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How Much Bible Selling
Y Ing are Done in I
Re a 6k
One of the stock arguments of the re
ligionists is the alleged milliona of Bi
bles that are being printed and sold. I
am certain that a great many lies are
being told about thia, by religioua peo
ple, and so 1 nave gone xoaay Aug. 13
to the onlv two book atorea in this
city to ask them about the sales of Bi
The two book sellers here are T. B.
Morton & Co. and Wm. Purnell.
I have been selling Mrs Besant'a 'Law
of Population" just aixty-three days, and
I nave sold 443 copies ot 11, or a nine
over seven copies a day, aunaaya ana
all. I never asked any human being to
buy one, have no agents, and the post
office deoartment has tried to discourage
my sale of the book and compelled me
to change my advertisement of it I
have never in print advised anybody to
read the book, nor do I recall that I have
done so orally, and I never say anything
about it to anybody unless they first
mention it to me.
These two Lexington book stores are
in a city of 30,000 inhabitants, and this
city baa a college tnai cans useii, in
large lettera cut i J stone over its main
entrance, "The College of the Bible.
There are aronnd thia city, in thia very
wealthy couutry, about a dozen nice
towna that have no book stores that
amount to anything and Lexington
pretty much sella the booke for this
Blue Grass Region that contains this
I went to these two book stores in
Lexington and asked them bow many
Bibles they were selling and some other
Questions about the aales of Bibles. I
went to them at t p. m. Neither of
them had sold a Bible that day, and each
of them had sold one the day before, a
Kentucky "court day" when there was a
large crowd in town.
Each of them aaid they thought they
sold an average of from three to five
Bibles a week; so that the two together
sell, in a week, only one more Bible than
I aell of Annie Besant'a "Law of Popula
tion," in one day, and they are profes
sional booksellers and I am not. Annie
Besant ia an infidel.
These two book firms said that the
large majority of Bibles were sold to
school children and Sunday Schools
and to the Bible atudenta at the college
here, and that of those sold to Bible
students many of them were cheap Bi
blea that were cut up and used in lec
tures. Both of the dealers said that,
excepting the aales just mentioned, most
of the Bibles were sold to old women,
and that but few of them were sold to
I can not now recall a single instance
in mv life, except one. when I have seen
any person except a preacher reading
from the Bible. The exception to which
I refer was when Judge Morton read
from the ad chapter of Matthew, in de
fending me, when I was prosecuted for
blasphemy. The Judge seemed to be
pretty familiar with the New Testament
aa far as to the end of the second chap
ter in it; the first one being made up of
hard Jew names.
Mv office is in the "Printery" building.
There are four stories in it filled with
editors and reportera and printers and
typesetters. There is not a Bible in
the house, nor a man to wbom I can re
fer to tell me anything in the Bible. But
vou can get Tom Paine'a "Age of Reas
on." and Bob Ingersoll'a lectures, and
Charlev Moore's "Rational View" here.
I never saw a Bible in any printing of
fice in this town. There is no Bible in
the Court House, or the City Hall, and I
never saw one in the Lexington City Li
brary. I never saw a Bible in any hotel
in this town, and I board in one.
Some few of the railroad cara have in
them little racks that have on them the
letters A. B. S. for "American Bible
Society," but I have not seen a Bible in
one for years. I never saw a book seller
on a train have a Bible for sale.
I think it is a safe estimate to say that
in the Tutted States ten thousand times
aa much time is given to reading news
DaDers as to reading Bibles.
I have lately read Talmage's account
of bow the people rushed to get the new
translation ot tne JNew lestanient mat
was made at great expense some years
since. I have never seen one of those
Testaments; do not suppose there is one
in either of the Lexington book stores,
or that there are aix in Lexington, or
that there ia oue here that does not be-
Ion a to a nreacher.
1 do not believe there are five men in
the city of Lexington who have read the
Bible through in five years. Excepting
preachers I do not believe there are fifty
people in Lexiugtou who ever read the
Bible through, or that there are ten pco
pie in thia town who have ever read it
through in the same Ungth ot time that
they would take to read the same
amount of ordiuarily Interesting profane
literature. I do uot believe tliat, except
ing preachers, there are as meu in this
towu who are as years old who cau call
the names of all the books of the Bible.
