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Digital page images are linked to the text file. 1I r rw1a BLUE GRASS BLADE VOLUME XVIII LEXINGTON KENTUCKY SUNDAY JUNE 19 1910 Number 26 nr And1h PAINES VINDICATION Address at the One Hundred and First Anniversary of the Death of Thomas Paine ills Chairman Ladies and I Gentlemen Foremost among the Revolut ionary patriots stands the name of Thomas Paine His name is linked inseparably with the noble men who brought forth upon this continent a new ceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition Chat all men are created free and equal As an American patriot Paine stands with Jefferson and Wash ington in point of service to the country and iu unselfishness he stands in the unprejudiced min- dr higher than they for we must re member that America tio Pai- netwas an adopted country and not I native land When Thomas Paine was born at Thetford on Jon 20 1737 there came into being a man who was destined to shapo the affairs of the civilized world A man whose J influence was to be felt everywhere and especially in three of the future great powers His birth was practically in IIobscurity but the man was not to in that obscurity i In America he fought with pen and musket and to him belongs the cntinuation of the hostilities the ri country until Vile war was brought to a successful termination- In France his grandest act and the act most characteristic of the man was his plea against the death of the king and for this he nearly lost his life It is seldom in tlhe historyt- he world that we run across a man whoso field of activity is so wide and extensive as was that of Thomas Paine His field was un limited lither as to place subject Ills own words show this Anything that had to do with the welfare of humanity interested him personally and vitally He had no sphere he was universal He concerned himself with all that had to do with the happiness of mankind and ho went cheerfully wherever that great broad unselfish concern led him iMy subject today is the vindi cation of Thongs Paine In this day and age at should not be nec essary to vindicate a man who in his life did so much and in so many ways for the benefit of mankind who gave of himself so unselfishly and so generously It should not be necessary for us to say that this man was not had Unit he wits not a drunkard that he was riot beastly that he was not filthy And if it were not for the love of God that some folks have or imagine they haveif it were not for the love of their heavenly father which some folks have had or have imagined they have had in the past it AVOULD NOT be necessary to vindicate this man If it were not for the infatuation of some folks for then God for their Bible for their re ligion we would not need to say and keep on saying that Thomas Paine was not a hud man that the world is not tho worse for his Jimmying lived But what truth what good what love can we expect to come from a religion of falsehood evil and hatred What more natural than the hatred come from a book that teaches it Paino was acclaimed a great man when he attacked earthly tyranny even the clergy joined in singing his praises then That was before he wrote the Age of Reason and he was a good man in the eyes of all Ho had not yet attacked the tyrants of heav en but hud confined his efforts to the destruction of cruelty and oppression on earth He hadnot yet knocked at time clergys sup l port not yet shown them up in their real light and so he was ac ceptable and satisfactory to them at that time Before he wrote thej Age of Reason Thomas Paine was universally acknowledged as a benefactor of mankind excepting in tho castles of Icings and czars So long as he limited luis activity and gave his attention only to the destruction of tyrants on earth Paine was a hero in the byes of all But the moment he carried his work to time clouds the moment he transferred his scene of action and levelled his attack at the throne of God the moment lie carried his work where it logic ally led him and destroyed the tyrants of heaven took from the people their crn rular in tho tlsy that jnonvut ho drew down up on Mans If arms anti villiMcabor and this bur nod vlliea ijun continues to this day in Iht shame jt man u it said And has the ncrvNsiy for truth loving citizens to arise and deny the falsehoods issuing front the pulpit and hosts of god and accord to Thomas Paine Ins due What is Jrue of Thomas Paine in thus regaru true rrilfgrent men who in their lives have helped to make the world move for ward It is a sure result This abuse and slander is always cer tain to follow any man or woman wh6 refuses to bow to the shams and superstitions of the times or to cater to the popular traditions and beliefs It is sure to follow any man or woman who dares to speak and act the truth who is guided by their reason No manor woman can even yet announce an important scientific discovery or belief if it conflicts with the popular religion and popular superstition without drawing from tho camps of god a hostile fire It always seems to be a fact that the more a man loves god the more he hates his fellow mnn And vice versa- Paine denied the god of the Bible Paine would have notihing from such a god This cruel deity conflicted too much with his idea of the rights of man Paines idea of a happy state was Freedom and not Slavery Liberty and not Bondage And when in the very face of death he wrote his honest thoughts about religion in general mold Christianity in particular he drew down upon himself tilt everlasting wratih of those pious people who tell us to love our enemies and say that it is better to give than to receive Those good people who pay the salaries of the emotional preachers recog ni zed in Thomas Paine a disturb er of their rest Their sleep in Jesus was annoyed lie would arouse them from this lethargy land have theni think and this they resented as they always do If there is anything a devout Christ ian dislikes to do it is to think lie prefers to pay men to do that for him Thomas Paine espoused a now cause ho expounded a new gospel a gospel of reason and love and common sense a religion of humanity and equality he would make the world a bottler place in which to live und would banish sorrow fro the world And of course this was too much for time faithful They immediately arrayed themselves against him With their usual keen perception Wiey at once proceeded to get on the wrong side as they always do und always have but let us hope not as they always will They were immediately against this man They could not answer his arguments refute Ins reasoning J JJ 11 nor deny his logic And so with cust6mary skill in such matters they abused him slandered him villified him And they have not yet ceased lying about him And so while it should not be necessary for Thomas Paine to be vindicated we must brand as eon temptible lies these shameful tales which have hud their origin in Uio pulpit Standing at the head of these priestly lies is the charge most important to the clergy that Tom Paine recantedon his deathbed and expressed great regret at over having written the Age of Reason I have wondered unify times why the longfaced worshippers find such keen delight in the statement that all infidels die in terror of a god and hereafter about which no one knows anything when everyone of the faithful dies without a fear or regret They all pass away poacefullyand contented of course Te clergy seem to think it wholly impossible for a man to use his reason and be true to himself and his convictions for a man to die as he has lived guided by reason and the laws of na Lure and without a reference to or dependence on the miraculous or supernatural They dont seem to think it is possible for a man to balance the accounts of this life close his books and bid farewell without grasping at an extreme unction or a wafer or something of that sortsome manufactured article put out by the theologians factory They dont seen to believe that any man can possibly bid this Life and world adieu unless his sick room is filled with flickering candles and his pillow graced with a crucifix and a sorry looking priest or preacher comes and praises god prays god asks god and thanks god in the cus tomary way Prayer in the sickroom of a rational man or woman must certainly be comforting Prayer the prayee forgot to endWell the clergy and the faith fill followers of the Fathers and the Reverends seem to think it is impossible for a man to die with out first making peace whatever that may be And so when a man does pass away in peace and without a wish or regret these hosts of god draw upon their vivid iiivaginations and begin to take themselves seriously And if there is anything in which the fathers of the flocks excel it is in con jur ing up mental productions good and had beautiful and terrible It is a part of their business The good things are meld out as promises and the bad