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LOWERY'S CLAIM
NUMBER TEN.
NEW DENVER, B. C, CANADA.
PRICE: TEN CENTS.
mAfrCH, 1902
Lowbrv's Claim is published every
month at New Denver, B. C, Canada. It
is devoted to Truth and Humor. It has
no press or trust list, but is sent free to all
persons over ioo years of age. It is a
Sham Crusher, and will fight all frauds
to a red finale. It costs $i a year in any
part of this world, but lack of mail facilities prevents it being mailed to Mars,
Hades and other out-of-the-way places.
All agents can make 25 cents upon each
subscription obtained. Advertising rates
are $2 an inch each insertion, and no cat
is made for time or position. If you desire this journal do not depend upon your
neigh hor, but send in your white or green
dollar before the thought grows cold.
The same editor shoves the pen on this
journal and The New Denver Ledge, so
do not confound your orders when sending in your collateral.
R. T. Lowbry.
New Denver. B. C.
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Under the wash many a rich vein
hides.
One of the greatest sins is to lie
unkind.
A clean soul seldom lives in a
dirty body.
Love and sin cannot dwell in tbe
same cabin.
Many a man has money to burn,
but no matches.
Love comes easiest te> those who
do not prospect for ti.
A prophet often finds it difficult
to make a profit in his own  camp.
A bird upon a woman's bonnet
is worth more than two in the
bush.
A moral wave has hit New York.
The wave is not expected to recover.
'Tii better   to   have   shot   and
missed the mark than never to
have shot at all.
Legislators who cannot govern
thomselves will never be able to
govern the people.
<��>
It seems strange, but often those
who fear death the most are apparently the most religious.
The Filipinos must curse Roosevelt much the same as the Yanks
once cursed George the Third.
Death is but a chemical change,
and should be no more dreaded
than jumping into the sea for a
bath.
AS?
Partvism in  Canada  has   made
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our politics rotten with the corruption that comes from bribery and
falsehood.
<S>
Wheu a mau prays he gently insinuates that God does not know
his own business, or else has a
short memory.
<S>
Canada is iu need of more liberal
divorce laws. The present system
of procuring divorces is a disgrace
to civilized people.
<S>
With the exception of Nos. 1
and 9, all the issues of this journal
can be procured by sending 10 cents
for each number required.
<S>
When you strike a town where
all the churches are exceedingly
prosperous be sure and do all your
business in black and white.
<S>
Many play this life from soda to
hock, and never know the sweet
calm that comes to the soul of the
man who always pays the printer.
When we think of the great injury such men as Talmage do to
this world we are almost tempted
to wish the old Presbyterian hell
was a reality.
*S>
An editor in White Plains, N.Y.,
is being paid for acting as receiver
for a big brewery. Some editors
act as receivers for breweries without being paid, in fact they pay for
the privilege.
<S>
Knock down the miracles, blow
away the myths, and blot out the
fairy tales from the church and you
have a thin skeleton of truth upon
which man has hung all these
things for his own glorification.
British Columbia is a free country. Here a man can open a jackpot in the broad light of the day,
and not be arrested. In Southern
California it cannot be done unless
the door is locked and the police
are not on to the combination.
<S>
"Can a man be a good Christian
on a salary of $5 a week?" is a
question that is agitating the East.
Quite likely, as no one can be very
wicked on that much a week. On
a salary of that amount here in the
west a man would have to be a
thief in order to keep even with
his board.
<S>
A paper in Ontario was recently
served with a $1,000 writ for publishing Talmage's sermon. Any
paper printing such literary* mush
without permission deserves to be
punished. Talmage has made
more money out of God than most
of the sky pilots, and still things
that his soul is safe.
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LOWERY'S CLAIM.
[Maich, ISM
The Religion Fakirs
Ritualism and Priestcraft Shaken Up >&>&&&&
The ritualistic fakirs in the   re-1 victims by a free-and-easy rope, but
ligious world are getting a terrible j the ducats come rolling in just the
���baking up everywhere. The people are growing sick of the sacri-
ligious mummery prepared for them
by the priests, and are demanding
the right to worship the God of all
as their hearts dictate and in accordance with their individual
needs. Long before Christ came
upon the earth a black-hearted
priestcrrft held the people in a
superstitious mesh, forbidding them
even to pray to their Father in
Heaven. Christ's earthly life was
made one of perpetual sorrow by
these religious fakirs; he was
hounded from place to place and
finally nailed to the cross by them.
These blind leaders of the blind
in days of old were condemned by
every truly God-loving man. Christ
condemned them, because of their
teachings and black-hearted deeds.
In vain did He try to teach them
the way to heart worship. They
would not listen to Him. His was
a way of Goodness, Love, and
Truth; their's was one of treachery,
tyranny and mummery. Back of
the teachings of Christ was Love
and Truth; back of the teachings
of priestcraft was Mammon,nothing
more.
All men are religious. Some
have developed along religious
lines more than others; but the same
inclination to worship something is
born in the hearts of all. The
priests took advantage of this instinct in man, and by systematic
coercion more damnable than savagery, held the masses bound, while
they pilfered the poor and put to
death the weak.
Today priestcraft is losing its
grip. It is less tyrannical,but just
as black-hearted as it was in days
of old. But it does not hold the
power to pilfer and kill as in the
days of Christ.   Today it holds its
same. And that seems to be the
whole aim of priestcraft ��� to
"bleed'' the people; the keep man
humble by taking away his money.
And there are thousands, ves, mil-
lions, of ordinarily intelligent  peo-
variably denounce rit ualism. Nothing ever invented by mortal man
has done more to damn his soul.
We laugh at paganism, and denounce the Chinese for their religious beliefs, but they are not one
whit less reasonable than the ritualism of priestcraft. The Chinese
have their prayers printed for them
on little slips of paper. These are
put in a liox and placed on the roof
of a Joss house, and every morning
a Celestial priest climbs the ladder
pie in this world who seem to enjoy and shakes the box, in order to
the process; at all events they con-! present a new lot of petition* to
tinue to cling to the custom of pay-1 their god. Occasionally the w hole*
ing the priests to do their praying batch of prayers   is   changed, and
for them.
they I login with a clean deck, but
In contrast to this army of re-j the priest never loses the deal,
ligious imbiciles we occasionally j Catholic and Protestant ritualists
see men standing boldly out as j do business on a more modern basil
Christ stood, for Truth, Goodness! perhaps, but the principle is the
and Love���for Life. These men; same. The Bible is replaced by
are branded as human devils, and priest-prepared rituals and prayer-
the finger of ridicule���and often; books, which contain laws for the
scorn���is pointed at them; but the moral and "spiritual" guidance of
same treatment was accorded to lielievers, and prayers for their de-
the Man of Love nineteen hundred j li vera nee from every manner of sin
years ago. which the priests declare exist.   All
A despatch from London, under \ a believer has to do when he feels
date of February 4th, says: "The in need of prayer, or rather when
large and fashionable congregation ; the priest says he ought to pray,
which attended a memorial service is to pull out his little prayer-book
officially described as a 'Requiem and go through a saoriligious raum-
for the repose of  the   soul   of our; mery that would insult any God of
sovereign late Queen Victoria/ at
St. Matthew's Church, Westminster,   this   morning,   was  greatly
Love, Truth and Goodness.
Catholic priests affect to believe
that God is a divine being of ven-
scandalized by the conduct of a i geance, who cannot lie approached
number of anti-Ritualists, who, im-1 by man in any other way than
mediately after the service was con-1 through the priest** and saints who
eluded, stood up in the church aud
protested.
" 'The service was a blasphemous
insult to Queen Victorias memory,' they shouted.
" 'This is not God's house,' said
one objector.
" 'This is a Joss house/ added a
chorus.''
And thus it goes. Every day
mention is made in the press of incidents similar to that rejiort from
London. All of which speaks well
for the religion of Jesus Christ.
Men of reason, who will think, In-
have gone before. They force their
subjects to believe tliat (*od is a
Great Something, Somewhere, unapproachable by man; unaffected
by man's sorrows and sufferings; a
Thing without love, compassion or
reason; a sort of unthinkable machine that feasts on the souls of
men, women and babes; whose only
aim is to damn mortals made after
hii own image. They would have
their subjects to believe that there
is nothing good in man, that he
must live his life and in the end be
damned unless he hands  over  to IfAIOH.lMt.]
LOWERY'S CLAIM.
14V
the thirsty blood-money leaches
enough of the "root of evil" to pay
tkem for going through a form of
���avage prayer to keep his soul out
of hell. They teach the ignorant
that by confessing to them and, incidentally, of course, the paying of
a priestly fee, they are forgiven,
and ean go out and repeat the offense as often as they please, so long
as their money lasts.
The teachings of the "High"
Church of England are very little
better than those of the Catholic
Church of Rome. The only difference between the "high" church
and the Catholic church is the
language used. In one the congregation may know what the
priest is saying, in the other they
can not. There is about as much
spirituality in either as there is in
a cow's shed. It is form, form,
form. So long as the subject goes
through the motions of worship
and pays the priest his fee it is all
right. How many hundred professing Christian worshippers we
have seen go into a self-styled
Christian church and bob up and
down like jacks-in-a-box, racing
through a ritualistic service that is
nothing but sounding brass, and
come from their pews like cattle
let out to pasture, in many instances
cursing the very God whom they a
few moments before  pretended to
worship.
