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Digital page images are linked to the text file. 1 BLUE GRASS BLADE VOLUME xvm LEXINGTON KENTUCKY SUNDAY JUNE 26 1910 Number 27 un n T T- NEWS T PArk r ISepOf RELIGIONSHlah and 4shlen d v A Chronicle of the Doings of the Cloth in all Parts of this Little Civilized World IJIThe uptodate minister has de vious ways for encouraging church attendance Bishop Wm McDowell of Chicago when addressing l a meeting of the St Louis City Evangelization Union at Union Methodist church re cently declared that the count tryfied preacher should be re moved from the city that the struggling mission is a dis to Methodism and condemn 1grace says the church door bo wide open to lovers the church is the edifice of love It is evident that the Bishop refers only to lovers with pockets full of the filthy lucre If Christ should come to Chica go and appear at the headquar ters of Bishop McDowell no doubt the meek and lowly would be directed to the coun try and told to take the widows mite and the mission with him I wonder if it would be considered bad taste to shout hallelujah praise the Lord in this uptodate bishops church Not long since a bill was presented before the St Louis houseman J r1mgrt trllYtlelig4t Clfa Ir at the request of delegate Eugel prohibiting the sale and delivery of ice on Sunday There is one large Ice Octopus in St Louis that refuses to deliver ice on Sunday while all the small companies do make Sunday de liveries and Sunday sales If a law were enacted to prohibit the sale and delivery of ice on Sun may this octopus would sell more ice in six days than they could possibly sell if they made deliv eries on Sundays because the consumer would have to allow for melting over Saturday night and the octopus would pay their workmen for six days and not for seven The poor devil who has no ice box and no money with which to buy one is not to be con sidered Yet these oppressors are the ones who give their con tributions at Christmas and Thanksgiving and have their names in the dailies in large type they have their nare plate on pews of fashionable churches and their wives and daughters in fashionable attire buttonhole the passers by on hospital day and get a lovely write up in our popular yellow journals This method is so much more refined and fashionable than giving the poor devils a chance to help themselvesA minister asks II Who Created He1 The writer is not aware that hell a place has ever been created but if it has no doubt a few congenial devils es tablished a homestead and took refuge there to get away from the preachers and ennui of that other land of golden harps Archbishop Glennon recently spoke in defense of the cloister at the tercentennial celebration of th Visitation Order in St Louis He said in part This is a day on which everything we do is on the sarface Our goods are exposed on the sdewalk so to speak Tho cloister is set aside because it dos not cater to vul garity and because it does not al pear in double leaded type in the newspaper neither does it advertise the scandals of its members nor of its wealthy patrons Civ ilization will be lost wlui the gentlemanliness the culture the obedience and the humility hint are the mottoes of this order are r no longr needed Please note that the archbishop does not deny that the cloister has its scandals but it does not advertise them nor the scandals of its wealthy pat rons Just hand over your coin Mr Money Man and we will see that not exposed He in dicates that scandals become Vulgar only when advertised A cloistered nun may be a symbolic ofobedience and humility but Id like for the arch bishop to point out formA in her motto gentlemanliuebs anal culture There can be no cul Lure unless five let in the light and if all the women in America should become nuns tomorrow in six weeks thered not be a gen tleman lefttheyd all turn priests Ittakes wives mothers and daughters to make gentlemen of the male bipeds That the cost of living bas greatly increased in the past few years cannot be disputed and while professors ministers and trustbusters are trying to fix the cause of thIs increase the farmer is payingfF his mortgage and the wage earner is wearing sec oil Ifdiid it0ies1lhdr3titL76 idol medowe vegetables but there is one person on this mudane sphere who has had a salary in crease in keeping with the ad vance in the price of porter house steaks The Kaiser has had his little salary of 4000000 a year raised to 4875009 per an num The Prussian Diet passed the government bill making this increase possible on first reading only the six Socialist members voting adversely Herr Huffman one of the Socialist members even had the courage tol say The Kaisers extravagance w a had example to set before the people and suggested that it would be better to spend the peoples money in social legislation Strange that this radical Hoff man is allowed to run at laryi and offer criticism of His Royal Highness Herr Hoffman is un reasonable to expect a ruler to maintain tin dignity of his nation and the largest band of organized Christian murderers on the face of the earth on a paltry 4000000 per Surely the true and loyal subjects will see to it that this radical lad is spanked and sent to bed onto Anuuiou to vol fur Teddy and a Vatican at Washing ton Rev T H Pabney a Baptist minister Mrs Dabney his wife and their grandson Dale Forest all of Liberty Mo started from tlujt place on tite longest day f this year to make an evajiliiiig tour of 2500 miles in the rever ends new fivepassenger oar which he has loaded with a com plete camping outfit The jarty will travel during the cool morn ing hours preach from thu side of the car in the afternoon anti evenings and camp out during the night Mrs Dabney will lead the singing and young P uvst will take in the shekels Mn Dalmoy says its the Bible broivl dwn to date without food or scrip that is almost we gal wo will depend on the Lord Nrv what world the lowly Ksus pink of this outfit if he should meet if The reverend shouM ivnaiiibcr that Jesus hoofed itIud thit to burn giboline for sioivViitq is a sin since this unh iv oil is pumped from the nitlur region where U it needed to finish roast ing B b Ingersoll ot MINNsr VAUfJ INFIDELITY A MERE NEGA TION Every now and then we are re minded by the preachers that In fidelity is simply nothing only a faultfinder that it has no posi tive principles but poses as a destroyer that it has no responsibility but spends its time throwing dirt that it builds nothing but busies itself in tearing down what others have brilt with much patience suffering and tears And he advises his Christian hearers to avoid it as they would a rattle snake as a parasite that lives on other plants or animals for says he Infidelity can live only as Christianity lives It depends upon Christianity to prey upon Should Christianity fall Infideli ty also has no excuse to live And the preacher looks wise and the people think he iswise and that Infidelity is a most inconsis systemrus see truth there is in the above tirade and how much it signifies The word infidelity means want of faith or belief It mat ters not what the system is one who denies the truth of that ems is an Infidel to it The Mo rammcdiaus call all Christians Infidels because they are lacking in faith in the Mohannnedinn re ligion Then if infidelity is a most despisable thing as the preachers make out because it is simply neg ative and tears down then must Mohammcdianism its antipode be a most desirable and hence truthful system The above method of establish ing or perpetuating the Christian faith by assaulting the negative simply because it is negative is plain case of begging the question Suppose that Darwin had at tempted to established his evolu tion theory by attacking the de niers of it on the ground that they were mere tearers down would such tactics convince the clergy of the truth of evolution Did the work of the Infidels end in simply negation even though it begun there who de nied and destroyed the Bible doctrine of slavery of witchcraft of polygamy of deamonology and its various doctrines contradicted by the sciences of geology astron omy evolution etc Infidelity though merely negative has made way for and initiated freethought and free speech both positive systems and the Bible is Infidel to them Man will never progress as long as he is loyal to a doc trine that dams him for his be lief A A SNOW Lineville Iowa FOURTH OF JULY PICNIC Dennison Ohio June 20 1910 Mr James E Hughes Lexington Kentucky Dent Sir and Comrade The Buckeye Secular Union will hold their Second Annual Picnic on July 4th at 10 n m in Canal Dover Ohio in the big orchard oppo site MV A C Nanagons residence on East Second Street All Freethinkers nod their friends are cordially invited to bring their baskets and help make this