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A "freethinker" Talk Atmni
Th Blade, ItHIUa and
liKXIXrtTOX, Kt., Fcl). 4, 'Jl.
Mr. C. C. Moore.
Denr Friond" and Urotlicr: You
have been nonding nie the Blade
for tome time in the expectation,
no doubt, of my milwcribing lor the
l'hifl my intention, nnd has
been all along. I would inclose
the money now, if I could, but will
Kcnd it to you just ns wwn as pos
sible. I was a subscriber to the
Blade before it gave up the ghost
the first time, and 1 can truthfully
env that I have lost none of my
love for it since it has been lying
cold in its crave: and now that it
has come to life again, I find that
my affection for it has revived with
renewed lorce and passion
Although I am a temperance
man. I can not sav 1 am a Prohi
bitionist, but if 1 continue to read
Tour excellent paper I will bo one
before I know it, whether I like it
or not, for of all the things that get
away with a freethinker like my
self the thing is a fact presented in
an argumentative and logical way
So send me the paper right along
and I will pay lor it in the spring
and 11 1 don t vote with the A'rolii
bition party at the next Presides
tial election you may consider me a
lost sinner, doomed to everlasting
fire and brimstone made by a kind
heavenly father for the benefit ol
such depraved recenades from the
told as you and 1.
Pardon me, but there is one mis
take I think you have made, and
that is that foolish promise not to
say anything against religion
This is one of the most silly and
useless promises 1 ever heard of.
Are our opponents in religion
as considerate lor our leehngs?
Do they not say what they please
in respect to this matter, regardless
of our leclings;' Have not you and
I both been slandered and abused
and villified, both in public and
private, just on account ot our re'
ligious views? Are they not ready
now, at this very minute, to say
and do the same? And it they
are, is it mauiy and brave una
courageous ou our part to keep
silent' Isn't it rather a poor rule
that doesn't work both ways?
Doesn't it savor of bigotry and per
secution to request us freethinkers
to abstain from hurting their relicr
ious feelings by criticising their
crude theological notions, when
they have no respect for ours and
are continually condemning us.
both in the pulpit and the press?
I have the greatest of sympathy
for fools and idiots and people who
have no adequate knowledge of
right and wrong, but not the least
bit for those who are ready and
willing to violate rules of propriety
they require others to observe
1 have heard Rev. Mathaw
abuse and vilify people, in the pu
pit, simply because they differ wit
him in religion, for no other rea
Bon, I suppose, than because he
was unable to answer their argu
ments, and yet he has the audacity
to demand not ask that you and
I shall keep silent and take his in
sults and abuse like whipped curs.
1 don't object to religion in its,
truest sense, but I do object most
strongly to the methods of its
promulgation to the men who,
tor pay, teach it to the people who
know as much about such things
as they do themselves, which is
just nothing at all.
Mr. Moore, I did not intend to
write this kind ot a letter, as it
will no doubt hurt the religious
feelings of some of your Christian
readers, if you should happen to
print it, but I have written with
out fear or favor, and if you see
cause to air it in your keen-edged
"Blade," then air it, that is all,
and I will stand the racket and
responsibility of the publication
of the letter. Of course this is a
little out of the usual run ot let
ters that have appeared in your
paper, and perhaps it will cause
a big kick among the self-ap-
Eointed critics cf readers, but I
ave bo often beeu abused and
slandered by such would-be re
ligious objectors to anything ra
tional, that I have no fears tor
the result. It will only serve to
trenthen and fortify my position
among sensible people, and iujure
those who would iujure me.
Hoping that I may be permit
ted to continue to read your ex
cellent paper, and that it may
teach pure and wholesome moral
ity unrestricted and apart from
theological dogmas, creeds and
illy ceremonies, I am your friend
and co-worker in all that can ele
vate and ennoble mau,
D. B. Co INK,
10, Jefferson Street.
This is the letter that I declined
to publish last week because I was
afraid it would be unpopular. In
short because I was down-hearted
and a coward.
I have thought over it as earn
estly and honestly and compe
tently as 1 can and have con
cluded that the good of the
Christian religion and of Prohi
bition demand that I should pub
I do not know the Brother that
wrote it; never law him in my
fe that I know of, but he is evi
dently not ft fool by an over
whelming majority. I believe in
what he calls "airing" things.
1 here are several reasons why
ought to publish this.
One is to call attention to the
fact that here is an infidel who
ampoons me for having promised
to say nothing igaitt religion,
and tor sticking to that promise.