Oh, the curse of ritualism and
priestcraft! How hard did Christ
attempt to show the hellishness of
it! How hard he strove to teach
his disciples and all people who
came unto him the nearness of God
to man. How hard he tried to impress his hearers at all times with
the simplicity of Christianity. How
���treneouily he tried to tear away
the cobwebs of superstition that
priestcraft had wound about the
minds of men. He taught men
that to believe on God was to become a co-worker with Him. He
called men friends and brothers,
and taught them to pray to "Our"
Father,  not   "His"   Father.    He
denounced every phase of priestcraft, and commended every phase
of goodness, whether found in a
street urchin or in a king upon a
throne. The goodness of a little
child was just as great in His eyes
as the goodness of His greatest
disciple, and the evils of priestcraft
were none the whiter than the
crimes of black-hearted murderers
and robbers, because they were
cloaked in the toggery of the altar.
After the coming of the Holy
Spirit it was possible for every man
who would accept of it to become a
part of God���a partner with Him.
The Holy Spirit is not given to
priests any more than it is given to
anyone else. All men can receive
it who will, and all men can reject
it who will. To reject it means to
reject Christ, and to reject Christ
means to reject God. And all the
priests in earth, heaven and hell
cannot help a man who will not
accept it. Men who have received
it, and who practice its teachings
in their lives, have no use for priests
of any kind no more than Christ
had. They do not measure a man
by his priestly garb, but by his
Christ-like deeds. All the ritualism of priestcraft can uot make a
Christian; all the mummery of all
the priests that are and have been
or ever will be cannot save a single
soul. Each must save himself,and
he must do it as a little child coming to an ever-loving father seeking
pardon for its waywardness.
Governments, religions and art
are each a reflection of the life and
morals of the people by whom they
are produced! So if we have a corrupt government, a hypocritical
religion and a crude art, we know
it is because the people are corrupt,
hypocritical and crude.
Chinese history dates back over
eleven thousand years, and archaeologists have unearthed Egyptian
records of an advanced civilization
existing in the valley of the Nile
nine thousand  years  ago,   while
recent discoveries in Thibet show
that a race well up in the ages inhabited that land seven thousand
years ago. AU this does not contradict the Christian history of a
six-day creation some sixty centuries ago. It merely goes back a
few thousand years beyond the
date when the world was created.
The Most Important
Thing H�� Said*
Small Mabel had received a parental injunction to remember at
least one thing the minister said at
church, and upon her return home
exclaimed:
1 'I remember something.''
"That's right, dear," rejoined
her father. "Now tell me what
the minister said."
"He said,"   replied Mabel,   "
collection will now be taken  up
a
u
At the Giirl*s High Sehool
Professor���I told you, young
ladies, in our last lesson, that a
man's brain is larger than a woman's. To what conclusion does
that lead you, Miss Bertha?
Bertha���That in the matter of
brains it does not depend on the
quantity but on the quality.���
Fliegende Blatter.
Mrs. Carrie Nation's assertion
that she is not going to marry any
man in Iowa has been confirmed
emphatically by every Iowa man
heard from. ���Chicago Tribune.
In Dahomy the women rule.
They fight the battles, run the
governmunt and wear the pants.
No army has yet made a success of
invading their territory.
It is believed that the Lord didn't
make Yankees at the beginning for
fear they would annoy him with
their suggestions. ��� Washington
Post.
Boston is experiencing a lively
anti-vaccination movement. Bos-
tonians were always noted for their
astuteness. '"**���:-���
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LOWERY'S CLAIM.
(MAtCH, lKtf
into the sump and put many a
working girl on the hike wbere the
curtains are reel. Almost in the'
heart of the city is Chinatown, one
Of the sheiw places for tourists.
Many men find em ploy men t as
guides through this yellow bole of
hell.    I explore! it both dav and
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night, and can see Dante's mind
when he wrote his Inferno. In
some of the alley* I ran against a
stench that nicked the e*dge nf my
appetite   for   weeks.      Fish  alley
is a beaut.    It ought to be framed
and writ t<> Ottawa, where our
legislators seem to love what is
called the vellow curse of California.
Editor Ir California
lUh.t h. S��u H.r. and Iter. ����%������;����������'&
A man fond of comfort should fornia train is all ready" I joined
never travel. However, some peo- the throng, and the long train
pie have to keep on the move or pushed its way through the misty
the railroads would become too night. One man on this train
poor to buy water for their stock, should have lieen a millionaire.
Perhaps I thought of this when I For 30 years he had been a sleep-
faced the south and drifted into ing car porter. I asked him how it
California. was that he did not own the road.
Seattle is a live town, and is'He replied that it was probably
wide open, with the safety valve owing to the lack of education in
tied down. For a town loaded with  his youth.
so much business it has the toughest j    It is a fact that < iregoii produces
looking railway station on the map.  large quantities e��f soft water.    It jSome of the smells might be bottled
It resembles a hobo just off a car of is everywhere.      In chutes,   veins and sent in the same package.
Pennsylvania feathers. and deposits, and in tbe cre<*ks it is j    The Chinks are great   for econ-
I found the people of Portland to be found. Anyone, even aliens, jotny. In tome of the alleys are to
delirious with joy. The sun had can stake it. Other fluids are Dot be found small brick buildings in
again been discovered. Portland so easily obtainable. At some of j which an* public cooking stove*.
is a city of great wealth, but the the railway depots it requires eon-; After dark I watched a Chink
citizens seldom grow prodigal ow- siderable prospecting to find a glass j cooking his supper, and as tbe
ing to the amount of work required of beer, but once locat-nl you van ��� sickly light fell Opon his face I bad
to scrape the moss off their bank get an internal bath for a short bit. ' uo difficulty in picturing what bell
rolls. I was just 68 years  too   late   in j looks like   when   the  inmates are
While sitting iu the depot a man reaching'Frisco. In tbat time the preparing their evening meal. 1
came along and addressed me as city has grown from a sandy beach 'took a peep into tbe undergound
Mr. DeLacy.     I was on, for I had to its present  prominent   position. Ionium joints.     fa   one when*  two
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read the New York papers, so I land all the good openings for pa- men reduced to living skeletons by
told him that I was Bill Maxwell, jpers have been filled. The Golden the use of the drug. In another
from the Roaring Gulch country, Gate is still open. Frisco is the several were hitting the pipe, while
and never sweetened my whiskery. Paris of America. It is also the'others were rolled up in blanket*.
He looked surprised, but stood j home of golden romances and some dead to everything except their
pat, and said that he had taken me j49ers. The people are mneb ad- pipe dreams. On an upper bunk
for a preacher who pounded Bibles dieted to riding on street ears and lav an obi Chinaman busily en-
drinking steam beer. Ihere is a J gaged iu preparing bis dope for the
saloon to eve-ry UK) inhabitants, pipe. He said that he was 56 years
asked me where I was raised. 1 land a case of jim-jams occurs daily, old, and had been smoking opium
told him that I had been raised in The city is noted for its mysterious for ;js years. I sugg��*steel tbat it
nearly every camp between the Red ^murelers and news|>apers that are was about time for him to swear off.
River and the Setting Sun. When I yellow, even to the bank-roll. They Gut in the gloom <if an alley
I mentioned the sun a look like a will waste acres of space upon the three men stood, one with a "gun'
horrors of some crime and   crowel   iu his band.     Not a six-shooter.l��-i-
something of real  importance   into a  hypo   letadeel   with   cocaine.    A
in a little town away back in Maine
where he was born and raised.    He
flash from the memory of other
days came into his eyes and he
nearly smiled. He had lived in
Oregon for 37 years, and owned a
townsite, and did I know anyone
who wished to invest in real estate.
I did not, and as he walked away
he moved his feet like a duck suffering from the gout.
Out of the dew rushed the man
in blue, and shouted:   "The Cali-
three lines.    If   their  readers  de-
mand such peppery trash  it is a
poor   wretch    WSJ   just   having  '��
"shot" as we* came along.     For 10
wonder that   crime   is   not   more years he had lieen a victim of  thi
rampant in Califeirnia.
The Chinese Own much of' Frisco.
They are silent but  sure,  anel   Up
most terrible of all drug habits.
At his feet was a tin cup for receiving charity   from   those   who
fore many  years  they should   be pass along.    Behind him stood an
able to control the business of Cali- otheT   white   man   waiting   for a
fornia.    They have driven   wages  "shot" of the drug that   binds It8 A
**
March 1908.]
L0WERY'8 CLAIM.
149
slaves with chains that cannot be
broken, except by death. As I
gazed at these two human wrecks
but there in the dim light of the
alley the thought struck me forcibly
that some people find hell on this
earth without much prospecting.