a big day for Liberalism M Narra gon will speak at 1 p in rind perhaps other short speeches but we want a good time to get quainted so the speaking will be short With yourself and staff could meet with the Ohio delegation of Freethinkers who arc for Freethought Free Press and Free Speech and Sunday base ball and m J church property taxed and sky pilots to pay license after being tested GEO O ROBERTS THE WORLDS WORKERS Who are the worlds workers Are they the ones that oppose Free speech No the opponents of free speech are thelovers of lies the haters of progress the enemies of humanity the nurses of ignorance degradation and church invites criticism courts investigation on all sides it may then boast of being one of the worlds workers But is the church going to make such a reform No never for it would die in tho attempt and in the resurrection after such demise it would ose its identity The Christian church can never favor free speech no theory pos sible can that has for its very foundation the idea that man de serves to be damned for his be lief Free speech and damnation for opinion are deadly enemies they are antipodes The church may chang3 but it would have to beat the Dutchman at the changing business to really favor free what about the changing of the Dutchman Well just this A Dutchman applied to an artist for a portrait of his father who was dead but he had no likeness to go byn good description was all the raw material he could fur nishlSo with this material the artist went to work And after completing the job the best he could he submitted the product to the view of the Dutchman The Dutchman after looking it over remarked Veil dat vash him all veil enuf but goodness a lif how de old man has chang ed But the Christian to adopt free speech would have to make such a change that the Dutch man could not pick him out to save his soul from tartarous The average Christian does not know all the tactics and scheming Kddpirby the priests of God to prevent the Freethought side front coming before the people They little realize that they in following the priests are reared up in a bandbox with bandages over their eyes made into slaves for Gods sauce Some of them have so badly been deceived that they actually think that free speech is an achievement of the church while at the same time they shudder at the thought of the great sin of hearing the freethinker express his side of the case So schooled in prejudice are they without knowing it that they count the reasonings of the Freethinker the cavils of the dev il The church to a great extent has succeeded in subsidizing or corrupting the press that it often will even slander Freethought but is almost certain to turn down any reply that Freethinkers may make Every worker for Freethousfiit soon realizes this To be free to work we must be free to think A A SNOW Lineville Iowa FOURTH OF JULY RATES Via QUEEN CRESCENT ROUTE On account of the Celebration of the 134th Anniversary of the Declaration of Independence of lire 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 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 tho attention of your friends to the paper A TRIP TO ROME by DR J WILSON The International Congress of Free thinkers was held In the City of tome Italy September The author attended that Congress as the Amortotn delegate It la an account of travel and personal experiences that hat received an universal encomium frort press and people In It religious dojrmoa and tales of priestly fiction are ruthlessly exposed while the general style Is without com parison In American literature of travel Cloth bound page Illustrated REASON ITS USE AND ABUSE It is the Light of Life and the Only Trusty Guide to be Depended Upon Under all Circumstances BY CHJANNING SEVERANCE- In clear and rational thinking lies mans salvation from the unavoidable evils of life and his comfort welfare and progress are mainly dependent on the right use of his one supreme fa cultyreason Reason is the light of life and the only trusty guide that can be depended upon at all times and under all cir cumstances Nothing can take its place or be used as a substitute without danger and yet with all its powers and possibili ties it can and does lead men astray and fill their lives with acts of foolishness absurdities and follies Why and how is a question that naturally rises in connection with this fact and the answer is easily found When men start with baseless assump tions and reason therefrom they can be and are led into error and no end of mistakes for reason works systematically with the material given it to deal with and will logically follow a false idea to its ultimate conclusion as well as a true one therefore pre vious to setting reason to work let the truth of your ideas and the certainty of your facts be estab lished The world has been cursed with superstition in all its varied forms since mortal man appeared on its surface because lie started with false assumptions and built his theories and conclusions thereon He has tak en the God idea which owes its existence to a misused magina tion and erected upon it a fear ful and foolish system of religion and has pursued his delusions in all ages to such an extreme that the pleasures of this world have been greatly lessened and destroy ed by the fears of another He has made mental misery in largo quantities by permitting himself to believe things that cannot be proven and by letting his reason ing faculties deal seriously with fables and falsehoods He has reasoned himself into states of in tolerance and cruelty has persecuted his fellows and commit ted extreme acts of injustice be cause he started out with wrong and false ideas and kept reason ing from them so from these things we see where and why credulity is one of the greatest evils that ever existed To honestly and sincerely believe a falsehood does not change or lessen its power for evil and this often and well demonstrated fact should lead all men to thorouqrly test their beliefs before permitting their lives to be influenced by them Would they do this and use reason for the purpose of es tablishing the truth and reality of their accepted views and opinions instead of letting them con trol and exercise reason what r different result would follow There is neither certainty nor safety in using reason without you are sure of your connection with facts so the first thing the rationalist asks for and wants is the evidence of realities- If one assumes there is a hell and a heaven and another world he can reason himself into no end of beliefs as to what will there occur but if he will only wait until he knows there is an other world he will avoid dealing with a lot of imaginary troublt What no one knows anything about is hardly worth bringclis turbed over and yet such things form a large part of credulous peoples troubles for all religious people conic under that head and they are still very numerous They all believe they are sure to have trouble with an unknown God in an unknown world unless they act like fools and simpletons in this world for no one not in one of these two classes would or could conform to religious ceremonies having for their ob ject escape from the wrath of an imaginary God It is tre abuse of reason that makes possible religious fears but its right use will not Mily destroy but prevent them The ra tionalist has no religious fears be cause he refuses to accept any be lief in religion and reason used as it should be approves his con ductA Roman Catholic Archbishop in a recent sermon declared that rationalists make unreasonable use of reasoning powers and he tried to demonstrate this claim by saying when men speak the ra tionalist believes When Uod speaks the rationalist denics Such tak is priestly twaddle- and has no weight only with the dupes of his religion whose minds are too much paralyzed to think and reason clearly Rationalists having no knowledge of Gud and do not believe in one and us the priests God ever speak only through him tire rationalist hears only a man talking and ilout hesitate to say so He further said the church believes in reason but its long and bloody record so clearly disproves his statement that it sounds like what it isa wropper The church believes in the abase f1 r of reason and that fact is fr rely admitted for every Jesuit is a living testimonial to it False loin distorted methods of reasoning are strictly Jesuitical for the mot to of those smooth and diploma tic tricksters is the enl justi fies the means The only condition under which the Roman Catholic church will ingly permits the use of reason is when its use is abused bo ac cepting its dogmas and reasoning from them so many facts That of course carries one into the quagmires of superstition vherc the holy fathers wish to tel thorn And it is the same with the