I do not believe that there are oue bun
dred people in this town who know the
Proverbial peculiarity abont the 151st
salm, and I believe that of the people
who read this article that I am now writ
ing oo will sometime, in consequence
of this article get a Bible to read the
So far as I can judge the Bible is the
most signally unread literary produc
tion now before the American people,
and most of the reading of it is done by
infidels or people inclinerl mat way.
It Holmes an Atheist 7
I have repeatedly mentioned that
while our newspapers constantly report
great crimes that are done by preachers,
and prominent Christians, it is a fact
that they rarely if ever say of any crimi
nal that he ia an infidel.
I am anxious to get information on
this point and a friend has culled my at-
ntton to the case or II. 11. Holmes,
now figuring in the papers and one of
the -greatest criminals known to our
A correspondent of the Cincinnati En
quirer says of Holmes, "The conspirator
says he belongs to no religious denomi
nation; that he is an atheist and an ad
mirer of both Ingersoll and Tom Paine."
But in the aame account in which this
statement occurs language is imputed
to Holmes, which, i? genuine, shows
that he can not be an atheist
In alluding to Emiline Cigrand,
Holmea says, "If she is dead she hss
gone to heaven," and in speaking of
Gertrude Conner, he ia represented as
saving "God only knowa where ahe is."
Nine years ago Holmea was a member
of the Y. M. C A.
Holmes tnav be an atheist, but that
account that does not indicate it.
Lexington Colonels and Lexington Sa
loons are Famous.
The hdsre has a big picture of a court
scene and the following unaer it:
Lawyer (for the defense) You were
in the saloon when the ahooting oc
Witness (for the State) I was.
Lawyer State the location of the sa
Witness Four hundred and eleven,
Chestnut street, Lexington, Ky.
Lawyer What waa the defendant do
ing when you entered the saloon?
Witness He was treating me crowu.
Lawyer What did he say ?
Witness He said, "Mr. Beauregard,
will vou and Mister Blublud and Mister
Firewater and Mister Redeye and Mister
Jefferson join me in a drink, suhs ?
Lawyer Your nonor, tne aeiense
rests. I would respectfully submit to
this '.ntelligent jury that there are not
six plain misters in the whole State of
W. J. Brann of the "Iconoclast"
I have for aome time been exchang
ing with the "Iconoclast," edited by W.
C. Brann, at Waco, lexas. 1 nave just
now finished a careful reading of his is
sue for August and am ready to speak
my piece about him.
As a writer of the English language
he haa no equal in journalism known to
me, and, aa a master or the language, be
atands only second to Ingersoll; a fault
common to them both being that they
use more words than are are necessary
to express their ideas, and, in the case
n . . r e j:
tsrann, nis writing is ircqucnuy uiar
rhea of words and constipation of ideaa.
Brann'a genius is the most striking
instance of a "jewel of gold in a swine's
snout" that I have ever seen. In all my
experience in reading I have never
found such an instance of waste of ink
and paper to express brilliant diction.
I have, of course, seen many splendid
looking large religious newspapers, ele
gantly gotten up, that had no sense in
them from beginning to end, but they
were written in the commonplace style
that showed the less than mediocrity of
ltat. itnr. n-1. i 1 . (Vim Tmnn.aal''
moral abortion almost absolutely void
of common sense, but dished out aa I
bave, sometimes in my lite, seen very
poor gruD on an elegant silver service.
I do not know anything of Brann otb
er than through hia magazine, but 1
know enough of the human anatomy
and physiology to know that be is a man
who is, or has been, addicted to liquor
or tobacco, or both, until his deranged
stomach has damaged his brain, and bis
ideas, originally brilliant and thus tarn
ished, are given out to the world made
all the more insidious and dangerous by
the bright language in which they are
couched. If this opinion of Mr. Brann
is not correct, or if be is not the unfort
unate victim of inheritance then his is a
remurkable elfect without a cause, if
such a thing be conceivable.
He is a devout believer in religion and
delights to say hard things agaiust inn
dels, and Prohibitionists, and carries in
his columns six advertisements of sa
loons and breweries and whisky, and his
magazine, like the Independent f ulpit,
of lexas, an infidel paper, does just like
all liquor papers do, iu keeping up a
claim to be interested in "temperance
work, while apologizing for, and de
feuding the liquor business.
I give herewith two samples of his
style; one about daucing and one about
the existence of a deity, or Deity, tf we
use the big O.
Everybody appreciates the absurdity
of the conventional preacher harangues
about young people dancing, while the
E readier himself ia making a tiue living
y lying and the greatest rascals in the
couutry are in bis fold; but. for all that,
everybody of any sense knows that the
fashionable dance is demoralizing. But
the geueral teudeucy of the loug article
from wbicb 1 take this extract is to en
His remarks about the existence of a
God have not even the appearauce of
argument about them, but, just like the
commonest specimen ot religious bigot,
he reiies npon bold assertion for the ef
fect cf hia statements, because he knows
that the great ignorant and bigoted
masses of the people agree with him
anyway, and that it is not necessary to
gain .heir support by any attempt at ar
gument, while such an attempt might
even to their commonplace understand
ings, betray the fact that there is no ev
idence of that kind.
Below are the samples from the Icon
"Most of these anti-dancing dominies
make uncompromising war upon the so
called evil in all its forms, from the
stately minuet to the Irish jig; from the
stomach contortions of the Midwsy
Plaisance to the nervous "jerks" of the
Methodist camp-meeting; but the latest
preacher to declaim against the ball
room ia not quite so bigoted as his cru
sading brethren. We gather from the
Galveston News that Rev. J. W. Lowber
has been holding forth on the subject in
the Central Christian Church in that
city, and aome of his pious observations
may be. worth attention by this, the min
isterial organ of Texas. We approach
him with caution, however, for, by what
ever name they are known whether at
Christians, Disciples or Campbellites
the members of that disorganized organ
ization are great "sputers," and relish
nothing so much as an interminable de
bate,' whether anent forms of baptism or
the shortcomings of other sects. Par
son JOwber is evidently harboring the
hallucination that when he has eliminat
ed dancing, aa now indulged in by the
sons and daughters of men, the world
will be redeemed and the millennium
due. Like the Prohibitionist who ap
proved of punch if the spirits were left
out, he can tolerate dancing if each sex
will but indulge in terpsichorean exer
cise by itself. He haa ascertained, in
some mysterious manner which he does
not divulge, that when Miriam, the sis
ter of Moses, tripped the light fantastic
she bad no partner to caress her patent
health corset, and that David, the son of
Jesse, indulged in the stag-dance. That
wounl appear to most people aa about as
unsatisfactory aa a single-handed game
of baseball or a boxing bout with one's
own shadow pre-eminently atale, flat
"Perhaps the most aggressive fraud
that infests the earth ia the professional
atheist the man whose chief mental
stock in trade consists in doubt and de
nial, of revealed religion, so called.
About the time a youngster first feels
an irresistable impulse to make a fool of
himself every time a female smiles up-
or jm; wuen be reaches mat critical
in life'a iourney when he imagines
hcMiows much more than hia father he
begins to doubt the religion of hia moth
er, rnrewdiy asks nis aunaay scnooi
teacher who made God; demonstrates by
the aid of natural history diagrams, that
a large whale could in no wise awallow
a small prophet that if it did succeed
in relegating it to its internal economy,
it were impossible for him to slosh
around in the gastric juices for three
days and nights without the worse for
wear. He undertakes to rip religion up
by the roots and reform the world while
you wait, but soon learna that he'a got a
government contract on his hands; that
the man wbo can drive the Deity out ot
the hearts and homes of this land can
make a fortune turning artesian wells
inside out and selling 'em for telegraph
poles. An atheist once solemnly assured
me that he couldn't possibly believe any
thing he couldn't prove; but when I ask
ed him what led htm to take such a live
ly interest in the welfare of his wife's
children he became almost as angry aa a
Calvinist whose Confession of Faith had
been called in question. Figure up how
manv things vou can prove of those vou
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ucuctc HUU it uuu luaw juu uuw vv
to do a credit ousiuess or go into iniel
But the man who deuies the existence
of the Deity because he cannot compre
hend hia origin is even a less nunibug
than the one wbo knows an about him
who devotes his life to the defense of
some poor little guesswork interprets.
tion of the mysterious plans of Him
who brings forth Mazzaroth in his sea
son and guidea Arcturus and his sons.
Dogmatism is the fecund mother of
Doubt, a manacle on the human mind, a
brake on the golden wheel of Christian
progress; and every dogmatizer, whether
in science, philosophy or religion, is
consciously or unconsciously a humbug.
That'a what ails Talmage the turgid.
He sneers at the higher criticism and
brands every man as an "infidel" who
would bring his reason to bear on the
Bible, no matter how reverent his man
ner. Talmage insista that he knows
every word aud seutence in the Bible to
be inspired, therefore literally true. I
am a tri lie curious to know who told
him. The mail in whose mighty intel
lect was stored the world's wisdom;
whose words bave come dowu to us from
from the distant past as oracles, o'er
shadowing even Solomon and Shakes
peare, wasn't quite sure of his own ex
istence. Talmage and many other dog
matizers have yet to learn that the wis
est is he who knows only that he knows
nothing. Almighty God only knows.
We you and I are only troubled with
little Ideaa, sired by circumstances aud
damned by folly. We don't even know
how the Democracy stands on the silver
question, or why Miss Kebecca Merlindy
Johnson weara pants.
Rev. C. K. Marshall Smoked the Cigar He
Saw Won at Gambling With Cards.
Rev. Charlea K. Marshall was formerly
pastor of the Main Street Cbristiau
Church in this city, aud ia now pastor
of the Christian Church at Ilarrodsburg.
In the office of the Clarendon Hotel in
this city, there is a machine with which
persont gamble with cards for cigars
The gambler puts up his money and if
he beats the machine the hotel proprie
tor pays the cigars, and the gambler los
es his money if the machine beats him.
The same class of men and boys stand
around it, and bet on it, that throw dice
for drinks in a bar room.
On last Tuesday I saw Rev. Marshall
standing with a typical crowd watching
a game with this machine. I went on in
to my dinner and when I came out again
saw him and he was smoking a cigar.
He told me me that his friend bad won
it at that machine.
Rev. Marshall's piety is of that kind
that perhaps would not allow him to
amble, but he will take the stakes that
e sees somebody else win: and that i.
about a fair specimen of the sham that
there ia in religion and the honesty
there is in preachers.
No man who will use tobacco ia fit to
be a teacher of morals, even if gets the
tobacco honestly, and it is, of course,
still worse if he gets it by gambling,
The State of Kentucky Cannot Justly
Punish M. M. Lane for Killing two
Men While He Wit Drunk.
There ia no principle in law better
established than that no man shall take
advantage of his own wrong. This be
ing true the State of Kentucky, haying
made a drunkard out of M. N. Lane, has
no right to punish him now that Lane,
in drunkenness, and as the result of
drunkenness, has killed two men, and
especially as one of the men killed was
a saloon keeper and the other one the
government's agent to protect and foster
the whisky traffic.
Lane s father was a great drunkard.
and was made a drunkard by his patron
age of a business that the United States
government and the State of Kentucky
and the counties of Montgomery, Wood
ford and Fayette had all agreed in say
iagwaa a legitimate and proper business.
