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II1II BLUE GRASS BLADE I IVOLUME 1 KENTUCKY SUNDAY JU Number 28 tlLEXINGTONXVIIIi i + p t Y3rd1910 n8A 4ehlen Fns mu IMMORTAL LIFE Is It Worth Living a Question that De pends in a Large Measure Upon Whose Life It Is PleasureIL a to Keep One in a Content 4 Frame of MindSuch Is the Idea of Otto Wettstein who Believes that a Spiritual Body d Would Not Be Satisfacto to the Average Mortal The question Is Life Worth Living may be answered both in the affirmative and the negative because some lives no doul 1no t certainly are worth living niuny others are not The life of a Goethe a llumboldt an Ingeirsoll and many othersa p favored children of fortune were and are indeed worth living But alas the lives of millions ofothers are a wretched r failure and not worth living b cause their proportion of happiness will hardly compensate them for the degree of suffering and pain endured during a lifetime So the fur more important question Is Immortal Life Worth Living can not be rash ly answered by jumping at the t conclusion that such eternal lifeI ntmnir continual bliss and Rstnsyr tQ Rii fi f consuler ter stickl eterIUtl condition of sameness is possible No one insists that luunan life favored by birth with a mud l phyique continued health superior nwntal fealiber sympathetic impulses wealth opportunity education and genius all insur ing a career of unalloyed happi ness is not worth living and none but a lunatic would renounce a desire to live in such Utopian bliss during all eternity But ns individual preferences have very little to do with our earthly ca reef so it matters but little who may be our yearning for infinite bliss in the future toward estab lishing such conditions The philosopher and brave man will confine his belief and expecta tions within the limits of the rea sonable and probable How ninny sickly and wretched specimens of men and women lire horn into the world who all long for the model forms of an Apollo or a Venus Ilbw many endowed with lofty genius are compelled to waste their lives tin the struggle for subsistence Ilbw many who are poor desire wealth Ilbw ninny growing gray mud wrinkled would cheerfully give half or all their possessions to ward off the ravages of time age and ap proaching decay But what matters all these intense feelings these anxious yearnings of all mankind Are not generally these hopes Wasted these fond illusions shattered these yearnings unheeded and the prayers unan swered by God fate or nature Men remain poor women grow qld genius goes begging hair turns grimy and old age creeps on in spite of our yearn ings to the contrary Hopes of ji Future Life Thus the universal desire for eternal bliss for heaven for an evergreen shore etc is not of the least consequence in establishing such hopedfor con ditions localities as facts As the yearning for terrestrial joys is no factor in producing them so nn intense yearning for celestial eternal happiness does not necessarily culminate in a Men yen It Dcsires and wishes cannot in the least change the inevitable order of the universe or cause time miindless inorganic forces of nature to hear a praptir to per form a miracle for the special benefit of such a small and insig 1TII un V nificant creature as man The seasons will change just the san though man misty long for a shore evergreen Youth will be follow ed by old age though sad to contemplate and death will ever be the inevitable sequence of all life though countless millions swayed by sentiment complacently believe in a miraculous existent of eternal life But admitting for sake of argument the possibility of II spirit or dual imin surviving the death of physical man reach ing the Utopian shores 6r heaven and henceforth living forever the serious question then arises Is such a life not continuous optional life but absolut eternal life regardless of conditions or individual preferences desirable We can answer this question only as we have answered the same concerning this life If this imaginary eternal life is indeed eternally one of continu ous and unalloyed bliss it will indeed be worth living Concerning this we can reasoi only from analogy judgo only from what We know The firs fact then which grimly stares us timaticondiiiilnsstances etc which now in larg measure tend to our happines and male life worth living will positively be absent and denied us during our eternal existence minus our physical body Thi would include all the pleasure dependent upon the physica body such as eating drinking love marriage etc There is no marriage in hen veil This selfevident fact spiritists must concede whether they regard the Bible as authoritative or not and this establishes the fact that individual existence during countless millions of ages without love without marriage without children without the family circle without homes without the usual three meals a slay will be to say the least ex tremely monotonous But some mill insist that all these conditions will exist in spirit life precisely as in this life But such believe in miracles and this bars 1scussion in the realms of mar icle all being possible But to show that these things are impossible in the due order of nature ind that such cut not he estab ished by science and reason t his is the object of this letter Love Alone Worth Living For I insist then that love connu tial lovetime vital current which inderlies and sways all human life which perpetuates the race and is the talisman all worship ind which alone makes life possible and worth living is absolutely impossible without the physical body Marriage conception rearing of children adeverything pertaining to a appy homo is equally impossible lumen life is purely a physical esult of purely physical CIlUseS an animal process and in the ab Nice of such physical process life nniiot originate Hence in the ab nice of the physical holy which nt death is consigned to disinte ration human life cannot orig mate This proves beyond a liadow of a doubt then that tiring nil eternity in the Sweet Bye and Bye fatherhood motherhood and all it implies rearing of children the charm and pleas me they are to us daily as they learn acquire language change flom infancy to childhood to lanhood and womanhood their love caresses and affection the uppy meetings three times daily at mealtime the goodnight kiss the happy greeting charming home life something and some one to live for all this in the absence of the physical body will positively be denied us forever But worse It is insisted that our experiences during earth life willcontinue during all time to come Think of the agony in store for us poor mortals existin during all eternity with a clear conception ofall the pleasures enjoyed during earth life but alas forever denied us in the future Not much unalloyed hay pines in such a prospect But I included love betwee mapand woman as being absent life This will be indig nantly spurned by all iiumori alists who will insist that love indeed is not based upon the carnal and that a higher pure platonic love will fully coinpeu sate mind satisfy all spirits durin eternity It is as I said the dirt of the philosopher to analyze tint causes regardless of consequence and if in so doing sentimental notions arId pet theories are exploded he will still revel in the bliss of having discovered final iutiis J v There is only one phase of love true lovt the only sentiment sa crcd and holy in natureain that is the love between the youtl and the maiden and between Uw matured man and woman Am that highest and loftiest senti nient of humanity is based solely mind purely upon the passions aiu sexes and does not exist without them When a shy and noble youth just maturing into man hood meets the innocent and modest maiden of fifteen summer and an unexpressible longing and feeling of bliss overcomes them and attracts them both ever years before a thought or knowl edge of sex affairs dawns upon them when both are as pure as the newfallen snow and a las civious thought has never marred their brain yet the sole basis of this charm of this awakening oi love itsex Says Schiller Oh tender longing sweetest hope- The time of loves first kiss The eye beholds the heavens ope The heart too reveleth in bliss Oh would it could forever be But clad in springs