that you would not eat meat No but I guess our butcher has decided that I wont He wants me to pay my bill Will Never Know SeymourIt Is better to be right than presiden- tAshleyIs IU How do you know Youve never been either and never will be L UJ1IJIr AT THE TELEPHONE Dear from this distance far Thy face I can not see But distance no bar tactBoContented may be To kits the air alone That lately hath kissed thM This sort of lighter line That maidens all adore Since to their hearts like win Its liquid measures loar penAnd worst We all know how since when Old Herrick did It first Puck EVERYTHING READY DairymanHave you put the chemi cal eggs In the window AssIstantYes sir DHave you dropped the embalm ing fluid in the milk AYes sir DHave you repainted the butter AYes sir DThen why dont you open the shopIScuse Please On Fletcherltes Were prone to brag But not the kind Who chew the rag Her Clever MotiveISo you are going to housekeeping j as soon as youre married 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 I wonder whats become of allIthose 90pound women who used to throw big men over their by the aid of jiujitsu houldertOh the 90pound women here but the fellows who used to write those jiujitsu stories for the newspapers have found other fields of prevaricationiUpside Down I am shocked to learn that sometof my ancestors wore wooden said the gilded youth And I am shocked replied his father to see some of their scendants reversing the order by be ing blockheadsIdeclare they go to the theater for amusement Why is it queer Because no matter when you gotthere or what kind of a show It 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 f Dont mention It rejoined tho 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 yoursIthe way what kind of an auto do you think It would be beet for me to useDickOne of your own The Busy Bee Beware the man with honeyed ways And bussing tongue Bereft of pelf you nnd yourself Stung Its Athletlo 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 y il f SOME REFLECTIONS ON NEW THOUGHTERS By dimming Severance lAuviuy recently read a critique 01 iNcw inougulers my spirit control uoumton sense impels me to utter a lOW remancs it is not to ue ucmcu tnat ell new orauu 01 not air winuii is oe ing oxpeueu oy uaizaoeui 10W rieury narmon urtnvu vuliaui aiKer ACUIUSOU gnu hill ouiers is large in volume au constantly increasing out tha t last uows not prove ngu value or taut their iaeas in tHe practic al anairs or me worK wiui good results ijor some reason any tmng presented in a new or novel way never tails to nnu follolver- lI it Happens to savor or superstition or uigii grade nonsense taut species or iewi xiiougnt wuicn bestows upon mind omnip otent powers when exercise alone and apart mom our Cal oodies we see a orand or llonI sense that was never excelled since the teachings of theology were established hen such ex travagant claims are made put lorth about life power o uiought as these people indulge s m it is well to stop and asa wnat any of tiieui nave this practical world that is worthI mentioning Apart from selling their thoughts for money I know of nothing any of them have done to develop industries and to produce real wealth Not one of them deals in anything but theories and emotional gush they are not head and hand workers but head workers They do noth in ing but think and express their thoughts and it they had to get of into the labor market and work for their grub clothes and shelter laortake up any productive enter prise that requires mind and muscle they would be total failures and as useless as a newborn child This fact was demonstrate ed out here not very long ago m tJinname was Eva and she wrote to New Thought nonsense by the yard telling other people the se cret of success in life How to till empty pockets and lots ofw other tJiiugs But when the big fire in Chelsea burred her out and she migrated to Los Angeles she got where the feed was hort ty and in very close circumstances of YhyT Because she was nothing but a visionary with a head full of fanciful theories incapable of iinrlrinn nn1o id nnf cnll 1hercould not sit in a Morris chair and work Brown magic formula fir getting dollars neither can any of the others tad wlun there is no market for llier tliou hts they are nil bound la run short of on dollars and without them the is soon reduced to want in this jt cold and calculating worldtJIt was a mistake to class Eltbert Hubbard with these peoplei for he does nob belong with them irubtfard never slops over on theories he is a practical business man and has established an dustry that employs 5UU people where they malce u good living with head and hand work The genuine New Thoughter would starve to death as u farmer a mechanic or u real worker in any of tJhotell otiiers what to do to succeed Probably the most idiotic thing rrisIonquest of Poverty that vain boastful nonsensical combination of words And right here is a good time to recall the fact thatw when she was denied the