ones as threats And so between the two the Path- ser and the Reverends draw their pay living well with a small expenditure of effort That Thomas Paine did not change the opinions he held about religion during his lifetime is shown conclusively by the letters of eye witnesses That he was not a drunkard is proven to the fair mind by the works of the man if in no other way It has been claimed that while writing the u Ago of Reason Paine was generally drunk but the only evi dence necessary to refute this lie is to submit flic Ape of Reason itself No fairminded man or woman in the world will say but what that work is a masterpiece of a sane and sober mind These accusations have been made against Paine and both have been proven false- I cannot will not believe this man was bad that he was an ob jectionable character excepting perhaps to the theologians and ty =rants as some of us are objection able to them Were there not statements and letters of good mien and good women to the effect that Thomas Paine did not recant and that he did not die a drunken death lid not die disgraced Were there no such statements and letters showing that Thomas Paine died as liehad liveda Man I would still refuse to believe that the man who wrote tie Rights of Man and Common Sense who cheered and inspired men at the front with The Crisis and who in the face of Death wrote the Age of Reason died a hypocrite and a slave to vice I would still deny that the man who said The World is my Countryto do Good is my Religion died so badand so worthless when ho had lived so good and so useful T C JEFFERIES Dennison 0 June 5 1910 PLAYING DEATH MARCH ON- A WASH BOARD- Editorial from Benton County Times Vinton Iowa Feb 24 1910 If G Kruse Editor and Publisher Now that she is dead the poor- wife of the onery profligate is mournedmourned because her usefulness is at an end and possi bly mourned because there nwy- bo still a spark of manhood in the brutes heart Time recent death ofit poor workdriven mother is a reminder of the fact that women In large numbers are ekeing out their lives in a vain attempt to play the Put of motherhood wifehood servant mind the family breadwinner now many ornery lowdown if working men lire there in Vinton do you suppose Mr leaders ye are unable to answer our own question but we have sized the situation up pretty closely and we have come to the conclusion thaL Uiere are at least fifty IhtwJSmds and fathers in Vinton who ought to be made to walk the plank on a general charge of oneryness Think ofa man mind you who will kill time loafing around town while his wife the mother of his children works to support him and the chAldrtn Think of a government boasting of enlight enment that will permit a husband to so neglect his family duties and to so bemean himself as to rely on the efforts of a wife to support him and he capable of work We have laws protecting dumb animals nil of which is very good We also have laws forbidding tile slaughter of certain kinds of birds all of which is very idealistic but we have no law that will protect the overworked unloved browbeaten slavedriven mothers and wives Out upon your protection societies your cat infirmaries and your hospitals for dogs while wives who have become mothers are left at the mercy of brutal lazy whiskysoaked husbands And the husband that is over and lazy is not necessarily a whis kysoak either As a rule whis ky plays a leading part in the life of a lowdown head of the family hut there are men so onery that they havent even the excuse for being onery because they are boozefighters They say that a fallen woman sinks deeper than a man We deny this In our humble opinion the most depraved harlot in Chica gos tenderloin is a princess compared to time man who will bum around town while his wife plays the death march on the wasli hoard This brief editorial is intended for every man in Vinton who feels that his measure has been taken and that the garment is a fie FOURTH OF JULY RATES Via QUEEN CRESCENT ROUTE On account of the Celebration of the 134th Anniversary of the Declaration of Independence of tflio United States the QUEEN CRESCENT ROUTE will sell round trip tickets July 2 3 and 4 good returning until July 8 1910 at reduced rates Ask tick et agent for full particulars THE BASIS Of Christianity and Why the World Needs a Savior t By Channing Severance Everything thutcexists must have a basis to rest on mind the Christian religion is no exception xow let us see what it docs rest on and why we need the ervi ces of a long dead and much dei ned Jew named Jesus The Christian religion is found on tho story of Adam and Jive which appears m the Book of Gen- eSIs and was written no ono knows when and by whom It starts out like a fiction story to amuse idle minds and has nil the ear marks of an imaginary tale and yet such is the power of blind faith dn credulous humanity ever ready mind willing to believe any thing said to have occurred in tJio uistauu past this fishy story this- silly fable has been accepted by untold millions for thousands of years as a true and indisputable fact in the story we have a God who having passed an eternity of lime iu darkness silence and the contemplation of his latent pow ers lUlU characteristics at lasl de cided to make the material uni verse we trove beholdout of no thingund on this earth to crate endless forums of life that should culminate in human ings whose duties should be to worship hUll and to reproduce llieir species Uod spoke every forts or life into existence a very easy way until he got to Adam his last and crowning effort then he adopted a new plan Taking the dust of tote ground anl pro sumiably a little water to make a suitable mixture he moulded the forms of a nmn and proceedexTiJo blow some air into his nose wine started his wind pump when ind behold the father of time human race appeared and he called lUlU Adam rutting him into the Garden which he called Eden he pro ceeded to tell Adam what he could and must not do He could eat from every tree in the garden out one but must not go near the tree of knowledge of good and evil and eat from or tie would surely die that very day presumably of appendicitis Atter laying down these for Adams guidance the thought mule to hint all at once and very unexpectedly that it was not good for Adam to be alone wits nothing but beasts and cattle ho would make him a helpmeet und immediately he put Adam to sleep by hypnotic power cut out one of his ribs sewed up the hole in his flesh with antiseptic dress ing and by hocuspocus methods made that raw rind bloody rib into a full grown and beautiful woman and brought her into the presence of Adam without so much as a motherhubbard on It seems they got acquainted very quickly and being hungry start ed for sonwiUimg to eat and while Adam was telling her that God luul forbidden the eating of the fruit on the tree of knowledge of good and evil which if done would be followed with sure death A serpent that could talk like a human being and as plainly and distinctly as Balaams ass did centuries afterwards came along and began to give his views on tho subject mal to contradict God jy Jelling both of them they could eat all they wanted to and note lie wits so positive and certain in his remarks to that effect lluit they concluded to try the fruit on the tree of knowledge and did so The result was quickly felt though they dinot die as the serpent had predicted but 5vi saw at once time need of a motherhubbard and Adam a pair of breeches but nothing of the cind within their reach so tiliey begun sewing fig leaves to gether to make aprons About that time they heard God caning Adam and asking him where he was for he evidently failed to see him with his infinite eyesightt Adam though greatly terrified told hun he was hiding an tho garden because naked jr Who told you that you were youbeen edgeTIthen like tho contemptible coward he was ho thought to evade Gods anger by throwing the blame on Eve Eve with womans natural ptnislntentsibility for their actions onto the greatforce f turned to the serpent and let forth his anger in a torrent of words and as a punishment con demned Mr Serpent to crawlon his belly as long as he lived which would indicator the unrea sonable supposition that previ ously lie had walked on the tip of his tail God then turned to Eve and pronounced this sentence on lien for disobedience I will greatly multiply thy sorrows and thy conception in sorrow thou slialt bring forth children and thy desire shall be to thy husband and he shall rule over thee Turning then to Adam God condemned him to eat his bread iu time sweat of his face and then he drove both of them out of the mythical garden of Eden and front that day to this his curse has restedon the whole human race On this foolish simple absurd and ridiculous story we find the whole structure of Christianity resting for that hellfire system of religion tells us that sin came