Protestant churches for if people reason with Protestant dogmas as a starting pont they cannel help reaching Protestant InIIISitlns and being enslaved thereby The rational t starts with facts when he begins to reason and he never lets go of them lull priests and preachers start with so reason can never 1Ireligion catches no victims and men do not run after other men because they dress different and claim to speak for a Gods science can find no trace of and the uni verse has no place for Therefore every man of sense and sanity knows that rationalism is the only thing that should control mens minds andshape the affairs of this world as far ns thinking can and does for failure to be rational human beings has permitted priestcraft to dom inate the world by filling it with mental slaves who live and die in ignorance while doing the will of a priest who escapes the curse of Adam by compelling fools through fear to support him and labor all their lives to keep up the institution that enslaves them Rational thinking is the only thing that cart or will kill priest craft so let us work to increase it and may the Blade long be a factor in the much needed work Los Angeles California TWO GREAT SCIENTIFIC DISCOVERIES- A worldwide movement to make them known and perpetua ted For particulars send a self addressed envelope to the Presi dent of the Church of Humanity W H KERR BLUE GRASS BLADE FOUNDED By CHARLES CHILTON MOORE And edited by hIm until hla death February JAMES E HUGHES Proprietor 126128 Uorth Limestone Street Lexington Kentucky- P Box SUBSCRIPTION RATES By mall postpaid JlOO pr yr In advance Five new yearly subscribers at onn mittance cents each Foreign subscriptions postpaid JlEO per year ADVERTISING RATES One Inch single column Insertion cents one month or four Insertions 100 six months 3500 one year 800 Quarter column Insertion 3209 on month 400 six months 32009 on year 33000 Half column whole column or larger advertisements at special rates mon plication ALL SUBSCRIPTIONS to the Blade will be discontinued at the expiration of th 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of us are But you certainly can say something that will be of Interest to your fellowworkers These great men had their beginnings Let us tell the readers of the Blade what you are doing and what you are thinking SOME INSPIRED CONTRADICTIONS In the following we propose to give the reader just u few Jf th most plain and positive contradic tions to be found in the Bible The very idea of talking about finding contradictions in a boot called the Inspired Truth and Word of God however is simply a contradiction of and within itself It is the same as saying that the Book is true and false at the same time But that is just what we find the Book to be The only difference is we find ten falsehoods to where we find one truth which very fact we claim destroys the very semblance of Divinity connected with the Book It proves its human origin to a fraction For instance it is stat ed that in the Garden of Eden God told Adam and Eve that on the very day they ate of the fruit of a certain tree they should IIsurely die But up steps his l tanic Majesty in the form ofh serpent as it is stated though ser pents are not considered to be very wise nor much of talkers and tells them they should not surely die That God was only fooling them They took His Ma jestys advice instead of Gods and it says that Adam lived to the age of 930 years It dont state how old Eve was as we dont find the age of any woman recorded in the Bible But she no doubt lived to a good old age How is that for a self contradiction The truth we find to be is this Either God did know or else he I did not know whether he was telling Adam and Eve the truth or not The sequel would show that he did not know for it is too much for the human brain to con template for a moment that a Alhviso Infinite God would delib aLcouple of poor ignorant human beings something that ho knew was not true We cant admit it for a moment According to th narrative some one has guilty of telling a most falsehoodand making a God contradict his own statements- It is our honest opinion that n God ever had anything to do with the writing of this book The fellow that wrote this contradiction is the same one who tells us that God after creating the earth say it is without form and void and that there was four days and nights without either the rising or setting of the sun also God divided the light from the darkness In other words that it was both light and dark at the same time and God divided them This same writer tells us that the work of creation was completed on the sixth day man made and female created and blessed the tells us that Eve the mother of mankind was not created until the man got lonesome in the gar den of Eden He also says that the first thing he does after he be comes grown is to committ a mur der He kills a poor Egyptian on the sly then hides him in the thaet i Aaron his brother was his prophet He tells us also about God raving to come down so many times to see how things were running here This is the fellow that tells us that the Lore plagued the people because they made the calf which Aaron made Exod 32 35 He also says that the Lord spoke unto him face to face as a man speaketh to writerIsays on one the commencement of his work that the Lord got mad at him and met at an inn and the Lord trie to kill him See Exodus 4 2324 Then when he comes to die he tells us all about his death age and that no man knows to this day the spot where he is laid In our opinion it is not very that he himself knows Dea men are not supposed to be able to preach their own funeral mons and tell what has take place after they are dead and bur ried See last chapter of Deut JOEL BERRY FATALISM OR FOREORDI NATION Editor Blade I desire a short space to an swer Bro Severances ideas on Fatalism and Foreordmation I readily admit that one or the other must be accepted as a belief He believes in faltalism while I accept foreordination as the most logical conclusion in the matter He says The man who cham pions the design argument strikes an insurmountable obstacle at the start Design must have a de signer Who created him in this tilesame as he did the question of did matter originate 7 He says Reason teaches us that matter has always existed Bro Severance has a great deal to say about im mutable laws Who made these laws Not only must design have had a designer but a law must have had a lawgiver All human laws were enacted or made by men and law and order is the act of a concious intelligence for the purpose of ac complishing certain ends Condi tions decide what laws are made but they do not make the laws Conditions also decide what man will do under certain circuit stances Each mans will is a law unto himself Bro Channing says Until we have some evidence of God we should ignore him com pletely Have we no evidence A certain man it is related em ployd an Arab guide to conduct him over the mountains He served that the Arab was very de vout He said to him one day How do you know that there is a God The Arab drew himself up and answered How do I know that a certain animal passed by my tent last night I did not see it He knew by the footprints in the sand So may we although we may not see a bodily form like as to that of a man seethe footprints of a creator an alwise designer of the Universe Ie further says I do not believe that conscious intelligence creates one form of life to live on some other form from the low est to the highest and the whole extlawthe survival of the fittest prevails Let me ask him the question Would it not be a wise plan for thisifence fora weak minded diseased or imbecile person o marry and bring weak and dis eased offspring into the world Bro Severance like a great many others cannot see goodness or wisdom in the Universe on accounts ofcalamities suffering etc Some people are prone to magnify all the evils and entirely ignore C0111t279000 people killed by cyclone or earthsuake compared to the countless millions who have lived a happy life and died a natural death The moon appears to us to be the lagest of all the heav enly bodies oven larger than the willntotally eclipse that luminary al though it would take several mil lions of bodies like our moon to equal the volume of the sun The reason is the moon isso much nearer us than the sun so we are apt to magnify the present evils because they are so near compar ed with the future that they en tirely eclipse all the blessings of life Paul was one of the greatest sufferers of his time He said None of these light afflictions theius I not only admit the wisdom and goodness in the forma tion of the eye but also in the tapeworm cancer etc although I explainrout in all these diseases that af flict mankind in that it has set moodthe result of this