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THE WORLD IS MY COUNTRY; TO DO GOOlxk MY RELIGION TOM PAINE.
DO UNTO OTIIKR3 AS YOU WOULD HAVE Tlf m DO UNTO YOU CONFUCIUS.
EDITED BY A HEATHEN IN THE INTEREST OF GOOD MORALS.
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VOL. VIII. NO. 3
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What the B. 0. Blade Wants.
The (ll.l E GrAHM Blade, edited by
Ex-Ki'V. Chiii'lc C. Moore, Lining
tou, Ky., wants tho following:
1. Such a suppression peaceably
if pcwsiblc; by force if m-eessary of
the Christian religion, In the United
States, as will stop the reading of
the. Bible. In tho public whoob.' Ihc
payment of chaplains' out of public
treasuries, the giving of public
money for any religious purpose, the
exemption of church property from
taxes, the enactment of Sunday laws,
and prosecutions for anything said or
written against religion, or against
any religious dogma, hogma, or
2. The suppression by law if pos
sible; by force if necessary of the
liquor traffic, except for medical and
other scientific purposes.
3. The right to vote to be given to
women as to men.
4. Such educational qualification
to vote at will enable one to read in
telligently, in some language, the
Constitution of the United States. ,
5. Special natioual legislation to
improve the condition, financial and
educational, of Negroes and Indians.
ft. An International Congrsss to
arbitrate differences between nations.
7. The publication and dissemina
tion by the United States Govern
ment, of tho most competent opinions
of scientist on the sexual relation.
8. The government ownership and
ojieration of railroad, telegraphs,
long-distance telephones,, steam
bouts, and steam ship lines between
this government and Europe, and
this government aud China.
all without regard to raco or sex.
. 10. The coiuing of all gold aud
silver, of which coinage is asked by
its owner, by the government of tho
United States at actual cost of such
coiuing, for the benefit of its owner,
and the making of such coin legal
tender for all debts, public and
11. The National ownership and
operating of coal and metal mines
sufficient to supply the demands of
this government for those articles.
12. The compulsory education to
the extent of learning to read and
write, of all children that are capable
of such education, resident in the
United States, and whose pareutsaro
citizens of this government.
13. The enactmentof laws that shall,
without prejudice, disparagement or
discrimination, for or against rich or
poor, tend to stop any possible gen
eral tendency to make the rich richer
and the poor poorer.
14. The substitution of imprison
ment for life, for capital punish
ment, by an amendment to the Na
, 15. Tho abolition of all tariff aud
substitution of free trade, and direct
tax for revenue.
16. The disbanding of the army
and navy of the United States further
than is necessary for domestic police
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on the Club Plan.
Beginning Oct. 14, '98 those who
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. R. L. Baker, Fort Fairfield, Maine,
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C. , $1; D. Webster Groh, Hagers
town, Md., 2; N. A. O. Mackle, M.
D. , Golindo, Texas, $4; AesoulaHus,
(5; M. V. Thomas, San Francisco,
Calif., 12.50; Alex Porter, Elva,
Mau, Canada, $5; T. Hays, Davis,
Ills., $'; M. Rowe, Rodraon, Ills.,
$2.50; V. II. Perkins, Chicago, $10;
Dr. N. A. C. Mackio, $1.50; H. L.
Peak, Sbawuee, Ok la., $2.50; Samuel
Fuller, Watson, Minn., $2.50; L. P.
Arnold, Carlisle, Ark., ; J. H. Al
corn, Wallaceville, Pa., $1.50; R. T.
Shaw. Corinth, Ky., $2.50; C. C.
Mars ton, Mont., $2.50; Friend, Marl
boro, Mass., $25; James K- Sears,
McKoy, Ore., "t2 50; Sander boll,
Park River, N. Dak., $5; A. Vogel,
West Liberty, Iowa. $3; Nathan
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Arbuckle, Forest City, Iowa, $2.50;
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F. T. Perkins, Puada Gorda, Fla.,
CIIAS, G. MOORE
Sentenced to the Ohio State
Prison for Two Years.
REPORT OF THE TRIAL.
' .It was a scene which few men have
opportunity to observe iu a life time.