One alley in Chinatown is filled
with Chinese gambling houses,from
which white men are barred. Visitors can look upon everything else
aiound yellow town, but they cannot get a chance to rubber the
games of chance.
There are slaves in this section
of free America. The girls in
Chinese brothels are kept in the
most hideous slavery under the
: sun. These slaves sell for so many
thousand dollars right here in
'Frisco, under the starry flag in
which freedom cuddles up. The
girls are kept belli nel barred win-
dows,and outside white men patrol
the alleys to see that by no chance
the girls hike away to freedom. I
have heard, although 1 cannot
���Vouch for the truth of the statement, that in some brothels the
fcirls are chained to the wall when
rtot required for business purposes.
Missionaries can find steady employment in this part of 'Frisco.
I if some parts of Chinatown white
women are kept exclusively for the
���urte of Chinamen, and yet it is
whispered around that this is a
Christian country.
A Chinese play is a long thing,
mhch* longer than a Presbyterian
Wrmon. About one scene a nigbt
Is played, and an ordinary tragedy
takes several weeks to complete it.
For this reason Chinese companies
neVer show in one-night towns.
The night I was around yellow
town there was a hot time* in one
of the theatres. It was the lirst
night of a celebrated yellow tragedian, and his acting for some
reason did not suit the crowd, and
they commenced a hostile demonstration towards him. The police
commenced to throw the pugilistic
Chiitksemt, and soon the street in
frofit of the theatre was filled with
a howling mob yelling with excitement and heaving rocks and rotten
vegetables at the police. Just then
the guide and I rounded the corner
and the scene put me in mind of
old times around Owney Cosgrove's
in Toronto. The guide hail a gun
but I was only armed witn a picture
of my bull-dog; but we knocked
down a few yellow streaks and
pushed our way to the front where
the moon-eyed demons had the
police pinned against the wall.
They requested us to push our way
back to the telephone office and
call for more police. We succeeded in doing this, and then I lost
the guide in the shuffle, and discretion directed me back to the
hotel where I was safe from moving
but reitten vegetables. Besides I
had discovered that there are others
besides the Irish who can heave
rocks and make an impression.
The riot ended by the arrest of 21
Chinamen, several of whom had
their heads smashed by batons.
Verily, that was a night in which
I received value for the money expended, and I will be a long time
in the Slocan before I see the like
of it again.
While Chinatown is a* verv   fas-
w
einatiug place to tourists it is hated
by the citizens of 'Frisco. They
avoid it as a plague spot, and look
upon it as though it was a sewer,
although at one time this yellow
sjiot was the aristocratic part of the
city, as is attested by thp substantial old houses of brick and stone.
It is an intensely interesting place
for the artist or the writer of
romances. Here is material
for almost any kind of a poem,
play or story, but I pass the buck.
I do not care to fish for literary
pearls in such a sink of Oriental
filth ancl iniquity. City people
despise the very sight of this quarter of the town, and rejoice in the
fact that it is gradually decreasing
in population.
Murder is cheap among the
Chinese, and through the highbinders professional assassins put
Chinks out of the way for   $60 or
less per corpse.    Hundreds of Mongolians   have' been   murdered   in
Chinatown, but only seven  white
people up to  date.    Especially in
China the Chinks   are   very   economical.    In Canton, for instance,
executions take place every morning in the jail yard, and the bodies
are fed to the hogs.    So beware of
Chinese pork, for no man knows
what it contains.    Still I have no
use for Chinamen, and they should
be driven out of the white   man's
land back to their native wallows.
If permitted to increase in America
they will eventually hold the   top
hand, and then, Oh, God !  what a
country   we   will  have.    Tourists
would then ask to   be   shown the
Whiteman's   town,    and   Chinatowns   through   their   abundance
w7ould cease to be objects of curiosity.
San Francisco is a paradise to
the man who loves good food at
reasonable prices. To a mining
man it is a mystery how the restaurants make it pay. For 25
cents you can get a meal fit for an
editor, and for four bits you can
get a French dinner with wine on
the side and two hours in which to
eat it. On the top of the tallest
building in the city there is a cafe
in which the price is $1 a plate.
Here is to be fouud the highest
living in the city.
Misdirected energy in the way of
sexual vice is excessively abundant,
and Sodom was a country village
compared to this camp. All kinds
of women seek their prey in low
and high places and the he-virgin
is very wise indeed who escapes
intact from the allurements of
frisky 'Frisco.
In the next issue I will give a
few remarks upon the towns, the
flowers and oranges of Southern
California, and the dusky maidens
of Mexico.
This journal is sent free for one
year to anyone sending in four
yearly subscriptions aud the four
dollars. IM
LOWERV'8 CLAIM.
"��li   ��.!���*���
It Means Socialism
The Evolution of Civilization ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^
Renan has said that truth is always rejected when it comes to a
man for the first time, its evolution
being as follows:
First, we say the thing is rank
heresy, and contrary to the Bible.
Second, we say tbe matter really
amounts to nothing, one way or
the other.
Third, we declare that we always
believed it.
Two hundred years ago partnerships in business were very rare.
A man in   business   simply   made
hungry octopus, a grinder of the
individual. And to prove the case
various instances of hardship were
cited; and no doubt there was much
suffering, for many people cannot
adjust themselves to new conditions
without pain.
But we now believe that corporations came lie-cause they were required. Certain things the times
demanded, and no one man, or two
or three men could perform these
tasks alone���hence arose the corporation.    The rise of  England as
things and sold them���and all the; a manufacturing nation began with
work was done bv himself and im-
mediate family. Soon we find instances of brothers continuing the
work that the father had begun, as
in the case of the Elzevirs and the
the plan of the Stock i ompany.
The aggregation known as the
Joint-Stock Company, everybody!
now admits, was absolutely necee-l
sary to secure the machinery, that
Plantins, the great book-makers of j is to say, the tools, the raw stocks,
Holland. To meet this competition | the buildings, and to provide for
four printers in 1**��40 formed a part- the permanence of the venture.
nership and pooled their efforts. A
local writer by the name of Van
Krugen denounced these four men,
and attacked partnerships in general as wicked ancl illegal, and opposed to the best interests of the
people. This view seems to have
been quite general, for there was a
law iu Amsterdam   forbidding   all
The railroad system of America
has built up the country���on this
thing of Joint-Stock Companies and
transportation, our prosperity has
hinged. '���Commerce,'' says Emerson, "consists in taking things
from where they are plentiful to
where thev are needed."
There are   ten   com bi nations of
business partnerships that were not j capital in America that control
licensed by the state. The legis-1 over six thousand miles of railroad
lature of the State of Missouri has'each. These companies have ab-
reeently made war on the Impart- sorbed a great many small line*;
ment Store in the same way, using and many connecting lines of tracks
the Van Kruge.i argument, for! have been built. Competition over
there is no copyright on stupidity, vast sections of country has lieen
In London in the Seventeenth practically obliterated, and this has
Century men found guilty of jiool- all been done so quietly that few
iug their efforts and dividing profits people are aware of the change,
were declared guilty of "contum- Only one general result of thiseoq-
acy,   connivance   and   contraven- solidation of management has been
tion," and given   a   taste   of the
stocks.
When corporations were formed
for the first time, only a few years
ago, there was a fine burst of disapproval. The corporation was
declared a scheme of oppression, a
felt, and that is tatter service at
less expense. No captain of any
great industrial enterprise dares
now say, "The public be damned,"
even if he ever said it���which I
much doubt. The pathway to
success lies in serving the   public,
         miles, m
not in affronting it. By no oUw
means is success possible, and thii
truth is so plain and patent tbat
even very simple folk recognize it.
You can only help yourself by helping others.
Thirty years ago. when p. T.
Barnum launched the saying, "$l,f
public delights in being humbugged, he knew it was not true,
for he never attempted to pit Ibe
axiom into practice. He amused
tbe public by telling it s lie, but
Barnum never tried anything so
risky as deception. Even when he
lied we were not deceived; truth
can be stated by indirection
'���When my love tells me she ii
made of truth, I do believe her,
though I know she lies." Barnum
always gave more tban he advertised; and going over and over the
same territory he continued to
amuse and instruct for nearly forty
years.
The tendency to co-operate ii
seen in such splendid features si
the St Louis In ion Station, for
instance, wbere just twenty railroad companies lay aside envy.
prejudice, rivalry and whim and
use one terminal. If competition
were really the life of trade, each
railroad that enters St. Louis would
have a station of its own, and Ihe
public would be put to the worry,
trouble, expense and end lease delay
of finding where it wanted to go
and how to get there. As il is
now. the entire aim and end <if the
scheme is to reduce friction, worry
and expense* and give the public
the greatest accommodation���the
best possible service��� to make travel
easy and life secure. Servants in
uniform meet you as you alight
and answer your every queetion-
speeding you courteously and kindly on your way. There are women to take care of women snd
nurses to take care of children sad
wheel chairs for such as may be
infirm or lame. Tbe intent is *
serve���not to pull you this way sud
that, and sell you a ticket over s
certain road. itae*, im.)