advertise and sell her thoughts through the mails that moment herpower to make money to accumulate wealth that others had produced ended Let us look at moment at Browns fool theories and seea what he affirms in Dollars Want The mind being omnipo tent if one is hard up and in need of money Brown tells us how to get it Instead of hunting a job and earning dollars he is to use these affirmations Dollars love me Dollars want nlel I am ready to use dollars and they freely come to me to be used Jle also says like no limit as to the amount Claim abundance But strange to say Brown dont always get his dol of lars that way When recently he was willing to receive a silver offering at the door of the hall he lectured in and as to sbinecame in without digging up ho took them to task for it before dCCIll1esltJthatr and says if removed by right all attendant evils ill aboutjworking just think it away and presto tis gone I01mlence is right eousness he asserts and if so John D Rockefeller must be both Glory be And such trash- e such idiotic drivel is New Thought It would seem the lim crenpam phlet and believe in it but as 1far as I can see there is no limit fools will appear when the fakir gets busy and take in any thing he Offers as long as the race exists I guess And Elizabeth Town endorses this wonderful discovery of her coworkers Now Thought is surely a fine graft and the success that attends it confirms Barnums opin Whentthe can thedsumo way a can build a house with his mind alone and dollars make them selves without human hands to produce the raw material or create time form then will be time Tlrouglmtersfus laugh at the follies of mankind as those who philosophize always have dove Los Angeles Calif CHRISTIAN SECRETS Continued from Page One the matter of mental exerciseIWhen I look back at enithusiasm that once possessed me Christian work I am fillea with amazement at the simplicity the ordinary human mind ann it wonder that I ever got out of it IIbutkfewthought movement were not ol the school that appealed most e in I was then in cross benches with few in lo circles that I could look up and disciples were sToW in adopting the to thenn necschool though quite old in histlory of Rationalism There a few local disciples of Brad laugh and though I have come tJintegrityI have never been a discipletJ the particular thought in which he was such a prominent figure I have never denied the existence of a power 01 owers superior tto man but 1 come to the conclusion thata the Bible guess at it was even a worse guess than any of the pa mythologies I have long ago given up the search for the na ture of tied or gods or the origin man 1 agree with Comto that the origins and causes are abso inaccessible and search fOtel unmeaning The attempt trace uum buck to the polly is as little practical value from my point of view as thpEden story The history of manti since the dawn of history is much more interesting to me My Guar ref with the clergy is that they have dwarfed the minds of all those who came most directly un del their influence by keeping to them in ignorance of the history the great races and nations world like the Egyptians Per Greeks Romans Chinese is Japanese and above all our own ancestors who with all then faults and failings have always been as are now a much su whoscltdeadworship The worship of ancesc may or may not be a very ise mental exercise but before wo are asked to worship other peoples ancestors in preference to our own it ought to be shown clearly that these other peoples ancestors were superior to oui own This very morning I got into argument with an Irish is Roman Catholic I have known this man for about twenty yearn through all the changes that have- come over me and we never quar a rolled until this morning This morning we did quarrel and the cause was very simple and instructive I reminded him of the old theological theory that God became a poor man to teach man humility He said II that was a beautiful doctrine But then 1 in said the pope and the archbishop Canterbury and all the other wealthy Christians do not prac rice this theory The only one iLl recent times that we have known make an attempt at it ifI toltitheof their lord and master IlJKJL J I +xxX+ C + + + +NONN NINNONNNINON +++ 1909 1909Yy i Blue Grass Blade Bound Volume i handsomelyi i i 360 Reduced from last years price 3OO ix I Subscribe NOW and get your name on the list in time X = o A STILL BETTER OFFER For Five New Subscribers For Five New Subscribers + iWewill send ONE COPY of the Bound Volumett FREE OF COST + To person sending us five new subscribers in one club at the regular rates before Dec 31 1909 r 1THE CLUB IS PREFERABLE GET UP ONE SECURE A COPY FREE i iBLUE GRASS BLADE Lexington Kr iN N N N 444444444444444 N N ++++++++ +++ + + + + + + + 4 fl asking other people to dc they should do it themselves At this allof a sudden he got captulingback at them is evidently the most effective we can use But 1 jumped from the subject ol manindemotionalists I always