into tho world through Adams act in eating fruit contrary to Gods command Because of Unit fact ie mlsm ems ritIdoilt u doomed the whole race to endless torture in a hell of fire and brim j stone excepting those only who receive Jesus as heir Savior and- re properly baptized When these facts are calmly and rationally considered it lees not seem possible that human be ings have been such credulous fools as to believe them for thousands of years or that they are still believed by millions at the present time But we know they have believed and they do yet and that 120000 priests and preachers in this country alone make a good living and secure all the material comforts of this life by teaching and perpetuating these rank and rotten superstitions It does not seem as though any man with a spoonful of brains in his head could be found to be lieve these things or to give them one minutes serious considera tion Yet on these monstrous surdities and puerile conceptions of a God great enough to control the universe as Christians assert he does billions of dollars have been drawn out of the pockets of both fools and wise men and be cause of belief in these utterly un reasonable and preposterous teachings of the institution knows as Christianity the most costly buildings ever seen ou time surface of llhis earth have been erected In all ages no mutter how poor tho people the Christina religion has been the conspicuous embodi ment of wealth and power and on this Adam ninth Eve nonsense it has always depended for existence and always must for if sin did nofi enter this world through Adam it did not como at all such if ho is necessary to account for it he cannot be dispensed without removing the need for a Savior So to bo a Christian one must believe in the Adam and lave story with all its details for without it they have nothig rio show that man ever fellor incurred the anger of God to such an extent that he cursed to the end of time the whole human race I have said that wise men and fools have believed this mess of nonsense mid I wish to refer toione man that lives in history and j will long live because of his men tal powers Samuel Johnson of England is the man It is on record that when death wits ap proaching his fear of it was Continued on Page Four r i LlLJ td l = BLUE GRASS BLADE FOUNDED By CHARLES CHILTON MOORE slid edited by him until his death February JAMES E HUGHES Proprietor 126128 Uorth Limestone Street Lexington Kentucky- P Box SUBSCRIPTION RATES By mall postpaid 100 pr yr In advani Five new yearly subscribers at one Ie mlttance cents each Forelga subscriptions postpaid per year ADVERTISING RATES One Inch single column Insertion cents ono month or lour Insertion tlOO six months 600 one year 800 Quarter column insertion 200 one month 400 six months 2000 one year 3000 Half column whole column or larger advertisements at special rates ron ai plication ALL SUBSCRIPTIONS to the Blade will be discontinued at the expiration of the term for which the subscription baa been paid up in advance The address slip on tie paper will show subscribers date of expiration or subscription Back 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what you are doing and what you are thinkingI SEARCH THE SCRIPTURES Yes we would advise ever honest truth seeker to seach the Scriptures Not because of the vast amount of truth we think they will find but of the enormous quantity they will nut find The Apostle John says Search the Scriptures for in them ye think ye have eternal life He docsn t say they WILL find it but that they themselves thought they might Our honest opinion would be that they would stand ten inlittake a few lessons in necromancy such as raising the dead to life casting devils out of the people besides casting some in sleight ofhand performances such as pretending to cure lepers restor in gsight to the blind curing the deaf and dumb etc then we say by all means read the Scriptures and we not only think but we know they will not be disappointed In two of the most prominent cases reported of Jesus raising the dead except that of his own he states plainly that the parties are not dead but slecpeth Tile first case is the raising of the daughter of Janus when Jesus tolls them that the maid i sonlr asleep they laugh him to scorn but ho soon settles their laught by taking the maid by the hand and tolling her to arise that she hal slept long enough and she jumped up Do you call that raising the dead If so then raising the dead is an everyday occur renee The other case is that of the raising of Lazarus In this like in the former Jesus first states that Lazarus is not but slcepeth However he deadI changed his opinion and says Lazarus is deadcontradicts self to a letter Our conclusion is that in case Jesus doesnt tell th truth in the first statement that his second is sure to be a falsehood Then to make desperate still more so we find that Tesus wants oil his deceptive works such as raising the dead curing lepers casting out devils restoring sight to the blind etc all carried on under the secret service plan For instance he will pretend to cure some one of a loathsome disease then straightway will charge hi to tell no man Time and again he docs this But why this secrec if he is doing his work on the square This very fact proves the deception for if his teachings did not suit the people two thousand years ago it is not likely they will suit them today He calls them fools hypocrites and a generation of vipers for not believing him then and wants to know how they can escape the damnation of hell What would he call them nowBut search the Scriptures and in case you we searching for truth the more you search the less you will find and finally will give up iu despair Yours in search of truth JOEL M BERRY THE BIBLE AND INTEGRITY Senator Lorimer of Illinois in snaking an attack before the Senate on the Chicago Tribune andI the men who confessed bribery refers to Lee ONeill Brown Democratic leader of the House whoI has been charged with Chas A White as a strong high nindod Godfearing honorable nan Senator Lorimer recalls a pleasant chat he once had with the lIon Brown on an occasio then they were discussing the Bible during tho course of the conversation the lIon Brown said hat he believed the Bible from over to cover Senator leclares that such a man willi rot stoop to so low a level bribetaker or a bribbecome a river Does Senator Lorimcr not know hat men have professed a belief in the Bible and committed ever rime on the calendar Does he lot know that many a man has to the gallows jind gongone juiltily professin ga belief in the 3ible Does he not know that our penitentiaries and infamou louses are people pressing a belief in the Bible Does ho able Senator not know that more crimes have been commdttet vith Bible authority than were jommitted without such author tyWe are not attempting to pass lack of guilt of the m the guilt or Ion Brown but we do positivel assert that a belief in the bible from cover to cover will not maIm him truthful nor honest nor will a declaration in such belie trove that he is truthful or honest Furthermore no court of law in this socalled Christian country could accept such testimony but would assure Senator Lorime hat further evidence would be iccessary to his contention MINNIE PAUL OUR OWN VIEWS C y JculM Berry In the following we propose to give the readers some at least ol our own views and our own opinions on some of the most interesting and at the same time some pi tIIO most difficult and aggravated topics Topics that have bothered the worlds greatest scientsits for the last two thousand years They arc everyday topics but it seems npossiblo for the brain of man to grasup thenv and in most cases those who have made the greatest effort to fathom the difficulty now the least about it In other words the more they have tried tIle less they know or again we- will say they know pretty near much about it today as they dId before they commenced to in vestiate Then when we say our on views and opinions we dont mean the views and opinions of others that we have gathered ups by the way They shall be strip ly our own conclusions and those wo have arrived at through our own efforts entirely Others of course may hold the same view but we dont believe them becaui anyhvmgmust believe Would much rather prefer telling that ourself Nature has provided all who withbrmnsSo In that case we choose rather to do our own thinking andrea soiling and can see no reason WIlY our views and opinions on the great questions and topics of life should not be as near correct ns any living man s If others bad the advantage then would not be so confident in my assertion and would listen gladly but n know this is not the case Take for instance that man calling himself the vicegerent of God the Pope of Pome who sits up in the Holy of Holies and claims to have communicatio with things outside this life Can he tell