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THE FOOL-KILLER, BOOMER, N, C. PAGE THREB THE HOUR OF DOOM Preachers Please Answer. Two Terrible Twins, About Correspondence. The Fool Killer is not trying to be an agitator of unrest. J t isnot trying to stir up strife and make bad matters worse. No sir! It is simply trying to "hold up the mirror to nature,' ' as the poet says, and let the world see for itself just what kind of a looking thing it is. The Fool Killer hasn't made the unrest, any more than the look ing glass makes the freckles on a gal's nose, but it just wants to tell you the unrest is here. And it wants to tell you WHY the unrest is here, and why it is going to stay here for a while. It is because the TIME HAS COME for the general over turning of all established insti tutions of every kind. There is no man and no set of men on earth that could have prevented things from getting in the shape they are now, and no man nor set of men can make them any better until the DIVINE PURPOSE of this up. Jieaval is achieved. The old clock of Time hag come around to the striking point, and the hour of DOOM has struck for many of this old world's pet institutions. It is utterly useless for the con-1 aervatives and reactionaries to Jight against the tide of change. They might just as well bristle up and try to subdue a cyclone. They just.might as well try to sweep back the tide of the ocean with a feather duster. Gentlemen, it can't be done. God's hand is in this "radical movement, 1 as you call it, ana God will see that it goes through to a nnisn. Senates will deliberate. Committees will investigate. Philosophers will meditate. Orators will orate. Agitators will agitate. Strong men will fulminate. Weak men will supplicate. But it will all amount nothing. to Human institutions as we have heretofore known them are on a greased track, and they are taking tneir swnt nae aown ana out. mi , . i ill l j1 1 ne next stop win ue uie cau of the road. TTTI .. Li J " 1 J wnentneaevii wants sume- thing done that he is ashamed to do himselt, ne turns tne jod over to a hypocrite. If any of these tobacco-chewing, ambear squirting church niem- bers ever get to heaven, the Van- gels will have an awful time cleaning up after them. Once in awhile the plute publi cations allow a good thing to slip in. I just happened to be looking back over an old copy of the American Magazine, and found the following which 1 had marked in an article by Bruce Barton: "Whenever I see a faction of folks who seem to 'me most in need of criticism, most wrong in their ideas and influence, I cannot forget what a sorry appearance that crowd must have presented that followed Jesus of Nazereth along the shores Qf Galilee. When I find all the good men on one side of any question, I am re minded that all the leading citi zens were on the side that sent Socrates to death and that stoned Stephen in the market-place." (And he might have added "that sent Debs to prison.") But read the above again, and think about it. There is a great lesson in it. We are too much in clined to think that the popular thing is the right thing, and that the unpopular thing is always bad and dangerous. Why, sakes alive, man voVion taI1 rnmo vi iVl-if ( n W!! m th tart it. i mmR often insfc the other way. You may study the historv of every reform move mentthat has ever been in the - . nrlfl,.ftn find that u the big leaderg of society church and gtate were asainst them. i T h h advprtisim? for an orthodox preacher who is willing to say that he would have joined wfth Jesus and his little bunch of ed fishermen if he had been living at that tirQe but x havent j.u; Trf tk aaohv ragg talk migaty sugary about Jesus now. since ie ana Jtiis cause nave - 1 TT' ' 1 gained recognition in the world, but how many of them would have been willing to face the - disgrace of being one of His e&rly disciples That's what I want to know. The smaller a man's heart is the more meanness it can hold. The surest way to get money out of a farm is to discover a d mine on it Liffi.is made un of what we . . , - haven't done and wnat we are o-oinsr to do. 0 a Twins MeKinlev's adminis- traticm the Republican spell bmders went around boasting tW a farmpr rnnld snarie iir a calf -track and sell it for more than a whole calf would bring under Grover. But now, under tnis Hardtimes prosperity, a calf wouldn't pay for enough ground to make a track on. See here, Mr. Thinking Man, I want to talk to your head a few minutes on the general subject of ''Politics and Theology." Did you ever stop to think that the old selfish, persecuting, un reasonable, reactionary politics and the old fogified, superstitious, prejudiced and hell-scared reac tionary theology always go hand in hand? Well, they do. Whenever I find an old political IS'. 