L0W��ft1f>8 CLAIM.
isi
Before Co-operation comes in amy
line, there is always competition
���pushed to a point that threatens
destruction and promises chaos;
then to avert ruin men devise a
better way, a plan that conserves
and economizes, and behold it is
found in Cooperation.
Civilization is an evolution.
Civilization is not a thing separate and apart any more than art is.
Art is the beautiful way of doing
things.
Civilization is the expeditious
way of doing things.
The next move of Evolution will
be Socialism. Socialism means the
operation of all industries by the
People, for the People. Socialism
is co-operation instead of competition. Competition has been so
general that economists mistook it
for a Law of Nature, when it was
only an incident. Competition is
no more a Law of Nature than is
hate. Hate was once so thoroughly
believed in that we gave it personality and called it The Devil.
The Trusts are getting things
ready for Socialism.
Humanity is growing in intellect,
in patience, in kindness���in love.
And when the time is ripe, the
People will step in and take peaceful possession of their own.
Prudes are Criminals.
Hand in hand with this prudish-
ness, with this base idea of nudity,
travels the mental perverts who
allow their sons ancl daughters to
grow into puberty, into manhood,
into womanhood, without one word
of warning as to the terrible pitfalls into which they are sure to
blindly ancl innocently fall.
If the writer were to go back to
childhood again, and if he had the
power to select his |iarents,he would
prefer anybody or any influence, lie
it criminal of the lowest character,
rather than have every conceivable
advantage given by the wealth and
luxury of a home occupied by
prudes.
Prudes are criminals!
Not against the laws of pigmy
man, but against the laws of Nature, against the laws of God. To
them the body is something vulgar,
not to be mentioned or to be disclosed even to the fresh pure air.
They live in this atmosphere of
impurity and narrowness. It
stamps its influence upon their
bodies and upon their features.
They have no mind or opinions of
their own. Their standard is based
on what Mr. or Mrs. So-and-so will
think, not upon a clear comprehension of what they consider to be
right or wrong. They go through
life mental and physical slaves.
Their children are taught what a
shameful thing the body is. They
greiw up with these perverted nar-
reiw ideas, and must often wonder
heiw a pure mind can possibly exist
in such a vulgar habitation. All
this is a perversion of the natural,
ancl is criminal in character.
But the horrible crime of prud-
ishness is illustrated the most startling in the endeaveir to hide and
ignore the sexual instinct. May
heaven help the e-hildren of prudes,
for no help, nei knowledge can be
obtained from their parents. They
will stand by and sec their children
struggling in the mire and filth of
sexual depravity without a word of
assistance. They will see them go
blindly, innocently up to and over
the precipice eif self-abuse without
a hint as to the true character of
the terrible results that will follow
this base habit. They are the perverts of the earth. They have no
right tei curse others because of
their impure minds. They ought
to be jailed just like any other dangerous criminal.
The lowest beasts of the field protect their offspring from destructive
influences, but prudes consider
themselves too extremely refined to
mention sexual subjects, though in
reality their minds are usually so
rotten with impurity that they need
to be cleaned and disinfected as bad
as any ordinary sewer.
It is considered a crime to cripple
or kill a man, and when an engineer kills and cripples.scores of persons by neglect he is considered
criminally liable. But prudes,
placed in the position of parents,
allow their children to deform and
weaken their bodies, demoralize
and degrade their minds and morals,
and at times produce even death,
by their criminal prudishness and
neglect, and no voice of protest is
heard.
Look back on childhood and
youth, you men, you women, and
recall the knowledge that you had
to acquire by physically degrading
and demoralizing influences. When
you were enclosed in the throes of
this mental and at times physical
agony, did you never think of the
plain duty of your parents? Have *
you ever wondered if the barbaric
rites and cruelties of savages could
have such physically deteriorating
influences as this worse than savage
neglect ?
All hail the day when this curse
of prudishness, with its vulgar idea
of the nude,has disappeared. Then
our boys and girls will have some
chance of growing into manhood,
into womanhood, without being
weakened and demoralized physically and mentally because of sexual
ignorance.���Physical Culture.
A movement is on foot in some
parts of the States to induce the
court judges to abandon their simple
republican dignity and revert to the
custom of the English justices by
once more assuming the gowns,
because it is a "symbolic aid calculated to impress the people with
the dignity and importance of the
bench." What rot! When the
bench has to resort to symbolism
to uphold the dignity of the law, it
is time to go out of business. There
is already too much "symbolism"
about justice, too much cloaking of
the law and too little sure and swift
justice.    Canada is suffering from
this very thing.
If you wont love, then hate. 15S
LOWERY'S CLAIM.
(March, is*
the
The News Department of the C.
P.R. has its knife into this journal.
It declines to sell  it   through the
regular news agents on the trains,
and attempts to prevent sub agents
from handling it.    Why is this so?
This journal deals in more truth
than   any   other   publication    in
America,   and   is   feared   by   all
grafters, theological  or otherwise,
wbo live upon the fears and ignorance of the human  family.    Some
of this class must have persuaded
the   News   Department   that this
journal was too vile for publicity,
or perhaps the manager of the Department is a namby-pamby cuss
with a Presbyterian set of morals,
or a brain warped by priestcraft in
bis youth.    His news agents sell
vile cigars and cigarettes.    They
sell novels,  seething   with   trashy
thought,and newspapers filled with
political lies, and lurid descriptions
of rapes,   hold-ups,   murders and
suicides.    Then why not let them
sell   the   Claim?    Its only sin   is
telling the truth.    It fears no god,
man nor devil.    It advocates freedom for the people.    It believes in
placing    woman    upon   a   higher
pedestal than she has ever occupied
under church, state or society.    It
believes in the freedom of thought
and the uplifting of every  human
being.    It sails under no false flag,
and bows to no creed or man-made
god, yet it defies any man to prove
that its teachings are not for the
benefit of the masses against those
who would hold the race in mental
and physical bondage.    And that
is why the Claim is not sold on the
cars.    It probes too deeply into the
shams of church, state and  society
to suit the grafters who generally
ride in Pullman cars.
workshops were then ordered to
cease from business on Sunday.
Charlemagne forbid work of any
kind on Sunday. Hence it appears
that man and not God has made
the Sunday laws, in the past as
well as the present.
The first law in regard to Sunday
observance was made by Constan-
tine in 321 A.D.    The courts and
Life in Mexico
The Mexicans may love gold but
they do not work themselves into a
fever over it. They will ne>t allow
railroads to run into their towns.
The roads land their passengers
three or four miles out of town and
you have to walk in or ride in a
wagon. This system no doubt
saves many lives, as the "greasers"
are so slow they would find it difficult to keep out of the way of the
cars if the trains ran through the
towns.
The male Mexican is lazy by nature and education.    He is fond of
horses, and loves to sit in  the  sun
all   day.   smoking   cigarettes and
watching the women work.    Me is
jealous to a showdown, but can be
very polite to strangers in the day- j
time.    After night he is   liable to
cut jTou up the back if you  have a!
few dollars in your je��ans,   and no!
gun   in   your   hand.    The female
Mexican  is a hot bird.    She is so
jealous over   anything   she   loves
tbat it is not safe  to   step   on her
claim.    If you do it is liable to be
all off with the  Dudleys, provided
she gete her dagger out first. Virtue,
as it is known in the north.does not*
exist   to    any    alarming    extent
amongst   Mexican   women.     The
nude is not objectionable,   for men
and women   go   in   swimming together   without   any   clothes   on.
Their towns are   extremely   filthy
owing to the   fact   that   the   only
water closet is the street.
The Mexican is full of religion.
He and she go to church and act in
the most devout manner possible.
They pray long, count their beads,
and bow to all the pictures of saints
until their necks are in danger of
being Ixiwed. After church they
go to bull-fights, dances, monte
games, ancl the other general
agencies of the devil, and often
wind up the day with a few uiur-
j dors. Surely the Christian church
is off the trail in Mexico.
They have various kinds of
liquors. You ean get 5 drinks for
10 cents. One or two drinks of
their mescal (made from cactus
root) will enable a man to own a
town. I met one saloon man who
was also police magistrate. He
had the greatest cinch I have ever
seen, but then that is the custom.
The man who sells the lioozerine
often deals out the law. Mexico is
a rich country, but its people t>e-
long to the Dark Ages. I could
not get a single subscription to this
journal in the whole country.
The Negro Problem.
We hear a great deal about this
question from the white man's
jHiint of view, but the* following interview, which .lames Creelman
reoonla with President Hyppolite
eif the Haytian Republic, ia his
book, "On the  Great   Highway.''
will lie of Interest to those who are
giving this subject thought. It
shows what a colored mau thinks
of the "Negro Question":
"We are < on tent to lie as we
are." said President Hyppolite.
���We have learned to look with
suspicion upon all schemes for our
island coming from white men.
We know that they would overrun
us if we gave them tlm opportunity.
What has your nation done for our
race?"
"it has poured out blood and
money, and laid waste whole states
in order to make the black man the
equal of the white man." I answered.
"Has it? It has cheated the
negro with promises that are never
kept, and with laws that are never
enforced.    The blacks of the United MarOh,19M.|
LOWERY'S CLAIM.
