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I believe in one God, and no more, and I hope for happiness beyond this
life. I believe in the equality of man, and I believe that religious duties
consist in dotng justice, loving mercy and endeavoring to make our fellow
creatures happy.-Thomas Paine.
All wish for happiness beyond this life. All hope to meet again the
loved and lost. in every heart there grows this sacred flower. Immortality
is a wo'd that Hope through all ages has whispered to Love. What can
we say to death? What can weesay of the dead? Where they have gone,
re1ao:s, cannot go., and from then thence revelation has not come. But let
us believe that over the cradle Nature bends and smiles, and lovingly above
the tleaad in benediction holds her outstretched hands.--Itobert G. Ingersoll.
'The God I worship is the God who strengthens my strength in the war
for thei weak; the God who taught nie how to love and serve and suffer;
le (God1 of Illfinite Love who) never damned a oll)tal soul, bu)t gave to
every livilng 'creature his divine pledge of eternal lotve aIntl salvation.-
SlEugene V. D)ebs.
()fl we alsk ourselves the questionm: "\h'lat tile great creative pllan?"
"'lhow aIld wlhen first cane religions?'' W'.hat the origin of nan?"''
As w\\ slowly travel backward, on th lie avenues of Time,
Thl'rough tile valleys of Tradition, and the mllystic llmountains climlb
'I'llhrough the nlllp-lost Aztec emplires, through the laiinds 1of inosque and dome,
Of the eailrly Alrialn ralces, aund the fitrst Turanian lhomle,
Pt::I thle Iyrallids of Egypt, where tile ttlllouids on(l Tigris rise,
'I'o lthe grave Ibelnath the ocean where tile lost Atlantic lies;
As tihe writilngs andl traditions of the nations long since dead
Are exhumed ii111)t11 hoa1ry ruins, aid( by latient schiolars read;
As thie veil is slowly lifted that conceals thle lpast freln sight,
And (!s Siellnce lights the darkness of thai long, ulinsu('lslll'ed Night;
As we searcl thlrollgh ancient records, far as 1111truth111 r legion leads,
For the story of creation and the origin of creelds -
'hrlough the Gospels of the ('llhritialls, Ilihrougli tile recorlds of tile .Iw,
111'r p)lesenlt great thleolgies, as will clearly thu1s uappear,
idtl thlieir irth ill old traditions, and in ignoranllce and fear.
In the tile of mental darlkness, and when men were l'rude and wild;
\Vihen thfe tibrute' was mIost developl)d, ant11 the Ileason yet a child;
\VWhen 'twas thliouglit that Nature's forces all hald hulllnan traits and form;
T'hal Ia god gave out the SulIslinle, while a de11mon sellt tilhe stornm;
As Ie(n11 feari'ed til' unseel lbeings their o(WIn iglloralnco hiad roared,
Soutll ill vagule and slavisih .emu'r they thien worsihilllpped what they feared.
If we( Wottld enslave 1the Ihotly we nmust first enslave the mnind--
'the ignlolance of Itie Inmass(es is thle tbondtilge of illanliiid.'
Alen ;i'(e largely hIt a1nld govern'ed tlrolugh "religious" zeal indi hate;
Illlienc' tile ruileris and thel c:lergy early lmllnged thCe (tChurch and State.
'The1n lhey taught the trusting people (anld thiey teach it yet today),
'lllat a few are Ihorn to govern, whlile tilhe llany nust obley!
Andiii when'(er he (11masses unlntured, priests anlld rulers taught the tllhrong,
"It will all he riglht in hea(ven,'' and "The king can do no wrong."'
Servants iHiust obey their nlastI'rs, and "Draw nearer to the rod,"
"'F,'or tlh(e rull'rs are annoilltled, alldl have hbeln orda:tied of God."
Il' ote('ha strlgglge of the m aisses for their riglts and better laws,
All e1stublislched Churchl and clergy have esl)pous.ed the tyrants' callse.
li mest dtoub brings search for knowledge; klinowletlge leads at last to
Age and time oft prove the error of opinions forcmed in youth.
In the onward mnarcl( of progress, and the widening reach of Mindl,
(reedl-hllunlld churchell Is and their clergy lave' forever Iagged bellind;
They have claimed I ivine appointnment to proclimlll a Sacred Word,
W\'hil thlly've hounded '"unbelievers"'' and condemned the thought unheard.
They have scorffed the voice of Reason, and have tried to chain the pen;
T'lhey have crucifed the thinkers-, and have dwar.'l..dthe minds of men.