rte any more about a God or a future life than I am capable of finding out myself As Jesus says I tell you nay l Does he or any other living person possess qualities that dont belong to me The very thought of such a thing would be a slur upon the dignit of the God they pretend to love so muchSo a fair understandin that we are doing business entirely on our own hook that we are rowing our own boat that we are doing our own thinking and reasoning making our own conclusions we will at once commence au investigation of some of the most diilicult problems with which humanity has to contend The first that presents itself will be that of a God Upon this subject we will have very little to say from the fact that we know so very little about a God that we deem it best not to talk too mud about something that nor cant possibly know anythingI about Wo will leave for the poor deluded toI expose his ignoranceu pon own views upon this subject are these We cant find any god outside of Nature Consequently the best had only truthful conclu sion we can arrive at is to hon jstly say that we dont know Our idea of a God is this Eithe nature is its own God or else here is a power or being outside if nature who holds the destiny- of nations in the hollow of his land and has nothing to do with the workings of nature or its laws These arc own views granting hat there is a God But our own views on the God question carry us just one step higher than this We cant believe for a moment that any God ever created all this- beautiful firmament that we see hove us and this beautiful earth of ousr out of nothing And ns he would have nothing to it out of and you take erelreI from nothing and conclude that matmains so we tel was never created either by a God or any one else but that it has existed from time iminemor eXist1IInfinitumi is still going on and always will that there never was a time when there was no time that matter and time have al ways existed and always will Sc you see that this precludes the possibility or the necessity of any had anything tcGod ever having do with the creation of this world or anything in it The theory that a God wakened up about 6000 years ago and cre ted all things out of nothing is simply absurd This world has icon brought to what it is through a process which scientists call Evolution in other words thro u constant change going on all the I can notice quite a chang- ei fifty years What will it be in fifty millions years All you need- to do is to apply the torch of reason and go ahead But mind I dont say there is no God I only say that if there is one he is be compreIhension fllr as we are concerned either the possibility or probability of there being a God matters little to- We could not have lived any ifferent life than we have had- e heavens been full of gods We find ourself here without any warning or preparation we have fined our sphere in life to the best- of our ability we know that we must die but how ninny worlds weleantewe MODEL OF PATIENCE Winthrop Ames head of the New Theater said at a recent dinner In New York We shall have somo day here In America a theater equal to the Com edle Francalse but a Comedle Fran calse Is not built up In a day We must be patientas patient as that long line of fishermen always fishing fishing silently In the stream that flows on the Comedle Francalsos southHave you fished long in this stream monsieur I asked a member of that patient line one day Twentythree years monsieur was the calm answer Do you get many bites monsieur continued Eleven years ago monsieur be answered without lifting his eyes from his cork eleven years ago on this very spot I had an excellent bite Washington Star Noised Abroad Hel thought our engagement was to be kept a secret for six months SheYes that was the engagement HeWell weve been engaged less than a week and half the people in town know of It- SheI dont see how that can be Im sure havent even whispered it to a soul HeOh dont doubt thatbut are you quite sure you didnt use a mega phone Trapped The perpetually clever man listened solemnly to the tramps bard luck storyThats the same old yarn you told me last week he said winking at his admitted the weary one as he started on Id forgotten having met you I was in the peni tentlary last weekSuccess Mag azine What Did Affect Him Said HeYes spent six weeks in the mountains of Switzerland last summer for the benefit of my health Said SheThey say people unaccus tomed to the high altitudes find it dir Icult to breathe there Do you find It HeNot at first But when the hotel proprietor presented his bill it nearly took my breath away THESE MOVING DAYS PlugsySay Mugs when you come ter think of it die way of llvin alni so bad after all is it MugsyYer bet yer life it aint jest think of havln to hustle a lot of fur nlture and kids aroun dls time ei year Frank Id like to tell the truth said one From affectation free But If I did somebody else Might tell tho truth bout me An Eye to Coin understand that the exsultan of Turkey has become a farmer wouldnt be a Lit surprised replied the man with the market brisket That old chap always had the knack of getting next to the quickest profits The Modern Idea In the old days being wise meant the ability to answer all kinds lit these days It means the ability to get some thing for nothing Meant So My sister received shocking treat ment at the hospital which was so highly recommended to us Indeed How did that happen She bad to have application of an electric battery Feminine Instinct IThe earth made your mother bring home that bundle of feathers Im sure dont know dud unless it was because she saw It marked down A Literal One Jagsby boasted that when be went home from the banquet at three In tho morning his wife gave him a warm did She threw hot water on him IThe Result Is to be burled She umlcrtnlcura will be burled at the polls THE BUSY BLUFF tte busy man como buzzln round An put us In air His equal hardly kin be found Foh trouble anywhere Ho come arolsln such a fuss Bout what ho have to say He makes us think de rest of us Is only In de way He ack like mebbe hell explode wit some tremenjus scheme An so we say Jes clar de road An let rim work oft steam But when you riggers out his worth Dis answers whut you git lies boqt de busiest man on earth And aint done nunn yltl WANTED IT AT ONCE Real Estate Agent on shipboard Perhaps we can close that deal now for that little plot of land Whatll you offer an acre Very Seasick Indlvlflual Ill give you a thousand dollars an acre If youll deliver it here now Those Sissy Straws Id rather not Be In the swim Than wear a hat With a turneddown brim No Wonder He Whistled Mrs NeighborsYour husband did something unusual this morning after leaving the house Mrs Shoplelgh Indeed What was it Mrs NeighborsHe went up street whistling theIMrs ShoplelghThat reminds forgot to ask him for any money fore he left Modern ImprovementsI Househunter Seems to me this house Isnt very well built The floor Y1AgentUmyes Househunter And these stairs creak terribly Agent Yes we furnish the new patent burglar alarm staircase with out extra chargePunch Plausible Theory HykerA wellknown scientist claims that the older a man grows the smaller his brain becomes PykerWell that theory seems to offer the explanation Hyker Explanation of what Pyker Of why an elghteenyearoldI boy knows more than Ample Test The Insurance AgentSure your heart isnt weak The Insured OneOh yes yes The AgentEver test it The InsuredYes Indeed watched a 15lnnlug ball game with the score tol THESE DOGS Johnnie aged sixSny grandpa what Is a microbeIGrandpa Something that gets Into thingsJobnnieThen my dog must be a microbe cause every time leave him alone he gets Into thingsI Excuse These Tears fain would praise the days of old But sorrow grips my pen Alas what bitter truths are I dined on pork chops then Alternate Roles No doubt you sometimes find It hard to be witty remarked a friend to an after dinner speaker Yes answered the celebrity Then pretend to bo wise He Has To Notwithstanding your jeers and sneers know one man who leads a perfectly upright life Who is he A phenomenon- No a ladderman The Shady Side of Forty HairdresserWhat shade will madam have ze hair dyed this time She In a whisper Keep it dark London Opinion NOT SUCH DIFFERENCE After much reconnoitering and strategy tho leader of wandering German bant succeeded In gaining an Interview with tho proprietor of fnshlonable restaurant Dut my man expostulated the latter noticing tho seedy appearance of tho dusty musicians I dont see how can use your talent Why wo only engage orchestras direct from vo vas der nqxd ding to It responded the leader without a smile The next thing to it Yah meln herr Vo vas nod an orchestra from Hungary yed but vo vas a hungry orchestra And they got the Job No Place for Him An office seeker meeting Mayor Gaynor of New York as he was walk- Ing across the Brooklyn bridge thought