This government and State and these
counties all knew that the evils of
drunkenness and the appetite for
liquors were transmissible from parent
to child, until the child, weakened in
moral courage, and possessed of an ap
petite for drink that ia almost irresisti
ble, becomes almost certainly, a drun
kard, and in drunkenness, which is the
most dangeroug form ot insanity. Lane,
the son, born with this appetite in him,
kills two meu, whose business it had
been to encourage the liquor traffic and
who probably were impatient with him
when be was arunK as the effect of tbat
Recently a patient at the lunatic asy
lum here, dug a brick out of the wall
tried it up in his bed sheet and beat out
the braina of another patient with it
The murdered lunatic had never done
the other one any harm.and the one that
killed the other had no reason to be
lieve himself in any danger from the
man that he killed, and yet no court ar
rested and tried the man who killed.
The law haa decided, as a general rule,
that no insane man is responsible for
his deeds, and the propriety of this dis
cision every sane man appreciates. But
if the law will not hold a man responsi
ble for deeds done in insanity that the
law bad no part in Driuging about, it
should certainly far less hold a man re
sponsible for insanity that the law itself
has been largely,- if not wholly, the
meana of bringing about'
My short acquaintance with Lane is
such as leada me to believe he would to
day be an innocent and valuable citizen
except for the liquor traffic that the law
has authorized and encouraged.
The first time I ever saw or beard of
Lane was when he came to me, in a
very gentlemanly and business like
manner, and said to me that he would
be glad to show me a wire fence for
which he was agent. I waa at the time,
and am now, miking wire fence on my
own farm, aud I told him I would be
glad to go with him and see some that
he was making, two miles from town. I
regard the making of wire fence one of
the most important ot farming indus
When the hour came at which we were
to go Lane was drunk, and, soon after.
his name was in the papers, associated
with that of most prominent politicians,
Lane showing himself a very dangerous
character in two political assaults.
Tbe reputation ot Kentucky is, today,
much worse than that of any State in
the Union. One distinction as a State
ia tbat we are murderers, and that the
murders are committed as the result of
the whisky that is made here. Our peo
ple also have the reputation of being
thieves an 1 .imMcrs ?nd libertines and
The "Kentucky Culuud" is now a by
word throughout the land. It means a
bully who has no sense, and is always
bragging on Kentucky. He is alwaya
intensely religious, and will insult you
or shoot you for anything said agaiust
his religion as be would for anything
said against his "honor."
Lane ia doubtless a true believer in
religiou, as is Breckinridge, whose de
voted friend Lane was during his Con
Nobody has said more in favor of pun
ishing criminals than I have, and no
man baa said more agaiust drunkards
and drunkenness than 1 have ; but at
tbe same time I am for justice, and I do
not thiuk that this state can iustlv pun
ish Lane for killing a man as the result
of drunkenness, when the state itself en
LEXINGTON FAIR. August 37 to 31.
Special trains from Juuction City on
the South. From Wtlliamstowu on the
North; aud all intermediate poiuta,
tower ratea than ever before. Ask Q,
Hi C. ageuta for particulars.
The "Baptist Standard" Bsngt the Bells.
The Baptist Standard contains fhe fol
lowing: "The church bell, itself of Roman
Catholic origin, ia nothing short ot
nuisance. In ourcitfes the Romaniats
begin the clanging of their bells at 6 a.
m. and continue them until late at
night. On Sundaya thia horrid din is
reinforced by multitudinous Protesant
and Baptist bells that remind one more
of pandemonium than of Heaven. In
this age of clocks and and watches,
when almost every man, woman and
child has a time piece, we have no need
of churches bells Let the church bell
be relegated back to the forbidding
shade of the dark ages where it belongs.
It has no place in civilization."
That it lust such talk as you can find
in any infidel paper, and it indicates that
the religious journalist is learning some
thing from hia infidel brother.
Each church bell is offensive to every
body except a few of the specially sanc
tified of that particular church. Any
other public building in town has jus t
as much right to put a big bell on itself
as a church has, and many others are
more truly public buildings than the
churches are; and yet if the hotels and
tneaters and lecture balls and ratiway
stations should all put np bells, to an
nounce their business hours, they would
be stopped by universal protest
The church belle are frequently injur
ious to sick persons, and it ia nothing
less than insolence that the Catholic
churches arrogate to themselves the
right to wake up whole towna every
morning before the people want to be
waked. They all ought to be atopped
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