The inscripltions on the milestones, guiding Progress through the years,
IHave ieen written and rewritten with the thinkers' blood and tears.
Yet. the race keeps marching forward --with the thinkers in the van
Leaving worn out creeds and dogmas-working out the destined Plan.
'TIhough the march be slow and painful, and the Truth be oft denied,
Yet the Truth at last must triumph, and the Error stand aside.
'Thus in every age and snation have been some who sought the Light
Somre, of grand, heroic courage, and who dared proclaim the Right.
And for them, on Nature's altar, lay a book of wondrous lore,
Filled with learning's choicest treasures-a profound and endless store.
Open wide that book of Nature! There behold the Builder's plan!
'l'.ere, in reclords clear anld perfect, read the Message left for man!
I"or we\( ind no mnyths nor failes, but that everywhere is Law!
Stulldy well that Sacred Volume! There's the evidence of (Godl!
No Ihmlnilaulate Conceptions, and ino miracles are there;
And no lnman-lliade gods or devils the confiding throngs to scare.
()(e'ds of Ch'rist, Mahomet, Buddha, need no mystic, God-wrought plan;
For Iheir lives show clearer, grander, as ideal types of man.)
There no hell or endless torments, hopeless screams amid devil's din,
Nor of that blasphemous falsehood of a race conceived of sin.
There no God as savage monster, spreading ruin through his path
ireat hing vengeance 'gainst his creatures-pouring out his vials of wrath.
Nature's book has no such record, and a god of hate and rage
Is but the ignorant conception of a past barbaric age.
Motlher Earth is still an Eden, wherein angels yet might dwell.
l'lirough his greed and lust and blindness maln alone has made a hell.
Nature's story of creation is thle same within all lands.
It is ,;culped within the limestones, and is etched upon the sands;
it is graven by the glacier, it is chiseled Iy the stream,
And is printed on the fossils that in hill and valley teelm;
It is written on the mountains, with their walls of tilted rock;
In the vast volcanic fissure, and the earthquake's dreaded shock;
It is seen in ocean corals, and the diatomic shell;
In the growth of complex bodies, and the protoplastic cell;
In the change of inert matter to the spreading branch and root,
Fromi the seed germ's first unfolding to the flower and ripened fruit;
in the work of Primal Forces, far as finite mind can range;
In the unity of Matter, and infinity of change.
Nature's forces and her records are around us everywhere;
W\e may see them in the waters, in the clouds, and in the air;
In Ihe silent power of sunlight; in the work of frost and ice;
In that strange electric fluid, and the lode stone's weird device;
In. repulsion and 'attraction- -that unknown, atomic force
That gives life and form and motion, and directs each planet's course;
Tlhrough the spectroscope and spectrum, which discloses to mental sight
P'rimal elements and bodies, by dividing rays of light;
Through miscroscope and telescope-which reveal to human eyes
The endless forms of littleness and the vastness of the skies-
From infinitude of smallness, to that vast, abysmal space
Where the stars fade out in darkness and Conception veils her face.
From her mountains, plains and waters, in her sky-domed lecture hall,
Nature teaches of Creation, and the laws that govern all.
In those laws so wise and wondrous, we may trace the Maker's plan,
And in records true and perfect, read the Message left for man;
In the countless forms of being, with their endless scheme and range--
In Life--with all its mysteries-and in Death-the later change.
There the Holy Inspirations in their purity are found
And we may well tread with reverence-for it all is Holy Ground!
Nature's book has endless problems with the answers yet unknown
And when man that knowledge masters, he will stand with God alone!
Yet, with all our finite limits, and in weakness we must plod,
WhO but reads aright from Nature, reads the Message from his God.
As men grow in mental stature, and their social life expands,
Their environments milst widen or they burst their Bwaddling bands.
While we honor ancient wisdom, and the great, immortal dead,
Yet, new problems have arisen-times have changed and knowledge spread.
Every later generation has been cramped and pinched and sore,
Wearing outer mental garments from the age thiat went before.
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All the earnest agitatiolls that arise and grow at pace
Are but conlscience-tltickened iprote'lts of a mind-expandinig race.
Far too long we've renderetd thomage to old fictions, faith, and fears;
Frauld andtl elrror ne'er are "sallred," tholughl they live a Ihotsantld years.
Flar too tnuch otir 1 lws aellct Clllll theed with old 1(1 Preedellnt and "('ode,"
Till they fail of1 right and justis ce and h 'ero'o ait ga.llintg load.
We nhave reachled that .ltigoe inll Iir'ogssl' \whIen ir cel r ds lanld lltaws muIist
When men's 1(nest thlltulhts and efforls iliSt haltve wider scope atidt rlt'Ige;
VWhent we nlee d a new religion - -freed frott ignorance andi strife -
F'or the minds of tmten are stlrving for( Ii trthfull Dread of Life.
"Faitlh," "inmtt ersiort," tiuid "election," 01il 5 "'purgatory" pon,
Are too trilling fIor attent ion froth progiressive, earnest tent;
That we're all "depraved iby nature" is ai libel on Intintd;
An.l to .lk "'rewar'ds" front lieayeni shows a hastiI.td sellish mind.
Let us preach that new religion from a higher moral plane
Than craven fear from punisthmuent, or the hireling's hope for gain;
Let us preach less "hell aind torlnrllts," "Noah's Ilood," anlld "Adam's fall"-
More of God's transcendent goodness-throulgh earth's bIontty for its all.
Let our creeds and laws he fashlioned ito approve oitlr social plait
Based on Truth and Love and Justice, and the Blrotherhood of Man.
Let us rise to higher levels--rise above the seething flood
Of our groveling lust for Mamtion, and the brutish thirst for blood;
Rise where "vested rights" of dollars hold no Rights of Man in thrall,
But God's lavish gifts through Nature are the heritage of all;
Where true tmanhood---nilnd tita1( Ilmorals---shall e given niCerit's need,
Where no more are placc and honor Iboughlt y running, soulless greed;
,Where religion linked with Science, Nature's wondrous laws shall trace:-
Searching out her endless secrets witiintg blessilg ft'rom the race;
VlWhere the rein of Thought and .Ittstice-- tild by peel atnd by seetr-.
Shall restore to rtan his Eden, and will ttmake a hlieaven here.
When we pass into tlhat fttire, and have done with mortal breath,
And the conscious lhinking ego has survived the change called dea tl,
In that realm that men call heaven thtere will lie no( streets of goldl,
And n1o rich in princely mansions and no homeless poor and old;
There will be no saintly nobles, re-enacting worldly scenes,
Wearing crowns upon their foreheads, apeitg eartlhly kings and qliueeiS;
No exclusive, sacred duty, walled around with precious stone,
And no throng of idle angels sinlply chanting around a throne.
There will he no cross or crescent--Christian. 1\loslam, Buddhist, .ew;
Each the ly "true eliever," the otly "trie Inlievers'' enthe speci:al, "chosen few."
Justice then will be so perfect, and the mential view so wide,
All such lictions and distinctions will be quickly swept aside.
Change, development, and action --nre the unit versal laws
That are-fixed for mind and matter, by the all-pervading cause.
Whlen we've laid aside the tmortal, and immortal have put on.
Then will come sublime Progression--and a wondtrous mental dawn;
Earthly mists will quickly vanish from our dteat annolnted eyes
As the glories of creation in unending c:hanges rise;
Freed from worldly din and dullness, then our chlar, enraptured ears
Will catch the rythni and melody of "The Mts1ic' of the Spheres."
Then will come that feast of Knowledge- and that fullness of thei soul,
As we learn the Cosmic Order and the laws that all control;
In pursuit of endless Knowledge we'll the highest heaven find
Learning more and learning ever of the Great, Eternal Mind!
ARE YOU A SLA('IEt.?
JTh1is question is dlirected atl yo ,i.
The reason thati proi.ints heo ii''ry is the fact that there
are TEN THOUSANli SLACI(:IES IN IILTTE.
Look yourself over 011(1 see \\lwhýtet you aLre of that
You are a slacker if yu lli ave filed 1to register anld thus
qualified as a voter ill he cil iir l'ilii ig murnicipal eloc
You may be sure of nlle thing: 'I'l 'he men who oppose you
and your economic proiogrm are i ci-lcred to the last mana
They appreciate the imlpnrlaitce (controlling the gov
ernment under \\hicl you, us \wel! as they, have to LIVE
If you fail to register, you are an SLACKER ard are en
titled to just the sort of treatmen I thl;ii happens to be hand
ed out to you by those in posiliin. .f aotlhority whenever it
suits THEIR purpose.,
GET BUSY--REGISTER TO()I \!
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Telling the Truth
to the People.
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(Editorial by Upton Sinclair.)
Two years agio r\llica was Hutll
Illoned to uke Ill e 11' world safe for
tlenli(rlla('y, anlld Alllel'rica resp)onded,
is soul thrilling with nobhle ent ihusi
asia. Labhor gave freely its blood and
sweat, hblieving Ithe proliis of a
lnew world itt'r Ithe war, a world i1(
which the (iiuluoIti titan wou11 ld hlve('
his rightlls. Antid nolw the wýar has
tlutu 'Vonl, adtutu s('alrcely hlas I he bltood
ried i on the fields of battle when
w(! soee t fille promitoses forgotten.
Already discharged soldiers are b)ig
ging on the streets of Washingtlon,
while tihe great orgallizations of emll
piloyers welcome the labor glut as
their chaince to beat downl wages!
All over Ilhe world we see lthe
greeds and jealousies of the profit
systelnt, of the caste-systoetn, coime
slinking forth like wolves from their
Iairs. The infalllllus secret treaties,
which tile allied statesnlen did nt.
dare, a few inonlths ago, to lmention,
are now flaunted with defiance by
tlhe statesmen of plunlder. "'To these
treaties we stand,''" says lalfotur,
,nost affalile of plhilosolithi cal brig
Ilnds. '1Tie national honor is hound
iup with them.'' And so the youngllll
snobbery tof Italy leais in, drives
back the .iJugo-Slavs fiont theli shores
of the Adriatlic, and ipreplres l to build
just anolh'r slclh e(llll)ire as the
kaisor's. The bankuters of l"rance de
ntandl the left! bank of the Rhine, the
Icoall andl ironL of Lorraine and 60it
Iillon dollars indemnity, to be lused
ill mlaking ready to fight tilte Italians.
'l'he ritish traders have got. the (ier
nan fleet and colonies, and will ulse
their share of the indemlnity to drive
the new Anlelilcan i merchta lnt-fleet.
flot the seas. Llotyd-(leorge hias
soli out the l Tory party, and the peo
ple haive been trapped iltto a snaplitl
election, with vengllea1ncte on a beatenl
atllid proistrate foe as thie rallying cry.
'ITh soiviets are to he crlushed ill
Ituossia, anlld governmentil. by the work
ris iS to be fiorbidtiQen ill Herlin.
And itw , into this pit of snlarl
inOg bii sts co(lilies tlIe spolkeslnll of
dulltocracy: WVootdrow ill the Lion':
I)elt, wealponless, savel foi' his type
writer and his tongue. lie, and lie
allone of all the w\iai-statestlllen, re
Iltllllb'rs his prolllises, save as a jest.
The whole state systelmi of EIurope is
against hill, elery speltcial privilege
ill every capitalist natiion of tile
world, including America, hates him
anlld fears himl and mitultns to break
Ihitl. Can ll he prevail over thecm? He
hlas had years of lipractice with the
Ipolitical bosses of T''retlon and Wash
ingtoIl -r--llecisely the saile sort of
llmen, only c'rulder aitnd less subtle.
lie drove thelm by one illethod-
crackitng over themll lh whip of puib
licity. Will he have the nerve to do
it now? Will he smash the barriers
of sei('revy which thlle diplomats hope
to ]maintain ablout their intrigues in
Paris? \Viooldrow Wilson today can
tllurn outl of office alny government ill
Euroul. by tihe si t mple device of tell
ing the truth to the people. He knows
it, alnd th Europleall dilplomats know
it; it is the skeleton in the closet
at all the ianlquets and junketing
now going oin ovIer there.
\Vill he use Ihis power? Will lie
platc himitself at thle head of tihe
m~ass's of tihe people, marching ilnto
the new world of freedom and jus
tice? ()r will he let himself be hood
winked antd see the stage swept clear
for wortl-wide civil war between
capitalist reac tion and bolshevist
fury? Tlhe tests whereby we shall
know the answer will be two: Will
the allied -urlies withdraw frott
Russia? W\ill they permit tile tGer
man workers to settle their own
form of government?
Register, and get your
friends to register, or you can't
vote at the primaries in the
Bulletin Phone No. Is 52
WHITE HOUSE MADE
READY FOR WILSON
(By i'nited Press.)
Washington, Feb,. 1.--Everything
at the White lHoust has been put in
tip-top shape ftr theI return of Presi
dent and Mrs. Wilson.
Although spring isn't here yet, the
executive mansion has had its spring
house cleaning front top to bottorn,
and considerable renovating has been
done, for the historie house is begin
ning to show its ag'. \Var times have
caused the appltarallncec of the presi
dent's home to heI neglected, and
many buckets of paint have been
used to keep ulp ithe i lsto.ln, tttadc
necessary by our friend- he iritiish,
of keeping the white hoIn: whits.
In the interior of I the building, hoe
historic colotr schIIIe's, stull s tin'
blute antd the green roains: have nit1
been clhanged, but juist Ih ir( and thlio
touchlles have been tiuildo to covetr tu
lho inarks of time. Itilicaling lint
'retsident and Mrs. \Vilsn a(re plan
niug to iresufmel while iiouse social
life, considerable work ihas tbieli d(one
in the big ball room. Th'l'e floor ihas
hte'il refinished, new drllleies hunllig,
Ith goldt piano "touchetd il''" anlu
itnlid, atnd the gorgeous tlpesl ry
presented ai few months golg by the
l"rt'lnchl government put in place.
Indietltiins also are that tho' big
:stale dining ('o(t0, with its Roosvell
Iiropl iis o(f tiiiil1lt| heads artoultliI I10
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Hy El'GENF, V. 1)ElS.
\\'hat sweet emttions the recollet
lions of chilidhood inspire, and how
pr'ic'less its t(n'sured tietlories in
(tirt' adtvancing iandl dteclining years!
Iaughing eyes andt ciurly hair', lit.
tle Irlown ha.lds alid aI'( feet, il
nocent and ctare-frl', trustiig attd
loving, tendelor anti puret, wlhat an ele
vating anld satisfying itfl'lutntce these
little gods have upon ouil'r Illiltullrer
(lhildliholid! What a. holy I hinle!
I"lowvers they iareo, with soiuls ii 111hol,
anill if onil tis eari'lh nan has a silcred
charge, a holy obligaition, it is o10
these Ietitln i'r tlds aind bliiss(liis of
lilt Itu iiti y.
'0" bolt tnany of thonl are pr(
ital llrtly plucicked, faide and tit aind
airt, trampled in the (ii11. Matiy miil
liilons of tIlla htave be(on sntsl lchd
fiomll tile cradle andl stolen fi'omI tihet'i'
play to be feo( to the forces that. tuirn
a workintgtian's blood inlo it( a 'lital
ist's gold, anid iany miiilli(nll of ollh
el's have been crtislld land itpervertled
inito filth for h111' slltis anid food fori
tih t pottersfieltl.
('hildhood is at, the parling of the
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101 Stack Building, Duluth Minn.
"- 'll I IIIIIilt liI ill iii ndI.Iiiun uadud n OINIiýtui Ii l It lll il! il ll ilM l llilM M
walls, once more will be a gathering
place of international and national
notables. Large tables are ready fir
it in place of the small ope Mrs.
Wilson placed there during the war.
China fanciers are praising the de
sign Mrs. Wilson selected for the
china of the president's room. The
dishes have the president's seal in
gold in the center, with a thin gold
band of 48-tons around the edge.
The private apartments of the
president have been brightened up.
Many of the gifts foreign nations
have bestowed on the president will
be used to adorr the white house, it
is believed, taking places alongside
historic gifts and furniture of Wash
ington, Lafayette, Jefferson, Lincoln
The executive offices L". ,! been
lorgotten in the cleanup, and the
pIresident's office, cabinet room and
tli e offices of Secretary Tumulty have
IrciOived coats of light green and
whiie paint throughout. Even the
pil'rss i'oom(l hais receivred its share.
Two chairs are ready for the cab
inet room, 'or, following custom, each
cabinet Imemniler take-s his chair with
him whin en ihe resigns. McAdoo has
I;tken his, and thie other new chair
Si to take the place of the one Attor
is l Iv General Gregory will carry
I way when lie steps out, March 4.
ways which lead to success or failure,
honor or disgrace, life or death. So
yoiý y is, or ought to be, profoundly
c.llncalned in the nature of the en
vi oon ent that is to mold the char
acter and determine the destiny of
its childlren. and any remissness in
such duty is rebuked by the most
painuful pens!litis, and these are in
flicted wit! : t easing severity upon
the people,. he United States.
Chihlhood is the most precious
charge of ii," family and the com
mnunity, but our capitalist civiliza
tion sacrifices it ruthlessly to gratify
its brutal lunst for pelf and power, and
Ilih march of its conquest is stained
with the blood of infants and paved
with theI puny bonos of little children.
\Vhat shall the harvest be?
'The millions of children crushed
and slain in the conquest of calital
isnm have not died in vain. From their
little martyr graves all over this fair
land their avenging images are
spr'inging up. as it were, against the
systeml that. muitdered them and pro
nouncing upon it, in the name of God
and humanity, the condemnatibn of
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