���IS3
States are kept in a state of inferiority from which they can never
rise. You cannot name one negro
Governor of a state, although there
are several American states in
which the whites are outnumbered
by the blacks. The people of Hay ti
won their independence from their
white masters by the sword, and
they will keep it by the sword.
The United States tried to get us
to give them the Mole St. Nicholas
for a coaling station; but we are
not fools. No white nation seeks
a foothold in this island except as
a basis for conquest."
"That is a remarkable statement," I said, "when you recall
the fact that, but for the warning
given by Mr. Monroe, a President
of the United States, to the Heily
Alliance, Hayti would have been
reconquered by France."
"Ah, yes! the Monroe Doctrine!
Always the Monroe Doctriue!"
cried Hyppolite. "But the history
of the world shows that no race
can develop unless it develops itself:
no race can be free unless the means
of freedom are in its own hands;
and no white people ean look at a
rich country inhabited by negroes
without desiring to secure it for
themselves. We are free, and we
intend to remain free. You see a
negro holding the highest oflice in
the nation. Would that le possible if the United States or any
other white government had control? No. Each race must live
apart- to be free. When the races
mix, one race or the other must fall
into a condition of inferiority."
'���And the negroes of Africa?" I
interrupted. "Will they, too, be
able to maintain governments of
their own?"
"Probably not. They are unarmed, and surrounded by white
��� nations. But this is a question for
the future. The example of Hayti
may yet play a iiart in the destiny
of Africa."
Thomas Paine was among the
first tojadvocate the independence
of the colonies. His pamphlets,
the Crisis and Common Sense, did
more to inspire the soldiers than
anything else. It was Paine who
named "The United States of
America," and also helped to write
the Constitution. He was one of
the greatest lovers of liberty the
world has ever seen, and possessed
a noble and fearless soul. Roosevelt, now President of the States
by accident, wfote a book some
years ago in which he called Paine
"a dirty little atheist." He has
never retracted the statement,
probably because he wants the vote
of creed worshippers. Tom Paine
was not an atheist, ancl his name
will be bright in the world long
after that of Roosevelt will have
been buried in oblivion.
Thoughts of Thinkers.
Every age has a thousand sides
and signs and tendencies; and it is
only when surveyed from interior
points of view that great varieties
of character appear.���Emerson.
How hardly fate uiay cast thy
lines, how oppressed with toil or
with misfortune mocked, faint not,
nor, self-accused,bow down to dark
despair. To bewail disappointment
is but a waste of virtue. The energy expended in a groan in sufficient to achieve a multitude of
victories. Let each defeat encourage a newr resolution. ��� Henry
Frank, in The Shrine of Silence.
I can see no explanation or excuse
or toleration for those who, in these
advanced days of enlightenment,
are still trying to teach that the
books of Moses are the work of
divinely-inspired men, and that
their teachings were right and just.
Such men are the enemies of progress. They repeat what they have
been taught, like so many parrots.
They are not to be trusted as guides
or teachers. If such as they had
been the exclusive controllers of
religious thought (as they have endeavored to be) we should still be
torturing dumb beasts and burning
their flesh for "a sweet savor unto
the Lord."���John S. Hawley, *in
Fearless Bible Reading.
Say nothing of ray religion; it is
known to myself and my God alone.
Its evidence before the world is to
be sought in my life;   if   that has
been honest and dutiful to society,
the religion which has regulated it
can not be a bad one.    It is a singular  anxiety   which some people
have that we should all think alike.
Would the world be more beautiful
were all our faces alike,   were our
tempers, our talents, our tastes,our
forms, our wishes,   aversions and
pursuits cast exactly in the same
mould ?   If   no  variety existed in
the animal, vegetable, or   mineral
creation, but all were strictly uniform, catholic and orthodox, what
a world   of   physical   and   moral
monotony it would be!    These are
the absurdities   into   which   those
run  who   usurp the throne of God
and dictate to him what he should
have   done.���Thomas Jefferson to
Charles Thomson.
Social science   affirms   that woman's place in   society   marks the
level of civilization.    From its twilight in Greece, through the Italian
worship of the Virgin, the dreams
of chivalry, the justice of the civil
law, and the   equality   of   French
society, we trace her gradual recognition, while our common   law, as
Lord   Brougham   confessed,   was,
with relation to woman, the opprobrium of the age   of   Christianity.
For forty years  earnest   men and
women, working noiselessly, have
washed away the opprobrium, the
statute books of thirty states   have
been remodeled, and woman stands
today almost face to face  with her
last claim���the ballot.    It has boen
a weary and thankless, though successful, struggle.    But if there be
any refuge from that ghastly curse,
the vice of great cities, before which
social science   stands   palsied and
dumb,   it   is   in   this more equal
recognition   of   women.���Wendell
Phillips, inJ1881. IM
LOWERY'S CLAIJt.
Radiate Truth-Life
gy Elbert Hubbard, in The Philistine >ftftK>&)^
The supreme prayer of my heart It is a great thing to keep silence
is, not to be learned, rich, famous, without being glum���to down your
powerful, or "good," but to be critics without saying a word, and
Radiant add to your friends by holding your
I desire to radiate health, calm peace. And since language can
courage, cheerfulness and good- never explain to one who does not
will. [already know, and since words are
I wish to live without hate, whim,: never a vindication, silence, when
jealousy, envy or fear.
I wish to be simple,honest,frank,
natural, clean in mind and clean
in body, unaffected���ready to say
ballasted by soul,   is  effective le-
yond speech.
Pentecost is just a plain  healthy
man, who has secured  freedom by
"I do not know" if so it le,to meet j holding fast to the truth (until it
all men on an absolute equality��� !has become a habit of mind) that
to face any obstacle and meet every j there is no devil but fear, and the
difficulty unabashed and unafraid, j Reality (God) is on his side.
I wish others to live their lives, j This man has gotten so good a
too���up to tlieir highest.fullest and 'hold upon Truth that he can, to a
best To that end I pray tbat I degree, live it. And so I prize as
may never meddle, interfere, die- especially valuable the following
tate,give advice that is not wanted, ; statement concerning the Basic
or assist when my services are notj Elements of Truth, as it seems to
needed.    If I cau help people I'll  Mr. Pentecost
do it by giving them   a   chance to
help themselves; and if I can uplift
I     All is One.���There is but one
Reality.      Matter,   Mind,   Spirit,
or inspire, let it bo by example, in- j thoughts, things are but manifesta-
ference and suggestion rather than ! tions of the   one   Reality.    What
by injunction and dictation.
That is to say,   I   desire   to be
radiant���to radiate life.
the Reality is no one knows. We
know only forma, appearances.
Matter exists,Mind e��xists, but only
as expressions <if the one Reality.
It is a great and beautiful thing; II. All is Good.���All things
to bc patient if wrongfully accused; 'work together for good. Some
to lie so strongly girded 'round things are better than others, but
with right that you can meet slan- all things are good. Sickness,
der bv silence, and calumny with a poverty, war, casualties, death,
si nil.?. There is no such thing as work together for good the same as
"righteous indignation1'���tbc term health, wealth, peace, security und
has an  apologetic  touch and was life.
coined by some pious pedant whoseI    111.    All is  Power,���Weakness
temper often ran with hima-muck. |is but a slight or lesser degree of
I have seen  Pentecost placed in
positions where an   average   man
power.    Tin' one Reality is Power,
and this power is available for our
would simply have boiled over, but. every need. All that we need is
Hugh ic was absolutely unruffled to know how to call it to our use.
inside and out.    He   doesn't play and to appropriate it.
the devil's tattoo, sneeze, cough,
rook, jig, twitch, amble, mince or
monkey with his watch chain. He
can relax and keep quiet,no matter
how great the din.
IV. All is Wisdom.���The universe is the expression of Perfect
Wisdom, therefore there never was
and never will be a mistake. What
we call mistakes are unsuccessful
 M , tttAab*, lisi
efforts to reach perfection,by means
of which unsuccessful efforts we
learn. That which teaches me
cannot be a mistake.
V. All is Love.���-The universe
is the expression of Perfect Love.
Perfect Power, Perfect Wisdom and
Perfect Love constitute a combination against which there can be no
opposition. Almighty Power renders opposition impossible; Perfect
Wisdom permits nothing but harmony; Infinite Love devises nothing but Good.
VI. Desire is the only Motive.
���The universe and all it contains
moves, acts, only from desire.
Will, in the sense of volition, is
merely a servant of Desire. We
will to do nothing except what we
desire. When we speak of a person
with a strong will, we mean that
the said person has a strong desire.
It is easy to will to do what we wish
to do. The desire to eat goes before the movement of the body towards food. We will to eat because
we wish to eat.
VII. There can be but one Desire, viz.: The Desire to be Happy.
���In this we are not free agents.
It is impossible to wish to be miserable. There is no one word that
describes the single desire of the
universe. Happiness is a good
word if we give it a large meaning,
including pleasure, comfort, peace
of mind, blessedness. It is impossible to wish for anything but
happiness,or to will to de> anything
except to promote our happiness,in
the* large sense here spoken eif.