It would be a good opportu nity to brace him for a job Good morning your honor began the man would consldpr It a great favor If you would The man got no further for the mayor looked hint over and said Good morning sir know your face butI cant place youJudgeE- vidently Pleased- I suppose papa acted just nwful when you asked him for my hand lidnt he queried tho fair maid who happened to be the eldest of six answered tho young man in the case he tried his best to control himself but he displayed all the symptoms of a man who had just received letter from home containing money Plugging Along Well and how aro you getting along these days Brother Smith Just plugging along deacon just slugging along- I knew that How did you know IU You put a plugged quarter in the collection plate Sunday VERY DANGEROUS Mrs BugHoy therel what do you mean smoking on my woodpile A Poor Player The man who shifts And harbors doubt In this old World Is soon struck out Retort Courteous The young man In tho parlor scene was a K of P and the fair maid was examining the charm on his watch chainWhat do these letters F C B stand for she queried Fools cant belong he answered Then how did you eVer succeed In joining tho order she asked Chaff Sow tho wind and youll reap the whirlwind said the moralizing per sonThe weather man sows the rain and lets us reap the slush remarked tho Individual with a borrowed um brella Not a Lover of Cold There are no cats In the arctic circleThats a fortunate thing for the my point of view It is a for tunate thing for the cats Proof of Its Power Singleton Uut thought you didnt believe In hypnotic power Wedderly didnt until my wile came home with a necktie for mo last week that a clerk had induced her to purchase Problem Solved Onehalf of the world doesnt know how the other half lives quoted the Philadelphia woman On her alimony replied the other woman who had just returned from Reno Communion What aro your Ideas regarding final exams The sumo as the fellows who sits next to mo Mlnnehaha Not That Kind Did you scat whore the railroads ire advertising a broiler train That must bo tho one the chorus ravels on Its Definition What Is an Italian vendetta Its one of them new fangled porches around the new style tages To the Point Whats his principal want Want of principleJ iJ J i I liit e OAN MAN LIVE AGAIN By Otto WottstoiuA- Vo are not hmo to inquir what we prefer but what is true Huxley I have rend and reread with intense interest the grand lectur of Clarence Darrow published in your progressive journal and now scd that you have opened your columns for comments and criticisms With your kind permission I desire to comment ns briefly us possible on the comments and criticize the critics First 1 must call attention to an inflexible rule which must govern all in search of truth and that is absolutely to ignore selfinter estspreconceived opinions cherished faiths likes and dislikes hopes and desires Unless this tulle is persistently observed il will largely interfere with accurate research and obstruct the road leading to final truth Says Dr Carus in Tile Open Court Inquire into truth and the truth will guide you Accept the truth and love it for the truth is always good If the truth appears evil tc you or saddening know that you have either misunderstood it or that you lave not yet fully made it your own The truth must be come the very essence of you- rbcingitJ must be your inmost selfSecond to be consistent those who are positive that they arc in possession of the only true faith and find proof of such faith in tlC love of it should never enter the arena of debate but remain content in its undisturbed possession because if argument science and reason would prove the invalidity of their belief they would still cherish it as snared simply by virtue of the infatuation With which they are possessed This is the discipline of Roman isnlltlte only method of a successful religionblind obedient to a hiorurchcalauthority But do our likes and dislikes change in the least the immutable order of nature and its inexora ble laws and operations Is it not a terrible thought that our deathwarrant is issued and signed even when we make our first de but in life That we lire permitted SMitaf coatPar tivftl Vi nnlvjlf ftfw ul woman and noblest man must soon become gray wrinkled und decrepit ThaU early decline and dissolution is our inevitable fate Do we not love to live in health and vigor of body and mind sur rounded by our loved ones in our happy homes here on earth and do we not intensely yearn to have theso happy conditions continue now But what platters it to God or nature t Are not our plans frus trated our hopes blasted and our wishes utlterly ignored Death en ters and robs the precious babe from its mothers breast the youth or loving daughter upon whom the father has lavished all his care and affection meet even a worse fate Are our wishes con cerning our highest interests con sulted in the least our prayers prayers answered our hopes real ized Not If not during the period of that life of which alone we have knowledge what assurance have we that the argument from desire is based upon different grounds in a life of which we have absolutely no knowledge at ullT The argument then that be cause the old poets poetry cheerless and hopeless does not prove that it is not based upon truthBut how an honest and true Christian can find consolation in his or her faith and all it implies is to me a profound mystery Christianity to mewho was raised and confirmed a Christian is the most terrible of all faiths True many socalled Christians have attempted to civilize it into aiormity with tho law of prO gress and the higher culture of today but these efforts must ever be in vain It is precisely what it was in the days of the Popes of Calvin und Edwards or it has already ceased to exist Said the Rev Dr Ilntfield Theology is slot a progressive science the rev elation is made once for all and the book is closed the hasp is upon it and sealed And what is this He volution t Briefly told In Adams fall we fell nIlfro save us trod sent to onefiftlh of humanity his only gotten son and decreed that he that believeth and is baptized shall be saved but he that believeth not shall be damned SVhat this condition of the sinner will be we learn Matt 422 The hell of fire 25 46 Depart from me ye cursed into everlasting fire 17 8 It is good for thee to enter in to life witfli one eye rather than having two eyes to be cast into Iho hell of fire 1350 Am shall cast them into the furnace af fire there shall be wailing and gnashing of tectli Rev 2010 And they shall bd tormented daj and night for over and ever 1920 The beast and the fals prophet why tho poor beast J were cast alive into the lake of fire that burnefh with brim stone 1410 He shall be tar inontcd with fire and brimstone see and the smoke of their torment goeth up forever and eve 218 But forf4the unbelieving Huxley Spencer Swing and such their part shall be in the lake that bunleth with brimstone and fire etc On the last page of the hoary book we read And if any man shall take away from the words tifKher book of this prophesy God slfnll take away his part out of tie Book of Life This is thoI cheerful and Hopi ful faith in which poor and deluded and revel This isbhristianity pure and unalloyed as it is today preached by the Church of Rome as Calvin Wesley and Edward preached it andas all consistent rued true Christians of the aId school preach it today and this believers must believe everj word of tJor forthwith cease to be Olrlstiansl- Said the Rev Dr Talnuodge wlhe Bible speaks of the wrath of God oftener than of his love j and yet ninetyeight out of a hundred sermons are on the love of God if two are preached on His wrath the preacher is called sulphuric American preaching needs recon- structIOn It has not backbone enough to show forth the whqU bible God plainly says 56 times there is a hell Burning It hits now been burning along time and has prooaoly grown hotter arid hotter with its vctihi8 The probability is that eveu in this house before me are 801110 twho will spend eternity in the lost world tfou may shuttle Oit the whole subject from your attention but your impenitent coupe is leading youta hell as sur million Streel WILds you kerry ciutt tae 1rgilItonMoody We must thing ItI stands or say oI dp not believe th dry of jY rllc or oa Jona1- lunch t rJ lii iJ6ii us I do that the cross was erected on Calvary The idea ol men reading with a knife in their hands cutting out what they dont like The short way is to give up the whole thing And the Rev Dr Anderson If the Word does not express the idea of unending punishment of the wicked then it does not prove the unending happiness of the righteous And such expressions of honest souls of men whose minds are not biased and corrupted by vain desire and whose belief is not fashioned upon their own sense of right and wrong but upon an