detested gambling and suppose that trait my character helped me to get superstitionThen who can be influenced by stronger minds in any direction they Lone living people as tt rule do not become rationalists Drunkards senualists and criminals of all sorts being a class oi passionsthananother What is more natural for a man or woman whose life has been wasted by ungovernable passions to cling tc straws when they get a reaction getThereforend prize fighters make splendid material for revivalists Some timing for nothing has always peopleChristianity religion that teaches that n manor woman can live a wicked life and die the death of the right To punish some one else for their folly catches on to their im aginationThis is time most dangerous oil the Christian supersti ion Nature teaches that the visitation of the laws of nature al ways brings its own punishment Christianity in all its branches tcaches Hie Innatwal deserved by one person can be transferred some one else Another cardinal evil of Christianity is the invention of sins which are contrary to nature It impossible to calculate the amount of mischief made in the world by the doctrine of the fall ofman Innocent good living byIthisknown to pople who like myself have been brought up among such people with every op portunity for observing the ef fect Time amoitnt of mischief that tale bible has made in the highlands of Scotland since the Godic translation has been circulated extensively oyer sixty years ago appalling This constant drilling into their that they were all hell de serving through the fell has matte brave race in many respects moral cowards among strangers- It deprives them of their natural self confidence which often drives them to drink as the last re courseI not object so much to the teaching of hell to the wicked fox their case anything that might put a check on their evil careers might be excusable for prognostic reasons but that infernal doctrine that good and bad alike unlessIalistl of every shade of opin should certainly oppose NORMAN rURRAY Montreal Canada Lrn 1 AN APPEAL Ladies and Gentleman We the undersigned address you in the interest of humanity and in com memoration of the hdroes and ines who have died for human lib rty We believe that such a cause will strongly appeal to you We are mem hers of the Indiana Rationalist Asso elation The buckeye Secular Union The American Secular Union tional Association of America the In dependent Religious Society of Chicago and the Paine Historical Society and are subscribers to all the leading Free thought papers In America We urge eachone of you to unite at once wlU one or more Freethought 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 praises and call you Messed 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 stition We make this appeals in full onfi dense that you wil help with uur time ani 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 bene fits and power which from organ ization If god and devils ant priests the only enemies of the race are ever over thrown it must be dope by organized Rationalism There is no example in whole history of the 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 a Pope or a priest could become a lover of humanity and freedom We therefore beseech all Rationalists eery one of youto get together in a compact organization and help to inaugurate a reign of reason in the Republic bequeathed to us 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 politic- Ians and our socalled statesmen to become her panderers procurers and tools for her infamous uses This vile old Jiag 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 done in other lands where unrestrained and opposed She wouldI make of our own fair Columbia 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 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 SCllCoYIER LaTOURETTE JOHN C BECK JOHN II PRINCE Officials 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 hove done and are doing to secure it Compare our own slothful indifference with the cash lfii ill Jl enthusiasm of the organized forces of superstition Catholics of Indian apolis recently raised a pile of money for a nobody knows what fund In less than a week the Presbyterians of the same city raised 15000 for a new church building There are now churches in the city A young Catholic tells me he makes a year soliciting subscriptions for a Cathojic news paper There are scores of prosperous Catholic and Protestant papers sup ported by public patronage and by en dowment simply because they are ro ligious papers It is human nature that we acquire love for a cause by working and ficing for it As lovers of mental liber 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 means that soon there will be twenty I know for Ive tried it Did you ever hear of a wealthy Free thought editor It is a constant won der how some of our excellent end brave papers exist the way thy are neglect ed by 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