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Lowery's Claim ia published every
month at Vancouver, 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 100 years of age.
it is a Sham Crusher, and will flght all
fraud! to a red finale. It costs $1 a
year in any part of the world, but lack
of mail facilities prevents it being mailed to Mars. Hades and other out-of-
the-way places. All agents can make
L\*> cent! upon each subscription obtained. Advertising rat** are $2 an
inch each Insertion, and no cut is made
for time or position. If you desire this
Journal do not depend upon your neighbor, but send In your white or green
dollar before the thought grows cold.
R. T. Lower v.
Vancouver, B, C.
A bleu ptnoU murk fodicatM
t ti ta t   vour   ���absortpalon   lot-
������ndo-d.    Plt-aae renew
from Mil to Sea.
This journal, my second youngest,
completes its second year wilh this
number, hi order to give it the advantages of civilization I have moved
its home from amid the hills of the
Silvery Slocan to the salt-touched air of
Vancouver. Although tender in years
it already has had a taste of the stren-
OU8 life. Eighteen months ago the
C. P. R. struck against it being sold
on the trains, and this strike is still on,
peaceful and still as a duck asleep.
Three months ago Mulock cut it out of
the mails, but unlike the C. P. R. be
saw Ihe error of his way in 30 days and
put it on thc list again, so that now it
wends its way to ail parts of the world,
side by side with the War Cry and
other prints that always spell tied with
the biggest kind ofa G,
In spile of all the rocks thrown in
front of its trail Lowery's Claim still
lives and its papa has two bank accounts. It has never hauled down the
flag, and in Vancouver it will fight all
the sham*:, frauds, and fakes of church
state aud society to a red finale until
its editor grows too old to shove a pen,
or too dead to skin a fat parson.
This journal is not found in churches
or given away lo the heathen by bald-
headed Jesus howlers. It tells too
much truth for those who live by preying upon the fears of a timid and ignorant people.
Someone has said that a conservative
is a man afraid to fight, and too fat to
run. I will not vouch for the exact
truth of the statement, but I know that
all classes of men who stand still and
tightly clutch the moss of the past are
seldom found giving up ten cents for
my second youngest. They prefer
some sheet with ancient ideas, and big
enough for a bed-spread. This class
condemn my work and boldly declare
that I will go to hell or Victoria after
death has put me in the discard. I do
not feel sorry for these fellows because
after they are born a few more times
the mud will be washed out of their
brains, and their souls have a chance
to get some fresh air.
Inthe rush and excitement of coming into a metropolis like Vancouver
frcm the solitude of the grand old
mountains ofthe Slocan I am naturally
a little dazed and this issue mav have
one or two weak spots, but look out for
the June edition. It will brush the
cobwebs off the Gods, and make every
bell in Hades jingle ** full speed."
A hard trail often leads to Easy
Six back numbers of this journal,
each one different are sent to any address upon receipt of 50 cents.
Address all letters to Box 818, Vancouver, B. C, upon matters connected
with this publication.
There is no law in Vancouver against
a   man  kissing  his  wife  on   Sunday.
This helps some.
Freedom  was  never yet given to a
man.    He  has always to  fight for it,
and liberty loves rebels.
In the United States ninety per cent
of the wealth is held by ten per cent of
the people.    That is prosperity.
If a man could buy all the hypocrissy
in Vancouver at a cent a pound he
would grow rich in a few minutes.
The  biggest clam  does not  always
contain the most meat.
In the future this journal will press
the limit and all who delight in truth
unadorned  should   not miss a number,
Send a copy of this journal to a
friend, and you may do a world of
A cover printed in two colors will
enfold the contents of Lowery's Claim
commencing wilh the June issue.
Three pages of the cover will be devoted
to advertisements, and as the space is
limited advertisers wishing to make
contracts should call on or write the
editor as speedily as possible.
The fact  still holds good  that one of
the  noblest works of creation  is  the
man who always pays the printer.
The greatest loss is the friend who is
1101 dead.
The Ozonagram, which has just been
born in this city will probably  develop
inlo the greatest   paper on   this ioast<
Get in-early and kee a file of it.
Unless it solidities into a good deed a
prayer is only whispered gas.
It is a great   farce  for  people to  sin
all week, and then  try to white  wash
themselves by keeping Sunday.
Civilization and the C. P. R. have
helped. A squaw was seen wheeling a
baby carriage in Vancouver.
phic and  highly  satisfactory  com pan
Twinkle, twinkle little star.
How 1 wonder what you are.
t'p above :he world so high.