absolute unflinching faith in those doctrines taught by the en Lire church for eighteen centuries such sentiments I could quote un til your columns were running over fulVall in testimony that the real fundamental doctrine of Christianity is a literal hell What indeed becomes of this with with a hell left out A fable a liOIL crime If Christ is not a uecessty to save sinners from hell his sacrifice was atrocious murder And if the disciples of the new theology have right to discard a hell with punity another can as safely discard a heaven and a God Human fallibility then takes tho place of Divine infallibility and for Dho gospels according to Mat thew Luke and John Tony Dick and lHarry may substitute theirs Now this revised religion may and no doubt is a great improvement on the old und more cheerful and pleasant but tills is the point I want to make IT IS NOT 3I1RISTIANITY It is not a religion of God but of man It is lot authoritative but speculative and hence a very poor religion to build a faith hope upon The Bible overthrown as Chnn ling Parker Ingersoll Swing ICerr or Thomas Canon Furrar in England und all the worlds great cst preachers have done the question arises cnn Theism and spir itism be maintained by science ogic and reason Your comforted and very hopeful correspondent seems to think the can so maintain it Site says Nothing dies in nature the lower lives in another form vihich is a very grievous error All forms of mutter are mutable Phe flower is but a form of matter hence when the material composing the flower has rotted on n rU IJ A Jl tho ground mingled with 6wq r elements and assumed a rifew form tho original form has vanishe forever Forms of matter or ganic or inorganic have no ex istenco per se their constituent alone are entities these survive forever are immortal not the form they assumed Forms of matter change continually like a vast kaleidoscopi in perpetual motion nature is eye changing in form and every form so changes tihe infinitesimal sins atom alone instead of proud manor woman is endowed with the grand prerogative of immortality Tho flower which blooms again and again the seed which brings forth new flowers are analogous to parents and their children new forms spring from the pres ent but as the parent eventually dies so eventually dies the bush the tree world stars suns and systems all begin all end The material alone is eternal and possessing itself all the physical and chemical attributes of infinite dif- ferentatioDB affinities and poten cies to create every known fonn of life they need no creator to manipulate and form them as a potter does the clay Says Tyndall The notion of an atom manufacturer and artifi cer of souls raises the doubt whether those who entertain it were ever really penetrated by the solemnity of the problem for which they offer such a solution Alan is but a form of matter This particular form constitutes originates and is man Allan is the form and the form is man When the form is destroyed man vanishes The flower once blown forever dies The argument that because matter is indestructible spirit must be also indestructible falls to thO ground because the matter and spirit have nothing m common We might as well argue that because matter is indestruc able a watch must also be To establish an analogy man would have to be indestructible then it would follow that his spirit is indestructiole also In closing 1 submit the foloV- ing problem ILa man were seated on a keg of dynamite ant tho latter should explode blow Hi the man into atoms by vir Jiti what lawof afurewould and cpuldthe spirtttsoul d body the survivewhistle and soar to spirit realms rejoicing WHAT IS ORTHODOXY ByPerry Engle ILAU Oliver Pugh at Zion City was uitten by a rattlesnake and true reed refused to take any antidotes and died in agony after suffering sixty hours Ho relied on prayers to cure him Voliva and others prayed unceasingly for tins Pugh was a deacon We would have had more faith in rood old Bourbon than in all their pra ers Would not a policy in good life insurance company be more effectual in paying off a nortgage than prayers Who was the father of Jesus Will some Christian tell Mary ought to know something about it She said Son why last thou dealt with us Behold thy father und I have sought thee sorrow rigWAN1EDTo find a Christian who believes that Jesus was im naculately conceived That a personal devil took Jesus up bodily and sat him on a church steeple rhat Jesus had devils cast out to inter pigs to be drowned in the sea That the ravens fed Elijah rend and fish That God took a rib out of Adam to create Eve In the story of the Ark and the De lug That the sun and moon keyed Joshua That God andJa sob wrestled and that Jacob had his hip dislocated Jacob ought to have tried Gotsch first Christians once believed that the last eleven verses of the 16th chapter of Mark was inspired now they are thrown out of the Revised Version Doa FENNEL In THE Charles Chilton Moors When a young man the author had arced out to walk through the Holy ands on toot Reaching Paris he gave lip tho journey and returned home He nade the trip by rail and boat about three years before his death This book rlvra an account of what he saw and numerous Christian myths It s especially suitable for a present Cloth Bound Pages Postpaid 1125 Address orders tt BLUE GRASS BLADE Lexington Ky 1fa J 7i1A CONTENTED LOAFER Its hung upon tho fence Jifn blissful Idleness Auiono whom neither fears Nor weighty sorrows press hung upon the fence Ills clothes showed many tears taut on his face a smile No man of millions wears hung upon the fence lovingiyAround jJ kind to such as he He hung upon the fence regretIYleftI know hes hanging yeti EASY BostonIanAnd what ask ia the price of freedom Ch1cgoanAlimony jlf Soon Explained He never told his wife a lie Bout sometldng he had done Perhaps the only reason why he hadnt one Because 1Knew His Lesson Tbe class In philosophy was at the post How many kinds of force have weasked the professor Three sir answered the youth at the peal extremity of the bunch- Name them said the professor Bodily force mental force and the policed force was tie reply tIrrealltlble His JjVlfe at breakfastI dont see how I jean possibly spare the time go to We theater this afternoon but Ive Jult got to manage it some way Her Husband Is it really necessary that yu should go of course it is They Hfsaealn matinee Deceiver MrsYoure a deceiving brute MrWhy darling What do you mean Mrs Didnt you quit drinking on New Years day And here you are fixing up a fishing excursion the minute warm weather arrives Wonderful Infant Prodigy 1913 who has Just been presented to the president on Sunday afternoon President Lowell did you know that If you rolled a marble off a table It would describe a parabola that would never be perfect Harvard Lampoon MAN KNEW He MotherI think shell marry the count if he brings enough pressure to FatherHe was bringing all the pressure to bear that he could when saw them on the porch last night Fates Little Joke We read the masterpieces Sold for a kingly sum An artists tame Increases Who perished for a crumb Easy Way Out of ItIwonder what a Christian Scien list would say If he happened to fall out of a balloon Hed Insist that there is no such place as up and therefore he couldnt possibly have come down Cleverness Sign of MabelI hear your brother Johnnie Is going to the art school SusieYes and hes the cleverest thing Why he drew a picture of me yesterday and It looks just like me As Pa Sees It Little Willie Say pa what Is a government weather prophet PaA government weather prophet my son U a man who profits by hIs mistakes An Old Story The minstrel said something funny about mens not giving up their seats to ladles In the street car Oh thats one of the standing Jokes Jn 1 BUSY One day he has broken arm Which nils the whole World with alarm Next day he dodges A live wire So narrowly That wo perspire Next day Jim Jeff Rles scapes some death narrowlyWe breath Tomorrow twill Be some ones dirk The press agent Is at his work A DOUBLE REASON TeacherWhy did you remain away from school Johnny JohnyPa broke his leg TeacherWell that should not have kept you away JohnnyYes but he broke It In two places Little Willie Willie took his mothers scissors Snipped the tall off the cat Then his mother laid the law down Chiefly where poor Willie sat Feminine Logic His Wife John wish you would give up that old pipe If you must smoke try cigars tor a change Her HusbandBut why do you want me to give up my pipe His WifeWell I thought It might enable you to cut out the pipe dreams and make good Too Much So LynneHave you heard why the milkman was arrested LyonsYes his dairy was too saul taryLynneToo sanitary How could It be too sanitary LyonsHe used too much water Making Him Think But what shall we do he asked doubtfully if your father refuses to give his consent Oh she replied cheerily you neednt worry