thinking If man was constituted like the animals and lived as they do and had no protect muchdanimals do Infidelity amf1the greatnthat it is setting the churchman who is established in the faith to thinkng by attackng the foun dations of his belief to examine the ground to which his faith is founded The history of all phil osophies and religions has been that when man becomes settled in his belief ho ceases to be active and degenerates Then he needs to have something to stir him up and set him to thinking When the Jewish church conceived the idea that they were the chosen peo pie of Godand knew all that was to be known of the truth they degenerated and became cor rupt and Jesus came as a great reformer His first idea was to reform the Jewish church He said I am not come but to the IsraeleFailing in this he turned to the Gentiles When the church un der Roman rule conceived the idea that they were the only orthodox church an existence they persecuted and put to death all those who dared to differ they became so utterly corrupt that Martin Luther arose and protested against them Failing to reform the Roman church he established a church of his own known as Pro testantism Later on we find Englandbecame leys attempted to reform and as a result we see the rise and progress yetthereofPaganismtine and it n mained for Jilm Mur ry to refute those errors and pro claim the universal love of God our Father for allmankind and as a result of his preaching and others we have the Univer salist church But we cannot ex pect to rest here thinking we hasbecomemains for Ingersoll and others to go up and down lecturing and striking at the very foundations thistomembers pause them to reason out and workout their own sal vation and advance in knowledge and usefl nessIChaffee Mo FALSE START The referee held up his hand Them last two rounds dont count ho hoarsely announced Th1 tight will have to start all over again- A low growl ran through the vast th trouble Reddy shrieked a fiery faced man In the tenth rowTh trouble Is he explained that th moving picture man has struck a bad spot In his film an th pictures Is no good Are you ready up there perfessor All right Shake hands the battle made a fresh start An Awful Jolt- I see you have a new automobile said Wlggs enviously Yes responded Biggs as ho slowed up the machine near the sidewalk and Its a beauty Everything works like clockwork Thats good The tires are punctureproof Better still And she goes like Ihe wind Gee whizz Wish I owned one By the way are you fond of ri dingAm I fond of riding Well I should say so Well heres a streetcar transfer I just found I wont need It and you can ride home on it Inopportune- Did you ever propose to a girl In a canoe did she say Nothing She just coughed and splutteredEh When I reached over to take her hand the blamed canoe capsized and she swallowed about nine gallons of water What He Had Done Id be ashamed to beg If I was a big healthylooking man like you said the sarcastic woman You ought to look for a job of some kind Have you done anything at all during the past year Yes maam I hev answered the husky hobo meekly I jlst finished doln thirty days maam AN EXCEPTION Mrs GroutyWhenever a man gets himself into trouble he invariably drags a woman in after him Mr Grouty Oh I dont know How about Jonah and the whale The Family A poodle and a rubber plant The Newlyweds prefer Thats why race suicide alarms Are making such a stir Consistent Theory Dont you believe the husband Is the head of the house and should have the final say- Certainly I do Then why dont you come out in the open and say so Because my wife wont let me Justly Incensed Why did she get angry at that man who was spending his vacation in their neighborhood- She asked him if ho had met her daughter and he said yes that he had seen all the sights of the neigh borhood Practical Gift Pajklns Ill take this toy cornet DealerBut it is out of order sir It wont blow at all Ill have It re pairedPapklnsNo want It just as It is Its a birthday present for my five yearold son and heir Great Feat JokerHear how they captured that western train robber PokerI thought he escaped JokerNo he stole a pair of shoes and they pinched him Ainherst Four Leaf Clover The One Big Trouble Dars one big trouble wId you lazy sinners said Brother Dickey An what is It Youll never find de nigger In dc woodpile ef you have ter cut de wood ter git ter him When Patience Ceases Do you think It possible to bine religion and baseball Not If the umpire shows a yellow ttreak His Specialty That gambler has a lot of Ivy on his house suppose he likes things around him that produce suckers RURAL SHOPPING Hello Uncle Hiram exclaimed the proprietor df the village store What can I do for you today Wall I reckon yew kin gimme er quarters wuth uv sugar an er dollars wuth uv chawln terbacker replied the old granger It dew seem like er sin tew waste good money for sugar but th ole woman got th Idee In her head ez heow she kalnt git erlong without it an ther habits got slch a holt on her she Bits erway with er quarters wuth purty nigh evry month by grass Heres your sugar uncle said tho storekeeper A dollars worth of tobacco did you say Yaas answered the old man that wuz what I said but mebby yowd better gimme tew dollars wuth uv that terbacker for I aint right shore ef Ill be down ergaln for three or four weeks an I want plenty ter run me by Jlmlny Scriptural Reflection The man with the fading fringe of hair in a sort of a festoon from ear to ear across the back of his head stood in a hairdressers and watched a woman purchasing braids switches and so forth Turning sadly away he mused Unto her that hath shall be given but from him that hath not shall be taken even that which he hath Led on by the Minister Then you dont think practise what I preach eh queried Rev Mc Mouther In talking with one of the deacons at a meeting No sir I dont was the reply Youve been preachln on the subject o resignation for two years an ye havent resigned yet Neglected His Chances- I was born in a log cabin on a farm began the tramp but he got no further And is this all you have made of such splendid opportunities cried the man he hoped to touch You de serve no consideration whatever And he angrily passed along Hardly She dropped in a dead faint Well you didnt expect her to go off in a lively one did you A NECESSARY QUALIFICATION suclcesstulShe has lost that diamond ring 1I gave her at Christmas A Tightwad He sent his love a box of sweets She answered him rather briefly The total weight was just a pound That was the trouble SkiesIHis Mansion In the Hallroom says ho hopes some day to have a private bath In that case Hallroom had better be do you think so He stands a slim chance of having his dream come true this side of heaven At the Club Mrs HIghbrowMy dear Mrs Pick le are you not Interested in this question of conservation Mrs PickleNo milch You see conserves are rather too much In the fancy line tor me stick to plain serves An Exception Women are crazy about everything being put down There is one exception to the rule What is that They dont like their circumstances to be reducedIAn Old StoryiDid you ever see a man get stage fright while reading a bill of fare happened- He ordered ham and eggs and pre tended that was what he wanted In Advance He seems to be a man of decided he Is but most of his views are decided by his wife The Difference Dont you adore the drama of hu man appeal- I must say I rather prefer the one of animal spirits Her Vanity Why does she think he has such a splendid future Because she has promised to marry him guess THE DIFFERENCE Thu country writer for the press lie has a hnppy way Of getting by When news shy And ho has naught to say scarcerHe simply states that news And has that Item sent The means are mado To thus evade A sad predicament I would we luckless humorists We alleged funny men Could try the ruse Upon a muse Thats balky now and then We cannot say that Jokes are scarce That we have nothing now We must reblock our musty stock And furbish up a few The Planofoote Little Elsie whose mother was visiting her neighbor was doing the fivefinger exercises Thump Rattle Bang bang Rat tle Thump Great heavens cried the neigh bor starting up What on earth Is your daughter trying to play now Its an exercise said little Elsies mother beaming with maternal pride from First Steps in Music First Steps In Music repeated the harrassed neighbor Well dear is there nothing she can play with her hands Answers SLOW BUT SURE Mrs Farmer Whlffletree Do you re member our courting days Silas You was five years proposing to me Mr Whlffletree Haw haw yes And you was two years more saying This Is so sudden True Womanly Poor Mrs Flubb whos dead and lOne Was often heard to say She didnt care how things turhaft out Just she had her way In the Suburbs