A white-haired man, whose years at
are few best, sitting in the seat of Jus
tice sentencing another man, likewise
gray with age, to imprisonment for
two years, tor a few trivial words
sent through the mails. ( Words,
which to the student of sociology or
to any liberally-minded mau, cannot
be twisted into any shape as to ren
der them iodecentiy offensive words
which some of the best lawyers and
judges in this city have declared,
contain no parties of obscenity.
The naked truth, like a nude statue
morally impresses mou differently.
It shocks and shames some, and to
others it is pure and beautiful.
Men likewise see justice. Cue po
litical party sees little to commend
in the judgments of another. The
various religious factions bate each
other. The various constructions
they place upon meaningless dogmas
have led them to massacre, and tor
ture, each other. There is in reality
ne such thiug as patty or religious
justice. Ouly where judgment rises
above party, religion, friendship,
and kiudrcd even, can mankind look
for justice. It is for this reasou that
justice is represented as blind.
. William Bundy the District At tor
ney and . Judge Thompson who pros
ucuted and sentenced Mr. .Moore
may honestly believe that thev have
a just sentence, iu depriviug Mr.
Moore of his liberty, taking, him
from his family, and confining him
in the penitentiary for two long
years. As I said before different
people will place a different con
struction upon a statute or a dogma,
and do so both naturally and honest
ly. The weight of a single word
has thrown nations into violeut dis
pute, both sides fighting to tha death
in support of their ideas of justice.
Religious men have condemned a
dissenter to the stake honestly be
lieving that justice (?) demands that
their shall be no difference of opin
ions on ghostly subjects. The Pur
Itains honestly believed that justice
(?) was meted out to the man, who
was sent to the pillory foi'k'ssiog
his wife ou a Sunday. Elizabeth may
have honestly believed that her sen
tence of death to the Queen of Scots
was a just deed; but it is recorded of
her that she never slept well there
after. There aee no questions which iuvolve
so much discussion as the sociolog
ical questions of today. These ques
tions are only in a Btate of develop
ment. What seems justice to one
teems persecution to an other. Take
the divorce question for instance.
Some of our religious creeds say
there is no jastice in granting a di
vorce; for what God, the priest, hath
joiued together, let no Judge, the
mortal presume to put asunder.
It is altogether the way different
factions are taught to view these
things. The Catholio teaches that
it is immoral, lustful and lascivious
for a divorced person to re marry.
The Protestant teaches that it is both
moral and virtuous. Both may hon
estly entertain these different ideas
of justice, and both may be honestly
right in some cases aud both again
be honestly wrong. It is a question
which involves human affections, aud
never was the man born so wise as
to be able to comprehend the nature,
the wants and happiness of the heart
of another, or decide the laws which
shall govern It. .
The growing evil of divorce, the
marital jealousy aud unfaithfulness
which leads to murder and suicide,
the yearly prostitution of huudreds of
thousands of somebody's daughters,
the secret abuses of youth, the ven
ereal and other diseases which prop
ogate consumption and insanity, the
deuse ignorance of procreative law,
which incapacitate three fourths of
mankind from makiug proper mari
tal selection, aud the rapidly spread
ing secret vices which cannot be
thought of without a feeling of
shame, surely make the proper
knowledge of sex, the greatest mor
al Issue the most vital Issue in this
country today. Every political and
military question before this country
todav is a trifling insignificance bo
side it. The holv tush which is put
upon the sex question only tends to
vulgarize it. I it better to have a
free nd open discussion of these
oiipction.., that vouth may be en
lightened! and directed wisely, or go
headlong on to abandon ns this na-
I ! f 1 ' '
mou is miiciy progressing!
People have different ideas as
to what if Just in this direction, and
as to wlit are the b;st methods
of nlla'lt'ng and solving social
evils. fsciiuj think the pres
ent t.ia 'inonial arrangement has
soled it near ns it can be. solved;
others lo; king abroad over the field
of maritiil, infidelity, and the by-ways
of divorc, prostitution and vice
think it hiis not solved it.
Ono tiling la sure, if it is never
publicly 'iscusscd, it will never be
anr better, and if never any belter,
it i bourn' to grow worse, especially
as this naSon grows in wealth; for
it Is the notary of all nations that
as they develop great wealth, they
progress toward abandon, degener
acy and r.1 -ial extinction.
, Mr. Mme, as Is well known to
everylKxIy who has read the Br.t'B
Gbass Blape. for these many year,
and from tho very start of it publi
cation, published it Us au Inlidel
Prohibit i journal its most dis
tinctive fi 'lire being that of Pr
bitiou. - with all his might
power, behas fought to protect the
American iome, and the American
youth from the far reaching evils con
sequent uf on tho use of liquor, and
this too in a community where more
liquor Unmanufactured than any
other phrjo in tho world. He has
dared to cb for the right, that which
no other ;man in his community
would opjaly do, exposo tho hypo
crites, rell ,46us and political, who
occupied f gh places, by grace and
iof tho 'manufacturer and
his life, is
Ho has nj
whisky. That he has
lar.y times at the risk of
qually well known. He
!b'tl and imprisoned for
.' tlin A met-lean hnino "
been prosecuted and
and pu'bl'shcd as a Free
a Editor of a FicH Ikv
Uif ''' VirrcMi
.yVl'ucitt are a million or
people , m tuis country wno
tbatJtlie- Blue Grass Blaip.
was never anything else but an Infi-
and that Mr.
Moore is nt a Free Lover, and nev
er was anj advocate ot t ree Liove,
and more than any other man has
scathingly denounced It.
Having (always bitterly opposed
Free Lovei 1 do not know how he hap
pened to insert the two articles, upon
which he was inuicted, and make the
comments he did upon them. It can
only be accounted for in this way:
Mr Moore believes in the open dis
cussion of all sociological questions,
especially those which affect the
morals of ine community, tie open
ed his columns to the free discussion
of every subject which seemed to him
a moral or vital issue. Why should
any paper subsidize a question in
vol vlng a moral issue?
Mr. Moore is a man who believes
that Truth can stand any test, and
that the best compliment we can
pay to truth-is to 6how our confi
dence in it. He is not a practical
man in any sense. He applies poli
cy to nothing he does, lie is so
frank and open in bis manners and
character that he is a mere child in
some of the practical things of life.
Carlyle says that "Caution is tho
lower story of prudence." Mr. Moore
is seemingly devoid of that faculty,
and for lack of it often says hasty,
thoughtless and imprudent things.
He has not even that caution essen
tial to self-protection.
That he has been thoughtless and
imprudent goes without question.
He knew tha law and should have
been cautious enough not to have
approached its limits; he knew that
an inndel ts liable to arrest if he
steps out of Christian latitude; this
h superstition must have a victim oc-
" , . 1 . I L.ll . I-
casiouauy; unu m ueuer uif mau
the more be is wanted; butnooue
who knows Mr. Moore will believe
that he ' would intentionally abuse
the privilege of speech or instigate
an immoral thought. His whole life
belies such an action.
It was the religious guerrilla's
opportunity and ho took advan
tage of it. When a man has
to fight enemies of that kind, be
should adopt like tactics, and not
recklessly expose himself in the
uightnere j. J. uucuer a professed
friend, a subscriber for years of the
Blade, a co-worker with Mr. Moore
along the line of Prohibition, comes
upon the scene. Mr Moore has re
quested that I should report the pros
ecutlon just as I witnessed it: and
made no particular suggestion of
what should be said whatever, fur
ther than to give in full the details
leadiug up to it. "For the rest,"
he said. "I am not the proper one to
report .ray own grievances. It
would rpt be recieved with the same
spirit at if told by some one else,
and I leave you untrammelled, to
readers of the Blaiir are aoiuaint
with the circumstances which have
led to the prosecution and imprison
ment of Mr. Monre; but. for thoi
who an? not I will enter into the full
details, at the risk of h.'ing tedious.
i win enncavor to report accurately
anil Impartially, nitfl whilo my Fym
puthics arc with Mr. Moore, they
will not bias my judgement wherein
I think he should not be spared.
Prof. Ruckcr Christian Prohibi
Honijtof Georgetown Kentucky, and
Mr. Moore, wore friends of long
standing and to-workers in the Pro
hibition cause. Ruckcr patronized
the Hi, aik for years, and Muoro
sent his sons to the college presided
over by Ruckcr, to bo educated.
Prohibition was the tie that bound.
This friendship continued for some
years. As it has been statod
often iu the Blade, Rucker started
a rival Prohibition sheet called "The
Temperance Star. It is supposed
by Moore aud many others that
Rucker thouglit that the Prohibition
cause was not presented in its best
ligbt associated with Jntirlflity; ami
if Moore could successlully conduct
a paper ou tho Inlidel-rrohiuition
plan, ne (Rucker) tfltmld startle Ken
tucky, as well as make a lot of mon
ey, by editing one on tho Christian-
Prohibition plan. He failed. II is
paper cut so iilile figure that people
living within ten miles, of George
town never hcarll of its existence.
At sometime within this period,
Alhertou, 'tho Kentucky distiller
presented $i;,00( in all to a church
in whichucker wasan'ofticial, and
to the coly?go over which Rucker.
presided. Thcso Institutions ac
cepted tho money without protest.
Moore flmling this out exposed ICuck-
cr's hypocrisy. Time and again he
held this not of Kncker s up as an
illustration of Christian pretension
and Inconsistency. This is Moore's
sldo of tho story. If it is not true
Mr. Racket- has had a long time iu
i otProt. Uu
to tnis ex pension oi.'ror. ttucner.
professed 1'rohibiUon and to relig
ious hate that Mr. Moore attributes
tho revenge sought by reporting
the Blade to the. Postal inspectors
about one year ago.
The Postal authorities at Wash
ington referred the matter to the
District Attorney, Harlan Cleveland
of Cincinnati, in which city the
Blade was published. Cleveland
drew up the indictment, and in the
meantime was superseded as dis
trict Attorney by William Bundy
who prosecuted Moore and Hughes.
Mr. Bundy is a nephew of Seuator
Foraker, through whose influence be
secured the position of District At
torney. Ho is a young man, a suc
cessful lawyer, and stands high in
the community. Judge Thompsou
comes from i'ortsmouth. Ohio, in
which little city he has been a suc
cessful politician, haviug represent
ed that District in Congress once or
twice, and held minor political ap
pointments. Mr. Moore and Mr. Hughes stood
charged in the indictment with having
mailed or caused to be mailed cer
tain lewd, lascivious and indecent
matter." The statute under which
they were indicted reads as follows,
and should be carefully considered:
Section :iM3. Obscene matter.
"Every obscene, lewd or lascivious
book, pamphlet, picture, paper, let
ter, writing, print, or other publi
cation of an indecent character,
whether sealed as fi l it class matter
or not are hereby declared as non
mailable matter and shall not be
conveyed in the mails nor delivered
from any post ofiice, nor by any let
ter carrier; and any person who
shall knowingly deposit or cause to
be deposited for mailing or delivery
anything declared by this section to
be nou-mailable matter, and any
person who shall knowingly take the
same or cause the same to be taken.
from the mails for the purpose of
circulating, or disposing of, or aid
lug in the circulation or disposition
of the same, shall for each and every
offense be fined upon conviction
thereof uot more thau ?.", OOrt or im
prisoned at hard labor not more
than five years, or both at the dis
cretiou of tho Court. "
The trial began with the roadiug
of the indictment, and the statute
covering the case. Judge Feland of
Lawrenceburg, Ky., asked the court
for a separate trial, stating that he
bad been engaged as counsel lor Mr.
Hughes but not for Mr. Moore This
situation of the case had the effect
of obtaining a separate trial, which
was protested by the District Attor
ney, but reluctantly granted by the
Court. Otherwise Mr. Hughes would
most probably have received the
same sentence as Mr. Moore. The
Court summoned the jury and the
trial of Mr. Moore commenced
Very unwisely, Mr. Moore assumed
charge of his case, and doing so
verified tho old adage of the man
present it as you choose.
who nc's in tin eap:ic'ty ,of his own
The lir.it. wil nrss in le!nlf of tho
government whs n m;in, Hie daily
practice of whose life has been to do
good to llKi.se who hate him; to do as
he would In: done by; to return good
for evil; to turn the other oheek
when smitten, in f.ief. man who is
the iri'tst iierfect illustration of the
Christian ('.') gentleman that Ken
tucky can produce, Prof. .1. J. Ruck
er of Georgetown, tho shining Pro
hibition light, the man ! strange
bed fellows. Atherton, Muoro Ac.