Like a d air.ond in the sky."
cT/)e Platonic Zove fake.
from LJBvanne Sfeonoclast
A charming little lady, the front ele- pie of opposite sexes absolutely Motivation of whose name is Stella, takes sary to each o:her. It Is a glory tn
pen in hand and gives ;he It on. a red- wh'ch the soul is bathed, an almost
not 'Toast" for having intimated that savage melody that beats within lhe
Platonic Love, so-called. Is a pretty blood. It is���O dammit! It's that which
good thing for respectable women to let transforms a snub-nosed dalry-mald In-
alone Judged by the amount of caloric to a Grecian goddess, a bench-legged
she genera.es, Stella must be a sUr of farmer-boy Into a living Apollo Belve-
the first magnitude, or even an entire dere. "Love Is love for evermore"���
constellation. She "believes in the pure, differing in degTee, but never In kind.
pa*s:onless love described by Plato as The Cranlan is but the nobler nature
sometimes existing between the sexes��� of the Pandemlan Venue, not another
the affinities of mind as distinguished entity. Love ts no: altogether of the
from :he carnal lusts of matter." and earth, earthly. It ts born of the spirit
opines that the Apostle "must be gross as well as of the flesh, of the perfume
indeed not \�� comprehend this phtloso-   as of the beauty of the great red rose.
Few of those women who have led
captive the souls of the Intellectual Titans of the world could boast of won-
dious beauty. Th<* moment man passes
the pale of savagery he demands something more than mere physic il pe;f.��e-
tlon in a companion. l��urlty. Gentleness. Dignity���such nre the three graces
I plead guilty and cast myself -ipon of womanhood that ofttlmes make Ctt-
the mercy of the court.    I sorrowfully   *,d  A***?    a "l!aprtes,L ^f0"1    "nd
that  my  aesthetlclsm  is. not 18  a<lore   a homH>   fatt>-    Tho  ]ove  of <*
parent for a child Is the purest affection of which we can conceive; yet I*
the child the fruition of a love that lies
not ever In the clouds.    Platonic affection, so-called. Is but  confluent small -
POS   mcrqueradlng  as  measles.     Tho��e
who have It may  not  know what all*
'em:  but  they've got  a simple case of
"spoons" all  the same.    If So Ihi  were
"my   dear   heart's    better    part."   and
tried   to convince  ma*   that  she  felt  a
irg oneof McCormieks patents around   Purely Platon'c affecMon for some other
a forty-acre field or arguing a point of   fellow, I'd apply for a writ of Injunc-
eihics with a contumacious ?nule.   That   t,un or ,fty for m* transcendent  rival
1 am unable to appreciate that Platonic   w,lh   a  Hgnum-vltae    club    loaded   to
yearning of soul to soul, that deep call-   scatter.     Nobody   could    convince   me
ing unto deep on which Stella dotes, is   lbat the country was secure.   The Pla-
my  misfortune  rather than  my   fault.   ton,c Packet Is being sadly over-worked
I: appears to me too much like voting  ,n *well society.    Like chart ty. tt cov-
the Prohibition ticket or playing poker  VT9 a multitude of sins.    Married wo-
with    Confederate   currency.    When I   men  so scouting around  at ail  hours
love a woman I love her up one side  *Bd Jn ��H kinds of places with Platonic
and  down  the  t'other.    I   may  be  an   lovers, until the "old man" feeds a few
uncultured and  barbaric noodle,  but  I  slugs to a muzzle-loading gun and lets
want to get hold of her and bite her   'he   Platonlsm  l<��ik  through    artificial
neck.   I want to cuddle her sunny curls   holes In the side of some gay gillant.
on my heaving shirt-front when I talk   When  madame must  have her  beaux.
to her about  affinities.    I  believe  with   and maids receive attention from mar-
Tennyson  in   the spirits    rushing    to-   rled men. there's something decayed in
gether at the  touch of the lips, and I   the    moral      Denmark.        Mrs.    Tllton
Just   let  *em   rush.    Men  may    esteem   thought she felt a Platonic affeHton for
women   and   enjoy   their   society   with   Henry Ward Beecher���wan simply wor-
never a thought of s.-x.     I have many  shipping at   the  shrine  of  his  genius:
female     friends,    some      white-haired   but  she made as bad  a mess of It  as
gran'dames,  some  mere girls in  short   tho' she had called her complaint con-
dresses.    Hut  for their kindly  interest   �� upiscence.    Kven here In Texas, where
and encouragement  I  would have cast   we do preserve a faint adumbration of
aside the faber and tied  to the desert   the  simplicity  and  virtue of ye  olden
long ago.   Th fr'endshlp of a noble wo-   timo. it is no uncommon thing to see a
man is life's holiest perfume; but that  chipper married  female who moves In
is not the affinity of souls, the super-   the "best society."  flitting about  with
natural  spooning,  the  Platonic    yum-  some  fellow   who's  recognized���as  the
yum for which fair Stella pleads.   Love,  servants *ay-as    her    "steady    comas I understand the term, is to friend-   pany."    But  as ue have improved on
ship's  non-consuming  flame   what  the  the Pompelan "houses of Joy." so have
fierce glare of the noonday sun is to  we added to the French fashion of mar-
the mild radiance of the harvest moon,  rled  flirtation  a new  and    Interesting
It is something which makes two peo-  feature.   The French allow malda but
little liberty so far as male companion
ship is concerned; but we remove the
bridle altogether, and while the matron
flirts with the bachelor, the maid an
proprlates the lonesome benedict \n
the old social laws have been laid on
the shelf and life rendered a veritable
go-as-you-please. In real life there is
no "pur* Platonic affection," whan ver
may bedtime In fiction. No man waits
upon another's wife and provides her
with arnages and cut flower* opera
tickets and wine suppers with never ���
suspl-i ��m of sex. and no maid who values ber virtue will receive marked attentions rrom a married man. When i
virgin finds an "affinity" she should
���teer it against a marriage contract at
the earliest possible moment; when i
Wife discovers one to whom she is not
wedded .-tn should employ a bread and
water diet to subdue her "natural 111-
pematuralism" and reinforce her re-
llgion with a season of penitence and
prayer."-  in aim's "Iconoclaat"
karats fine, but mixed with considerable slag. When I should have wren
acquiring :he higher culture, I was
either playing hookey or planting hegs.