Are you going to haJrf a garden t this summer I think not Arent you going to try to raise Im trying to raise the mortgage Behind the Times And you turned him down- I should say I did Hes too old fashioned for me Hows that When he asked me to marry him he asked me if I loved him The idea His Way- I wonder if there is not some way in which I can cut down the cost of livingI discovered a dandy way For heavens sake put me next always wait until I am not hun gry to go to my meals VANITY ALL IS VANITY MaudeYou are intoxicated sir How dare you propose marriage me while In such a condition LynnAh m dear how else would get up courage ay audacity to ever hopehlcbelng worthy of such In comparable beauty magnetism and MaudeThat excuses you Yes dear The Reason yearhMy hens dont lay this time of My neighbors lay the whole year through But my hens dont get In my garden My neighbors do Can Afford to Die Chumplelgh Well my dear had my life insured for 5000 today Mrs Chumplelgh Im glad you did John Now you wont have to be so careful about dodging street cars and automobiles Ever Present Pa do the Shrlners cross the hot sands to create a thirst No my eon that isnt necessary DOES MORTAL MAN SHAPE AND CONTROL ms OWN DESTINY OR IS HE THE CREATURE OP PATE For twenty years I have been a fatalist believing with Thomas Carlyle that it is not in man that wulketh to direct his footsteps also that whatere we purpose we do but row wore steered by fate In the flrst place we are forced into this world without wish or desire and W are given certain characteristics that compel us to live in conformity with them and we are bon with latent talents dependent on favorable conditions for development with disposition and em permcnt that reveal our natur l tendencies and the probable di rection in which fate will steer us We are simply human machines from the very start for the universal forces of Nature pump our breath and blood digest our food and compel us to think All these movements being involuntary or mechanical what are we thus far but puppets in the hands of Nature We possess consciousness and what is known as will but our desires are the only things that have power to rouse the will or to compel its action and a wan luis no more to do with his desire than with the pumping of his breath and blood for they come or rise up within him in an in voluntary manner and the stron- gests of them force him into action for their gratification If mortal man had no desires he would have no incentive to act so his desires which he does not create the saute being spontaneous produced by his environments are the regulators of his conduct I never had the least desire t be a Methodist minister but thousands of men have lead lwd that desire drove them into the pulpit and right here I wish to say that freedom of choice is a fallacy because what it called choice is simply the strongest ol tiEitodfmany desires and When a rn9moved to act b such 1 cifi never was and never will be for as I have shown man the invol untary thinker the human machine run by universal forces is controlled by his desires and does not nor cannot act indepen dent of them He is a puppet ir every sense of the word for he is the eternal slave of conditions the ever responsive factor of de sire What desire demands ht does if possible at any rate he tries That desires are strength ened or weakened by judgment and companion I do not deny but the strongest when viewed in the light of selfinterest by preju dice or perverted reason is what insures action The will is called into play by that desire which ex erts tho greatest influence over it but the will is not free in its choice or selection of desires be cause many things act upon it and affect its decisions Tho will ac tually has no more freedom than a weather vane for the law of Na ture compels it to follow the lines of least resistence in all its determinations and pleasurable results it must choose instead of those likely to insure misery 1 wish to make this point plain because the only argument the opponents of fatalism cau present worth notice or consideration is that the will has power of deliberation and choice upon comparison ol desires Apparently on first view it has but the will is not free in an ab solute sense to choose anything for it is influenced in a thousand ways by conditions and environ ments and acts as it must act from force of circumstances When life is pleasant and sat isfactory the will seeks to prolong it but when joy and gladness have departed and hope has dis appeared the will seeks the de struction of the body as naturally as it sought to preserve it under the other conditions Said Lord Byron My whole life was a contest since the day and I atthat gave me birth times have found the struggle hard and thought of slinking off my bonds of clay It is the conditions under which one finds him self in lifa that compels the will to choose death in preference to further existence so henceforth when this fact is considered let no superficial thinker prate about free will P B Randolph condemned selfdestructiol in the strongest terms and ycfms free will was so influenced fcy conditions that acted it llo ended his life with his ownilund Lot us r 9 tagain on the words of CarJyle It is not in man that walketh to direct his foostops shfc man knows with absolute certainty what he will do- a week hencp ior a year hence Who can write autobiography in advance giving day and date of death the cauSe and the final resting place for his body one for fate decides these things and fate reveals nothing before it occurs If mail shaped and con trolled his own destiny he would know in advance all these things anti be able tp live in accordance with his desires also as long as desire lasted i whereas men live from day to as their environments decideand die when fate decrees without being notified in adyancc 1 Said OvHolmes Our lives are but a stg of guesses at the future an mess some one can disprove tiiJ5 statement let no man affirm that he shapes his own destiny Said John W Draper Mien do not control events but events control men and as pup pets in th ids of universal Nature we alliance in response to impelling causes What we re gard as a gfOdman deserves no more credit for being good than a bad man deserves censure both playjng e life which fate decided without power to do oth erwise foras gersoll said The impossible never occurs and it is utterly impossible for all men to W or totlmink alike Who makes the variations the rater themselves t Not much and ev ery man wit walks this earth is just what he8 from ecessity The mind of childhood is filled with errors nd falsehoods by re ligious teachers and bigotry and prejudice ever after have their influence on the will compelling it to kill Jejws in Russia or Chris tian Turjclly and making per secutionprevalent among the var ious sects every where Some mr are born into this orlcs I their happiness t is Holmes expresses gave them geial t ap Olitions and joyous but others like Byron are born with misery ready made and with him are compelled to think and say II 0 life Thou art a galling load Along a rough a weary road To wretches such as 1 The basis of mans misery is his thoughts but being an involuntary thinker there is no escape nice it would be if a man could stop thinking when his thoughts are unpleasant and dis tressing but no he must think on and endure his hell as best he can for only in natural or artificial sleep can thinking be sus pendedHow will you keep my brain from thinking was a question recently asked his physicians by the Pope Thinking can be stop ped only in two ways by sleep or by death The brain is Mie organ of thought and it is well to consider for a moment this part ol our physical machinery Says O W Holmes The more we examine the mechanism of thought the more we shall see that automatic unconscious action of the mind enters largely into all its processes An idea in the brain is an pression made on living tissue which is the seat of active nutritive processes The brain must be fed or it cannot work Four great vessels flood every part of it with hot scarlet blood which caries at once fire and fuel to each of its atoms Stop this supply und we drop senseless This is one of the best descrip tions of our thinker ever made and those who feel inclined to connect a human spirit with mans thought can labor a long time fore proving it Hot scarlet blood automatically forced to the bruin makes us think and thinking makes us act and us long as this automatic process continues we are assured consciousness and the necessary power to play our fatalistic parts in the tragedy of lifeSo I repeat human beings are outing but machines run by natural forces and they have no more to do with their destiny than they had with their origin Nature produced the machines set theme in