eternal green And when this love finally cul ninatcs in blissful possession and jinbrace and ultimately in happy motherIhoodand reveled in the his intercommunion t between soul and soul and has once ailed one pure and beautiful woman all hSs own can possibly desire to live during all eternity ongintr and yearnings for a continuation of this earthly bliss but olasl then damned to eternal solation anti abstinence Would Stay Dead Forever As for my choice give me ca mcitv to enjoy life in the highest tlegreeLive me my physical lux1nm1 those of my loved ors or when I lie let me stay dead foreyerlClSpirit bodies are too thin But still certain entiimental minds will insist that a hitrher and purer love may exist among mortals as well as among nmortals than that based upon tJlO sexes I deny it The pater nlll instinct highest mani station true is a species of love which become intense and sacred So may friendship be twecn men and men women and women even in exceptional cases between man and woman ripen into a degree of love not based upon the passions But all thesc are like dross to gold like a childs box of water colors to the rainbow or like a negro melody to a Beethoven sonata True sacred holy intense love impli possession ownership of body and soul Could we love a woman knowing we would never but another would possess her1 Could we intensely truly fully love a woman during the day knowing she intensely loved another at night Next to the ecstasy of the love passion based purely upon the physicalamid absolutely impost ble without it come the pleasure incident to the gratification of our appetite when hungry also al purely physical process and which extreme now enI joyed many times daily by age humanity will also positively be denied us in heaven whereof course soups roasts boiled vegetables mince pies wine cigars and like luxuries are entirely unknown Again alas for surviving epicures nothing but the remembrance of all these good things renaming forever Irow a fullfledged gourmand can be happy under such unfortunate cir cumstances even in heaven is beyond my comprehension Deprived of these principal treasures which in large measure tend to make life worth livin and it will hardly be claime that a mans stomach follows him in spirit life what in the name of reason remains to make in mortal life worth living Change is the spice of life so it cannot be insisted that purel intellectual enjoyments are conducive to mans continued and eternal happiness And the ex istence of spiritual books spirit gal musical instruments spiritual art etc is also a vague once tair and nmiraenlopsthat IDtil spirits or mediums make clear what spirits spirit homes books and harps are composed of and where spirit realms are located sensible men mid women must conclude that immortal life is indeed not wort lying WILL THE AMERICAN MAN PUT WOMAN ON A PAULINE BASIS By Minnie Paul Alexander Harvey one of the tutors of Current Literature Hiys the American home is doomed to destruction because it is not on a Pauline basis American msincss on the contrary is prospering because it is on strictly a auline program He says tin American home has departed rom the doctrines laid down by Paul in the 5th chapter of his pistle to the Ephesians Wives submit yourselves unto your own husbands as to the Lord The lordly Alexander says tliii is the only foundation of a successful home American business Ill saYS is conducted on a Pauline basis bemuse wherever you women in offices shops and factories they are under the dominion of man Mir shows his lack of knowledge ofsocial conditions when he says Man is morally esponsible for the woman Man is stronger morally than woman It is possible for man to reform 1 woman hut not for a woman to reform a meat Ugh How it must hove relieved him when he vomited up these large ones If he should see an artily coming toward him composed of the women who are not and never hnvo been on a Pauline basis the women who have reformed mln the women who by their stronl moral natures have for Mituries been making this world bltter and more beautiful and iving men from the gutter he would think judgment day was at hand and would no doubt think that the Lord was sending his most beautiful and charming femnle angels to meet Alexander alU bear him home to the throne of grace must have been very unfortunate in the lection of his friends and in his visits to American homes I know of many ninny happy homes in America and they are homes that Continued on Page 4 RELIGIOUS TRAINING AND ITS PECULIARITIES As Seen By the Light of the Recent Appearance of Valleys Comet By K D Nimnian In a recent issue of the Burlington Hawkeye appears an article evidently an editorial entitled Foolish Fears In this article the editor wails the fact that so many people went totally silly with fear over the recent appearance of Halleys comet and asks Why boast of our civilization our schools and modem progress if intelligent and well educate people in the United States are going to line up with the negroes of Jamaicain a mortal drea of an astronomical event which is only a repetition of simile events etc Yes indeed how foolish But there is a reason Quoting furtli or he says Suns and stars and planet and moonsare all parts of the great universe each in its own appointed course and following out the destiny ordainei for it by the Creator of all things The results of modern though and investigation as the sam apply to Evolution surely hav not penetrated into this mans den lIe talks of modern civil izjiiibnr and progress morel oblivious of the fact that the generation to which he belong has been dead a century or more What in the name of conuuo sense does he know anyway abou the destiny ordained for anything by a Creator or about a creator either Methinks he is just preaching and must be takei accordingly Now let us see whether we cannot find a very plain and palpa ble reason or cause for times foolish fears of his socallee intelligent and well educated people To begin with whether white or black they were nearly all of them devout and pious Christian people They had beet taught in Sunday School that not only does God take care of the little helpless birds but that the very hairs on their heads are nIl numbered They have beet taught a thousand silly Sunday School stories the burden of all- of which was that God is ever present and directing every currence whether great or small They are also taught to pray and- o put their trust in God and that Having faith their trust will not be misplaced anti their prayer will be answered The Bible as well as nearly every prayer oi sermon they hear front the pulpit in after life continue to press these thoughts on their minds Then they look out upon the gleat world and what do they behold f Pompeii and Herculan lain Martinique Charleston San Francisco Galveston Mtessina etc ad infinitumi earthquakes olcanic eruptions cyclones tornadoes flood and fire hundreds of thousands of people good bad IInd indifferent maimed tortured and destroyed in the most ruth ess manner receiving exactly the mine consideration that the rats do no more no less And these devout and pious people who have taken their Sunday School lessons seriously vhether they acknowledge it to homselves or not at once get hat chilly feeling whichwhispers to them God is a fiend and is nimble to take a shot at you next No wonder they have foolish fears Quoting from the Hawkeye article further we readII God is not busying himself destroying his own handiwork Well now that is certainly interesting in J formation if true But since when lots quit It is only a rim weeks ago that an earthquake destroyed some 1500 or 2000 people It million dollars worth of property and tore down the very mountains in our neigh boring country of Mexico After a lot of folderolabout the Great Dispatcher of worlds making no mistakes and heavens declaring the glory of GodIInd some more quotations trout the Bible that have about as much bearing on the subject Sundayhllof limos A Edison he goes on with the following The wonder is that any Chris tian believer could for the mo ment lose faith in the power the wisdom and the benign purposes of God by whose word were the heavens made and all the of them by the breath of mouth hosttThe wonder is however ing of that kind but on the