Instead of being fed on the transcendental philosophy of Plato, I was stuffed with mealy Irish spuds and homegrown "pumpkin" pie. When I should
have been learning to relish pate a��* fole
gras and love my neighbor's wife In a
purely passionless  way,  I was follow
*t!00ift0 tbe Bible.
The North Carolina legislature has
Juat enacted a law doing away with the
practice of kissing the Bible in courts
and other places where an oath ll to
be administered. A rather amusing debate attended the i-eremony. but -.Mth
that we need not concern outs-Ives,
Knough that the osculation Is now prohibited in North Caroline ���a consum-
mation much to be commended.
The custom originated In a i line if
superstition, wheu It was an article In
everybody's faith that If the murderer
could be made to tmnh hi* dead victim the wounds would l��r< ak ont afreet!
and blood would proclaim the miscreant's guilt, when 'witchcraft*' was
seriously regarded as a mortal lilt, and
ghosts, astrologers, and magicians fig-
ured in every creed. In those days they
believed that if a person Waned th��'
Bible and then told a lie he would drop
dead���stricken by an angry and offended Jehovah. Modem enlightenment,
however, has shown us that the per-
Jurer klssc-*** and survives. Th. liar
prosper* Be kisses the Bible aa reed"
lly as he would kiss a table or a chair.
and then reels off his falsehoods with
au unruffled brow. It Is DO longer possible for any Intelllg.nt man to believe
that tin- kissing of the Bible addi Ufa
smallest value to the testimony of the
witness. Honest men will tell the truth
without any prompting of luperatltlon.
IMshonest men will lie BJ fluently ��
ibe presence ��f the Bible as In that of
the dictionary or the atlas.
The practice in question, therefore.
Is as futile as it is unclean. North
Carolina has don.- well to relegate n
to the limbo of credulity and k"'"*
ance.-Washington Post.
Here's freedom to him that wad read,
Here's    freedom    tO    Mm    thai
write 1 ,*!,
There's nana ever feared thai ""'
ihottld be heard. ., ,���.
But  they  wham the truth would ���
Beatf) of Kavacftol.
jfrom tbe ffvencb
Over ten ye.irs have elapsed since a
man was beheaded���a man who for a
long time had been the terror of the
exploiting class In France, whose name
made the "peaceable citizens" turn
pale long after hia death:   Ravachol.
There Is perhaps no work, bs it a
scientific essay or a novel, treating upon Anarchism, In which his name is not
mentioned with horror and disgust, just
as one mentions the name of a bandit
whose path is marked with blood.
Blood! Yes, Ravachol had shed blood.
He had committed all the Imaginable
crimes recorded in the penal code: he
had stolen, smuggled, counterfeited,
robbed, murdered, blown up houses���
in short, according to the dominating
conception, every single crime *tfa3 sufficient to exclude the perpetrator from
human society. He was a generis human I hostiiis (enemy of the liu man
race), as the Romans designated the
original Christians���a destestable and
contemptfble monster.
Disdain? No. they could not despise
Ravachol. They hated and abhorred
him, but they could not help respecting
him. at least not the Intelligent ones
among the bourgeoisie.
"His eyelids did not quiver a bit when
he was told in court that unknown
comrades had revenged his arrest with
a horrrlble bloody deed. But when the
little child of Cbaumarttn���an accomplice���entered the court, his looks darkened, his head sank behind one -ampart
of the dock, and he wept. Yet only a
very close observer noticed it, for Ravachol was too proud to show his tears.
When the waiter, Lherot, thru whom
he had been arrested, testified, Hava-
chol smiled kindly. He was not angry
with him. There is something impersonal In this man. * He talks eaJmiy.