about that Father will be glad enough to get rid of me Somervllle Journal P The Difference- It is said that at an attempted rob bery on Beacon street as the thief was about to gain entrance a Boston woman cried Who are you while her sister from Chicago screamed Well what do you know Harvard Lampoon Not Explicit Have you anything In oil suitable for the dining room asked the lady shopper In a department store Certainly madam replied the floorwalker Which would you likefloor oil salad oil oil paintings or sardinesWORTH RESPECTING Indignant CustomerDo you respect the law Head of Trustl ought to paid 25000 to get it passed The Scapegoat A lot of lazy people It seems a blooming shame Contend It the hookworm When theyre the ones to blame Quite Sufficient- It ought not to cost so much to have detective work done Why noU- Because all a detective needs Is a scent Paradox There Is a man who has success through meeting with reverses How is that He is an acrobat It All Depends First BrokerDo you believe the watering of stock helps the sale of it Second BrokerNot If its a stock of dry goods How Could She Tell MaudIs Amys hair light Beatrix dont know never ed It Harpers Bazar HIS GREED- tf dont see to what else you can H tshIper and higher than any of your com petitors and your ship has carried five times as many pasengers as theirs I should think you would be contented with your achievements A look of Infinite longing shadowed the mans Intellectual and daring countenance Alas ho sighed My achievements can never bo complete and can never be contented until people can say of me that was the first man to sail an airship through the completed Panama canal No History Repetition My dear said the man who had married his stenographer sit down a while want to have a little business talk about your expenses All right replied the wife on condition that you do not begin the way you used to preface your business talksHows that he asked surprised What did use to begin with Please come and take my dicta tion she quoted t Accounted For f It was at a private reception A young woman had Just finished a vocal stunttWhat do you think of her singing r asked the hostess of a guest r Not bad replied the mere man but she has a metallic voice Naturally answered the hostess She Is the daughter of a steel mag nate f t Slightly Mixed Can get the silver service for theffire department inquired a young man at the free library The what asked the girl at the deskThe silver service for the lire de t partmentthe questions they ask you t when you take the silver service ex aminations you know J DAMAGES SheHow much Is her husband worthHeThat depends upon who kills him Denied Alas for him who doth adore maiden most unkind One kiss upon her lips worth more Than twenty In his mind It Depends When anybody Is presented at court pop who presents them It depends altogether on whether the function Is legal or social my son Sometimes it is a great lord or lady and sometimes it is the grand Jury Natural Pride Youll pardon me hope but cant help feeling a trifle chesty Whats the matter Did somebody pay you a compliment- No Ive just closed a deal for a pound of steak The New Literary Field Whos that billionaire with the big touring car and the two extra tires Thats Tennyson finks Hes the fellow who Invents the personal and private memoirs of the worlds great featherweights Natural Uprising- Do you believe anyone can bring about the levitation of tables by means of If they get to falling too heavily under them and try too hard to get up Built for Speed Can make speed on this type dear sir this machine Is so speedy that we have equipped it with a honkhonk horn Instead of a bell Might Get Seasick How would you like a life on the rolling deep First rate if a fellow could leave his stomach on shore- Exactly Her Status The Youngfellowa baby is a girl Then the child is a climax in the do you mean by that Isnt it a crysis The Natural Kind I see the Plttsburg theaters all had frosts Such bad business No flooding from breaking up of in the rivers lice i 1r 1 IcTHE BASIS OF OHRISTIANI TY g Continued from Pnge One Ilitifu1II I am afraid siiid J IwII I may be one of those who shall ho damned Asked what meant he replied II Sent to and punished everlastingly 1Iw such a man with his great could be so enslaved by the unreasonable and silly su- perstitiont ever put forth by priest l craft some of our wonder must depart when we think of its ac i ceptance by the ignorant masses whose thinking faculties were never cultivated But Johnson must have been enslaved it in childhood else it coullnever gotten a grip on his great 1his the same with Sir Isaac who with his wonderful was all his life enslaved by that hellfire religion built on Adam and sin 1 t AdamJspade to be utterly false for neath the surface of thus old Iearth evidence of civilized races that lived 16000 years ago have en found and only the imagin of man can cover the period time necessary to produce a jhe people from primitive in human form No man the least idea when mortal first appeared on this earth efforts to find out are un 4availing because the surface of Dho earth is constantly changing and where water exists today was once land throbbing with life in all its varied forms Human life play have existed for millions of years and it is not unreasonable to suppose it has but when we have indisputable knowledge of civilized nations 16000 years ago that alone is sufficient to put the quietus on the truth of Christianity and its dogmas which cannot stand for an instant when our origin is traced to a mythical Adam who appeared less than 7000 years ago And yet Christ ians go on teaching these false hoods and such a remarkable man in some respects as Theodore Roosevelt professes belief in them There is not a dogma of Christ ianity or a siitisfactoryq claim it advances that can stand for one moment before the light of reason and the revealments of science yet it lives on and on because it is forced into children and the masses neither think nor investi gate its absurdities All govern meta are partial to religion and religious beliefs because they help as noticing else can to keep them in subjection and under control Our present occupant of the White House is what has been rightly termed a whitewashed Infidel that is a Unitarian who rejects hell and the Trinitya rejection that destroys the vital part of Christianity and yet he is a booster for that mindparalyzer in frequent public addresses William Jennings Bryan is now a Presbyterian elder if press re ports are correct and he professes to swallow the Bible whole and to believe God damned the world through Adam and is trying to save it through Jesus Hence and therefore I care not how great and brilliant a man is in any department of life when ce him shutting his eyes to the revealinente of science closing his ears to time voice of reason and professing to be a believer in Christianity he cannot escape being labeled a hypocrite or a sim pleton for his actions demonstrate he is one or the other When the foundation of Christ ianity is destroyed by the discov I ery of a civilized people who lived 8000 years before Adam and Eve reason and common sense should lead all who use them to let go of the rotten fake and break away but human nature is not prone to do such things as the records of time past reveal for af ter thin gods of mythology were known to be only phantoms of the mind they were a thousand years dying out in time superstition steeped minds of the masses So we can believe without much effort that Christianity will be a long time dying though its foun dation is destroyed and not only Adam but Jesus and Jehovah are known to be myths Los Angeles Calif ST LOUIS NEWS By Minnie Paul Judge Wurdeman dismissed the Ldivorce suit of Mrs Hewson who was sueing Rev Earl Hewson and also dismissed the cross bill of the Reverend declaring tihat both were at fault The Rev Hewson is pastor of the Reber Place Congregational Church and is as anx ious to be freed from Mrs Hew son as she is to be free from him inItCIISOward feminine members of his flolkoH seems that when a pas tor and his wife fail to agree the trouble is always jealousy Really the life of a preachers wife must be a hard one The business mans wife may insist on her husband employing a mule stenographer but the preachers wife cannot insist on a unfit con gregation By doing so she would lose her bread and butter as there are no male congregat ions to be had raarNr Mrs Dora R Doxey who has been released after having been tried for murdering a man with whom she had contracted a big amous marriage has returned to Columbus Neb where she and her husband were formerly very prominent in church work Dr Doxey who was held as an ac complice has been released from jail and has also returned from Columbus It is rumored that there will be a reconciliation though Mrs Doxey on the witness stand accused her husband