contrary it ISa wonder that there are even a few Christina be lievers who are not scared to death all the time for as we have just seen are not people being destroyed every day byuthox very forces which as they are taught are directly under tlie control of God and not as Rationalists t know subject to greatInatural laws not in any sense depending upon the whims of any being divine or otherwise No it is trot our religious belief that made us feel secure caused us to regard the comet as complacently as we would the moon but it was our confidence in the knowledge and assurances of our best scientists astron omers who told us that the t would not come closer than 15 r 100000 miles of the earth Every one knows or should know that they compute the oc currences of eclipses mid transits for us almost to the minute in advance They have orbit of this comet and Ithe seventyfive years in yearsIa few days just sun nigrant would be These the things which made intelligent people feel safe mad caused them to regard this elestial wanderer with much mine interest that they manifest in an eclipse of the any other interesting limit theIfectly natural phenomenon till other hand ignorant and perstitions people surd also whose piety nnd religion weret 1lienclf the comparative value of evi lence would get their ideas of tarthquakes cyclones and their ruse and what was to them the f pos ihl direfulelleet of the l hornet confused and they pro ceded to tremble and chatter heir teeth accordingly In conclusion will say the dis inguished editor of the IT1wle tas things exactly wrongside uprlIe should pinch himself to see he is awake take a soak in some convenient horse trough amI then think twice before writing on a subject about which he vidently knew little or nothing TWO GREAT SCIENTIFIC DISCOVERIES A worldwide movement to make them known and perpetun ted For particulars send a self Idressed envelope to the President of the Church of W H KERRi I = i iIIIl i BLUE GRASS BLADE FOUNDED D1 CHARLES CHILTON MOORE 4nd edited by him until his death February JAMES E HUGHES Proprietor 126128 Uorth Limestone Street Lexington Kentucky- P Box SUBSCRIPTION RATES advanceFFive new yearly subscribers at one rev mittance cents each Foreign subscriptions postpaid J150 per year ADVERTISING RATES One Inch single column Insertion cents one month or four Insertions 3100 six 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has said Full many a gem of pur est ray serene tile dark unfathomed caves of ocean bear and the same be true of your mind Especially do we re quest articles from our younger readers You may not be a KIdder a Wilson a Foote a Ladd or a Wettsteln Very few of us are But you certainly can sa something that will be of Interest to your fellowworkers These great men had their beginnings Let us tell the r of the Blade what you are doing an what you are thinking Dont take the muzzle off of Roman Catholicism It is power less to bite as it once did and its bark has lost its terror The pope is bottll up in the Vatican and dares not walk on the streets of Rome his holy city Romanism is cruel and tyrannical according to its power It wags its tail in the United States but shows its teeth in Spain It is a coward when in the minority but a bull when in a majority JThe las thing that man should uo Ro manism is to trust itTrutl Seeker THE DIVORCE QUESTION Editor Globe Democrat- I notice in your June 21st weekly extracts from a sermon by Rev Win Smith under the heading Would Snub Divorcees that the preacher that marriage was a sacred tin not a civil contract and advocated laws that would make divorces more difficult to obtain Now whether marriage be a sacred or simply a civil contract itappears to me that when a divorce is pe titioned for tend when justice or satisfaction can be done to both oi the contracting parties that that petition must be granted that while others nay he indirect ly interested in the outcome that their interest cannot be of such a Y nature as to demand a nag lcourt for them If marriage be a sacred institution it means that there are three parties in place of two to the contract viz The hus band the wife and their god or gods and if the latter are silent in court the judge can So nothing but pass them in default Let the lj mm and his wife settle the mat tel with their gods Our court- jurisdiction is conllncd to this earth Wo have no union of church midsite We have no objection to the preachers use of moral suasion to lessen the frequency of utvorces and his talk is commendable along that line Probably the increase of di ones has been to a great extent brought about by the recent sentiment of independence among women Statistics show there are now more petitions of wives tuff of husbands asking for divorce The divorce evil is GeTore tlt world and can be seen Fu it takes the place of a worsd evil suiVcred by women in silence an out of sight of the world wherein woman was kept in subjection to her husband His tyranny was in terpreted to be his right Ho even justified in threshing hi wife and she would submit with out a whimper as a beast before its driver We should be careful in going to the past to more savage days for examples of oft moral precepts I notice the preacher advocates the Blue Laws says the law was good that imprisoned parties for not livin with their husband or wife The preacher then says the wife is bad and should be imprisoned for not living with her brutal husband The husband says she is bad for the same reason and so he kills her The only difference between them is in the natmv of the pun ishmentI against the preachers misrepresenting Jesus I speak for one who being dead is unable to speak for himself He makes Jesus say one should put away his wife only for the cause of II infidelity or immorality while Jesus taught that one should do so only for fornication alone See Mlatt 199 It is eminently proper when one counts precedent above every day experience that he represents that precedent or authority correctly If correctly represented the people can better judge of its worth iisevhjiv IfI the word fornication else where as a result of figurative language is given a broader meaning that fact does not fix the natural meaning of the word Words must not be given figura conItextJi1pe1sas cause for divorce is in contrast with the phrase every cause as used by his critics To make it menu immorality in general would allow his critics to answer Then after all any one can get nonelthatpersonal liberty for morality r perysonal liberty f also goes down weeping into the same grave Democratdto publish confidently we are too wise to ever go back to the dark ages of the times of our simpleminded ancestors who thought that in order for us to be good personal liberty had to be bound in But withal if the preachers are in favor of going back and the press is giving its sentiments to the world but refuses any adverse criticism there is no felling where e will land A A SNOW IatcntITHE RELIGION THAT HASNT- A HELL ISNT WORTH- A DAMN This is mi old Scotch saying and no doubt originated back in good old Convenanter times when the Scotch mind indulged hardly any other contemplation It may have originated from itds ious doctrine preached by the Christian clergy for centuries What would the Christian religion have been or what would it be today without its damn f It is this damn which has made it all it is or all it ever will be As men progress beyond fear of it the Christian religion dies Impotent childhood adult ignor ance and savage undcvelopment arc the rendezvous of this damn Burns well understood its application when he wrote to his young friend The fear o hells a hangmans To whipbBut where ye feel your honor rgrip borderss Tnko tho II damn away and away goes tho power of the few self nppointed heavenly medita atthetims arrogantly assume the right of forever riding the laces of the whole of Immunity Reli gion to live muter have its hell It isnt worth a damn without it It is tho purpose of Frccthotight to annihilate the helland the damai of Christianity to take the cloud of fear from the brain nUIYtfunctions that this pious threat chainuare stances and misfortune to benst ly prejudices and cruel instincts wealsuplown society into savedrThe word damn which is so necessary to the existence of Christianity