With qui n (firmness he tells the jury
that present conditions must be changed; and when he pictures the coming
and better future, where the weak shall
have the protection of all, his voioe
softens. His path is marked with
blood, he knows it. and he says: 'May
my victims forgive me���understand
me.' "
These words were not written by an
incendiary editor of an Anarchist paper, but by a writer of a typical capitalist she��:, Theodore Herzle. a Paris correspondent of the "Neue Frele Presse"
In Vienna, in an article in which he demanded the extermination of .ha Anarchists.
Before we give the explanation of
li-vachol to the Jury, let me ne'ilion
ail utterance* of Mlsie Reclus, a man
whom nobody will accuse of blood-
UlirsHiness. Interviewed by a Paris
daily. "Sempte Avantl." as to his opinion of Ravachol, the renowned vvlentist
"I admire his courage, his .dndness
of li r - r t. his gc^tness of life, his magnanimity In forgiving his enemies, ot
rather traitors. I hardly know of any
men who surpass him in generosity.   1
abstain from going Into the question
whether it is always desirable to go to
the extreme \n asserting our rights, or
whether other considerations, prompted
by the sentiment of human solidarity,
should not outweigh the former. However, I belong nevertheless among
those who recognize in Ravachol a hero
of rare  noble-mindedness."
Ravachol's speech of defense, or rather accusation, which sheds light upon the motives that Induced lhe remarkable man to commit his deeds, is
given in the following synopsis:
"When I take the floor I do not intend o defend myself against the deeds
of which I am accused; for society,
which thru its defective organization
perpetually forces men to flghi each
other, is alone responsible for such acts.
Do we not all among all classes know
men, who wish for their fellow men, I
will not say death, for that sounds two
harsh, but ill luck, if such brings them
personal advantage? Does the merchant, for instance, not wish that his
competitor may be ruined! Does not
the unemployed worker, In order to obtain work, wish that the employed
worker may be discharged for some
reason or other? Very well, then, In a
society where things like this occur
men must not be surprised at such
deeds as I am accused of.
"Things being thus, I cannot hesitate,
when starvation stares me in the face.
to use the means at my disposal, even
at the risk of leaving victims behind.
Do the employers trouble themselves
wthen they discharge the workers
whether they die of starvation? All
those wbo revel in superabundance, do
they trouble themselves about those
people who are in want of the common
necessaries of life?
"There are, of course, some people
wbo render assistance to others, but
they are powerless to aid those millions
who live 1n the most pitiful misery and
often voluntarily end their lives.
"Yes, 'the victims of this society are
Innumerable. Thus aicted the H-aymen
family and the woman, Sonhelm, who
murdered, her children because she
could no longer bear the sight of her
starving babies; and thus act the women wbo, fearing that they will not be
able to maintain their children, rather
endanger 'their health and Hfe by killing the fruit of love In due time.
"And all this happens In the midst of
plenty���in France, where everything
can be found in abundance, where the
butcher shops are overstocked with
meat and the bakeries with bread,
where shoes and clo'thes are piled up
tower-high in warehouses!
"But others will come and say: "This
is all very true, but It cannot be helped. Everyone must look out for himself.'
"That's what I did. I did not want
to die of starvation and could not console myself with the thought that after
my death people would  throw a few
words of pity upon my grave. I left
that to others. I preferred to be a
smuggler, then a counterfeiter, thief
and murderer. I could have begged for
alms, but that is degrading and cowardly, and besides begging is punishable according to your laws, which
makes misery a crime. If all those
who live in want would take, no matter
by what means, from where 'there is
plenty, instead of patient suffering, then
the most indifferent would perhaps
comprehend much sooner that it is dangerous to defend prevailing social conditions, in which uncertainty is permanent and life menaced at every moment.
"People would probably perceive
much sooner that the Anarchists are
right in saying that, to attain mental
and physical rest, it is necessary to destroy the causes which create crimes
and criminals.
"For this reason I have perpetrated
tbe deeds of which 1 am accused, and
which are only the logical result of the
barbaric -condition of your society. It is
said that one who kills his fellowman
must be very cruel; but those who
speak thus do not see that man does
this only in order not to suffer death
"You, gentlemen of the jury, who in
all probability will condemn me to
death, act exactly as I did. You condemn me because you think it is necessary. You shiver when you hear of
murder; bu't you do not hesitate for a
moment to commit murder if you think
It necessary for your safety. The only
difference between us is that you commit murder without personal danger,
while I risk my freedom and life.
"Gentlemen! You should not stop
with convicting the criminals, but you
should destroy the cause of crime.
"As it is, criminals will never exist;
to-day you destroy one and to-morrow
ten others are born. What is to be
done? .Abolish penury���the germ of
crime. And how easily that can be
realized. It is sufficient to build society upon a new basis, Where everything belongs to all. and in which
everybody produces according to his
abilities and inclinations, and consumes
according to his desires.