of cruel treatment and of making no efforts to cure her of the morph ine habit Since the doctor and his wife are both Christians it is probable that they will kiss and make up and enter again into churchwork It is hardly probable that the relatives of Erder the dead man bigamous husband are convinced of Mrs Doxeys innocence and some citizens may wonder at her freakishmemory At the trial she remembered quite distinctly what became of a blackberry pie she baked a year ago but could not remember having married Erdcr though the prosecution had time necessary proof in court The ninnyblackberrywedding day is inclined to think that the latter would mako the most lasting impression But the memories of Christians sire very complex and past finding cut They can forget or remember var ious parts of the Bible at will even the preacher foccets tint Christ iid to sav sinners while he 3003 on consigning in fants to hull his tells you that salvation is frjo thii psats around the lint A farmer near Poplar Bluff thinking that s eomat had hislcropshis head wdth fatal result One more victim of superstition One more human sacrificee to a bloodthirsty god rNNNN The actress Minnie Maddern Fiske comes out for humane treatment of wild animals in a criticism of exPresident Roose tllutlhasMske can find no excuse for mur dering dumb animals for no pur pose other than pleasure and does not think that the example set by our exPresident to the youth of this nation is a humane one Yet if Mrs Fiske will read the Bible she will find that Ted dys slaying is supported by the holy word She will find that old book bloodier than any path ever trod by hunter or cannibal Perhaps oiir strenuous citizen is a closer Bible student than the talented actress In an address before the St AssociationlRecago general secretary of the Religious Educational A said Any attempt to ociatiollI public schools to teach is an effort to shirk our sibility for the religious education of our own timid the responsibility for teaching the Bible in the pub lic schools in the life of today be longs to the church Dr Cope advocates a graded Sundayschool along the present lines of our graded public schools Dr Cope perhaps realizes that the different denominations never could agree on the reading of the Bible in the public schoolsas each church would want to teach its own translationbut if he can help the Infidels and Jews to keep the Bi ble out of the public schools he will not have lived in vain Nrrrrr The enclosed clipping I took from a St Louis paper and I think it merits a place in toto in The Blade This fellow Doggett is a doggone good one to get into our ranks even if he does put doctor of divinity DD in front of his name Mr Doggetts letter reminds me of an occur rence that takes place annually near St Louis At a little sta + + + + + t + V + f I 1 19091909 ii t I Blue Grass Blade Bound volume + + I A Containing Fiftytwo Copies of The Blade and all handsomely y A ibound in Blue Buckram with gold letters A 1 300 Reduced from last years price 300 A Subscribe NOW and get your name on the list in time 2 AI + 1 For Five New Subscribers For Five New Subscribers 1 1 We will send ONE COPY of the Bound Volume A 2FREE OF COST To person sending us five new subscribers in one club at the regular rates before Dec 31 1909 2 11THE CLUB IS PREFERABLE GET UP ONE SECURE A COPY FREE t 2 BLUE GRASS BLADE Lexington Ky t + N + ++ ++ NN NONNNNN ++o t + k + N N oJN N N N N N N N IO N t N 4 t rtion there is a public school and lit Presbyterian church A prom inent member of the church is a member of the school board at Christmas the church has an en tertainment and tree For several days before Christmas the Sunday School pupils being pupils of time public school are trained for the church entertainment The school pupils that do not happen to be pupils of the Sundayschool have to swallow the dose whether they want to or not The purpose of giving the training in this way is to enable the teacher who teaches in both public and Sunday Schoolto economize on Wine und find some leisure for the slaughter of birds and rabbits It also saves fuel for tin church to have this training done at the school house which is heated with fuel paid for by the taxpayers regardless of religion sex or col or I take oft my hat to Mr wishIIf for no other reason than an economic one he would not have the Bible taught in the public schools Our youngsters need to be taught how tb live in this void not how to sing hallelujah in a very uncertain future world they need to be taught to earn their bread and tto joy in the earning not how to pray for it or beg for it The following was clipped from a St Louis paper No Bible in the Public Schools f To the Editor That the scholars in the pub lic schools are now overtaxed with their studies nearly every teacher will admit For this reason if no otfhcr the Bible should not be added to the curriculum des our public schools arc for the purpose of disseminating promulIyearly for building churches An other grcati expenditure of money is used for the salaries of the men who fill their pulpits whose sole business it is to teach mankind all branches of religion If people wish to forget that they are living in the Twentieth Century and desire to befuddle the minds of their offspring with ancient and obsolete theories there is a church for every branch of the subject they nuiy wish their children posted on from the spiritualism of Abra hum Moses and the Prophets down to Modern Christian Sci ence The people pay taxes to support the public schools that their children may there learn material and practical knowledge and not to have their time and minds absorbed in abstract theories D D DOGGETT Readers of the Blade have no doubt remarked upon the excel lent qualiey of the contents of the paper for the past month or more It is our intention to keep it up to this high standard Help the work by directing the attention of your friends to the paper AN APPEAL Ladles and Gentleman We the undersigned address you In the Interest of humanity and in memoration of the heroes and hero ines who have died for human liberty We believe that such a cause will strongly appeal to you We are inem bers of the Indiana Rationalist wo elation The Buckeye Secular Union The American Secular Union the Rations Association of America the In dependent Religious Society of Chicago and the Paine Historical Society and are subscribers fo all the leading Free thought papers In America We urge each one of you to unite at once wlll 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 yon 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 stition We make this appeals in full uonfi dense that you wil help with your time and your money in the holy warfare of science against the priests of Jehovah King tryants popes and priests in all ages of the world perceiving the bene fits and power which came from organ and devils anti priests the only enemies of the race are ever over thrown it must be done 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 akin 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 everyone 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 the perfect organization of her ig 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 hag 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 land of priestly rule and tyranny Ladies and gentle men let un organize and pet busy DR T J BOWLES Pres Induina Rationalist Association WM Y IJIJCK SCIIUYLEit1aTOURETTE JOAN C I ECK JOHN II P tINCE Officials Ind R A I heartily second the strong letter of Dr Howies It sometimes seems that have ablt all the religion and sonal freedon we are entitled to con sidering little we have done and are doing t secure it Compare our own slothfu indifference with the cash enthusiasm of the organized forces of superstition The Catholics of Indiau iipolis recently raised a pile of money for a nobody knows what fund In less than n 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 solicit ing subscriptions for a Catholic news paper There are scores of prosperous Catholic and Protestant papers sup ported by public patronage and by en dowment simply because they are re ligious papers It is human nature that we acquire love for a cause by working and sacri 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 Pvrf tried it Did you ever hear of a wealthy Free thought editor It is a constant won der how some of our excellent and brave papers exist the way they are neglected by some of their admiring friends who hugely enjoy the contents but nay er help to pay the heavy expenses The circulation is necessarily limited and the papers are boycotted by all the orthodox advertisers I support them to the best of my limited ability and would rather let my taxes go delin quent than to lapse my subscription to any of them Within the past year have given over 5000 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