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PAGE TWO The Fool-Killer A Monthly Mustand-Plaster for the Blood-Boils of Society, Church and State. PUBLISHED MONTHLY. James Larkin Pearson, ... ... Editor BOOMER, NORTH CAROLINA. SUBSCMPT ION RATES: Single subscription, one year, 0 cts In clubs of four or more, id cts. Entered as second-class matter March 3, 1916, at the postoffice at Boomer, N. C, under the act of klarch 3, 1879. TAKE NOTICi) Do not send postage, stamps on sub Remittances should be made by i registered letter, expreia or postofSce noney order. Be careful to write your own name ind addresi plair.ly, and direct all letters and make all orders payable ;o : THE FOOL-KILLER, Boomer, - - - - North Carolina. HEART-TO-HEART TALK. Now, dear readers and friends this is a personal letter to you. want you to regard it as just a: personal and just as important a? if I had written it direct on typewriter and mailed it to you ii. a sealed envekpe under a two ...ent stamp. What do you think of the lint jf talk 1 am giving you this tiinei If you believe my New Messagt iontains something that thepeoplt mght to read and think about '.hen I want you to appoint your self as a mission? ry to help spread it among your friends. Tote this issue around in your pocket and read it to people you meet ancl ask them what they think about it. You will find more peoph thinking along these lines thai you might suppose. And if yov happen to strike a few who have not yet begun to think on these things, this paper will wake then up and put them to thinking. The whole human race today h aware of the fact that this old earth is passing through a greats crisis, and that SOMETHING oi far-reaching consequence to the people must be the result. The human mind is in a questioning attitude, wondering if this realbj is the end, and the old cut-and-dried conceptions of what is going to happen in the wind-up are be ing changed rapidly. Hence the time is ripe for thi? New Message, and I want you tc help me spread it into every nook and corner of this broad land. It is going to take a great deal oi money to run this thing undei . present conditions. Print papei costs about twie-rwhat it former ly did, and some kind of war ta (in the form of postage or other wise) is going to' fall heavily or all publishers. And besides that I am constantly needing to adc new machinery and office equip ment to handle the business. Yoi; folks hustle up the clubs and I'L furnish the chin-music till every thing goes easy. JUDGE IVES AGREES WITH ME. Hon. W. M. Ives, of Lake City, Fla., is . a noted lawyer and ; Judge. Being thoroughly train ed in law and having a judicial turn of mind, Judge Ives ought -to be able to understand what the language of Scriptures means. It is a Judge's business , to decide hard questions, and to decide them RIGHT. Judge Ives will now proceed to pass sentence on the "immortal soul" doctrine : "Your paper gets better. The devil is the author of the inher ent immortality. (Genesis 3:3-4) And Rome and the whole church accepts it. And preachers, in stead of believing I Tim. G:19, Romans 2:7, and I Cor. 15:53-54 have theology to contradict God. I tell people a man cannot get in to Hell (as the orthodox use the word) until after the judgment, (Acts 17 :31,) and he ought not to desire to go to Heaven, (Psalms 115:15-17.) Preachers say I hold a dangerous doctrine, which is calculated to .ruin all that Satan told Eve the truth (Gen. 3:4.) W. M. IVES, . Lake City, Fla. Whenever - one of our big statesman or big popular leaders of any kind undertakes to shoot off his lip on some Biblical sub ject, the result is such a collos sal display of ignorance that it is highly amusing. GETTING INTO LONG PANTS Well, -folkses, how dow you like the size and general appear ance of The Fool-Killer this time? I thought it was old enough to put on long pants if it was ever going to. So here you are. After 'being a little dinky 4 column sheet for nearly ten vears, it has suaaemy mossomeu i i t i ii t out into the liar six-column i newspaper size. j This enlargement is going to cost a good deal, both in material MT1fi iMunr unf I think it will be ! worth all it costs. I have made so many promises to enlarge the paper, and then failed to do it, that I ju took a fool notion to slip up on you this time and enlarge without saying anything about it before hand. Promises are all right if kept, but performance is better. Ancl here is the PERFOR MANCE stuck right-ker-dab un der your nose for you to look at. Now, honey, if you are willing to help me keep it up to this and make it still better, just come trotting along with all the big clubs you can get. You furnish the chink, and I'll furnish the chat. 'USEFUL IN WAR." There is a hand among healthy the army fuss on bosses as to how the army air service shall be conducted in the future. They all want to make it "useful in fu ture wars," but they can't agree on any plan of action. Huh! How about our League of Nations that is going to pre vent future war? Looks to me like the whole army shebanl might as well be junked if our League is going to do such won ders. But I reckon if the angels should come down and give every one of the army snobs a heavenly harp, they would around hunting for some way make them "useful in war." Don't that tickle you ? It tickles me. go to DID YOU KNOW THIS? Did you know that when a cannon is fired it does not make a bit of noise ? The noise is made : by the ear-drums of the people ; who hear it. The very heaviest thunder that ever rolls through the heavens does not .produce a particle of sound. The sound is produced in the ears of the peo ple who hear it. If there was not an ear in the whole universe it would be impossible for any noise to be made. . If every eye on earth were put out, the earth would be in total darknness. The sun might shine just as bright as it does, but there would not be any light. The light is not made by the sun, but by the eye that does the see- ing. If all the human beings on earth were dead and every hu : man brain mouldered back to : dust, there could not be any hu man intelligence nor thought nor memory of anything that had been in the past. Human con sciousness does not come from ; the outside and cannot exist on the outside. Conscious contin- uity of life cannot exist without ; memory, and memory cannot ex ist without the physical brain on ; which the events have been re corded. Therefore, when flip body dies, memory ceases ; and memory ceases there is no ' more conscious connection with : the experiences of the past 1 IT on "immAi'Ti pah '-nc If an immortal soul"-cannot I remember the past it cannot be I conscious that it is the same soul ! that once lived in a certain hu ; man body. And if it cannot know i that, it' is not in a position to . know vsry much ot : else. anything ; That whole botched-up theory ; about souls living on and know ing everything after death is the biggest piece of nonsense I t ever heard tell of. " THE FOOL-KILLER, PARAGRAPHS Now just 'watch prices decline upwards. There seems to be a rat in the ratification. - ! A few more hauls like I and Henry 4d will be rich. that . Perhaps Henry will take that i you pref ere. They depend on; meek and obedient slaves, and: The average Socialist believes six cents and buy him a 4d. "each ojther m a very vital sense, orthodox churchanity is able to that a Psl'fect and ldeal condl t,..ij . - , I and each m-oves the truth of the ! fill the order. With the crack 1 tion of society can be brought iieianu is a country wnere there is nearly as much there is "land." " i "ire" as IT 71 i- XI A. T 1 "I - - 1. . J "nai uasuuii neara aooiu Postmaster General Burdensome going to resign ? Say it agin please. "Mexico will be normal in a head-line. ninety days," says Wonder who is going to start the trouble this time? It seems that the crime of hav ing "ideas" is what's the matter 'with the Bolshevists. Armies mustn't have any "ideas," you know. Wars and labor troubles and all their attendant evils will not cease until "better service" in stead of "'more profit' becomes the standard of government. have built a big power dam on a river in Alabama, and they have named it "Wilson Dam.' say it But lots of backwards. peopie will You can set it down as a sure fact that no capitalist paper wants any true facts about Rus sia these days. But there is a great demand for lies on the sub ject. Kill oi and your e man in private life are a murderer. Kill a hundred men in war and you are a hero." But I have my serious doubts about whether God looks at itrtliat way or not. I 'want every person on my i .11 ji r? li sc aarain wno ever am taxe me Fool-Kilier anvwhere back in the past. If you happen to know one who isn't on, show him paper and take his sub. tins Irv Cobb says the good report er is. the one who gets the facts. Yes, and -I reckon he is still ; "gopderv when he learns to sup press the facts and hatch up lies to suit the bosses. , They-say that in South- Amer ica .the United States dollar is at a discount of about 20 per cent. Hcoray, let's all go to South America. Here at home the dol lar is at a discount of about 75 per cent. No, Hiram, it is not Bolshevist I propaganda that is causing th ; radical wave to swell so in this : country. It is the fool conduct ot the bosses m trying to sup press everything that crosses their path. They tell us that "peace" has come, and yet from reliable sources I learn that more than twenty wars are this minute go ing on in the world. This must be the "peace that passeth all understanding." It is seriously reported . i' . that the monarchists- of Russia have gotten together and offered the throne to a young water sprout of the Romanoff family. Sorter like a dying chinch trying to will the bedstead to a louse. Any line of teaching th til tlx- 4- bosses disapprove of is "prcpa- . ganda," but anything that they vfant taught in the interest of their own sernsn schemes thats "education," It's a mighty fine thing to have a few scare-words ready when needed. The Greensboro Daily News calls the United States "the heavyweight among nations." Mavbe so : but you drop a heavy it sk Wr ttan alight weight. You can study out the moral for yourself. . It is a favorite pastime of the ; capitalist press to reier to bo i n,( l pic ui icici u ou - ciaiists as aupes. nut that don't fool anybody. We all know j that the real "dupes" are the ignorant working people are Willing to be exploited poor who and skinned by the plutes and still trot after them The life of the average sleepy headed person from now on is : going to be just one big surprise after another. I would hate to be of those who are asleep and have to get such a rude awakeri- Iks, you had better wake m.2f F 1 up now, before it is too late. ' BOOMER, N. C, MY TWO DISCOVERIES. Within the past ten years I have made two discoveries. At first I. didn't realize that they were so closely related, but now ; the money power just as the po-1 I have come to see that my twoilitical parties do, and for the ! discoveries are full-blooded : vivnfViovc rv cifpv wVuVVimVor i .. otner. . T was raised mi in the ortho- ! j. i dox fold, both politically and re- ligiously. Just swallowed .what , they gave me and never took the I ! trouble to think anv for myself"! I until I was nearly thirty years ! old. It was only after I had started The Fool-Killer that I began to think for myself. The mental effort required in editing the paper was what got me start ed. Quite naturally I had to read and study and keep more ' closely in touch with world events than I ever did before. And being by nature just a. big ' enough fool to be honest withidat? and with halt-concealed, mwlf Twnonn tvMVPlino- n j contempt for the work ot the ; my sell 1 was scon tiaelmg a;preachers through the years of mental road that tne old moss-: the past has collapsed, as it : backs said was dangerous. But ! should have done ; and a better ; I knew better. I was actually movement, which includes the ' on the road and seeing it for my self; and I knew it was" a good road. The mossbacks had nev- iiii -i i i er traveled the road had never even seen it but had only HEARD that, it was dano-m-ons. I felt safer in trusting my own eyes than in trusting the "hear say" of "people who had never been there. So I went serenely ahead in - my nev path of thought, and have never for a ; moment been sorry of it. My first discovery was that . Orthodox Politics was rotten, false and dangerous. I saw that all the old political parties were lined up with the money power, and that their sole aim and ob ject was to serve the special in terests of the rich and get fat offices for themselves. During campaign times they shed lots of crocodile tears over the "dear peepul" and promise them all creation with a fence around it. But there is not one drop of sin ; cerity in all their salty wopes,, and they have no intention of keeping their fair promises when they make them. Neither the Democratic nor Republican party has ever stop- ped and asked itself: What can I do that w7ill reduce the amount of suffering in the world and make the living conditions of all the people easier? No-sir-ee-Bob! The only question they ever ask is this: What can I do that will get me the solid sup port of the rich and powerful in terests ? What special favors can I give the capitalists, bankers, manufacturers, speculators and war-lords in exchange for their support ? Thus they swap and trade with these powers of dark- ness to keep themselves in of fice, and the "dear peepul" pay the freight. That was my first great dis covery, and the moment the truth dawned on me I was done with old-party politics forever. My next great discovery came a little later and a little more , gradually, and it was this : Or thodox Religion is just as much . like Orthodox Politics as twe peas in a pod. It is rotten with hypocrisy, pride and selfishness, : and is also living adultery with the money power. Its Geology, borrowed mostiyTrom paganism, has been gotten up especially to scare the ignorant masses into submission, and make them satisfied with their , - miserabe conditionS bv . ,., . " threats of a wprse. condition hereatter. I he .idea is to paint a picture of future misery so mnrb hwsp than nnfbmo- that men have experienced that the contrast will make the present misery seem quite bearable. Even very dirty snow looks tol erably white against a back ground of absolute black. And so I discovered that the popular churches do not repre- sent the true spirit of Christ at i all. They are not working in the interest of the people, nor in i the interest of true religion, but i always plotting and planning; to keep on the rich and popular ; side. They swap and trade with ! same reason. Capital offers so ; nnir vm;-. iiio,.o r. c . . " -.. .' . ... :. : ana sizzie oi tne neir wmp over ; fhpir h Paris tbp fnifVifnl rlimps i -t - i fit ai are driven on to slave for the bosses. In short, I discovered that orthodox politics and orthodox churchanity are the devil's twins j and that I could not cut loose j from one without cutting loose ! from the other. . And I thank ! God today that both. I am loose from LISTEN! HEAR ANYTHING The Laymen's Movement, which made big promises about converting the world by a certain j preachers, has come to the front. Out of this latter movement the ; Seventy-five Million Dollar Cam paign was born, and Big Busi-i ness has had the sense to put! the preachers in front. Now .l i n you are going ro near sometning Charity and Children, Thorn-: asville, N. C. For pure humor the above is a gem. And the thing that that makes it so irresistable funny is the fact that it seems to have been said in all seriousness. Charity and Children is a Baptist paper, and its editor of course thinks that the Baptist creed contains all truth and that no other creed contains any. He thinks that the sun rises and sets ill the Baptist churchyard, and that everything else is in darkness. He seems sorter glad that the Laymen's Movement failed to convert the world by a certain date, and he rejoices that a better movement, which includes the preachers, has now come to the front. And what has the "better movement" done that it deserves such great praise ? Why, bless yer gizzard, honey, it has started out to beg Seventy-five Million Dollars to be used in buying up high-class populari ty for the Baptists. Money is the main -object with the Baptist church as well as all the rest, and any movement that promises to rake in a big pile of ; the long green is what they are after. It don't make much dif ference whether they have any truth or any spirituality or not i MONEY is the important ; thing. And just look how innocent ; ly this "editor lets it out that i Big Business is the power be hind all these "movements." He says it just as solemnly as if he ' thought that was the proper way for it to be, and I reckon he does- But to me it is very funny. What do you suppose Big Busi ness cares for religion, anyhow, except as it can use religion and the preachers to feather its own nest ? And about the worst thing that can be said of the , preachers is that they will sub : mit to letting Big Business use them in such a way. . Is it possible that the churches and the preachers have exhaust ed every other means of holdinsr the respect of the people? And is that why they have to hook up with the money power and buy the Big Business brand of guaranteed respectability ? M;v stars alive, what a churchanity is coming to! "Now you me going to pu hear oomething !" sweetly warbles the optimistic editor of Charity and Children. Yes, for one thing you are going to hear the curse of God pronounced upon all such money-grabbing schemes. Looky here, if there is anybody . in your neighborhood that don't i take this paper, go after 'em. AUGUST, 1919. THIS IS WILY If yon? are going to try to classify me politically at all I guess vou will have to-call me a Socialist, but you will find as you read along that some of my views are considerably different from those of most Socialists. i u c,;r,i,r ,iirr. iiiifiiii iiv iifiirivirifi.i.iii iii.ift i f litical ideas into operation through the channels of co-operative government. He believes man can do all this in his own strength, and he does not often take into consideration the fact that God must be reckoned with, His materialistic conception of history does not have any room for God's over-ruling providence and for the working out of a di vine plan.- Here is my position : I believe that human nature as we now have it in this world is inherently selfish and evil, and I don't believe it is possible to have any perfect government on earth as long as men have the full say-so about it. I believe the only hope of ever having a perfect government on this earth is for Jesus Christ to come and set it up and run it. And I believe that is just what He is going to do pretty soon. Then maybe you wonder why I consider the Socialists anv ; nearer right than the other par ties. For this reason: The So cialists have caught a glimpse of the great light ahead, and they are looking and working to ward it. They are wanting the Millennium of peace and right eousness to come, and they are doing all they can to bring it, ac cording to the light they have. : They think they are going to bring the good times. themselves, ; and the glorious prospect of it makes them glad. When they find out that they can't do it ! alone, but that God is going to help them do it, they will be glad of that, too. The main point is that the So cialists are in a better state of mind to receive and appreciate the great changes that are soon to come. The changes may not be just the kind they are looking for, and may not come in just the way they expect. But be cause they are honestly expect ing and working for a change in the social order, they are in a favorable state of mind to accept and appreciate whatever comes. Now look at the old capitalist parties, on the other hand. They have set their heads against any change at all. They say . the present evil system of skin-or-be-ski lined is good enough for them. They want their rich pets to continue riding on the backs 'of the poor, and they would like to put everybody in jail who even hints that there ought to be a change. And let me tell you right now, the old mossbacks, who neither expect nor desire any change at all, are going to be the worst whipped set you ever heard tell of. if they had half sense they could see that great change has already come, and that still greater changes are just a lit tle distance in the future. There is no possible chance for the world to get back to where it was before the waV. WThen the stand-patters do have to give over arifl admit that the current of change and revolution is too strong for them, oh, what a sick ; and disappointed set they will : be ! And then when the Qod of ; heaven strikes the final blow and : winds up all of these little fussy ; governments of men. to make j room for His righteous Kingdom ; on earth, there will be ; :md gnashing of teeth 1 the plutes. wailmg among But those of us who have the ' sure word of prophecy to teach i us that these things are coming we will not be taken by sur prise. And the Socialists al- hough they didn't see through t plan will find themselves etter satisfied than they ever speeted to be. So that's why I am in sympa- j thv with the Socialists. although j I may sometimes disagree with ithem.