as a religion is a peopleghate the Infidel who would bnnishit and ths horrors connected with it from the minds of men Christians te naciously sustain the dogma of eternal damnation yet shrink from the sound of tile word damn or the sight of it in public print The clergy are forever declar ing that God will damn nearly all of humanity but are terribly shocked when they hear their own threat repeated by others In times past mankind shuddered at this terrible pulpit threat but their fears gradually subsid ing they have joined the words God and damn into a com mon byword and Christians children are more given to its use than any one else As rude and irreverent as this word seenis it is one of the best evidences that Christians who use it most no longer fear the cleri growingThe more the people damn the more they encroach upon the pre isIless profanity on the part of the people because they uso it largely as a habit expressive of indiffer ence to the original threat while the clergy use it expressive of the most terrible inhuman and heart less condemnation The people would never have thought of us preachershadshould not look with horror up on an epithet used as a byword which reflects a dogma which they continually and most felic tiously advocate Abraham Lincoln said he didnt believe the Christian re ligion that if the hell be true everlastling shortllife tuilor day to escape such aw ful consequences That Chris jtians themselves arc so indifferent possible fate is the best absurdityThe if decreasing in heat every day It is only a question of time until offTllena damn for it wont have a hell and a religion without a hell is n moralcontradiction When hell goes Christianity goesJ B W 1A TRIP TO ROME by DR J WILSON The International Congress of Free someItalyAmertoandelegatepersonal experiences that hat received- an universal encomium froV press and people In It religious dogmas and tales exposedwhile travelClothAddress orders to BLUE GRASS BLADE Lexington Ky Dog Fennel in the Orient a graphic description of the tour of the founder of the Blade to goodreading onedollar uswrrihemisphere HIS BUSY DAY My Uncle Jims a truthful man But now and then he acts Like many folks and shows he can Be supple with the facts Although ho Is a friend of I feel a vague dismay Whenever he hangs up the sign This Is my busy day When no one climbs the shaky stair Up to tho room so far When ho sits In a tinted chair Asmokln a cigar He says Its time some one should be Astcppln round this way So hang It up where he may see This my busy day An then a ftshln trip will claim His time the whole day long gameHell enoughHell bluffItBY REQUESTi Mrs PounderTo tune my piano I dldntTunerI know It madam The people downstairs sent me up Fleeting Charms All eyes delight to feast upon A maid whos cast In beautys mold But If a shrew when beautys gone The man who wed her murmurs Soldi Nice People Do nice people go to baseball games asks a reader of the New York Sun We hope not Nice people are the most tiresome people in the world and If they went to base bull games in any considerable num bers they would make the players so tired they wouldnt be able to put up a snappy game and the umpire would get so bored he wouldnt care whether lie had his skull cracked with a base ball bat or not- Something Strenuous So the baby is named after Roosevelt interrogated the photographer Then I suppose it is no use trying to keep him quiet by showing him a birdNo laughed his proud pa as he held the youngster on his knee you had better show him an octocyon or a digdig Mistake Somewhere Say remarked the fat man as he entered the meat emporium I always thought you were a friend of mine Well rejoined the butcher what reason have you for thinking other wise now Because explained the tat man you gave me a terrible roast yester day FLATTERING HIMSELF Tire ScreecherThere are very few really good men in the world Screecher Yes you were lucky to get one A Private Matter To kiss ones wife Is very sweet But do not do It on the street Runs In the Family Mr Agile to Mr Stoutman run ping for a carHallo old boy thought you were too lazy to run like Stoutman languidly Easily explained my dear boy laziness runs in our family Lippincotts Difference PatienceWhat reason had she for marrying him PatriceWhy he had money That Is not a reason that is an excuseGateway Magazine On the Waiting List Has he any claims to greatness Oh yes very extensive claims but he seems to be having trouble in getting them validated Coming Mrs MarshAre you going to vote for Mr Thompson Mrs MallowNovThey say the other man Is much better looking THE AMATEUR GARDENERS Mr garden yard the finest is The biggest lot of roses pinksTheThe tenderest of violets bloomingIllMay see Im not assuming Ah says the next that may be so That you have lovely flowers yetThats ours That has more blooms of finer kind pleasureThatIs more a floral treasure quarrelOer promptsAAs to which one the more shall fill The earth with lovely sweetness And thus the charms of nature give Our dally life more completeness HE DIDNT HAVE CHANCE SharpI wonder if he thought twice before he married her Quick It isnt likely She was a widow DiscouragingI ftlrButHe purchased some fruit Ho got a plugged dime Early Habits That last speaker said the first guest at the banquet was quite en tertainlng Yes replied the other and hes a selfmade man cant say though his delivery It was rather slowIOh naturally Ho began life as aI messenger boyCathollc Standard and Times Pasting It Along Ive lost all confidence in Blinkers since he worked that old horse off on me said Marklelgh Ill never trust you going to do with the animal asked his wif- eWhyerI expect a friend of mine over this afternoon to look at him replied Markelgh His Fatal Error 11hopevain Salo HeDo you really mean that Said He Certainly The man I marry must be wideawake No dream ers need apply Consoling HimIWhy do you look so mad young man asked the stern parent- wanted to come under your daugh ters window and sing Roll On ver Moon sighed the modern trou badourIOh dont let that worry you Even If dont come the moon will roll onISHREWD SCHEME TO GET MONEY Mrs CullI am very careful abdut my cooking The way to reach a mans heart is through his stomach Mrs NaryYes and the way to reach his pocketbook is through his heart In and Out Wlgg There seems to be quite a difference between a job and a situa tlonWaggOh yes For Instance when a fellow loses his job he often finds himself in an embarrassing situation Everything Up Why doesnt your publication devote more space to the Increased cost of food demanded the irate citizen White paper is too high explained the courteous editor Not Fit to Print I suppose a man who plays on a trombone calls himself a trombonist believe so Other people call him various names n POOR OLD MARRIED MAN It was a full moonlight night and the neighboring bells were chiming tho hour of a m Martha called the young husband who had been pacing the floor since midnight Martha tho baby Is cry Ing for the moon There was a slight twisting of quiltsYumyum John was the answer and then more snores Two hours elapsed and still John was pacing the floor Martha he called in desperation i There was a long silenceiMartha do wake little Henry he Is still crying for the was a series of yawns and thenWell John for pitys sake If he Is crying for the moon why dont you give it to him and not keep me awake she turned over for an other nap He Got the Job Say do you need a boy queried the little fellow as he stepped Inside the door of the ice dealers office Ever been In the ice business queried the dealer No sir- Know anything about arithmetic Not much What would twenty pounds of Ice amount to at cents a pound Eighty cents Good boy Come around in the morning and go to work Idiot at the Breakfast Table- I hope you are satisfied with our table Mr Idiot said the landlady- In the main yes replied the idiot But I really think I ought to reglstc a complaint against yesterdays fish balls madam Why Im sorry about that said the landlady blushing We rather pride ourselves on our flshballs What was the matter with them sir Mine had a distinctly fishy taste returned the Idiot Harpers Weekly PLAUSIBLE EXCUSE JinksBoaster claims that be never breaks his word Winks I guess thats right Its too