"Then one will not find suoh people
as the Hermit of Notre-Dame-de Grace,
nor such as beg for coin of those whose
slaves and victims they become at tihe
same time! Then one will not find women selling their bodies, and there will
be no men like Pronzini, Prado, Ber-
land, Anasty, and others, who for this
coin became murderers. It is evident
that the cause of all crime is always
the same, and one must be a lunatic
indeed not to see this.
"I am only a common worker without
any education, but having experienced
the pangs of hunger myself, I perceive
the injustice of your repressive laws
far more keenly than a rich bourgeois.
"Whence do you take the right to
kill or imprison a man, who was put
into the world with all the requirements
of life, and who found it necessary to
take what was wanting in order to feed
"I have worked in order to live and
keep my family alive, and so long as I
and my family did not suffer beyond
endurance I remained what you term
'honest' Then I could not find work
and with poverty came hunger. Only
then the law of nature, this imperative
bondage wich tolerates no counter-plea
���the instinct of self-preservation forced me to commit some of tho crimes for
which I am persecuted and to which
I plead guilty.
"Judge me. gentlemen of the jury; but
if you have understood me. with my
condemnation you convict all the unfortunates who thru misery, allied with
natural pride, were made criminals, and
who in more fortunate circumstances
would have remained honest people. I
wish that you, who will condemn me to
death, may bear the memory of the sentence as >aati7 as I will lay my head
under the  knife of the guillotine."
parts of some huge  Wallace )?ilt��Q &alk.
ready, every sword
clockwork, like the
machine. All will be
w ill be whetted, every arm poised, and      When  mankind  arrive  at
at   the   word   of   the   empress,   strike!   that their '*pure eyes cannot behold"'*1
of the kingdom   W.ulty."   the  long-looked-for millenium
Writing on tbe Wall.
The strange and yet extraordinary
apathy exhibited by the nations of th��*
world to the dormant tiger in China reminds one of nothing so forcibly as the
fool who left his powde:horn In the
rain. And. like the careless fool, the
nations will need their utmost resources
at an hour when they're least prepared.
* The dowager empress ��f China is
shrewd, far-seeing, implacable as Satan
himself. She hates the "foreign devil"
with a hatred which has in it all the
bitterness of hell's own brew. She despises all foreigners, loathes their customs, their presence, themselves. She
sleeps now only the better to gather
every vestige of her strength and wipe
the foreigners from her world. Her
word at present is supreme. She can
make the teeming Chinese millions lie
down to peaceful slumber or fight like
the devil's own. The nations are lying
about like huge leviathans, indolently,
with eyes half closed, oblivious to all
about them, leading a sort of dolce far
ninente existence, waiting lazily the
hour their sop money is to be paid.
Their collective triumph against China
has made them careless and arrogant.
They affect the role of the Invincible.
They do not seem to see the millions
and millions of dollars that China Is
converting into arfs; they do not appear to know that the deposed Boxer
leaders have been reinstated to their
old-time places, and they appreciate
the significance of neither. They do
but dream. Their awaking will be terrible. China is but laying her mines;
when the opportunity becomes ripe, she
will fire them and the explosion will
shake the world. Not a foreigner will
be left in C.hina to shriek or to tell the
tale. The dowager empress has conned
well the lessons of the recent past. She
has profited by them and, when next
she gives the signal to strike, heads
will fall like forest leaves. She will
Inaugurate a reign of terror that will
appall the civilized world. She has
learned her lesson well. When her hour
is ready, her plans will have been laid
so well, her instructions given so perfect, that every envoy in her vast empire will respond with the precision of
the stage
ni|.n-.n,   rwmc.   ��������������� v..*...    i-ni.   ih-*. cannot "
The length and breadth of the kingc
will  be deluged with Christians' blood.   Will   be  here.     Much   as  we try   to
This  Is   the  handwriting on   the  wall,   optimistic and enlarge on the wonder
It is all so plain and manifest that "all   lul  advancement of the age.  the f���[..
who run may read."   The blind cannot   remains that we are steeped in pessim-
and  the  fool  will  not see.    Of course,   ism.   That I recognize the existence of
there will be an aftermath, fiercer than   pessimism  Is proof of this.    I am full
the  worst  of   the storm.    Tlie  fate of  Of wonder at the master mind who con-
thelr  doomed   subjects   will   bring  the  celved the great allegory of the Gospel
allied  soldiers  again  to  the shores of of  Mark,   from   which   It   would  aeem
China.      Again will  the  troops of the   that the other three were constructed
world   march   onward   to   the   Chinese   But the central figure of that allegory
capital.   Again they will meet the Box-   though  hI  ls  mad.- to teach th.' great
ers and Chinese regulars.    Again they   law : *I(e 1st not evil." yet does himaelf
will  overwhelm   them.     But   this   time   *-*slst it. and his resistance to. and ��� *>n-
the resistance they will meet with will   clemnatlon   of.    the   ruling   Pharisees,
be that of an organized,  well equipped   brings  about  his  final  undoing.      The
soldiery,   millions drilled  by European   world   was  Just   entering   the   Age  of
strategists.    There will follow a world   Pisces���an   age  of   Struggle���ami    the
of   wur.    The   Chinese   will   be  routed,   character   of   Jesus   was   perhaps   the
their capital   fall and   their empire   iw   highest   conception   of   a   perfect   man
dismembered.       The   kingdom   will  be   possible  at   that   time.    The  world  yet
drawn and quartered and its provinces  awaits for the real optimist, who has
torn  limb  from  limb.      It  will be the  left  all  criticism   and  antagonism be-
spectacle of the ages.    But the foreign-   hind him;   In whom there Is, therefore,
ers already in China are foredoomed to   no    condemnation,    as    Paul    puts   it.