1 -c mummy wno was intellectually dead and dried up thirty years ago, and who has never learned anything since, I don't usually need to ask about that man's the ology. I know that his old emp ty heart is as dry and crusty as a last year's raw-hide, and I know that "immortal soul" and "eter nal torment" rattle about in it like two peas in a bladder. But whenever I find a man who has got his eyes open politi cally who. has begun to see that the old political parties and those who operate through them are all frauds' and humbugs I generally find that he has also cut his wis- dam teeth in the matter of religion He no longer allows himself to be savage meuiugy. The fact is that in order to be entirely free you must get loose from both these Dark Age insti- tutions. It don't help much to get loose from one while you are still a slave to the other. The old creeds are very useful to the old reactionary political wind- jammers-they help to keep the neonle tangled up and bewilder- their pockets. I am sending out a few sample copies of this issue. If you happen to get one it is an mvi- tation ior you to suoscnue aim I . f i. i ii get up a club. Why, yes, honey, there are other papers published, but you will have to hunt a long time be- fore you find anything else as rich and juicy as The Fool-Killer, It has them all skinned a mile. No sir, I am not opposed to wealth. Wealth is a good thing. There is enough wealth in the wnvlf fnrpvprvhodv and everv - woria ior eerooa, ana every boay OUgnt to nave it. It IS - poverty I object to. Fortv ner cent of the world's gold in the United States, and I . forty per cent of our people rag- ged and hungry! At that rate, if we had the other sixty percent of the world's gold we would all have to go to the poor house. I used to print a column or two of letters from my readers in each issue of The Fool-Killer, and would be glad to continue doing so, but the Post Office Department has ruled that these letters are 'advertising,7 ' and I am required to pay an excessively high rate of postage on the paper if I print the letters. That is a very unfair ruling, but there isn't a thing in the wprld I can do to help myself, except to just not print the letters. But I want you to know that I appreciate your letters just the same and the clubs, too. The sub3 are coming now in a regular stream sorter like old times. Keep it up, friends. James Larkin Pearson. It is perhaps a good thing that they put off the disagreement conference till winter,- If they had opened it up during the hot weather it would certainly have soured. And I'm afraid it will anyhow. Now that the government has acknowleged that the Emergency Fleet was a mistake, maybe it will finally acknowlege that the whole hang-taked war was a mis take. It is said that Europe now has fifteen million more women than men. Looks to me like they will have to introduce polygamy over there in order to enable those fifteen million women to raise more men to kill in war. Great game that is! Dummycats write and ask me to lambast the Republicans, and Republicans write and suggest that I cuss out the Dummycats. All right, boys, I am going to comply with both requests, and then you will both be mad. Peo ple are kuris things, anyhowr. It seems to be very difficult for some people to comprehend that the world is NOT going back to its old pre-war status. . And tnat( my dear sheep,, is what I am trying to hammer into your noggins. The old world is passing ; away with a great noise, and all things are to be made new, just j as the Bible says. It may go , against the grain of some of the j plutocrats and profiteers, but I i can't help that. It is a fact, and you are all going to see it. I : "BLUETS and BUTTERCUPS" : This little book of poems was writ- ' ;en by the wife of James Larkui . editor of The FoolKiller. i rhe book contains about 20 poems, a 'ew written in the author's girlhood days, but most of them in later life, (t is neatly printed, and has a pic- tire of the author. I will send you . i a : j xt rr i j T :n 'l""1 ' T" jther little book entitled "An Auto biographical Sketch of James Larkin Pearson," giving a complete history if The Fool-Killer and its editor. Mrs. Cora. Wallace Pearson. Boomer, N. C.