Rucker U both an anatomical
and facial study overnoiis-fucod,
tall, gaunt, hollow-chested, narrow,
as perfect a cie of splenetic and
debilitated piety as ever trod the
halls of jictice. When he ascended
the steps and seated himself in the
witness chair, ho threw his long
bony pedestals into a double twist,
folded his arms majestically and as
sumed the air of one of those grand,
gloomy and peculiar geniuses, who
are given to the humt ot wrapping
themselves, Nsnolean like, in the
solitude of their own originality.
II is whole beating seemed to iay,
"Here I off), Mr. Moore, and tills is
my inning." Rovengo which fs al-
wavs the weak ij'ca:;ure of a little
and narrow mind was written all
over his furrowed face. There is no
passion of the human heart that
promises s much and pays so little
,is revenge. It Is at .first sweet, but
becomes bitter ere long, and recoils
back on i I. self. Bacon' brtter ex
plained it in these words, "A man
that studietli revenge keepeth his
own wounds green, which otherwise
would heal and do well.
If Prof. Rucker sought revenge,
lie is now tasting its first sweets.
tic should bo satislled. He took ad
vantage of Mr. Moore "s weakness to
write and print qngarded thoughts,.
and has been the means of sending
him to the penitentiary for two long
.ears, iivd'iiiijr i b'phe I?as nror.cn.
who never did hinTTrdng. "Chris
tian charilv!'' "Do unto others as
ye would have others douDtoyou!"
uen be sms around bis comfortable
fire side-at night, if lie has a con
science above an adder, ha will thinl
of the lire sid5 he has made desolate,
and the sad hearts that sit around
it. If down in the cold storage of
his bleak anatomy there be a single
warm snot, whea ho reclines on his
comfortable couch at night, the vis
ion of an aged prisoner stretched on
the iron t of bis narrow, stony
cell will haunt and haunt his wan
Uut such a vision may possibly
never disturb his dreams. The grace
of God which aboundeth so fully in
his heart, and that love waieh pass
eth all understanding, may give bim
such perfei t peace, that it will ena-.
ble bi in to sleep well, lie tias bad
his Christian revenge that reveuge
which the Lord claimed as his own,
and with which mau should not re
piy. In straugj coutrast, let me de
scribe another scene. When Mr.
Moore was led from the Courtroom,
to one adjoining, containing a cell, a
number of friends followed to express
their sympathy and hid him fare
well. Fearing that his sou, Leland. a
manly young fellow was nursing re
vengeful thoughts, he said "Son 1
fear you re meditating revenge.
Go home and take no further action
in the case. Whatever you do, I
would not have you hurt Prof. Ruck
cr or bring a sorrow to his Jamily.
If you would please r.eiu one thing
more than another observe this re
quest, I would rather go to prison
than have you hurt Prof. Rucker."
In a moment like this a man's true
nature comes to the surface, I have
deviated from my report of tho pros
ecution to introduce the Christian
and the Infidel, in the light of re
venge, as they appear lu this trial.
The District Attorney upon open
ing the trial introduced Mr. Moore
to the Judge's attention as a Free
Lover, and Kditor of a Free Love
paper Mr. Moore arose to object
but was called down by the court. The
District Attorney questioned Mr.
Rucker r.s to receiving certain
copies of the Blue Grass BCade
through the mail, and as to his
marking items in these par
ticular copies and forwarding
the paper to Washington. Rucker
identified the paper which he had
thus marked and mailed to the postal
Mr. Moore in cross examination
received not a Bingle direct reply
to a question that he asked. Ruck
er was quick to see that the charge
aud evidence so far, proclaimd Mr.
Moore the advocate and publisher
of a Free Love paper, Ho knew
the effect this would have ou the
iurv. aud uucstioiilmr him as close! , -
jas he could, Mr. Mooro did ijot aasi-