motion and runs them J until accidentally destroyed or worn out and tint is all there to human life Our individual careers are shaped for us and fate decides our life with as much certainty and accuracy as is seen in the movements of the heavenly bodiesConscious or unconscious enti ties all are the same in Natures estimation for ceaseless change without plan or purpose is all that reason can discover in its investi is a riddle that none can guess And whether it curse or whether- it bless Depends on no endeavor For the spider of fate with a thousand eyes Sits weaving its web for human flies And the flies buzz on forever CIIANNING SEVERANCE THROW RELIGION OUT JF THE CHURCHES Unless We Produce Greater Men Than now Exist We Must Go Backward instead of Forward and the Human Race Will Be Brought to a Freezing Point progressed is because greater men have existed outside of the church than inside As one of the best possible arguments in line with this ment will be found in the following Throw religion out of the churches Replace it with scient ific teaching of the Jaws of nature Produce children who will be able to gr pple with the problem that is now confronting the worldthe greatest problem the world has ever known Do away with religion for science and re ligion can never be harmonized The above is the latesb dictum of Prof Edgar L Larkin the astronomer of the JMjount Lowe Ob servatory who spoke at a meeting of the Eugenics last night Prof Larkin drew on the sta tisties to show that the worlds supply of coal would be complete ly exhausted in ten years at the present rate of consumption and said that unless scientists were fort who could store hen- frnuu topotentaulaonbyof sun the huniian race be wiped out The only remedy he cried is to produce men of greater minds than any one who lives By the end of the second generation from now there must be men on earth greater than Edison or Tes la or the human race shall freeze The population of the temperate zones will crowd toward tho equa tor and eventually all human life will disappear We must meet this mighty problem and the study of eugenics alone can solve it Tell the children who come into tho Sunday schools something about eugenics their own bodies and the laws of nature Turn the churches into eugenic societies forget religion dont talk of mythical gods relegate the very word religion to the back of the Dictionary learn to produce children who are able to grapple with the problems before us Religions going Rationalism and Science are coming to take its place No woman bo taught to care for her own body or to produce a perfect child so long as she is steeped and saturated with the doctrines of tho Now Testament The teachings of St Paul and the teachings of science can never harmonize In a few years our churches will have been turned bofctomside up we will have thrown the word religion out of the front door Education will have been revolutionized When the time has come that a fourteenyearold child can go inside a Sunday school and be permitted to hear one law of nature rather than the teachings of religion a monument should be erected to the event THE ORIENT by Charles Chilton Moore When a young man the author had started 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 boat about three years before his death This book lves an account of what he saw and explodes numerous Christian myths It especially suitable for a present Cloth Bound 350 Pages Postpaid 125 Address orders to BLUE GRASS BLADE Lexington Ky J t riAw T TOUGH JOB The old major had boon on an ox tended trip up noff Now he was back In th general store of the vII lage telling of his travels And Niagara Falls sun ho began vividly What could be a grander sight To think of the vast Incon ceivable power In those millions of tons of water that dash over the rocks tnd then to think that those fallsare harnessed by mere man The major paused for breath and tho old colored man who had Just come In with a pall of eggs looked Interested Sam Who was de genman dot harnessed dem deh falls WhyerSam cant Just remember his name nut why are you so to know Ah was Just thlnkln majah Thinking of what old man Thlnkin what Ahd give to see det gen man try en harness dat ol ol mule Ah bought fum de bankrupt cir cus last spring Tee hee 1His Views on Suffrage When the female canvasser asked the old farmer to sign a petition in favor of a womans movement he eyed the document for a while with suspl clan No Im again It was reply with the emphasis of a man who had had some domestic infelicity A woman whos allus amovln is allus agettln in trouble If youve got any thing to keep her quiet Ill sign It tNo Kick There The new arrival had Just written hisSname and address in the hotel Ypsilanti eh said the thats the town Isnt It where 1 No sir interrupted the other with a frown were perfectly satin fled with the name of our city Youre thinking of Oshkosh Disposing of Hash YJeastI see that all the food served to IBguest at a Japanese dinner and nod consumed by him at the time is taken to his home by the servants of his Host thereIar target rid of their hash in some w YOnkerS Statesman 19 SOUTH AMERICAN WATERS PassengerI say captain wha would happen if the ship should hit a coral reef- CaptainIt would most likely shiver its timbers Summer Ashes to ashes Dust to dust Well now dig up For the leo trust Not Her Way Elderly Relative Lucy you surely dont think of marrying Geoffrey to form him Miss LucyGracIous no auntie Im trying to reform Geoffrey In order to marry him and Ill either succeed in doing It or Ill break his neck In the Public Eye Here is a brochure entitled What St Louis Is Doing Plttsburg doesnt need any adver tising like that knows what Plttsburg is doing The Eternal Feminine SheHere is a story about a Ger man scientist who says a woman can live to be 600000 years old He Good gracious Imagine a wom an 600000 years old who wouldnt mit she was more than 230000 Three Balls Stubb The best umbrellas to put up quickly are those with the patent steel sprin- gpennI1m have found those with a gold handle the most convenient to put up A Blunder- Detroit minister says that hell Is full of peekaboo waists- queer statement for a minister to make when he is trying to get men to go to heaven Now Theyre Fussy- St Louis girl wore mens clothing In order to escape suitors would never do that You would never need to dear Long Engagements- Do you manage to keep a now cook iongoOh yes we have kept one hours at a time LTY YOU NEVER CAN TELL Oh the primmest little maid Just the most precise of misses Never thought of love she said Took no sort of stock In kisses Quito Immune to Cupids darts Laughed at hosts of suitors sighlnff When they told of aching hearts All such symptoms still decrying But all this was long ago Well I should say twas last summer You read the account I know In the paperstwas a hummer How she managed to elope With a curlyheaded actor In this stunt of hers I hope Common sense was not a factor Two Reasons SeymourI dont Intend to marry until reach the years of discretion AshleyIn that case youll never marrySeymourHow do you make that outAshleyIn the first place you would never reach the years of discretion even if you lived a thousand years In the second place if you did reach the years of discretion you would know enough not to marry DOWN NOT UP HendersonDoes your wife ever call you up at your office HenpeckNo she waits until getI home and then she calla me Not Much More She wore a most ravishing smile This maiden so trim and so cute And a little bit more twas down at the shore She had on a bathing suit- Naturally HIgginsHow wore the aeroplane races yesterday- WigginsGood only for the fact that the track was too heavy for ma king records HigginsWhat do you mean Wiggins They gel tLQJn Pittsburg you knowPuck An Unfair Advantage- Oh they have lobsters exclaimed the fair maid as she glanced over the restaurant menu card And I dearly love them Im gladof that replied the young man in the case as I have frequently been accused of being a lobster A Born Diplomat His WifeJohn yesterday was my birthday and you never even thought to bring me a box of candy Her HusbandIm sorry my dear but there isnt a thing about your appearance to remind me that you area day older than you were a year ago THE CAUSE OF IT Tlml see dat Joe Simpsons golls gone back on him TomHuh dats easy Der feller shes goln wed now his mudder keeps er candy store Back to the Soil Have you joined the back to tho soil movementYou tired of artificial Dies and wooden minnows and Im going to dig some good old worms for bait The Fearless One With all your wealth are you not afraid of the proletariat asked the delver In sociological problems No aint snapped Mrs New rich We boll all our drinkin water All Off War in the east was very imminent In the magazine