a horrible death, an  end that  ts terrl-   Whether this present  Age of Aquarius
bin.     Not   one  of  these   will   this  time   enn  produce  him  is at   least  doubtful,
be saved.   The empress has planned too   an  age  that  started  In  with the birth
shrewdly for that.   They tarry there at   of Napoleon.   The best people <>f today.
their peril.    Kvery day that dawns but   even   while   preaching   optimism   have
brings  them  yet  nearer and  nearer to   their  relapses   Into  pessimism and at-
their end.   Their homes will be burned,   tack.    For the great mass of mankind
the   men   murdered,   the   women   out-   are still  M inlcheans. and   Evil  Is con-
raged.    But  for an   immediate depart-   sidered   as   omnipresent   as  Good;    SO
ure   they are   doomed.       When  t*hlim   that the thought-atmosphere neks with
strikes, those already within her boun-   pessimism, and who can wholly escape
claries  will  forever sleep beneath Chi-   the COtttnglon?    How progress is made
neae aod.    But her deed will confound   I* the great secret of Nature, wh... as
herself,  her terrible stroke  will recoil.   Kmcrson says,    will not  be observed."
She  will strike and strike successfully   OttT eyes apparently see evil all around
so far as her foreigners are com. rned.   SS,   and   to  many   It   seems  to  he  In-
But the countrymen of these same for-   creasing, yet over ami above all is the
elgners will swoop iu millions upon her   "Power thut makes for rlfffcteouaneea,"
and delete her off the map of the world,   and when our vision glances back two
But  the  necessary   war  will   be  horrl-   thousand years, we cannot hut Is- con-
ble. Thousands upon thousands of lives   Vlaoed that the Qreat Optimist has had
will   be sacrificed  in   the mad  hell   of   the Upper hand!
carnage   and    blood    and    war.      The
screams of the wounded and dying will
be heard above the roar of the cannon.   2fmftft}f|Ofl0 JSrWCSSJOMS
the  hall of  rifles and   the  bursting of   *���"���*'����"*'"*' ��*��w
lyddite shells. The moans of the widows
and orphans this awful conflict will
make will   be  heard  adown  the corrl-
He kissed her back Atlanta **.��n**tt-
tution. She fainted upon his departure.
���Lynn t'nlon.   She seated herself upon
dOlt of years.    The  Im��sI  and   bravest his    entering��� Albla    Democrat.     Bhe
of other lands besides our own will be Whipped him upon his return    Hallway
blown Into fragments, fall with daggers .Age.    How about the woman wko   was
I nthelr hearts or with Chinese bullets hurt In the fracas""   Hallway Age.   He
In their brains.   It will wreck the hap- kicked   the   tramps   upon   her   sitting
Illness of the WOlid.    China  will be no down.    - American    Pharmacist.      We
more.   But look at the awful cost:   And thought  she sat  down  upon her being
yet, plain as the the signs that even a asked.---Saturday   cjosslp.       He   kissed
dullard  might   read,  the foreigners al- ber   passionately   upon   her   reappear-
ready In China are going headlong un- ance.    Jefferson   Souvenir.     A   Chicago
heeding to their doom.      Ami  all this footpad was shot in the tunnel.   Weit-
while,   the   |M��w.-rs   of   the   earth,   like em  Medical  Reporter.      We feel
great    Indolent    anlm ils,    lie   drowsily Indeed  for  the  woman   who  was
blinking at the
"It Is easy in the world to live after
tlie world's opinion;   |t |s easy In soll-
in the oil regions."���Medical World. We
also ���ympathlas with th- man who
was "stabbed In the rotunda." and f--r
the one who was "kicked on th.- high-
woy."-Medlcal Age. How aboul thr
fellow who wh- "shot lu the tenderloin
tude  to  live-  after your  own;    but  the district ?" -Rockwell Phonograph    Sad
ureat man  Is he  who  In  the  midst of |rn't  |��?    Sow   please ahed " few teftW
the  crowd   keep*   with   perfect  sweet- for the  lluthven girl who WM * tiit <--i
ness   the   Independence   of  solitude."- the front porch."-Huthven (Iowa) Ap-
Lmerson. ,    _   r
peal.���Ex. LOWERY'S CLAIM
Olonogtamp and Ibeveditp.