VIII. Once understand that our
only motive Is the Desire for Happiness,and Life becomes a Pleasure.
���The slavery called Duty is over,
and we arise into the glorious free-
eleini of doing whatever we dei because it is a pleasure. The only
reason why anyone does his "duty"
is because it is a pleasure, but if
wc; tako our pleasure from a "sense
of duty" we are slaves, whereas if
we do our "duty" because we enjoy
it, we are free.
IX. Without Freedom and the ������'���������
tlASCtt.ftft*.}
L0WfiftY*8 CLAIM.
11.11 11
15*
Sense of Freedom Life is a Drudgery.���As a matter of fact every one
not physically confined is free to do
exactly as he pleases all the time,
but few realise this, and consequently live in the sense of slavery,
which is a kind of death.
X. The one motive is the De-
lire for Happiness, but Permanent
Happiness is only Possible by living
for Others.���It is better to give
tban to receive. It is said of Jesus
that "for joy that was set before
Him He endured the cross." The
only permanent joy is found in the
cross. To live for others is a purely
selfish performance. As soon as
we discover how happy service for
others makes us, we become what
is called "unselfish," but there is,
as a matter of fact, no unselfishness. Numbers of people become
selfrighteous or make themselves
miserable because they do not know-
that tbeir "unselfishness" is purely
���elfish. When I know that I do a
"heroic" thing because I want to.
I don't care to be praised for it..
XI. Courage is the Condition
of Success.���Courage comes from a
profound belief in the first five
doctrines here laid down. No one
can do his best who is timid���afraid
of his outside and of his inside: of
Ms environment ancl of himself.
XII. Physical Health is Promoted by Healthful and Happy
Thinking.���As a general projiosi-
tion the body is an expression of
the mind. If the mind is healthy
the body will be healthy. Asa
man thinketh in his heart so is he.
P*t��nt-M��dieine Fakirs.
About the lowest scoundrels on
the face of this earth are those who
rob the poor, weakened, eliseaseMi
victims of money and health by
making false promises as to the
virtue and powers of their remedies. Ordinary burglary is highly
respectable business compared to
this. But according to law the
latter is a crime and the former an
honorable occupation.
Who interferes with the thousands of advertising quacks���and
many who do not advertise���whose
sole object is to extract money
from the soul-tortured victim of
weakness. Every intelligent man
knows them to be quacks and rascals of the lowest order, but they
go on year after year in their nefarious business, and not an effort
is made to curtail the crimes they
daily commit.
Talk aliout men being so mean
that they would steal   pennies off
dead men's eyes���why, these despicable scoundrels would steal even
the clothes.    They are the scurf of
the   earth���the   off-scourings    of!
crime    and    criminals.      Nobody
knows better than thev their rem-
edies are   valueless,   ancl   that in
many cases they actually stimulate;
and result in serious injury.    But,
what do thev care?   Their sole aim
9/
is to make money,  and   they will
9/ 9/
adopt any means in   order   to accomplish this object.
The penitentiary is too good   for
such debased scoundrels.    It is bad
j
enough to rob a man in possession
of all his  powers,   but   when   the
confidence of a sufferer  is  gained,
by the pretence   of   friendship   or j
professional ability,and then abused
by deceit for financial gain, there is
no tit punishment for   such   criminals.    Such   rotten   specimens of j
manhood ought to be hung out in
the desert as fit food for carrion.
Suppose an emaciated, decrepit
person was walking along a crowd-
eel thoroughfare, and a man should
kneick him down, take all his vain-;
ables, and  injure  him   severely. |
That would be a crime,  would it
not? Hut bow does such a crime j
differ from that already described?!
The only difference is that there
were no pretences of friendship
made in the last-described robbery.
A confidence man is one of the
most despicable of all criminals,
ami these confidence men���medical
fakirs -are far worse. The regulation confidence man only steals
your money, but the   latter   often
! steals your physical power also,and
at times even your life.-Macfadden.
Thoughts ef Thinkers.
It is too late in the day for men
; of sincerity to pretend they believe
j in the Platonic mysticism that
three are one and one is three, and
yet that one is not three and the
three are not one. But this constitutes the craft, the power, and
the profits of the priests. Sweep
away their gossamer fabrics of
fictitious religion and they would
catch no more flies. ��� Thomas
Jefferson.
The day returns and brings us
the petty round of irritating concerns and duties. Help us to play
the man, help us to perform them
with laughter and kind faces; let
cheerfulness abound with industry.
Give us to go blithely on our business all day,bring us to our resting
beds weary and content and undis-
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honored,, and grant us in the end
the gift of sleep. Amen.���Robert
Louis Stevenson.
There is lots of nonsense written
about liarefooted virtue and patent-
leather vice, but virtue does not go
liarefooted voluntarily. She would
get shoes if she could. A great
many people pretend to think that
good clothes and nice things generally mean that their possessors
have   robbed   somebody  and that
they are guiltily spending their ill-
gotten gains. All of which is a
part of the poverty-hypocrisy en-
couraged by Christianity.���Washburn.
Supernatural ism is an utter absurdity; it is an impossibility, it is
wholly an assumption, it is an imposition, it is a tyranny, it is an
enemy, it is a constant ancl perpetual lie. Nothing has done so much
barm in the world ns an acceptance
of the supernatural. Supernaturalism is the doctrine of Gods and
devils, of purgatory and hells, of
wretchedness and lies;   but nature
is at the same time the fountain of
life, the cause of existence, the
source of all truth.���D.M- Bennett. I5e;
LOWERY'S CLAIM.
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When Gabriel Galls.
*�����
Here lies the dead 'neath headboards stained by time,
In graves uncared for; rudest heaps of earth;
Rough men whose lives on earth were black with crime,
Devoid of every mark of honest worth.
In ways unnatural they met with death.
In blood stained garments they were hid from sight,
A curse clung to each victim's dying breath,
And hatred lit their eyes till dimmed of light,
With boots yet on their sinful feet they'll lie
Till Gabriel's trumpet echoes from on high.
Here lies old Texas Joe, who met his death
From hand of one who was of quicker fire,
And Tuscarora Sam, whose fund of breath
Slipped from him when he called Black Bill a liar.
And here is Poker Frank, who tried to steal
The frayed affection of Sport Daly's dame,
And this rude board stands over Brocky Teak,
Whom drink had made unsteady in his aim
When with shooters he and Grizzly Pete
Went out to hunt each other on the street.
Here lies the shot-up frame of Smoky Tim,
Whose stolen horse lacked necessary speed;
And close beside him sleeps old Greaser Jim,
Who was by vigilantes roped and treed.
Just over there lies Sacramento Joe,
Who died with boots too full of wiggling snakes.
And just beyond they planted Tommy  I.owe,
Who made a fatal play to grab the stakes
From "oft" the table in a game of draw���
"Bit off," the boys said, "more than be could chaw."
Here's Bob the Methodist and Sleepy Ike,
And Doughface Henderson ami Whiskey Mack,
And ]*>.>r Jot Bowers (not the man from Pike),
And^Faro Dick and Three-Fingered Jack,
And others, names unknown, lie in this sj>ot;
And standing in tbis border burial ground,
Rude and uncared for, comes the passing thought
That when the dead wake at the trumpet sound
Clld Gabriel will be filled with mute surprise
To see this gang <>f thoroughbreds arise f ���Denver Post.
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Sexless Nonenities
Physieal Culture Attains Physical CUeaklings ^
Admitting that marriage is fun-1 marriage's under such abnormal
damentally a physical institution. I conditions. Although the men are*
that whatever the exalted height of far from the physieal standard that
the regard existing between the
contracting parties, it is made peis-
sible first by physical attraction,
then call to mind the average physical condition of those who have
entered and are still entering the
holy bonds of matrimony. When
such facts are viewed the great
wonder is not why there are so few
but why there are so many  happy
they should approximate, the principal fault is to be found in the
female sex, for as far as the marital
relations are concerned, it is the
woman who should have control,
anel should be blessed with that
physical excellence which will supply the finer instincts essential un-
der such circumstances.
The female human animal should
lie as strong in proportion to the
male as is the female of lower' animals. That the average woman
falls far below this standard ho one
will deny. The female cat," clog,
horse or lion is but little weaker
than the male of their own species,
and in a race can usually run about
as fast as the male. Woman should
be as strong in comparison with
man.
Of course there are  excuses and
causes for feminine weakness. Wifh
their vital organs  crushed  by 'the
corset and   with  every  meivemeVit
curtailed   by   a   skirt,   and   with
teachers  and  parents   continually
impressing upon them at every step
in their education   the  importance
of dignity  and  ladylike '"behavior,
which means that the'y must daily
violate tbe most important** lavf <Sf
nature in ignoring the necessity for
regular use of the muscular system,
can we expect the��m "to  grow  into
fine, vigorous,  well-sexed women"?
This lack of physical  excellence*,
more especially among women, is
unquestionably one of the greatest
causes   of   marital     unhappiness.