I want to put this in connec
tion with the fact that dear good
ro. Mathews, whom 1 heartily
ove because he is a Christian
.'rohibitionist, not long ago,
through the press of the city
possibly with the good purpose
to allay alittle racket that seemed
likely to arise In bis church
undertook to show that I had
cast some discreditable reflections
upon religion. I replied to him,
and the testimony of the whole
town, in round numbers is, that
I routed him horse, toot and dra
1 don t believe that the wnaie
. ..... ..... .
wallowed the ark, and I don't
care who knows it, though 1 have
only had three conversations on
subiects ot that kind, that 1 can
now recall, lor several years, and
they were all with gentlemen who
are stockholders in this paper
One ot them was one of the most
prominent and valuable physi
cians in this city, who asked me
what 1 thought about the stars
being inhabited; and we talked,
in the star light, a long time
about whether there was a God
and how the world got here, and
about the immortality of the soul.
The second one was a Metho
dist who bounced me about what
"said about the Presbyterians,'
as he expressed it. What 1 did
say was about some "durned old
hypocritical l'resbytenans about
I did not say anything against
them as a class, but there are
men "in the town" who till that
bill, and that the people here
generally recognize just like they
do the pictures down at good
Bro. Mullins' photograph gallery.
lie undertook to lampoon me
and I said to him that he was a
hatter and I was a theologian
that he knew hats and I knew
theology. I said he would cal
me a tool it I were to go into his
house and undertake to criticise
his knowledge of the hat business
lie made his own inference and
kicked like a mule. I own some
mules; they kick, but I ride them
and 1 rode that Methodist
Another conversation on relig
ious subjects khad not long ego
with a gentleman on a train. Six
years ago he was a drunkard
Now he is one of the finest Prohi
bition workers in this State, and
puts his time and mind am;
money into the Prohibition cause.
lie belongs to one of the finest
families in this State, is rich, has
taken his college degree, is an
elegant writer, and a real rip
staving woman's rights man. lie
is not orthodox by large odds.
Not long ago an old gentleman
who I regard as the most enthu
siastic Prohibitionist in the State,
came from another part of the
state, and came to see me. He
is religiously a heretic, but walk
ing along, holding me by the arm,
on the concrete of the court house
square he was telling me about
his good wife and his good chil
dren, and his pretty farm and his
wife's pretty flowers all ot which
he made me promise to bring my
wife to see in the spring and he
said, "Brother Moore, bo many
good things have happened to me
that some bow or other it seems
to me that a God does it."
Do you think I said nay? Hard
A lew hours before I write this
I have bad a long and delightful
talk with Bro. Felix of the
Baptist church in this city, about
He is a Prohibitionist and a
stockholder in the Blade. '
What he said suited me to a
lie believes that religion is not
worth shucks unless it leads men
to do some good for their fellow
men. I don't know whether he
believes that Jonah swallowed
the ark or not, and I don't care.
I must however Bay to Bro.
Cozine that the Christians have
not been specially hard ou me.
I had a position in a bank once,
and they put me out because I
was an infidel. They put a man
in my place who afterward com
mitted a forgery, was put in the
penitentiary, and was killed by a
guard while trying to escape over
While I was in that bank, I
was tho Sunday school teacher of
a boy who is now Rev. Robert B.
Neal, editor of a Prohibition pa
per in this State, and who fre
quently gives a good "send off"
in his paper, and said uotlong ago
that the Christian brethren ought
to give me "a good financial
backing," and that when they
read my paper "they ought to do
like they do when they oat fish
lay the bones aside,"
Then a bank employed me, the
manager of which was an iutidel.
He tired me out after a while be
cause I talked against race horses.
When I was in the bank it had
the biggest individual deposit in
the city. Alter they tired me the
bank busted all to smash.
I have been a kind of a double
back-action "Mascott" to banks,
and yet if I ever stole any money
out of one nobody has ever lound
it out that 1 know ol.
As to preachers saying any
thing against me in the pulpits.
do not know. 1 never noaru
ot it. I have lately heard of tour
instances in which ministers have
indorsed mo in their pulpits.
home newspapers have alluded
kindly to my religious notions.
1 never heard ot but one inai
tried to ininro me on account ol
m v rcliirious notions. I hat is ine
Dailv Press of this city. Its edi
tor is a councilman ot tins cuy,
has voted tor saloons enough to
damn the wholo United Mates,
lie has occasionally alluded to
me as a defamer. a liar, a crazy
man.au intidcl, and some tender
epithets of that kind, but some
how or other it doesn't seem to
have taken anything ott the bay
window of my Queen Anne front
I think it may be healthful tor
ministers to read this letter, u
good to have somebody to help
us "to see oursel' as itherssee us.
