Newspaper Page Text
h K -x trolled by fear, or beggars governed by rewards by alms. Right and wrong exist in the nature of things. Murder was just as criminal before as after the promulgation of the ten command ments. 8. Many of the clergy, some editors and some writers of letters who have answered mo have said that suicide was the worst of crimes that a man should better murder somebody else than him feelf. One clergyman gives as a reason for this statement that the suicide dies in an act of sin, and, therefore.he had better kill another person. Probably ho wouid commit a less crime if ho would murder his wife or mother. I do not see that it is any worse to die than to live in sin. To say that it is not as wicked to murder another as yourself seems absurd. The man about to kill himself wishes to die. Why is it better for him to kill another man, who wishes to live? To my mind it seems clear that you had better injure yourself than another. Better be a spendthirf t than a thief. Better throw away your own money than steal the money of another. Better kill yourself if you wish to die than murder one whose life is full of joy. The clergy tell us that God is everywhere, but that it is oae of the greatest posriblo crimes to rush into his presence. It is wonderful how much they know about God and how little about their fellow men. Wonderful the amount of their information about other worlds and how limited is their knowledgo of thie. There may or may not be an infinite being; I neither affirm or deny. I am honest enough to say that I do not know. I am candid enough to admit that the question is beyond the limitations of my mind. Yet I think I know as much on that subject as another human knows or ever knew, and that is nothing. I do not say that there is not another world, another life, neither do I say that there is. I say that I do not know. It seems to me that every sane and honest man must say the same. But if there be an infinitely good God and another world, then the infinitely good God will be just as good to us in that world as he is in this. If this infinitely good God loves his children in this world he will love them in another. If he -loves a man when he is alive lie will not hate him the instant he is dead. If wo are the children of an infinitely wise and powerful God, he knew exactly what we would do the temptations that we could and could not withstand; knew exactly the effect that everything would have upon us; knew under what circumstances we would take our lives and produced such circumstances himself. It is perfectly ap parent that there are many people incapable by nature of bearing tho burdens of life, incapaole of preserving their mental poise in stress and strain of disaster, disease and loss, and who, by failure, by misfortune and want are driven to despair and insanity, in whose darkened minds there comes, like a Hash of lightning in the night, tho thought of death, a thought so strong, so vivid, that all fear is lost, all ties broken, all duties, all obligations, all hopes forgotten, and naught remains except a fierce and wild desire to die. Thous ands and thousands become moody, melancholy, brood upon loss of money, of friends, until reason abdicates and frenzy takes possession of the soul. If there be an infinitely wise and powerful God, all this was known to him from the beginning, and he so created things, es tablished relations, put in operation causes and effects that all that has happened was the necessary result of his own acts. 9. Nearly all who have tried to answer what I said have been ex ceedingly careful to misquote me and then answer something that I never uttered. They have declared that I have advised people who were in trouble, somewhat annoyed, to kill themselves; that I have told men who have lost their money, who had failed in business, who were-not in good health, to kill themselves at once, without aking into consideration any duty that they owed to wives, chil dren, friends or society. No man has a right to leave his wife to fight the battle alone if he is able to help. No man has a right to desert his children if he can possibly be of use. As long as he can add to the comfort of those he loves, as long as he can stand between wife and misery, between child and want, as long as he can be of use, it is his duty to remain; I believe in the cheerful view, in looking at the sunny side of things, in bearing with fortitude the evils of life, in struggling against adversity, in finding the fuel of laughter even in disaster, in havintr confidence in to-morrow, in finding the pearl ef joy amid the flints and cbards, and in changing by the alchemy of patience even evil things to good. I believe in the gospel of cheerfulness, of courage and good nature. Of the future I have no fear. My fate is the fate of the world, of all that live. My anxieties are about this life, this world. About the phantoms called Gods and their impossible hells, I have no care, no fear. I neither affirm nor deny, I hope for all of the children of men. I have never denied the existence of another world, nor the immortal ity of the soul. For many years I have said that the idea of immor tality, that like a sea has ebbed and flowed in tho human heart, with itB countless waves of hope and fear, beating against the shores and rocks of times and fato, was not born of any book, nor of any . creed, nor of any religion. It wad born of human affection and will continue to ebb and flow beneath the mists and clouds of doubt and darkness as long as love kisses the lips of death. What I deny is the immortality of pain, the eternity of torture. After all, the instinct of self preservation is strong. People do not kill themselves on the advice of friends or enemies, all wish to be happy, to enjoy life, all wish for food and raiment and friends, and as long as lire gives joy the idea of self-destruction never enters the human mind. The oppressors, the tryants, those who trample on tho rights of others, those who put wages below the living point, the ministers who make people insane by preaching the dogma of eternal pain, these are tho men who drive the weak, the suffering and the help less down to death. It will not do to say that God has appointed a time for each to die. Of this there is and there can be no evidence. There is no evidence that any God sideB with the right or helps the weak, pro tects the innocent or rescues the oppressed. Evon the clergy admit that their God, through all ages, has allowed his friends, his wor shipers, to be imprisoned, tortured and murdered by his enemies. Such is the protection of God. Billions of prayers have been uttered. Has ono been answered? Who sends plague, pestilence and famine? Who bids the earthquake devour and the volcano to overwhelm? 10. Again I say that it is wonderful to me, that so many men, so many women, endure and carry their burdens to the natural end; that so many, in spite of "cge, ache and penury," guard with trem bling hands the spark of life; that prisoners for life toil and suffer to tho last; that the helpless wretches in poor-houses and asylums cling to life; that tho exiles in Siberia, loaded with chains, scarred with the knout, live on; that the incurables, whose every breath is a pang, and for whom the future has only pain, still fear tho merciful touch and clasp of death. It is but a few steps at most from the cradle to the grave a shoit journey. The suicide hastens, shortens the path, loses the afternoon, the twilight, the dusk of life's day, loses what ho does not want, what he cannot bear. In tho tempest of despair, in the blind fury of madnes3, or in the calm of thought and choice, tho beleaguered soul finds tho security of death. Let us leave the 'dead where nature leaves them. We know of nothing of any realm that lies beyond the horizon of unknown, beyond the end of life. Let us be honest with ourselves and others. Let us pity the suffering, the despairing, the men and women hunted and pursued by grief and shame, by misery and want, by chance and fate, until their only friend is death. CHOLERA INFANTUM That most dreaded summer complaint occurring mostly among children from six months to three years of age, is quickly cured by the use of HUMPHREYS' SPECIFICS 1 and S. For sale by al druggists. See Sisler tho Ico Cream man in his new quarters when wanting wanting anything in his line. He will serve you well. 133 south 12 street. Phone G3(v 551 BEST SET OF TEETH 55 DO After May II will make the best set of Teeth for $5. Teeth Kxtracteri Without Pain. in Work Guaranteed J-atlxfactory. ROOMS 94, 95, 90, BURR BLK. SURGEON DENTIST. A . V'