Although   men   are   supposed   to
select their wives,   iu   reality   the
woman does the  selecting,   and   if
all her physical forces* are  not  developed to their full  completeness;
she has not the sentences of'discrimination in sexual selection that
she could possess under  more normal conditions.    Hence sheuojten
selects a man for a   husband,   not
because she loves him with all  the
devotion, intensity and power that
should accompany every true, marriage,   but   liecause  he will enable
her to advance socially,or to satisfy
other   ambitions.     In   au   insipid
way she may believe that she loves
some other man more than tlie one
she marries,but in her eyes he may
not be her equal,   or  may   hot' fie
able to give her the  position  aftd
influence     desired,     and"hs - tin*
strength, emotions and jniwer of a
true woman are still   dormant *cin
her undeveloped body,   she  is fri*
capable eif loving any one to titij *
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LOWERY'S CLAIM.
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great degree of intensity,ancl therefore cloes not alleiw hive to influence
her choice'.* What pitiable e>bjects
such women are! They go through
life cotd, heartless, pitiless, unfeeling cieafcures. T,hat divine desire
of'e"Very fnfe* woman's soul for
mot lier hood, for the prattling voices
of their own lovely children, they
never experience. They are not
women���not men. They are sexless nonenities that exist a certain
number of years and then die. The
world is made darker, gloomier and
uioW'severe because of their influence at times, but rarely, if ever, is
it made better.
Marriage for position or money,
or to satisfy other desires than love
is made possible simply and entirely by the lack of that virile* power
which accompanies superb physical
health. A finely sexed, fully developed Womanly woman could no
more marry without love than fire
could mingle with water. Her
whole physical, mental aid moral
lieing would cry out with repugnance and loathing against such a
union.
As a first step in marital unhap-
piness, because e>f thc lack of physical excellence, many women con-
e
tract loveless marriages, which
always start and end unhappily.
For the need of this same physical
powerT'Svhich carries with it the
normal instinct necessary to protect
a woman from the more gross passions' of tier marital partner, the
life'of many a married couple becomes a most harassing existence'.
and in addition the woman sutlers
nieist serious physical torture's from
the effeets of unnatural excesses.
TheVeis nothing that predisposes a
woman scv strongly towards that
which if right, natural and moral
as the'fifier instincts of superb animal-"power. Such a woman is
moral because her every desire, her
every instinct is in favor of morality. Such a woman has no dilliculty in finding and���what is more
important���keeping a husband, for
the simple reason that she respects
the strong instincts of her  nature,
and forces her husband to do  likewise, thus retaining and increasing
day by clay his respect and his love.
The entire conventional   idea of
marriage and the duties of a wife to
her husband are abnormal, and unquestionably these perverted theories have done much towards bringing about the unsatisfactory matrimonial condition now  almost  universal.    The civil ceremony is supposes! to give to man every privilege
he may desire.    The  wife  is  supposed to le subject   to   his   every
wish.    The laws of  nature or the
laws of (Joel warrant no such  conclusion.    In fact it  is   plain   that
the wishes of the   wife   should be
paramount ��� that    the     husband
should be subject to and controlled
by   her.    When   this   outrage  to
woman and the plain   laws   of nature, in ber total subjection to man
iu marital life, is fully milized,one
eif the principal causes  of  diseases
peculiar to her sex is plain  to  any
unprej udiced reasoner.
How many thousands of young
women, apparently in good health,
enter the realms of matrimony.and
as a result find that their health of
body and mind lias been sacrificed.
It should not be. It is often the
result of the perverted impression
that marriage means total subjection to the wishes of another. On
the "rocks" of this false conclusion
are shattered the happiness, health
and future prospects of millions of
married couples. Herein lies the
paramount    importance   of superb
tutions formed by man for the purpose of annoying people under the
guise of doing good.
Thought Thei*e Would
Be a Fight.
Up in Clay county several years
ago a Christmas frolic ended in a
tragedy. Old Mrs. Philpott was a
witness at the trial.
"Tell us all about the fight."
said the lawyer.
*'I never seed no fight,'' replied
the old lady.
"Well, then, tell us what you
did see,'' remarked the lawyer in a
careless sort of way, taking her at
her word.
Mrs. Philpott moved her sun-
bonnet back, lit ber pipe and proceeded:
"Cy Sewell he gave a Christmas
dance, an' me' an' a whole lot of
others was tbar. The boys an'
gals tbey got to danciu', an' as the
boys went dancin' round an' round
they got to slappin' each other, an'
finally one boy he slapped another
boy too bard���harder than he al-
lowed to���an' knocked him down.
An' the boy what got knocked
down be jumped up an' jerked out
a great big knife, 'bout long as
your arm, an' whacked the fellow
that knocked him down right across
the middle from side to side. An'
then the brother of the fellow what
got cut be pulled a British bulldog
'bout the size of a bam, an' he let
go six 44's right squar at the fellow
who had the knife���an' jest then
Bill Smiley���Bill's cousin of Jake
physical health. Notwithstanding Hayes who got shot���come runnin'
the' iniiuence that may be' imposed jouten oie man Sewell's room with
on a woman by what she may haveIa double-barreled shotgun an' let
cause to believe is her duty, sbe I oil' both barrels right into the
will not stoop to anything that will crowd; an' oie man Sewell got ex-
outrage her physical instinct if she cited an' jerked a Winchester ouen
possesses all the power, beauty and from under the bed an' went to
health conjoined to superb,   whole- pumpin' lead into the gang; an' by
some' womanhood.
If the people were strong enough
to resist slavery there' won lei be no
such thing as a Lord's Day Alliance
in Canada.    It is one of the  insti-
that time the house was full o'
smoke an' flashin' an' holleriii',an'
1 seed thar was goin' to be a fight,
so I left the house."
Preachers marry more for money
than love. ���5M
BJHSHBBJBa
18S
LOWERY'S CLAIM.
Unhealthy WomeR
Overeating the Great Sane te Happiness^ ^^
li
One of the greatest evils with
which all women, and men, too,
have to contend, is over eating.
The alcohol curse has assumed
proportions. It brings weakness,
and at times excruciating agony to
to the homes of its victims, and
those closely connected with them.
But I firmly believe that over eating is so much greater in its ravages thau alcohol, that the latter
evil is of insignificant importance
in comparison.
The sin of over eating is universal.    It   can   be   found    in   every
*p
home���at every fireside. Hardly
a woman lives to day under civilized
conditions who has not sacrificed
a certain degree of her physical
lower and beauty to this sin.
I do not necessarily mean by
over eating that one is in the
habit of stuffing herself with food
at every meal. I me��an simply
eating beyond the power to digest.
When the stomach is not in a condition to digest, no appetite exists.
No matter how small may be the
quantity, one who eats at such
times commits the sin of over eating.
How many of my readers are in
the habit of eating three metals a
day, or trying to eat three meals a
day? They will naturally argue
that this has been the custom for
years, and why should anything
different be productive of superior
results ?
Regardless of the dictates of the
appetite, when the usual hour for
eating appears, one is supposed to
at least attempt to eat. How often
have I heard the remark, "Well, I
am not hungry, but I will try to
eat something, for I am sure to be
hungry before the next meal."
There you have it! Persued by
a constant dread of being hungry
before the next meal. Why, my
friends, hunger is the most exquisit
of all sauces. There is not equal
to it. Not only is it valuable from
this standpoint; but it accurately
indicates that the digestive organs
are ready for food���that they are
in a condition to use nourishment
to the best possible advantage.
For heaven's sake dou't be a
4'duty eater." Duty eaters never
acquire an appetite, never experience a feeling of hunger. They
will not allow themselves an opportunity to become hungry. They
always eat in advance of hunger;
and therefore this delicious sauce
is never amoug their |iossessioiis.
How many weak, frail, delicate
women owe their condition to the
sin of over eating. They usually
feel langiud and chronically tired.
They go to l>ed tired, they get up
tired, and how often you hear them
say 4,I uever have any appetite,
but I must eat to keep up my
my strength. I get weak and
faint if I don't force myself to
eat,"
Thus the situation continues.
What can I do to make you realize
that it requires energy to digest
food just as it does to walk, to lift
a weight, or perform any muscular
lalnir? Sow is it not clear
that if this energy is used by the
digestive organs to eliminate a
meal that has been eaten whun not
deiired eir required���that the nervous, muscular ancl mental energy
will be vastly depreciated ?
I want my readers to realize one
Of
great truth in the laws of hysiene
and health, aud that is, the necessity for appetite in eating. If you
have no appetite, wait until one is
acquired. You need not have the
slightest fear of its failure to appear. It is only a matter of time,
and the kecnnc3S8 of hunger, the
delicious flavor that foods assume
under these circumstances, will not
only vastly   increase  their enjoy-
IMA1CM, is��
ment, but their true oflice, the
proper nourishment af the body,
will be performed in the healthful,
normal manner.
I challenge any weak woman to
try this suggestion. In a vast
number of cases I have seen women
suffering from weaknesses of this
nature,actually increase in strength
while abstaining totally from food,
for then the system was given an
opportunity to "right itself/1
The poor, overworked organs of
digestion secure a much needed
rest, and the nerves and other
functions of the body have an op-
portunity to reach a normal degree
of strength and health.