flexible Heres Another Purist This verbal diagnosis- I make for thee 0 sls Dont say apotheosis But apotheosis Good Guest IA the pianist bright he read the lines in the mans hand here is a lot of money Some ones been telling you said the victim Telling me what That Im a plumber Yonkers Statesman Right Name It was Florida Why do they call this Palm Beach pa asked the unsophisticated young ster Itchlngipa as passed thirtyseventh tip since his arrival Mark of Importance IA Isnt making the stir In statesmanship that we expected No said Senator Sorghum he hasnt even made enough enemies to have the syllable ism tacked to his name to provide a synonym for all hu man iniquity An Honest ConfessIon Do you think you can take a good photograph of me queried the wom an who had not oven received honor able mention at a beauty show Im sorry madam replied the picture producer but shall have answer you In the negative Great Mimic After alt said HI Tragedy sol emnly lentil Is tho star tragedian dont know replied Lowe Com edy always think of him as a low comedIana mere mimic because hes always taking some one off Catholic Standard and Times Overhead Dangers Gunner These Danger Above signs are met with quite frequently these day- sOuyerYes one doesnt know whether a safe is about to fall on him or a disabled airship Is coming down One Better Clerk twenty perWhy my boy give a whole weeks wages for a suit of clothes Office Boy three perTbnts- nothing give a whole weeks wages for a pair of shoes Puck r wvamrrsv airwwwwwwa rrrs I tiss r NO NEED OF A DEVIL Continued from Iago 4 hccauso of their manifestation of a desire to know something 1 dont know why god wanted thom to remain ignorant unless lie was fond of looking upon the naked forms of the man and his wife Adam and Eve did not die the very day they disobeyed and so this is the first recorded lie god is alleged to have told Preachers and ministers try to explain that that day meant one thousand years This is one objection I have to the bible It taWiS mil lions of preachers continually to explain that the scriptures do not mean just what they say Just r why god made man at all is not perfectly clear to my mind Was lie obliged to make him If so then the force of necessity was greater than god lie couldnt help himself If ho made him vol untarily on his own accord then te he not responsible for titans ne tions If an inventor or manufac turer builds a piece of machinery and it is defective in any of its parts are held responsible So god made man voluntarily without mans consent knowing when he made him that he was going to get into trouble lie knew just the course man would pursue He knew man would be perfectly helpless would be en tirely dependent upon himself god for everything No power h to resist Ile knew ho was placing man in a snare when he gave him the garden of Eden for a dwelling place He knew the serpent was there He knew that a million souls would go to hell where one would be fortunate enough to escape Then after the popula tion oil the earth began to in crease and man began to be evil just like ho knew they would be c fore creation he got sorry of his job and repented that ho had made man God made man voluntarily subject to his own will and made it possible for man to act in such u Way as to incur gods displeas are and then make a hell to burn the majority think of the flood which the merciful god brought upon the people of his own creation ellilc1ronliiccney who were destroy deluge We hear tlwproacherssuy thatl god is so good and as to make mans salvation possible according to the I say that scriptures he is ten thousand time worse than he is good for making it possible for ten thousand to be damned in hell to one saved According to gods own hook it is better not to have been born at all than to go to hell Why did gad cause the birth of a child when he knew it would go to hell Dont he say it woul- have been better not to have been always do the born Dont god best thing Let us be honest anything io do Does god have with who is and who is nut born Then we find god interfere the second time when man began elevated position to desire a moro Because they were building a high tower god became alarmed he took a trip down town one Say and inspected the building and decided that it wouldnt bo long till man would be intruding the borders of heaven un less upon something was done to stop the work So he confused their The workmen couldn t tongues understand each other and so tho work ceased No doubt many a mortal died for lack of med poor the physicians ical attention because could get no information the author Thereupon god became of If heaven is such a glorious country who could blame the for trying to get there If it was possible for mnn to build right on into heaven why didnt let them alone and save tho necessity of havinr to sacrifice his dear son to save only a small minority of the most the people began to in maid differentsoOleaso nations began to inhabit the earth god couldnt manage all of them and so he chow one in its infancy and trained it and brought it up to some extent to suit himself lie gave minute structions detail andin every threatened them with death or disinheritance upon a hair s breadth deviation If a relative or bosom friend or wife suggested different mode of timing to do was to kill them just as an possible Absolutely no compromise After this self dcstruetion in the strongest terms and yet his free will was i influenced by conditions that acted upon it he ended his life with his own hand Let us reflect again on ths words of Carlyle It is not in man that walkcth to direct his foosteps What man knows with absolute certainty what he will Jon week hence or n year hence Who can write autobiography in advance giving day and date of death the cause and the final resting place for his body No one for fate decides these things and fate reveals nothing before it occurs If menu shaped and controlled his own destiny he would know in advance all these things and be able to live in accordance with his desires also as long as desire lasted whereas men live from day to day as their environ nation Israelites got strong enough to be of sonic consequence God used them specially to oMit crate and annihilate the other nations of the earth God became such a terrible general his fame for the butchery and shedding of innocent blood so universal t mt often he could arm his soldiers with nothing but old fin pans buckets and horns and surround the opposing army an scare them to death There was no crime too dastard for his soldiers to do The butchery and ripping up of pregnant women and the debauching of beautiful virgins were favorite amusements to the hosts oT Jell vahs army Those of our readers who doubt this may see for themselves by reading the first few books of the bible God tells us to love our enemies but he sets tho example of slaughter lie say as he is so are we in this world Ho hardens peoples hearts and destroys them for the hardness of their hearts lie deceives the prophets when they are deceived He creates evil There is no evil thing done that he has not done it All thus is according to the scripture The devil is absolutely not in it at all Every assertion we have made is substantiate d by the bible We are not re possible for the scriptures being so bad After passing over the cases of the unspeakable crimes of Abra ham Jacob David and Solomon Lad all the best of the remnant seed we coupe to the New Testa ment Beginning with the de bauchery of the virgin Mary by a ghost from this sauce god and her dreams a fabrication is built up lighter than air upon which millions of lives have been squan eyed away in vain hopes of things that do not exist Consid ring the story of Jesus in the light of nature wo denounce it as impossible Children are not born without a hither to beget them It never has been nor never will be natural for a virgin to give birth to a child with no knowledge of sblnc man It is not reasonable Matthew and Luke bofh trace the lineage of Jesus through Joseph If Joseph is his daddy then god is not If Joseph is not his father then Matthew and Luke are both liars and Jesus is not a descend ant of the house of Davit and so is not the Messiah How the birth of Jesus could be heralded as good newS is a proposition that I