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BLUE GRASS BLADE.
wonder that Liberalism does not
grow more rapidly?
Christians, tt you want to play
fair why don't you have yourchil
Jren to read equal amounts on both
Idea of the question of religion?
Why do you itir up strife beo jjse
we point out your wrongs, rjial
laws and Inlustlce?
Christians ask us "How could the
Christian religion have grown so, If
it N false?"
Because, when it was started, the
people were very Ignorant compared
with what they are now, and the
more ignorant a people are the more
rapidly a superstition will grow
among them. If other religions,
which you say are false, have grown
so, Is that not evidence that the
Christian could have grown and be
ChrlRtian nations are estimated
to number 485,000,000 including Lib
ra.l. non-Church members, Prot
estants and Catholics. The Buddhist
religion Is estimated to be 600,000
OOO atrnnir. The population of the
whole earth Is 1,660,000,000. The
death rate per day Is 97,000 and the
birth rate per day Is 100,000.
Honest ignorance says the Bible
is the oldest history In the world,
And that the world was made about
six thousand years Jago, when that
India and China were inhabited
over seven thousand years ago by
human beings has been proven by
histories older than tbe Bible.
fThe Christian University of
Pennslyvania excavated Nippur,
in Assyria, and said it was a city
with an enlightened population ten
thousand years ago, and the Acad
emy of Science in France excavated
Karnak, and said it was an enlight
ened city thirteen thousandyea rs
The Chinese are taught by their
religion that an all wise and ever
living being created all things, but
their starting point widely differs
from our Adam an? Eve story.
Christians claim that their paid
missionaries are doing much good
in China, but how does the story tal
ly with the fact that scarcly any
conversions are made among the
thousands of Chinese who live in
California, and who daily witness
our religion and our civilization.
The Chinese religion is more su
perstitious than ours, but that does
not prove it less inspired. Instead of
offering them one superstition for
another, we should send the teachers
of science, philosophy and a grander
morality than the majority of this or
their country possess.
China and Christian Russia are
two of the most tyrannical of na
tions. All intelligent persons are
familiar with tbe intense ignorance
and suffering that prevail in those
two countries. If a Liberal exists
in either of those countries, we never
hear from him. All Liberals are In-
- -" Tnfirlpls ar not Llk
lectual conviction while Liberal
ism goes a step further and Includes
sentiment, feeling and disposition.
Liberalism is not libertinism which
is vicious disregard of morality
and U dissoluteness, licentousness
and debauchery. It is no uncora
mon thing to find people unjustly
misrepresenting Liberalism. Tbey
are people who never examine into
things themselves but leave all such
matters to the clergy. Gentlemen
of tbe clerical profession are none
too accurate and trustworthy in
their knowledge of any system ot.be
than tbe one tbev are employed to
advocate, and where a competing
one comes in conflict with theirs
they apt to look upon it with a prej
udice that leads tbem to make loose
and incorrect statements regarding
it. Many of these gentlemeu would
not deliberately misrepresent a thing
perhaps, but they are so very conn
dent that all the good and tbe true
touching morality is con taioei with
in the norrow confines of their creed
that they feel justified in branding
as vicious and immoral all that is
outside of it.
Tey know nothing of Liberalism
except that it is not in harmony
with their theology, and therefore
they iguorantly denounce it as a
system of libertinism
There are others though who, we
regret to believe, coolly and deliber
ately, misrepresent the truth for tpe
sake or weakening it in me ettima
tion of their hearers.
If Liberalism were a synonym for
libertinism we would see it tn tbe
lives of Liberals. If it could be
shown that they are dissolute, licen
tious and immoral as a class, there
would be some ground for this
charge; but every honest observing
person knows that they are a cor
rect in their morals as trubtwortby
in business, as intelligent, cbarit-
1 able and patriotic as any other class,
not excepting Christians or even
It is not our purpose to reUl'ate
uoon those who slander Liberalism
even by our telling the truth that
is the whole truth about Christians
but we believe that in any given
number of Liberals, selected from
any community Intelligent enough
to have liberals in it. there will t
found a greater degree of Intelli
gence, refinement and morality than
co be found li any number of
Cnristiun selected from the same
Liberal are, as a . rule, honest
sober, chaste, affable and kind.
They pay their debts, pay their
txs aa 1 ful'lll t'i fir contracts with
uniform prpinptaebs. The excep
tions to this ruin, to be found iimong
them, are fewer than those known
to exibt among church members.
It is the duty of every on ubo
professes to love the truta to il 1.1s J
best to impart a knowledge of It to
his fellow creatures.
Self-sacrifice in the cause of hu
man progress is a virtue that has
adorned the characters of all reform
ers to whom we are indebted for the
advancement already achieved. The
workers in the past have don much
for us, and Is now our turn to do
something for those who will take
our places. The religion produced
by the Christian Bible has saused
one of the longest and cruelest wars
or which history gives any account.
It has blighted humanity, polluted
the imagination of childhood, and
furrowed the cheeks of tbe best and
tenderest with tears.
For thirty years Catholics and
Protestants killed each other in
Europe, like wild beasts. Some
Christians say that the Bible was
not the cause of that awful war, but
we are unable to think of any other
subject, or book, that did cause It.
To say that the majority of Cath
olios and Protestants were insincere
when fighting over their different
beliefs in the Bible, would be as
wrong as to' say that the majority of
tbem are wrong today. But slncer
Ity is no evidence of correctness in
any religion. If you had been
raised in Persia where they teach
the religion of their claimed inspired
book, Saadh, which was believed by
their ancestors and would be be
lieved by all the people around you,
does It not occur to you that you too
wouia believe in their religion and
speak of believers In all other relig
ions as being beatbenr
You would then think that believ
ers in all other religions than the
Persian had been misled by false
doctrines, as you now do of theirs.
in auditions to those slain in war,
over different beliefs in the Bible,
thousands of good people have been
slowly roasted at tbe stake. Many
have been brutally tortured to death
because the B'ble says "Thou shalt
not suffer a witch to live," (Ex. 22:
18) and that men and women who
have "familiar spirits'' shall be
beaten to death with stones.
Christians felt it their godly duty
to make that law, founded upon the
Bible, by which they put to death
many thousands of innocent people
on the charge of witchcraft, and I do
believe that those laws would be in
force today, had it not been for the
heroic liberals, who first denounced
the Bible as being a human inven
tion, and as untrue. They espec
ially attacked the absurdities that
caused se much suffering.
The more reasonable class of
Christians saw justice in the work
of Liberals, and finally those witch
craft laws were annulled, but not
until many heroic Liberals had met
sadder fates than those of C. C.
Moore and J. B. Wise. The last
person nut to death in our Republic
for tbe offense of witchcraft was at
Sclera, Massachusetts, less than a
ligent Christian believes there ever
was such a thing as a witch.
oo far man has civilized our
Cbristain religion, but it still stands
in need of further civilizing.
I will call your attention to a few
of the absurdities and contradictions
in the Bible. If your clergyman says
tbey are not contradictions ask him
what a contraliction is
The t mowing quotations ae as
much a part of the Bible and as
much inspired as any of it.
"God shall send tbem strong de
lusion that tbey might believe a lie
2. Thess. li. 11.
' Now therefore the Lord hath put
a lying spirit in the mouth or all
these, tby prophets. " I. Kings xxii
And he turned back and looked
on them, and cursed them in tbe
name of the Lird. And there came
forth two she bears out of the wood
and tore forty and two children of
them. II. Zings ii. 24
Manasseh used enchantments and
used witchcraft, and dealt with a fa
miliar spirit and with wizards."
2. Chron. 33. 6.
For witchcraft see Isaiah 8. 19 2.
2. Kings 21. 6, and 1. Sam. 23.
This woman said unto me, Give
thy son that we may eat him today.
and we will eat my son tomorrow.
So we boiled my son and did eat
him." 2 Kings 6. 28-29.
"Ye shall not eat of anything that
dieth of itself; thou shalt give it un
to the stranger that is in thy gates;
he may eat it, or thou may est sell
it. Deut. 14. Zl.
"If any man come unto me and
hate not his father and mother, and
ife and children, and his own life
also be cannot be my disciple."
Luke 14 26.
"And if they will learn anything
let them ask their husbands at home;
for it is a shame for a woman to
8 peak in church " 1. Cor. 14. 35
Tbe Bible teaches and sanctions
human slavery. See Lev. 25. 44. 45,
4d. The liibie teaches future re
wards and contradicts the same
See Eco. 9. 5 and 3 18-23
For God is not'the author of con
fusion but of peace. " 1. Cor. 14 33.
"Tne Lord is a man of war."
Ex. 15 3.
I came not to send peace but a
sword. "-Mitt. 10. 34.
For I have eenGl, face to Nee,
and nly life is preserved." Gen.
"No man bath seen God at any
tlme.'V-John 1. 18.
"All scripture is given by inspir
ation of GoJ."--2. Tim. 3 ltf.
That which I speak I speak not
fter tbe Lird." 2. Cor. 11. 47.
Adultery is forbidden and permit
ted. See 2 Sam li 8 12. and 1
22 and Levit. 20. 10 11 and Num. 31.
The earth is to be destroyed. 2.
Pet. 3. 10. The earth is never to ba
destroyed. Eocl. 1. 4.
There is to be no resurrection of
the dead. Isaiah 26. 14. There Is
to oe a resurrection of tne dead. -1.
Cor. 15 52
a a m i mm
uod is uncnanageoie. "ror l am
the Lord; I change not." Mai. 3
6. God is changeable. 1. Sam.'. 2,
Judas hanged himself. Matt, 27
5. Judas did not hang himself.
Aots 1. 18.
God is just. Deut. 31. 4. God is
unjust. Ex. 20. ft.
To this the Christians raise three
objection : That we should not prove
anything oy tne umie that we can
not beheve 'inspired; that the Old
Bible has been done away with by
the New; that all of the Bible is not
Intended to be understood by man
Can you believe that a wise, kind
and just God has caused a Bible to
be issued, while wishing a part of It
not to be understood, over which the
brightest of American, Latin and
Greek scholars widely differ as to its
.In 90 per cent of the sermons
have heard, the old Bible has been
quoted. By it you prove the story
of the creation and the coming of the
Savior; then why say that the old
Bible Is done away with?
Justly and morally we have the
same right to prove our claimed in
spired Bible against itself, by the
Bible, that we have to prove the
claimed inspired Koran, against it
self by the Koran of Turkey; the
same right that we have to prove the
claimed inspired Yedas, against it
self by the Vedas of India
There is no better metho of
proving misrepresentings of a book,
than the book itself.
If the Clergy will drop the inspi
ration, tbe miracles, tbe absurdities,
then we can agree. Then partial
laws will cease.
It is not our purpose to do away
with all churches, preachers or
Bibles. A rational construction of
it, would not destroy their occupa
tion by any means; but it would
render them more essential to moral
It would dignify them as teachers
and helpers ratner than as censors
and masters . It would make them
less priestly, but more brotherly;
less superstitious, but more rational.
It might diminish their authority,
but it would Increase their useful
ness. We might then have fewer in
number but they would be superior
in ability. A few might have to
seek other employment but tbey
would be happier. If they are able
to meet the objections and refute
the arguments that are adverse
to their religion wby do they use
their utmost endeavors to prevent
such objections and arguments from
being heard or read?
1 insist there is absolutely no mo
tive thinkable why any one should
voluntarily assume an attitude of hos-
tons unl88,indeed, prompt' d"CT
highest prinolpleof duty and honor!
li we were in the least inclined to be
dishonest we would not be here, but
there, because here we have much
to lose socially, politically and finan
cially; there is much to gain,
Here bard continuous struggle, os
tracism, and persecution; there
gliding smoothly with the stream of
0( the Ohio Penitentiary Should
Be Retained in His Office.
That I should personally greatly
admire warden K, it uoffln of the
Ohio Penitentiary w ld appear nat
ural to all who know of my expe
rience as a prisoner under him.
I have the broadest opportunities
to knowpr him rromall sources of In
formation, aud I regard him as the
best fitted In all qualities of ,head
heart and body, tor his position, of
any man in America.
Penology is now a science, and
natural endowment and long
and attentive and conscientious
personal experience make Warden
E. G. Coffin, of Columbus, O., pre
eminently competent in thatsolence.
It Is not merely for his own good
and for the good of the large num
ber of prisoners of whom he has
charge, all of whom, possibly, some
incorrigible cases, would want bim
retained there, but for tbe good of
the country at large that he should
be retained in his position.
His term expires next May, and
Governor Nash address Columbus,
Ohio has the appointment of the
Warden for the next term.
I hope that my friends from every
where will write letters to Governor
Nash asking the retention in office
of Warden Coffin, and that marked
copies of this article will be sent, by
my friends, to all Ubio newspapers.
This is not written in any way at
the suggestion of Warden Coffin, but
purely of my own sympathy for my
late fellow prisoners, and for tbe
good of the country.
My friends in Ohio, and every
where, will always love him and now
is an opportunity to show their ap
preciation of him.
How I Got to be a Catholic
I told you recently In the Blade
that I had been made a Catholic, and
said ,1 would explain to you how it
By mistake my name has been
printed Charles E. Moore, as was
once done by a number of Northern
newspapers it having originated in a
The post office authorities in Lex
ington think I am the man Intended
in tbe following letter:
Chicago. III., Nov. 20, 1899.
Mr. Charles E. Moore, Lexington,
Dear Brother In Christ Your ap
plication for membership in tne
Christian Catholic Church has been
. I am glad to receive your appl'ca
tion, and to receive you into the
church. ' You may consider yourself
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O MATTER where we wander in life's declining day: ' ,
m- - i j t . i .... J '
r rum uiu associations we can never orirt away;
The woods, the vales, the meadows, and the deep swimmiu' hole,
And our old school companions ever dear to thn mil
But of all the man v memories that linear In thn Koart
That bring back the old times of life the dearest part
There 's none so fond and tender, so precious and so sweet,
As thinkln' of the good things we used to have to eat. i
For it takes us back to childhood, when the heart was light and free,
n.uu mo Btwnauu never unaerstooa us iuu capacity,
And every thing we ate was rood, from soulrrel notnle down
To the ear of corn we roasted to an appetizing brown;
Or the onions that we smothered in the old fireplace
Good to loosen up our cold, or to poultice up our face
Oh, everything was royal then, and for them all I sigh, '
iuui waiuio uuKD uu quiauc preserves, up to ariea-appie Die.
And I sigh for basket picnics, held on Independence Day.
When our mothers spread the dinners out, each proud of her display;
'Twas indeed a day of freedom, 'neath the grand old forest shade,
For a boy could reach and helo himself, and never feel afraid!
And every one was welcome, and pressed to have some more,
And enough was left, when all were done, to feed a huncrrr nnnrn-
Talk about your banquet halls and soft luxurious seat,
Give me the spread upon the grass, 'round which we stood to eat.
I en rolled 'o'n' theT chrhrecrlsTf?'i 'iViHi!
The man who lies down with pots
gets blacked; tne man who sleeps
with dogs gets fleas on him, and the
man or nation that mixes religion
with his, or its affairs is bound to
suffer the consequences.
Dewey came home the most pop
ular man in the world. He played
to the gallery gods by carrying
around the missionary box in an
Episcopal church. Of course every
body or any sense could see tbat it
was an advertisement of himself and
of that church.
Then be married, for her money.
a rich Catholic woman, who, like ev
ery other real Uatholic, or real
Protestant, or real Christian of any
kind, would be proud to send the
whole country to the devil, if in so
doing, be or she can advanoe the
cause of his or her particular relig
Dewey had sense enough to shoot
a cannon or carry around a mission
ary box, but he was not smart
enough to "Beware of tbe Greeks
bearing gifts, and when they offer
ed bim tLe house be took it. He
was to marry a certain Catholio la
dy and the Catholics wanted a cer
tain One bouse in Washington to
stick onto one of their churches, and
they got the people to give that
portloular bouse to Dewey because
that was the one the prospective
Mrs. Dawey wanted and then the
scheme was for bim to give it to her
and for her t ) give it to tbe Cath
olics for the benefit of a lot of liquor
soaked vagabond priests, and if
she really has not done so, it is be
cause public sentiment made it too
hot for her; and now Dewey Is U a
little domestio bell of bis own. and
ill be until he beoomes a full
ftalged Catholio, unles tbe Cath
olics see tbat they can work their
racket better to keep bim a Prot
If I bad to join any church my
firt choice would be the Mobamm :U
ans, my aoond tbe Mormons, my
third, tbe Cath tlics, my fourth the
Campbell it, and for ray fifth I
would pitch up beads and tills be
ween tbe bilatiod of tbe Protectant
But this Catholio scheme has
ruined the happiness of Dewey.
As a member of this church, you
will be, with all other members, in
my daily prayers; and, if you are
faithful to God, He will abundantly
bless you in all good things.
Faithfully your Friend and Fellow
servant in Jesus.
John Alex. Dowie.
General Overseer of the Christian
Accomnaying thU is a printed
form in which some of the questions
are as follows:
Are you reading and circulating
Leaves of Healing, giving each wek
tbe record of Zion s Onward Move
ment and the growth of her financial
Do you Intend to have a dwelling
place in Zion City when it is ready
for habitation 7
. Are you a shareholder in ,Z;bn
Land and Investment Association?
If not, how soon will you able to be
How much do you expect to be
able to invest in a home in Zion City ?
What business calling or occupa
tion would you be fitted fr when
located in Zion City, and what has
beeu your business experience?
In the same large envelope is
small one to contain the money tbat
I am to send but have not sent yet
nd is addressed to "Ke. Jbn
Alex Dowie, General Overseer,
Zion, 1207 Michigan Ave., Chicago"
A card enclosed has a list of texts
from the scriptures showing tbat
we must pay our money to support
John Alex, thinks himself a
"smart Aleck" and! think be is a
I suppose some body In joke has
sent the fellow my name, or tbat
some silly Christian has done it in
earnest. I suppose my name will be
counted among the converts to the
Club Rates Will Cease
On the 15th of Jinurary.
We will no longer offer the Club
Rates after Janurary 15. We can
not afford it. Paper bas advanced
from two to three cents a pound,
and wilt probably go higher. Living
and other expen.es. are likewise ad
vanclng. At the Ulub nates there
Is uo profit, but considerable lo.
Our only object in giving them, U
the cxiNHiUncy tbat tbe subscrib
er will coutinue with us. Those
whi are contemplating forming a
club, would better hasten to com
plete It. Itouiember, to a club of
five subscribers we will send the
Blade for one year at 50 cents a sub
scriber. TbU offer will not be ex
tended after the 15th of Janurary.
j Close up your clubs.
1 see again the garden patch and fields I used to hoe,
'Way up in Adams County, in the long, long years ago.
And again I'm shockin' fodder, and gath'rln fruit from trees,
And bury in winter apples when tbe ground begins to freeze
it s there the native people, like tbe laod, are mostly poor,
But it's there I long to banquet on the choicest things of yore;
And it makes no difference with them, if tbey have a crop or not.
They're never short of good things a bilin' in the pot.
I've wandered long and far away and sampled bills of fare,
In boarding house and best cafe to be found anywhere;
They'd lots of things we never had at the old homestead.
But no corn pone and Johnny cake and no salt-rising bread,
And plum and pumpkin butter, for which Iilon? have pined:
Nor the glorious jam and jumbles mother hid hp in the shelves.
When she spent the day a-visitin' and left us to ourselves.
They've markets to supply them with the choicest fruit and game,
And the cook in' now and then is good, but somehow 'tain't the san
The boarding house and swell cafe are both a glorious cheat.
r or tcey can t maice tne good things we used to have to eat.
I've dined at the St. Nicholas and feasted at the Grand,
While music flowed in sweetest strains from an Italian band;
The service all was "a la mode," and the 6tyle was just immense,
And variety such as country folks never make pretense,
But old fashioned cobbler; apple dumplin'sgive to me
A pitcher full of creamy dip apple dumplin's, jubilee!
Mutton roast and sweet potatoes that no Frenohy chef can beat,
And lots of other good things that I used to have to eat.
When the preacher came on Sunday, that day of blissful rest.
Twas tben our mother bardett worked to make the eatln best;
And we boys chipp d in to help her, unusually sedate.
But when tbe time for eatln' came, were told we'd have to wait:
We stood it 'cause we had to aod dare not make a fuss,
But where's the boy tbat ever lived, in seoret didn't cuss,
When told to take the back yard, when the preacher took his seat,
And bad to eat tbe leavin's of good things they'd to eat? '
We wonted to get that dinner up against Divine command, -Wby
we should work and preacher eat, we couldn't understand:
So we gathered in the woodshed, 'stead o' running out to play,
And grumbled 'cause it always 'peared we boys were in the way;
But even then, the leavin's seemed better Nr to me
Than Knightly banquet at tbe Grand, spread out in style Paree;
Twas because dear mother cooJced em, oh, bless her loving heart!
Ever willing and a-strivicg to be doing twice her Dart
Torough blinding tears see her still, with busy hands and feet.
Going about the kitchen, gettln' good things for to eat.
So, no matter bow the years fly, no matter where we rove,
Our tend 'rest mem rles gutber 'round tbe old home kitchen stove,
Where we built the fires o' mornings, when the frost was on the pane,
And its radiant glow soon bronght a cheer no mortal can explain :
Oh, if on'y I could feel again as once I used to feel,
Haogin round tbe kitcbeo, helping mother get a meal,
With the aroma from tbe oven givin promise of a treat.
And icdulgln' in tbe good things I used to have to eat.