Every physician will tell yoa
tbat by far the greater majority of
diseases begin at the stomach. I
would make this a stronger statement by claiming that nearly all
diseases have their beginning
there, and I want to most emphatically emphasise that if ths
stomach was properly treated, these
diseases would never begin.���
Woman's   Physical   Development.
Am I My Brother's
Keeper ?
That those shrivelled souls whe
hope to force the redemption of the
world by legislative action should
so far outlive their time as to be a
power in this day and generation
of enlightenment and toleration
does seem a trifle preposterous.
Vet we still have them with us
and they are legion. With them
the scriptural interrogation is answered in an affirmative���not of
love but of compulsion.
In the prairie province ef Manitoba, where a goddess of liberty
with a third class certificate enlightens the world from her little
white school house shrine in every
range aud township, these disciples
of compulsory righteousness are
astonishingly numerous. In the
province of Ontario, which decorates herself with the proud assurance that sbe is the land of culture,
intellect and all the attributes of
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advancement,{these self-appointed
regulators of their neighbor's lives
hold unbounded sway.
The day has passed when these
good folk may kill the un regenerate on sight as the Puritans did
the Indians, or burn at the stake
they who differ in theology, as Calvin did Servitas. But the spirit of
the blue laws and the inquisition is
rampant still and expresses itself in
enactments to force sanctimoniousness, down freedom of thought,
speech and action, and fence with
the barb wire of prejudice the broad
free pastures of love wherein the
nobler better man might thrive and
feast his soul.
Such is the spirit iu which prohibition laws are enacted. "Am I
my brother's keeper?" "Yes- ancl
if the brother in the minority does
not do, think and act as we order,
we shall demonstrate the beauty of
our fraternal regard by placing him
behind the liars."
It seems to me that these* prohibitionists have shot very wide of
the mark. No one disputes that
intemperance wastes the body and
warps the soul. No one denies the
evil of drink. That whiskey is a
curse is admitted without demur.
But that intemperance can be
abolished by legislative action is
entirely another phase of the case.
Hedging men's habits with a law
to prevent them falling is like sending a man up in a balloon and asking him to walk back. Prohibitory
enactment will not prevent drunkenness. It will make men hypocrites, sneaks and liars. It may
diminish the sale of chemically
pure whiskey, but it will boom the
production of Vanilla extract, pain
killer and red ink. Fundamentally, the principle of prohibition is
founded on the error and ignorance
of prejudice. It is the impotent
attempt of he wbo weiuld be his
brother's keeper to become his
brother's dictator rather than his
teacher. It reverses all the laws of
brotherhood and sets in its place
the clay-footed idol of force. It
turns the clock back three thousand years and places us beside the
Manchureans who forced the con-
quered Mongrels to shave their
heads.
Christ's Miracles.
In exact ratio as a people increase in intelligence, miracles decrease in frequency. So we find
the world forever peering into the
shadowy past for expositions of the
miraculous. We find a Christian
civilization of the twentieth century
groping in the darkness of Judae-
ism for proof of the wondrous
works of a man called Christ, who
is reported to have healed the sick,
raised the dead and turned water
into wine. We know that the
Hebrews as a people were ignorant.
We know that they were the self-
elected chosen people of God; that
they were so provincial in their
learning that they would not give
ear to any knowledge that did not
originate within
Cathay came there to increase
their store of learning and compare
notes. The wisdom of the known
world centred in Memphis. It was
called the home of learning.
Christ himself, we are told, was
carried out of Jerusalem while yet
a little child and taken to the city
of Memphis. Here he attended
the schools with thousands of other
children. Only once, at the age of
twelve, did he visit the land of his
nativity. Then he returns to
Memphis to complete his education
and finally re-appears, a full-grown
man, schooled in all the sciences of
Memphis, to teach a new philosophy and do wondrous works
among the Hebrews.
But how about the people of
Memphis? They record no miracles in his name. They tell of no
wondrous works which he performed while in their midst. Their
history did not change because of
his presence. They treat him as
they did thousands and hundreds
themselves.    We ! of thousands more of their scholars,
record  the  fact that
Know that they  lived  unto thein-  by failing to
selves, refusing to  mix, fraternize he lived.
or blende with all other people. Why should these miracles be
We know that they were intensely unfolded to the benighted Hebrws
bigoted; that they despised all and not to the enlightened scholars
who did not accept the tenets of of Memphis? If they were bona
their narrow, selfish faith. We ride miracles would they not
know that as a pe?ople they were be much more readily accepted by
hypocritical, uncharitable and uu- a people who had all the light of
truthful. We know that they their age than by a people who sat
were a conquered, brow-beaten, in darkness? Any reasonable man
down-trodden race, harboring all would answer, Yes. But the solu-
the intrigue and stultification tion of the mystery is within itself,
which the shackles of bondage Christ worked no miracles. He
would place on such  a people. did   no    wondrous    things.      He
Among these Hebrews we say taught no new philosophy. He
that Cfirist was kirn and we search preached on the streets of Jerusa-
their records for a history of his lem the beautiful truths he had
wondrous works. Why uot turn learned in the city of Memphis.
elsewhere for his record ? In the He turned to account the sciences
city of Memphis, in the land of of au advanced race to relieve
Egypt, lived an enlightened peo- suffering in a degenerate one.
pie.    Memphis had colleges greater ���
in the number of students than J. Pierpont Morgan has paid
in uie fll J five hundred   thousand dollars for
any which now exist. Ail tne Raphael>s Madonna. The picture
philosophy of all lands was taught cam0 high but j P. lives in a
there. Scholars from India, Christian country and can mulct
Rome, (Jreece and   even   far   off | his workingmen for the amount* 160
LOWERY'S CLAIM.
What is Meant by
"Christian."
In an impeachment of our arch-
isticeconomic and social system, a
writer in the "Arena" on the cause
of anarchism says :
" Anarchism could not be, were
society well organized and industry just and Christian. It is the
cry of insane wrath against the
horrors of our civilization���a civilization that dooms hosts of hardworking men to squalid poverty,
joyless toil, hourly fear of the
morrow, ghastly disease, and ultimately death, and that opens below to hosts of hard-working, half-
starved women the hell of harlotry.' '
As with the word "religions," it
all depends on what we mean by
the word "Christian" when used in
connection with "industry." The
writer of ihe " Arena" article may
have a revised creed of his own
making, but if "Christain" ethics
are really based upon the creeds of
the leading denominations known
by that name, including the Remand Greek Catholic���the mothers
and grandmothers of all the younger Christian secte���then it is
nothing to be wondered at that
Christians rob and butcher each
other in cheir wars of conquest, or
that they rob and starve each other
in their industrial wars, or that
they look with unconcern upon
the hells of economic suffering, the
hells of vice and of crime caused
by their own narrow selfishne��ss
and remorseless greed.
Catholic orders seeking refuge in
England from the effects of recent
legislation. At a meeting in Albert hall recently the immense
building was packed to tho doors
with enthusiasts pledged to uphold
Protestantism of the nation and to
demand the suppression of the
mass and confessional in the Established Church, into which it is contended they bave been introduced
through the Government's abuse of
patronage and by certain bishops
in defiance of law. Viscount Mid-
dlet-on presided, supported by Lord
Kiunaird and Lord Overton, some
members of parliament, prominent
evangelical clergymen, and the
notorious anti-Ritualist book-seller
Kensit. The speeches declared
that there was a conspiricy afloat
to undermine the Protestant religion, and denounced the dangers of
the introduction into Great Britain
of bodies of celibate, militant
Catholics, who profess to be
driven out of   their own  countrv
**
by persecution. Was it not a fact,
asked Viscount Middleton, that
these orders were compelled, sooner
or later, to quit any country where
they established them selves because
they only acknowledged the authority of their own superiors, regardless of the law of the land ? He
protested amid enthusiastic! applause against the planting among
English Protestants of communities
of men with such a record.
[M ASCII 190*
Resolutions embodying the objects of the meeting were passed
with uuanimous fervor. One of
these insisted upon the retention
in the Sovereign's oath of the rejection of the "Distinctive errors
of the Church of Rome.'' Another
condemned successive governments
for allowing violations of the law
forbidding monks and Jesuits to
reside in Great Britain, the existence of such communities in the
country being pernicious to society
and dangerous to good government.
The leading opposition to this
journal comes from people who
profit by keeping the truth away
from the dupes within the power
of their grafts.
Can a poker player lie a gentleman and raise his hand against a
woman ?
Tourists
and Strangers
Whon In New ix-nvrr. will find tlie Xkwmarkkt
Hotrl a k'""<l ;-ii-w-��- lo camp over niirht. Fro<��
it- i-.il�� ������in- -.th*' rtm-flt ���v.'ii.-ry In tho world can
be wen without ������ \u i ��� h.��rk'i*-*L3^S> z*Js> ���*���*���-, "
\
After the Jesuits.
The spirit of ultra-Protestantism
inherent in a large section of the
British public is indulging just now
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