take Well Out the darn thing changed edi tors Getting Acquainted- If you suddenly found yourself face to face with President Taft hat would you doT Oh guess Id ask him for a tialuu It un I Ii nrr J 111 1 1 t jfl4 CONSISTENT I well remember when the chill Of bleak and cold November Came on the world and I shook through That month and through December- pined for summer heat and pined For days when I could swelter Out In the sun and not catch cold Each time I left my shelter And now that such days have arrived And the asphalt has melted On all the streets and all the world For full a month has swulted Twould be like human nature for Me to rise up and hike It For some cool place and cuss the heat But not for me I like It Slight Jolt Saplelgh As I was going down houwavenue this mawnlng a woman came running aftah me don cher know and Miss Cutting Interrupting Par don me but what lunatic asylum had she escaped from Saplelgh Why how did youaw know she was a lunatic Miss CuttingYou said she was run ning after you and Im sure no woman in her right mind would do such a thing iA HOT TIME MikeSure an yez ought to bin over to the house last nolght We had a blowout PatPwat was It Yer weddln an niversary MikeNo the gasoline stove Cant Learn Too Often Another Is teaching her how to swimeHolding her closely to calm her fear Why am I kicking and looking glum She Is the maiden I taught last year t CourteoustThe Retort A young woman had fallen upon theficecovered pavement and a stepped forward to offer his services Allow me he began but his feet slipped and he fell fiat upon his back Certainly responded the young woman gravely Llpplncotts The Reverse Do you believe In humoring has bandar Well my dear when you have been married as long as I have you will find that If you begin by humoring husbands you will soon find them husbanding humors A Close Corporation I want to get a line on that fel low Whom does he care for prin cipallyLhe no companion- Oh yes his umbrella THE RESEMBLANCE Miss JacksonYouah singing brings tears to my eyes Mr Johnson It reminds me of my poor dead father Mr JohnsonWuz he a singer Miss JacksonNo ho wuz a fish peddler No Chance The owls a very wlso old bird So far his wisdoms carried He never talks at all but then Perhaps the owl Is married Easy at First Love at first sight is easy remarked the young widow Just so rejoined the old bachelor Few people can stand the test of a longdrawnout acquaintance Joining Them There Is a certain class of men who are unable to say No And the British peers will be In that class if their veto power Is taken away Hard to Touch This is paradoxical What Is Why the closer a man Is the hard er it Is to touch him At the Racetrack Why Cid you scratch that horse Because I have an Itching for gain ItI lbMJ JI1 mJJtbt TRIUMPH OF SKEPTICISM Millions Everywhere Decline to Make Declar ation of Religious Belief BY G W FOOTE lllr Gladstone in viadicatii the Christian religion Jrtw attention with deep regret to the fact that in the ireuch census of 1681 no less than 7UdiyU5 persons declined to make any claration of religious beliel it would perhaps be inaccurate to allege that all these are pronounced unbelievers Some of them may merely hold that the state has no concern with their religioi opinions But a very considerable proportion must remain who stand outside every form of Christianity Many are Voltariau rejecting revealed religion whllc retaining a vague Deism Others are Atheists or Agnostics who have discarded all kinds ol supernaturalism and largely regard re- lIgIon as a mixture of mental ease and priestly imposture Such is the state of France tho radiating center of Duropea ideas England is proverbial slow trough tenacious Our people are more open to practice appeals than to appeals of prihI ciple Their wits and imagine tions are less active than those of the French But they are dail becoming more accessible to ideas Their passion for truth is increasing More and more they ask whether principles and state ments are true not whether they old and venerable or usefu Iuresome ground of compromis where falsehood is reconciler with benehcience Logic in short is gaining a firmer hold on theI English mind and as our people begin to think without respect to the ill consequences that are ways prophesied by the upholders of existing institutions they will investigate foundations as the rench are doing Woe be tide then the hoariest superstitions Everything will dIsappear that cannot stand the test of wha Cardinal Newman dreadedth restless intellect of man Elec trie searchlights will play upon every corner of the present un der the rule of the past Then will be a flight of a monstrous brood of tyrannous lies to the realm of Chaos and old Night and man with clarified intellect and purified heart having fIeed himself from the yoke of impos ture and learnt the manly lessor of selfreliance and selfcontrol will recognize the pinnacled trutl which all religions have obscures that virtue is the offspring of wisdom and happiness the chile of both But this process will necessar ily be gradual Revolutions in human affairs are only believed in by those who have read history on the surface and never pene trated to the great causes df in tellectual and moral movements The advance of humanity is ai evolution This is the reason why no one ever sees a religion die It required centuries to dethrone the gods of Olymypus During the first three years of its propa ganda Christianity only succeed ed in covering a twentieth part of the inhabitants of the Roman em pire And Christianity under went a change in triumphing j it stooped to conquer in overcom ing Paganism it became Pagan ism itself Nor is it even now free from the law it then obeyed Suc cess has its conditions Life itsell is a constant adjustment Tc jllive said Cardinal Newman is to change And Christianity changes in order to exist Except in the periodical manifestoes oi the Papacy couched in the pom- pons Latin of a bygone age where shall we find the note of sovereign authority in its deliv erances t It explains apologises heightens softens and even beI Fieches More and more it as- sUmes the tone of a supplicant And the changed tone is accom panied by an altered teaching Awkward doctrines may not be absolutely abandoned but they are minimized while emphasis is laid on more plausible tenets In the schools called liberal or advanced or forward IIthe harsher features of the old faith are softened and sometimes ex 1 plained away A new theory ol she inspiration of scripture is taught To use a phrase of Coler idges we arc to accept as inspir ed what finds us Some go to the length of dismissing three y fourths of the miraculous element of the Bible Nor are the con cessions cofined to reason Con science is accommodated by various admissions Religion instead of being the basis of morality is declared to be its crown A good life is allowed to be possible wit out faith Future rewards and punishments are given a new meaning Heaven is widening and Hell is contracting Every doc trine of Christianity is receiving a fresh explanaton And this is the real victory of skepticism It cannot suddenly destroy chris tianity but it abolishes it slowly by a process of dilution The name remains but the substance changes Christianity is like a sack of salt in running water Lit tic by little the contents are washed away although the bran looks as brave as ever By and by the sack itself will collaps and join the fiostam and jetsam of the ocean of time Mr Bra iaughs aphorism that no man ever sees a religio lie is literally true but it has its limitations No man except he great general sees the whole of a single battle and who can see in the span of a lifetime the whole of a battle which rage through generations and perhap through centuries Yet history and imagination working upon its revelations come to our aid md enable us to see in the Hinds eye what is invisible to the organ of sense Thus the long leath of a religion may be wit icssed every phase of its dissolu ion followed and the point dis erned When its epitaph may b writtenjThe student of history knows that the Christian religion has been breaking up ever since the revival of learning Just as chris ianity arose in the twilight of Pagan civilizaton and flourshed in the succeeding night so it bean to wane in the young light of a new day Centuries have since rolled by and Christianity is till here and sustained by this knowledge the Christian may wreathe his lips with scorn But lid not Paganism survive for centuries the knell of its doom outliving the bribes and proscrip- tions of Constantine an his successor and lurking in the very nagic and witchcraft of the Mid lie Ages Smitten as it was be fore the star of Bethlehem appeared Paganism seemed littl affected for centuries Its temples continued to lift