K. 3B. Tkevv in Zucifev
Cella B. Whitehead says: "I do want
to have it understood that a woman ia
something more than a cow or a mere
procreative machine. Unless her whole
being goes out to the man with whom
she associates in the creative act it is
unholy, 'nasty' to my mind���and I do
not believe a woman can shift her
whole mental and affectlonal attitude
every two or three years. If she could
it would spoil her for being a good
Certainly, a woman is more than a
cow or mere procreative machine. Y*t
when she does assume the procreative
function, her first duty is to take every
precaution that her child shall be born
well. She should even be ready to set
aside some of her own whims and inclinations, in order to attain that end.
I am not quite sure what Mrs. Whitehead means by "her whole being," but
I suppose she means that the woman
should not only feed physically attracted by the man; but should also have
more affection for him than for any
other man. In short, Mrs. Whitehead
seems to think that a woman should
only cohabit with the man she would
like to spend her life with. Presumably Mrs. Whitehead would apply the
same rule to men as to women. And,
as she very truly says, "a woman cannot shift her whole mental and flfeet-
lonal attitude every two or three
years." From all which I conclude
that Mrs. Whitehead strongly believes
in monogamy.
Now, is monogamy favorable to the
production of the best children? Mrs.
Whitehead dislikes books and science;
I will therefore meet her on the ground
ot' everyday facts. What do the breeders say? As they devote their lives to
the business, their opinion should be
worth a good deal. If monogamy Is
the best way to breed men, it must
also be the best way to breed dogs and
horses; for I presume Mrs. Whitehead
will not allege that the laws of animal
heredity differ from those of human
Now, no breeder of dogs, horses, cattle, sheep or any other kind of animal,
would ever dream of breeding on monogamous principles. The very essence
of successful breeding Is the careful
selection of a very few animals to be
fathers, and the rigorous rejection of
the great majority. Indeed, among
many kinds of domestic animals, most
Of the males are emasculated. In order
to make sure that they do not breed.
Monogomy is the very reverse of all
this. Its principle is that every woman
should have her children by a different
father from every other woman. Scientific breeding demands that very few
shall be fathers; monogamy demands
that all shall be fathers and shall have
an equal chance of leaving many offspring. Monogamy is the absolute negation of all scientific breeding.
Hy following the method of selection
and rejection for ages, breeders have
worked miracles.    Consider the varie
ties of dogs, the greyhound, the bloodhound, the bulldog, the collie, the spaniel. All are as different from each
other as possible, and yet each is perfectly fitted for its intended function.
Yet all have been developed by selection and rejection from common species of wild dogs, very like the wolf.
Breeders have wonderfully changed
the mental and moral, as well as the
physical, qualities of animals. The very
words "tame" and "wild" at once indicate the difference, for the change
from wildness to tameness is nothing
but mental and moral change. Savage
as the wolf is, man has, by selection
alone, evolved the St. Bernard and the
spaniel from the wolf-like progenitor.
Indeed the average dog, in spite of his
ferocious ancestry, is morally superior
to the average man. Moreover, breeders have evolved many special mental
qualities in animals for certain purposes. The essential characteristics of
the pointer and the turnspit dog are
certain  mental qualities.
The eminent agriculturist Youatt describes selection as "that which enables
the agriculturist not only to modify the
character of his flock, but to change it
altogether. It is the magician's wand,
by means of which he may summon
into life whatever form and mold he
pleases." Ix>rd Sonierville. speaking of
sheep breeders, says: "It would seem
as if they had chalked out upon a
wall a form perfect in itself, and then
had given it existence."
As the laws of heredity are the same
for man as for other animals, we may
accomplish equally great miracles by
following the same methods. Of course
I do not suggest the coercive methods
of breeders 0/ animals: all that Is necessary ls to make each woman free to
do what she pleases with her own person, and then to educate her in the
w ise choice of a father for her child.
Somo people. Including the editor, believe that this can be left to instinct
alone. There I differ from them. I
consider human instinct very unreliable, because our environment has lately undergone a complete revolution, and
moat of our instincts are still suited to
an older environment. Most women
like men who are suited to the fighting ancl hunting stage of human progress, but are now out of date. That
is very natural, because women and
their children depended, probably for
hundreds of thousands of years on
having a strong man to protect them.
Now we are out of that stage, and
fighting ancl hunting men are of little
use even under our competitive commercial system, while they will be
worse than useless under the co-operative commonwealth. Such men may
very properly be chosen as lovers, but
on  no account as fathers.