Thev are "tho sick that need
the physician" and it seems Bro
Mathews hasu't been giving Bro
C.izina the narht kind ot medi
I went to church once down to
Bro. Felix's Baptist church once
A stransrer preaching there said
that any mau is a tool who uoes
not believe m the existence oi a
God. There was sitting right by
my side a principal of one of the
public schools here, who was an
infidel. That man knew Vol
taire. Hume. Gibbon, Boling
broke, Byron, Shelley, Thomas
Jetterson, JJen .traukim, nnu
John Baudolf. and he looked at
me aud smiled sardonically.
lirnt.hren. it I do know mv own
mind and heart, I want the good
and beauty ot the Christian code
to prevail in this town, and every
where. There arc two ends to
Prohibition; one is business and
the other is morals, and we will
have to get the Christian religion
to help us to carry that eud; but
you can't do it by bulldozing
people that don't agree with you.
We can appeal to the brute
force of the law to help us put
down saloons, because they tres
pass upon our rights aud are ene
mies to the public good; but you
must use your reason and moral
suasion when you want to make
a man think like you do about
religion or any other abstract
Here is a man of brains,as his let
ter indicates, who says he is being
influenced by my paper to become
a Prohibitionist. He may be all
wrong about his religious views.
That's none of my business, so he
tries to do good. He has evi
dently set up to do his own think
ing. I think that disposition
makes Prohibitionists. 1 want
to make a Prohibitionist out of
him. If any of you good Chris
tians want to make a Christian
of him, that's your job. Iam
satisfied that I won't set him back
any by making a Prohibitionist
out ot him.
I am not running a Sunday
school newspaper. I am running
a political one.
Religion and Wulaky and Poll
tics and Sacrament Mine
All Mixed Up at PariN.
I am not Bwearing to anything
I don't see and am not dead sure
of it when I see it, wheu I talk
about Paris churches now; bo that
the subioined statements are
purely hercsay aud are not com
petent testimony in any court f
judicature in the Uuited States;
and after stating that my inform
ant is a Democrat and a Christian
who lives in Paris, I will muke
the statement as succinct and la
conic as a cablegram to insure ac
curacy. My informant deposed as fol
lows: On last Saturday, in Paris,
there was a Democratic primary
election to make a nomination
for the Legislature. The candi
dates were Messrs. Horace Miller,
a deacon of the Christian church,
and Emmett Dickson, a deacon of
tho Presbyterian church, the lat
ter being a minister's son, and
having married a minister's
Money and whisky were each
freely and notoriously used by
the friends of each ot the candi
dates, by tho connivance of the
It is supposed that Mr. Miller
furnished tho money to buy tho
whisky for his side, he being a
rich man, and it is doubted it Mr.
Dickson did, ho being aj poor
Further this deponent ssith
OUK NEW YOKK LKTTKU.
THE PR0HI8lT'O PARTY CAU3
StVfc RAL SATE CJNFf SENCEb.
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Mo-'on c, M rr'ti l iTrnrhir
rripnrntlii for t 'f imn:il-,n or W.
! rnpldly ro;ni'Mii'.r. nnu wniiom
hwdolny of n moilli. the rrolill.il Ion
nrtv will (tn Into n xl ynr work wli n
nnUoken ruiikx, inifnltorln rinolidn,
in. I enn fully InM dnn.
Mnnv i.f Hut Hmtr CumtnlUPM llTt
alrm.ly met, nnl Jmd out. in worn
i.r nnt. your. Tim Slnlo mnrirn p
In lw IipI.I In Jiinimry niul IVM unry will
oppn ii tho miiiimlun nl! n'oiwtlip lint,
nnd tlirrp will l)P yiOHU'r iitiimrimi y
knd liott'T oyat.'in tlmii pvit bofiT"'.
A Inrn nimittor of S;nlo hnvo nlr inly
adopted Hip N.H li'n ill ' iinni!U.'rilMU of
rninliiK monthly fun. I, nn I this inmi
com iinio'i uvKinlxIn work tho your
Iiidinm prniioo to ronanllilat'i forops
nnd ilopvpn li. tliT work timn hpipio-
oro. Th l oaylnit n nrrnf donl.
lVnnKvtv.inln Olinirnmn Tiitton In
the fl.'fn, nn-l in nillnsx i tuii'l ly nnmi'il
pp(l(TP to kp.'i llii work tcd Illy itoinit.
Orxun'ror Tm-kor or u:iryuin i rprori
that. cnlU nrn foinlnu to Mm rr'.im sny.
prul oo-.inl Iim nt wiee. II In now lu Hip
Montana- nearly tivU.'il tier vol.' t his
. . .. . .! . i
ypnr. Every county in jmnn "hi..
report rrohiWt'pii vote-., wnim oniy
Ove ll'l o In Oi.inlz:iV4 work will
lm neralvtently continued.
Oimlrnian O-o. V. Wells hi retired
for a time from tli!t.it Coinniltt.vt f
Minnesota, wher h tins done su.'h ex
cellent work. W. 3. D.) in. of Miniu npo.
lls. la tin new Chairman, nnl will pusu
NnhiaskH. hnvinirlimt teinpornrily two.
thirds of her Prohlhltlon party voters,
will go pneretic.l.y to work t regain
them. Tbey nrn coinlnn alreidy and
tA-lnginK rnerulls Witli them.
New York has called for un organising
In Woshlnuton our votn more than
doubled nnd orniiniBlng work will he
Otlmr Slates are doing good work, and
the next year will he a busy and bleasod
one for the party.
Da' es have a:r:idy been fixed for
apvernl of the Stiti eouleruicps nr
ranged tiy the National Committee. The
first will be held at So :lia. Mo-. Jnn. 3):
t!io ao. ond nt TMiekii, Kin.. .Ian. 21;
tiiird lit L Ui-o'n, Neb., J in. 22; fourth nt
Dos Moines, In., J. n. m. Further 1111
liOiiiieeinents w ill nimle tutor.
Fapeia rend st ti coiit-r.'liees will be
uractical and lr el. Among the toplus
ate "The Mo.fcl County dayman."
"Tho Iutle of a L icul ro nmiitee,'
"The Junior Movement." Wom.iuV
Work in the Tarty." " 1 he Work of the
State Committee I. ils Year,-' " Peisouiil
Work," eto etc.
Ex-Governor St. Jorinanl Cunirman
Samuel Dickie will be in attendance nt
all tho conferene , which, nsftut'.il last
week, will Include, bibles the announce
ment before given, the Stales of Minne
sota, Wisconsin, Mich gan. Illinois, In
diana. Ohio, roniotjivania, New Joi-aoy,
Delnware.Murylani, New York, Connect
icut, B!iode Island, M-iaaio'iimetts, Ver
mont, New HuinpsMrp and Maine.
TheNutloAa' CWTmiUee fund of IOK)
a month shoi.td be promptly raiv-ed so ns
to start org:!ii'z!ng work !u every 8. ate,
Imme.liiit 'iy ufter tLe Uuufcrciico.
James V. Barbec, of Bowling
Green, Ky., State orpanicr for the
Prohibition party, will address the
citiPDS of the counties nt the fol
lowing times and places:
Greenbursr, Fob. 28, 1 and 7:30 . in.
Campbellsville, Mr. 2,"
Springfield, " 3,'
Lebanon, 4 4," '
Lancaster, 5," " "
Stanford, ! 9,
Mt. Vernon, " 10," " "
Berca, " 11,
Ritbniond, 12," " "
Lcxinirlon, " 14," " "
Xicliolasville, " 10," " "
Danville, " 17," " "
HnrrodBburg, " 19,"
Lawrcnceburir, ' 21, " ' "
Versailles, 22," " "
PubliKbed by orler of the Prohibition
Executive Commit tee.
JOSIAH HARRIS, Chairman.
E. J. POLK, Sec'y.
Illinois Is Heard From.
Abixuton, III., Feb. 10, '91.
0. C. Moore, Lexington, Ky.
Dear Sib: Accidentally your
paper is before me. I want it for
one year. I do not approve of
tho way you speak of JJihlo
themes and teachings, but let him
that is without fault, among us
first cast a stono.
I have been a Prohibitionist for
a year or two, mid it would take
a Daniel Webbier. Henry Clay,
or some other greatest orator that
ever lived to change my views.
Iu fact my views on thelium
queKtion are growing stronger
Enclosed find 92 for Blade one
year. W W. Bybam.
A Cumin lor Ilia llelter.
Tho Younjr MciiVCbriNtiun aiwociution
have pmvliiuMHl tlu fumona "cuntoun"
which U wituuted no near the purado
ground of tho Htatucump of iiihtructim
at rci kskill, X. V., ut to virtuully be la
tho camp, mid whou the NutionulUua.il
next year u iLt.i camp tho bttnucr of
thin HSMN-iution vill bo ftiuitintf fruii
thcKo buiMiiiK t'mt were furmcrly so
obj.Htioiiiilne, and religion acrviccM,
m't!ii of antf and liuriult'KS Galium
will tuke tho plucof intoxicating drink
ami their degrading accouipuni incut.
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