am not able to explain since the words of Jesus himself is to the contrary Ho says dont think that I come to send pence on earth Im not come to bring peace but division and a sword and then he goes to work and is not satisfied till ev ory member of the family is at variance with every other member lIe divides them up and then damns them because they cant stand Everywhere this gospel of Jesus is strictly complied with there is envy hatred strife wars and bloodshed lIe that eometh unto me without hatred for all his kinfolks and himself cant- mybe disciple And it wont do to be too good for fear of being universally spoken well of Woe is pronounced upon that mnn who is generally spoken well of To be a Christian in the strict sense of the word or a follower of the lamb and an advocate of his commission pne must Be out of harmony with all human creation with a heart full of hatred for ftither mother brothers and sis ters and what we might style a regular devil Ministers tell us that these passages of scripture do not mean just what they plain 1Hy and then go on to quote other passages to prove it This way of having to use one half of time hook to prove that the half dont mean what if snys is a waste of time and energy J i When ono bible writer says ho has seen god face to face and talked with him and then anoth er one gives it the lie and says that no man hath seen god at nay time it makes me think that it might be possible that one of them has lied When one writer asserts that Enoch and Elijah have both as cended to heaven alive and later mother says that no man Lath ascended to heaven I cant help believing that ionic one has lied If the story of redemption was literally true then we might hat cause to arise and call him blessed but it is absolutely false ariu I can prove from the bible itself that there has never been a soul to enter the kingdom of heaven through the merits of Jesus He does not save He cant answer prayerIve heard men testify that they have prayed and begged daily upon bended knees for twenty years before their prayers were answered The same men would have gotten answers soon er if they hud answered them themselves I know these things from personal experience Orthodoxy condemns those who crucified Jesus but front the standpoint of the bible itself those who were personally responsible for his death arc a thou sand times greater benefactors than Jesus Those who through fear of hell are restrained from doing evil ire doing good through a selfish policylo good for the sake of hu manity is suilicient but to do good just simply for the sake of Jesus who never did any good and probably never in reality existed is a perversion of nature commonsense and reason If the bible is true there is positively no need of a devil God is batl enough- J MARSHALL SMITH Woodlawn Ala NATUREISM Nlature has punished Jesus Christ for insulting our Creator The heaven Jesus preached of was never founded by himi or anyone else Nature punishes the people while living through incurable sickness or accident No dead man ever suffers The soul without the body has no knowledge or pain Touchers or preachers who make children say grace before meals insult our Creator It is not Natures fault that so many people do not get what they need it is the fault of false religion and their politicians The hospitals are full of sick people Animals do not insult our Creator because they were not taught false religion If you want to learn something of the world or our Creator read Natureism Price 25c Address QUIRIN BACIILER 2737 Mjadison St Chicago HI tEXCURSION 150 CINCINNATI AND RETURN SUNDAY JULY 17 SPECIAL TRAIN Leaving Lexington 725 THE Charles Chilton Moore When a young man the author had started out to walk through tho Holy Lands on foot Reaching Paris he gave up the journey and returned home He nade the trip by rail and boat about three years before his death This book rIves an account of what he saw and explodes numerous Christian myths It s especially suitable for a present Cloth Bound Pages Postpaid 125 Address orders to BLUE GRASS BLADE Lexington Ky ONE THING YOU CANT DO You can laugh when trouble hits you You ten smile when clouds appear You can grin when worry gits you And when disappointments near You sun laugh when rain falling- If you ore a cheerful soul But you cunnot do much laughing When the boat begins to roll You can bear up under sorrow You can calmly shoulder woe And perhaps no sign of anguish win your visage ever show You may hide all sign of weakness Though your hopes are In the ditch But you cannot hide your feelings When the boat begins to pitch Let the chccrup poets tell you To preserve a cheerful face And to smile at all your troubles And to never show a trace Of the petty griefs that fret you But youll lose your selfcontrol And you will not smile Ill bet you When the boat begins to roll WHATS IN NAME Irvlngton DoothletteHow Is It you have changed your mind by producing the Midsummer Nights Dream In stead of a Winters Tale Manager HardluckeWell you see I thought the lastnamed play sounded too much like a frost Neighbors Cant Sleep If married wights must fuss and light And still kick up a hubbub nightOrCause of His Coolness EdlthI wonder what caused Mr Mumms coolness toward Helen byIEdlthI dont understand EstherWhy Mr Mumm sent Helena bouquet for her birthday and In her note of thanks she wrote that she just loved Flowers Needed Polishing Life said the pessimist Is a dreadful bore dont know what happiness Is Life Is all right rejoined the op timistic man If you only look upon tho bright side of It But my life has no bright side protested the other Then said the optimist get busy and polish up one of the dark sides Where He Drew the Line The Hiawatha World says that an old doctor near that place told one of his country patients that he was not eating right he must eat more of all kind ot animal foods When he made the next visit he asked the patient how he had progressed with the animal food Well said he I got along pretty well with corn and oats but doctor just cannot eat hay NOT THAT KIND OF A MAN Are you dining anywhere tonight Sure Do you think Im one of those physical culture one weal a day fellows Satisfied western poet sold a song love song for a hams He may be criticized for that But he wont care very much Suburban News Great excitement out in our sub what One ot my early tomato vines has produced a small knob which Is said to be a tomato by experts that we have called Looks the Part Mistress proudly My husband Bridget Is a colonel In the militia Bridget I thought as much maam Sure its th folne malicious look he has maam TitBits HalfandHnlf dont understand you Linda One day youre bright and Jolly and the next depressed and sad Well Im In halfmourning thats whyFllegende Blaetter ALMOST BLEW HIM UP Everything was quiet In the little cigar store when the old farmer rushed in and brought his umbrella down on tho showcase with a whack that almost broke tho glass You weaseleyed shrimp he shout ed What do you mean by selling a loaded cigar lit it and blamed if a puff of flame didnt leap out and set my hair afire The clerk arose and rubbed his loaded cigar h echoed in tonishment Why my dear sir we dont sell loaded cigars Well you sold me this one because here are the pieces And then the clerk had to laugh You Insisted upon paying cents for a good cigar didnt you I did young man Well the 60cent cigars always come In an air proof celluloid tube and you must have lit the cigar without removing the tube Heres other one without tho tube Smoke It on me sir Forestalled Mrs Tabbyshaw seating herself comfortably for one of her long tele phone vlsltsNow let me have main 4114- 4CentralYou cant have the wire this afternoon Mrs Tabbyshaw IndlgnantWhy notCentralYou know It Is a twoparty TabbyshawWhat If It is CentralWhy the other lady has spoken for It IIGenerous Meanness did Scrubbly give his wife a gold present on their silver anniversaryIMcHenryHe wanted to kill two birds with one stone McEldowuey Two birds with one stoneMcHenryHe wanted to Insinuate that his 25 years of married life seemed like 50 to him and he wanted his wife to praise him for his generosity AN INSINUATION Miss HasbeenAt the fancy dress ball wore a costume of the Civil war period Miss CuttingOne of your school girl dresses presume A Modern Diogenes Ive hunted far and near he sighed With all my heart and soul But never have as yet espied An honest load of coal Strenuous Opposition After all remarked the bewhls kered old farmer to the audience In the village store honesty Is the best you believe It said the surance agent from an adjoining town who was busy holding down a cracker barrel Our companys new policy has honesty fricasseed to a frazzle Last Resort FriendWhat is the title of your latest poem queer name PoetYes but you know the Inevitable has to be accepted Ive tried every other title and they came back One Fellows Finish Editors demand stories that end happily Perhaps that accounts for your lack of success Possibly replied the young author with a rather sickly smile All mine have a sad endingthey go Into the waste basketYale Record Corrected Welf my boy said the epicure as he entered the fish market how are shad running today Not at all sir responded the pert clerk with a solemn face Shad dont run they swim AtaelPoorMan Bleeker understand your wife used to lecture Has she given It up since you married her MeekerOh no but she no longer lectures In public A Bad Practise- I guess I wont loan that chap any more of my books Why noU He uses a cigar as a bookmark The Difference Peace has her victories no loss re iwned than war But less profitable Nobody er p ite momortor a debit L DECLARED OFF When can you sparo the tlmo for our marriage Marlon the betrothed man asked The woman consulted her engagement book Three oclock next Fri day afternoon she replied Oh that will be out of the quits tion he cried protestlngly Theres a special meeting of the Glitter Gold company that must attend at that timeWell Its the only time have she told him with an air of easy resigna tlon Every other hour for the next two years is filled up The man jerked his shoulder irri tably I guess well have to call our little matter off then he said shefIt seems to be Inevitable agreed indifferently And so they parted for with some people marriage is but an Incident and an Incident Is of course too trivial to deserve the sacrifice of an event An Experienced Man How do you conquer your elo phant when he goes on a rampage I asked the menagerie proprietor We avail ourselves of an expetrienced baggage man he replied An experienced baggage man I repeated with wonderment Yes he explained patiently al though It was evident that he was nettled by my stupidity we get a man who knows how to smash trunksIPractical ExperiencePThe old farmer equipped with the tools ot his trade was busy near the roadWhat have you growing In that l field asked the Innocent pasderby Weeds answered the granger But why are you cultivating weeds queried the other Because replied the man behind t the hoe after years of experience am convinced that Is the only way to exterminate them I A PRECAUTION t First Bellboy sees yo always takes a silver cup ter room 17r Must be a swell boarder aint he Sedon Bellboy No Indeed If hadnt done dat dere wouldnt be a goblet left In de house Dat mans a glass eater Cant See His Faults lies slightly ort color And yet we dont mind He has so much money Were all colorbllnd Modern Education What are you doing out here on the marshHelping to prepare my boys les sons What on earth do you mean He Is studying natural history and I have to catch a bullfrog for him to take to school Clipper for Reference- say old chap said the first morlst who occasionally gets some of his work In print that was a clever joke of yours in Blanks magazine this month wish had written it Veil dont worry because you didnt replied the other You prob ably will write It some day Small UseM- an remarked the student of un natural history Is the only animal that uses a handkerchief Then rejoined the thoughtful thinker It is just as suspected How Is that queried the student A womans handkerchiefs are only for show answered the t t Leaf From Her Past What a remarkably penetrating voice Mrs De Plunker has Yes thats an Inheritance from her father used to call carriages at the theater Wouldnt Work Yeast What story did you give your wife for not writing CrlmsonbeakThat my fountain pen wouldnt work And wouldnt It work The story NoYonkers Statesman The Chance of His Life Is Opportunity masculine or tenth nineFeminine when a man marries a rich woman No Blarney for Bridget Mistress Bridget it always seems to mo that the crankiest mistresses get the best cooks CookAh Go on wid yer blarney I AMERICAN SECULAR UNION Protests Against Placing Bibles in Minneapolis Hotels Chicago June 1 1910 1Ve notice in the daily papers that a moveiueiit has been made to supply each room of the holds of Minneapolis with Bibles for in spection or reading by the guests The money for this purpose is said to be contributed by some citizen of your city and the American Bible Society Is it possible in this enlightened scientific age that men will subscribe to a movement to dis grace the rooms of the hotels of Minneapolis at the solicitation of a band of men calling them selves Gridcojns basing their name on a ridiculous and unnat ural story found in this book of Hebrew mythology a statement of weakness hot auger murders treachery exaggeration and polygamy put in small space In so called judges it is clearly shown that this Hebrew Lord could not even govern his own chosen people also when in partnership with his selected servant Judah the firm could not drive out which they wanted to the inhabitants of the valley because they had chariots of iron Judges 111 Then the follow ing chapters are devoted to mak ing the Lords anger wax fiot as also murders and treachery of the most abominable kind until we come to this man Gideon who practically said unto this godif you will perform a certain trick I name 1 will believe you the trick was performed but did not satisfy Gideon For he said this god Let not thine anger be hot against me and I will speak but this once and that was to reverse the trick not to make the fleece wet but to make it dry this time a piece of leger J demain this god acceded to Judges G3fi to 40 This shows he must have thought his god in his promise was as unreliable as i some of the commercial drum mers sometimes are In chapter 7 we find another childish story in 4 wiielioosing only thoae who imitat ed dogs by lapping up water with their tongue some three hundred of them who with their trumpUS lamps and pitchers it is pretended that they slaughtered the iMidianitcs and others munbering many thousands But qhaptcr 7 verse 13 shows the un reliability of this egotistical story as follows How Gods Wonderful Love Is Manifested =Every person that accepts the Christian religion believes in god and that he not only keeps Hal leys comet a moving through the realms of infinite space at a speed of 100000 miles an hour with such precision and good judg ment that it never collides with anything but he superintends the minutest details ofeverything that occurs in au infinite universe even finding time to count the hairs on every human beings head and to keep tub on all the falling sparrows lIe decides when every individual shall be born when and how he shall die and no matter what occurs these god believers must and do accept results as the expression of his will With songs of joy they praise him for all blessings and benefits that come their way and the clergy at such times find de light in asserting that old gag from the pulpitGod doeth all things well and they try hard to believe it but when personal misfortunes and natural calami ties come thick and fast they get so rattled in trying to account for his actions in sending such things that they fall back on the time honored explanation Gods ways are not our ways Of course there is no sense in It Init having to say something under the distressing circumstances which a god of infinite love has produced they Jo the hest they can and we get such fool talk front his apologists and defenders When the earth is bfcssed with bountiful crops and natural do no evil it is an easy matter to believe god is good but when the reverse prevails and human lives are destroyed in large numbers and great suffer ing is experienced by gods children whom he treats worse l actlitgetjlbus general wickedness of mankind or some offense thato has been given to the church they repre sent thus stultifying their pre vious declaration that gods ways aro not our ways for they then make them such by the infliction doingwluehin and practice But when the go a step further and try to ac reachthethey strike a snag that compels a positiongodsfor 1Vhequickly the Catholic church sent out the information from the Vat destructiyefloods goerJllnentlcondllct 1OS when lie killed over SouthIern CathIolil weliebehold another earthquake that produces ghastly scenes and kills more than 1800 Christians toAIilcall attention to this fact that god has killed more Christians by earthquake than any other class of people Why he takes such de ahgltconundrum that must confuse the clergy if they try to solve it for here are the figures for less than 100 years just passed whichshow that he has killed 270500 people aforethoughtdestro 12000 human beings who trusted inlSouthern Equador and Chile in 1902 321 500 in Martinique in 1906 500 in SatTahpriso 1irih scoitl1908lOOOOOhi Southern Italy and only last week 1800 more down in Costa Rica These figures arc certainly appalling and any rational person who gives them consideration must be driven further and further from the idea that natures forces are controlled by gence and such things are delib reInOUllce the feeble minded must enroll himself with the vast hordes who live in the realms of superstition and never do any clear thinking By the light of reason the idea must be repudiated for ntadmanifestations to harmonize with it so to love and worship such a being is on of the greatest inconsistencies that credulous humanity was eve guilty of for a wholesale mur derer who deliberately slaugh ters his own children can lay no claim to love or mercy as his acts deserve only execration CHANX1XG SEVERANCE WILL THE AMERICAN PUT WOMAN ON A PAULINE BASIS Continued from Page 1 are not on a Pauline basis I also know of many very homes that are on a unhappyI iin fact most of the the slums are on a Pauline basis The writer knows nothing o the home life of Mr Harvey or whether he has a home but if h has to use a slang phrase draw a lemon he must not that America contains no pippins The writer believes that the happiest American homes are to be found where there is a equality between the husband an wife where one is the helpmeet and confidnt of the other where foundnoIn such a home the husband will be found spending his evening and smoking his pipe in peace while he listens to the intelligent and often educated conversation- of his wife and the fearless kind hiandchildrenthe coming Americans No wife can ever do justice to her home and her family when she is kept on a Pauline basis no woman will ever attain to grea JAj hts in art literature the pro sions or in business while she is under theUtoulirie yokoVhiile + X Xoi + + ++ + t40 H + + 19091909 i- y Blue Grass Blade Bound Volume y y Containing Fiftytvvo Copies of The Blade and all handsomely- i bound in Blue Buckram with gold letters s 3OO Reduced from last years price3e0O i Zx Subscribe NOWand get your name on the list in timei IASTILL BETTER OFFER i 1 For Five New Subscribers For Five New Subscribers + Volumex i t FREE OF COST + the rates before Dec 311909 44t Itour feminine ancestors were on the Pauline basis they were in the caterpillar state but we fe males are now fullHedged butterflies and even if Alexander suc ceeded ill clipping our wings he couldnot make caterpillars of us again Lets whisper to this learned editor that All the kings horses and all the kings men will never be able to clip those wings again so he will have to become accustomed to thel1ew order of things This is progress Alexander We have progressed since the time of Paul while you and a few other have fallen be hind the procession Sidney Tinnier says The find ing of a good woman depends largely upon the kind of man who is looking for her Alex uHler l3n1PaJIillYlot hI le to find d wives in America but many an American man has done so and there is not a finer descendant of the Darwinian monkey the American ninaI- Continued on Page 3HT NO NEED OF A DElIL Editor of the Blade Who made the devil and what fort are questions that nat rally arise in the minds of thousaii sof pcoplcl tell us tli t he was once a covering cherub r in plain language a holy angel higH padswas wn un LrWhere he got the iniqui K not revealed in the w tten world Jesus says withoi t me ye can do nothing so Isrj pose the devil had Jesus to bac him up God made the devil sc says thoNworst thing in existence lien there is nothing any of can possibly do so bad as wha god has done Who god is vfl je he is who made him and wha does he look like are questions Hshall leave to fakirs and fairy tory writers to explain What I shall tofriot a evil aljegednldOIngs of the merciful go First we arp told that god made man just like himself his ccrrdeda surgical operation UI his lady extracting n rib an closing up the wound aW vhi tine man was asleep and out Ft1I1f rib he formed a beautiful lelP meet which Adam called lwo man t Whether God used trio iiitin cocaine or sortie other op fIIput Adam to sleep like si eons now we know not nor do not know whether Adam cvjflrdis covered his shortage oT onii snndethas his full set of ribs on itler sidetAnother point we want to notice Adam and his wife were the first pair of idiots on earth They were placed in the garden amidst trees bearing fruits of all kinds and commanded to keep and dress it when they didnt have sense enough to know when and how to dress themselves They were naked and didnt care who knew it nor who saw them If god had always had his way the human race would have all been idiots lIe cursed the first pair with threats of immediate death AN APPEAL Ladies and Gentleman We the undersigned address you InI the interest of humanity and in memoration of the heroes nnd hero dwlw ha r t r 1brl r We believe that such a cause will Strongly appeal to you Wo are mem hers of the Indiana Rationalist Awo elation The Buckeye Secular Union The American Secular Union the national Association of America the In dependent Religious Society of Chicago and the Paine Historical Society and are subscribers to all the leading Free thought papers in America We urge each one of you to unite at once wllj one or more Freethought societies and to subscribe for one or more Free thought papers We are perfectly sure if you do that future generations will sing your praises and call you blessed You will also have the proud satisfaction of seeing the stainless flag ramparts of the motley hosts of su of freedom waving upon the dismantled ramparts of the motley hosts of super stitionIf and devils and priests the only enemies of the race are ever over thvown 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 1Ibertyrileand 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 every one of youto get together in at compact organization and help to inaugurate a reign of reason kthe Republic bequeathed to us by Jefferson Paine rind Franklin Tine vile old strumpet of orthodox religion sits in the palaces and parlors of tine world and compels mankind to do her bidding and to pay her homage isjnornntInns and our so called 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 potisin like that of Russia or Spain The Freethinkers actually outnumber the forces of superstition fully two to one and if we were but organized we could easily rid our land of priestly rule and tyranny Ladies and gentle men let us organize and pet busy DR T J BOWLES Pres Indiana Rationalist Association WM YBUCKS- OIIUYLER LaTOURETTE JOHN 0 BECK JOHN II PRINCE Officials Ind R A I heartily second the strong letter of Dr Bowles It sometimes seems that we have about all the religion and per sonal freedom we are entitled to sidering how little we hive done and are doing to secure it Compare our own slothful indifference with the cash enthusiasm of the organized forces of superstition The Catholics of Indian apolis recently raised a pile of money for a nobody knows what fund In less than a week the Presbyterians of the same city raised 15000 for a new church building There are now 175 churches in the city A young Catholic tells me ho makes a year solicit ing subscriptions for a Catholic news paper There are scores of prosperous 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