their columns in proud beauty its priests were still numerous am powerful and everything wen on as though the old system were as secure as the everlasting hillsI Sacrifices were performd the vie ims entrails were inspected thc- oracles gavo forth their dubiou prophecies and wealth was poured into the hands of a multitud ofpriestsOne d not be surprised herefore at the present condition of Christianity It is enormously rich and its power is apparently tremendous j but the sphere of its influence in rcalit yen contracting The Papacy is shorn of half its power Free bought is rampant in France am Germany and spreading like wildfire even in the cities and univer ities of Spain In England tin Mate church feels that its life is hreatened The Nonconformist bodies have crowds of ministers and large incomes but they are always sounding notes of alarm They hear the approach of the trong man who is to take their ossessioiw It is the mind ol man the creed now fncethe Spirit of the Age whose presence is obvious in a thousand directions i a y There is but one method of temporary salvation That method is adjustment Under the tern law of natural selection which governs allanimals men gods and creedseverything must adjust itself to live A species may not vary for millenniums and a creed may change but little for centuries But when the environment alters the species or thc creeds must adjust itselfor ieMr Gladstone himself though stiffly orthodox in comparison 1th many Christian writers was +++ + + + + 1N ++ eNNONON OON000 1 19O9 19O9 E i Blue Grass Blade Bound volume i EContaining Fiftytwo Copies of The Blade and all handsomelye ibound in Blue Buckram with gold letters Y- i 300 Reduced from last years price 300 4- x Subscribe NOW and get your name on the list in tithe t A STILL BETTER OFFER i- Y For Five New Subscribers For Five New Subscribers J k We will send ONE COPY of the Bound Volume o- 0t FREE OF COST To person sending us five new subscribers in one club at the regular rates before Dec 31 1909 sip 2THE CLUB IS PREFERABLE GET UP ONE SECURE A COPY FREE i 2 BLUE GRASS BLADE Lexington 9 + X + ++++ N N N N N H N N N N I+ N +N + X40 obliged to practice this adjustment Catholics like the latc Professor Mivart pursued it with amazing diligence The Romis church indeed has a great advantage Over the Protestant sect for it infallibly interprets the fallible Bible and is able to make it suit the exigencies of the moment Professor Mivart was ready to fund Darwinism in the Bible He was also ready to find that all the absolute Word of God it contains might be writte in a waistcoat pocketbook This clever trick of Catholic exegesis will not succeed wit strongminded people who know that infallible churches ate as aJ surd as infallible books Nor will it succeed with those who are familiar with ecclesiastical history andwho know that the infallible church has often blundered often contradicted itself often been torn with internecine strife and has sometimes put in the papal chair as Gods viceregent on earth a very monster of lust avarice and cruelty But the majority if men are not sirongminde and have little acquaintance with history They are without that knowledge of the past which Mi Mlorley says saves us from imposture and surprise I will not therefore be astonishing if many of them who are too ignorant weak and timid to think for themselves should accept the Catholi adjustment to the conditions of modern thought letting the church decide for hem how the Bible is to be read and under stood reposing their faithful heads upon the bosom of their Holy Mother and heeding her dogmatic voice as the perennial oracle of God But the Protestant sects are doomedand their members will ultimately choose between Rome and Reason Minds of ordinar calibre cannot be satisfied with merely dexterous apologies which bring the Bible into harmon with modern thought by a perpe tual torture of its language 111e reflection must arise that if the Bible does not mean what it says no one can tell what it does mean And no one can tell exclaims the Catholic except the church the Living voice of God Here then is safety for timid and superstitious souls But the Protestant quits this land of Egypt with its proud Pharoali end its pyramid churches and its swarming priests and all the leeks the onions the garlic and the cucumber He dares the de Bert in search of a better land Yet he waders eternally subsisting on droppings from heaver md chance streams in the thirsty soil Courage fails him at sight of the Promised Land thougl empted by the verdant soil ant the rich dark clusters of the glorious vines Back he hies to the lesert until the old dread of Egypt returns and once more IK approaches the Promised Land only to be driven back again by his craven fears But this will not go on forever litany are already eturning to Egypt others arc crossing the Jordan and a clear ield will ultimately be left for he mighty struggle between tJ Catholicism and Freethought in which more will be decided than the fate of the Protestant fetish for the conflict is between reason and faith the natural and the supernaturalreality and fable truth and falsehood day and night the living present and theI dead past the rights of man andI the claims of gods the priest dogma and the childs freedom the tomb of yesterday and the prophetic soul of the wide world dreaming on things to come I AN APPEAL Ladles and Gentleman We the undersigned address you In tho 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 mem hers of the Indiana Rationalist Aoc ciation Tho Buckeye Secular Unipi Tho American Secular Union the tional Association of America the In dependent Religious Society of Chicngi and the Paine Historical Society and are subscribers to all the leading FreeI thought papers in America We each one of you to unite at once wlII one or more Freethought societies and to subscribe for one or more Free thought papers Ws are perfectly lure if you do so that future generation will sing your praises and call blessed You will also have the prou satisfaction of seeing the stainless fiag ramparts of the motley hosts of si of freedom waving upon the dismantle ramparts of the motley hosts of super stition If gods and devils and priests the only enemies of the race are ever thrown it must be done by organize Rationalism There is no example In the whole history of the world where an organized priesthood ever relaxed Its flfnilish grip from the throat of libcrtj The Ethiopian could change his skin and the leopard his spots as easily as n Pope or a priest could become a love of humanity and freedom We therefore beseech all Rationalist every one of youto get together in a compact organization and help i inaugurate a reign of reason in be Republic bequeathed to us by Jefferson Paine and Franklin The vile old strumpet of orthodox religion sits in the palaces and parlor of tho world and compels mankind ti do her bidding and to pay her homage the perfect organization of her ig norant dupes she compels our politic lens 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 would make of our own fair Columbia a des potism like that of Russia or Spain Freethinkers actually outnumber tho forces of superstition fully two to one and if we were but organized we could easily rid our land of prieStly rule and tyranny Ladies and gentle men let us organize and pet busy DR T J BOWLES Pres Indiana Rationalist Association WM Y SmIUYIER LaTOURETTE JOHN C BECK JOHN H PRINCE Officials Ind R A I heartily second the strong letter of Dr Bowles It sometimes seems that we have abo4 all the religion and per sonl freedom we are entitled to con sidering how little we have done and are doing to secure it Compare our own slothful ndilTerenoe with the cash enthusiasm of tee organized forces of superstition The 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 hew church building There are now churches in the city A young Catholic tells me he makes 1500 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 dowment simply because they are ligious papers It is human nature that we acquire love for a cause by working and sacrl 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 IDid you ever hear of a wealthy FreeI editor It is a constant der how some of our excellent and brave papers exist the way they are neglect ed by some of their admiring friends who hugely enjoy the contents but 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 anent than to lapse my subscription to any of them Within the past year I have given over 5000 of my slender means to the cause of Rationalism and honestly never enjoyed anything else quite ns well I shall bequeath a goodly lump of life insurance when I go hence The suggestion of the good Dr Bowles is fine What can I do to help I will 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