We can now form an idea of the relatione of the sexes in the future. All
will have a chance to be lovers, the
consumptive, the crippled, the mentally and morally obsolete.    But parent
hood will be the function of only a few
men, and will also be confined to sound
Will it be any hardship for men and
women to adapt themselves to these
principles of procreation? Certainly
not for men. In the first place it is
not a physiological necessity for a man
to be a father, as it often is for a
woman to be a mother. Male instincts
can be satisfied without paternity actually resulting. The average man is
fond of children, but somebody else's
children will do well enough. Neither
would it be any hardship for a man to
have children by several women. All
men are varietists by instinct. To a
healthy man all women are charming,
albeit some are more so than others.
But how about women? Would it be
hard for a woman to forego being a
mother by a physically diseased o\
morally obsolete man to whom her
"whole being" went out, and to become one by a man to whom her whole
being did not go out? It is difficult to
say for certain. Until we have more
of the new men, we shall not know
what the natural inclinations of women
really are. In the past woman have
doubtless been repelled by the treachery and cruelty of men. They have felt
with Lillie D. AVhite that "the bosom
of humanity is such a cold place to
rest on," and their instinct has been to
stick to a good man once obtained, like
grim death, and drive off all other women. I think, however, that the sex
movement has revealed the fact that a
great many women are as fond of variety as any man, and the love of change
and variety is in all other matters so
universal that I cannot doubt it exists
here also. One cannot suppose that
many women will be so unfortunately
constituted as to feel a repugnance to
intercourse with every man capable of
making a good father.
Mrs. Whitehead reminds us that children must be brought up well In addition to being born well. But that is
quite compatible with variety. Some
years ago I met with a little girl who
struck me as being the best behaved
child I had ever seen. The lady I was
wdth entirely agreed with me. The
mother of the child was a great variet-
ist. From all I can ascertain about the
children of varietists, they are at least
as well behaved as other children.
The Rev. Harry P. Dewey of Brooklyn tells the story of a friend of his
who once attended a meeting where a
Presbyterian minister preached only
ten minutes���a most unusual thing for
a  Presbyterian minister to do.
"Brethren," said the minister, when
he stopped suddenly. "I have a dog at
home that must be peculiarly fond of
paper. He has eaten that part of my
sermon that I have not delivered, and
I'll have to stop here."
After the meeting a woman met the
clergyman at the door, and after shaking him by the hand, asked:
"Doctor, I want to know whether
that dog of yours has any pups. If so,
I want to get one of them and give it to
my minister." LOWERY'S CLAIM
Ml Oien Mve Ziats.
from tbe parte JSraminev
There is no dispute as to the fact of
this  world;   but there Is a great deal
of skepticism concerning the existence
of another world, some philosophers
have gone so far a�� to advise that we
let the other one alone, as we did this,
until we get into it. This sentiment
has been aptly summed up In the apothegm: "One world at a time." From
a materialist standpoint this ia good
logic; but from a spiritualist point of
view, such a course is regarded as very
imprudent; because, says the believer,
there "may be" another world after
this; and it "may be" that certain
printed passages in a book called the
Bible, are inspired; (whatever that is),
and it "may be" that certain forms of
words and certain genuflexions of body
are to be daily exercised In order to
ii.sure a cordial reception by the power
which rules hi the upper story of that
house not made with hands.
However, it is very well known that
In (Christian nations, the especial class
of men who insist upon this prudential
policy toward this "may be"
world, and its "may be" present obligations, are not In business for their
In this country alone, it costs two
million dollars per week to run the
gospel; and, if we reckon ten hours as
a working day. this sum will average
five hundred dollars per minute. The
property in the United States dedicated to church purposes. Is valued at one
thousand million dollars. At five per
cent, the interest on this sum amounts
to fifty millions of dollars per annum.
To care for this property, and to maintain the propaganda of thc supernatural, another fifty million dollars Is required. And, all this wealth and energy
are expended in order to prepare men
and women to live after they are dead.
Still no representative of this class ever
becomes too fatigued to assure us,
again and again, that salvation is free.
David  declares  that,   "All   men   are
We do not dare to intimate that the
cloth Is an exception to this wholesale
charge; even in the face of figures,
which in this instance, appear to corroborate th�� psalmist's statement. Furthermore, this one thousand millions of
real and personal estate pay no taxes.
It is dead capital for state and citizen.
The old saw, "There Is nothing sure
but death and taxes," does not apply
to church property; because being corporate assets it never dies, and being
holy, cannot be taxed. It Is supposed
to pay Its way as devoted to public
morals; but there never was a more
patent subterfuge. If It were not for
the courts and the police, life and property of the citizen would be at the
mercy of the first robber or assassin
that might choose to take either or
both. The very people who put up this
plea for such exemption do not believe
It themselves; for they are continually
racking their brains and agitating the
public mind with all sorts of quixotic
demands upon the law-making and law
eexcutive powers to supplement their
preaching, praying and singing. They
want more laws. