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BIRTH-PANGS. Let me call your attention once more to the fact that we are now witnessing the birth of a New Age. And let me remind you again that a BIRTH is nearly always accompanied by suffering and blood. You don't have to be told that this is true in the case of human and animal births, but perhaps you never stopped to consider that the same rule operates on a larger scale in the birth of nations and dispensa tions. But it is true just the same. You know the Bible says that when the great time of trouble comes upon the world it will be like the pains upon a woman in child-birth. Well, how is that? Just one spasm and all done? No it is a series of pains or spasms, with short periods of comparative ease in between. The later pains are apt to be more severe than the first ones, The Great War was only the first birth-pain of the Golden Age. There must be others. Just how many l don't know. And just how much more blood will have to flow nobody can tell. But the remaining pains will be quick and sharp, and the time cannot be very long. The next spasm is now coming in sjght. On the day that the first spasm ended I heard some big "patriot ic" orators get up and make big flowery speeches. One of them said it was the greatest day since the birth of Christ. He said the world's troubles were all ended and we were going to have a man-made heaven from that day onward. But I said, 4 'Hold on! you are a little too fast! The trouble is not over yet." But they laughed at me and said, "Oh, Pearson, you are an old pessimist you don't know anything!" Boomer, North Carolina, July 1921. All right I guess they see nowj who it was that didn't know anything. Never mind when the last birth-pang is ended and the New Agecss really born, you will not need "patriotic" orators to tell you about it. You will just know it without telling. There, will be some signs too plain to be mis understood. One of them will be REAL DISARMAMENT and a different class of men at the head of all governments 7-men who have the Christ-spirit in them instead of the devil-sprit tha now prevails everywhere.- I The Golden Age is now BEiNG BORN the pains are on the blood is flowing but the birth is not finished yet. THE NEXT WAR." It would be highly interesting to go back and read what the papers said pust following the Armistice, and then compare it with what they are saying now. At that time it was "glorious and everlasting peace ' the last great war was ended, and there never would be another war in the world. From then on it would be endless ages of perfect peace and harmony among the nations. Oh, what a beautiful picture they did draw! But now pick up your news paper today and see how glibly it rattles on about "the. next war" just a3 if it was all settled that we are to have another one right away. And it is' The big blood-thirsty bosses have got all of the general plans laid and are now arranging the details as fast as possible. Yeshoney the present indi cations all point to another great world war. It will probably start in less than a year from now, and it promises to be a much more savage and brutal affair than the recent one. You remember how we held up our hands in holy horror when Germany began using poison gas. We thought that was utterly in human and .we all agreed that it placed Germany ,phim outddethe bounds of civilization" She was the outlaw of nations. But now look! To-day we see every nation (including our own) just tearing its shirt to invent a still more deadly poison gas than the Ger mans ever dreamed of. We want it to use in the "next war," you know. And we are now pleasant ly informed that our own Amer ican chemists have compounded a new poison gas so deadly-that a whole city can be depopulated in a few minutes. We are proud of this great achievement, and we are guarding the secret so that some other nation cannot get hold of it and use it against us. Probably we can have the honor of being the "Huns" in the "next war." Isn't that a nice picture to con template? Til say it is. But we are driving straight into it just as fast as time can move. Fool-Killer Stuff Translated. One of my articles in the Feb ruary Fool-Killer the one called "How Do Ages End?" - was translated into the Italian lan guage and printed in a paper in Italy. A friend in Italy sent me a copj and I had the novel ex perience of not being able to read my own writing. Guess I will haye to take up the study of for eign languages, now that my writing has become important enough to be translated. What Harvey said was not the truth exactly, but it was a doggon sight nearer the truth than what his critics have said. If Harvey had Jeen bold enough to tell the whole truth he would have stirred up a stink for shore-certain. Number 5. A SERMON ON "INSURANCE 9 They tell us that great arma ment great preparedness for war is an insurance against war. And so they are piling it on. Out of every dollar of govern ment funds collected, 93 cents must go to pay for war, past present or future. . These are the official figures. ' Insurance! ' Great howling torn cats! Germany had that same sort of "insurance' ' against war, and now didn't it prevent war in her easef Now DIDN'T it? If you want to find out how7 big armies ar,e.,ftninsurancV-against . war, just go and ask Germany. She knows. It wouldn't be quite so bad to pay 03 per cent of our government funds for' that sort of insurance against war if it would insure against war. But it won't. That's. the thunder of it. We pay our money for insur ance to keep us out of war, and then we wade right in anyhow. Our insurance hastens the . very thing it is supposed to prevent. Just imagine a man running a business and paying 93 per cent of all he made for insurance on his business and then not getting any insurance after he paid for it! Wouldn't that be a poor busi ness policy? You would say that such a man was a plum fool, and that would be the truth. Well, Uncle Sam is right now running his business in just that sort of a manner. Insurance! Aw. yer foot! Harding's use of the English language reminds me of an old cow trying to play a fiddle. Uncle Henry 4d is still having jeeminy fits about the Jews. He might as well be shoveling wind off of a Jtmrn with a pitchfork.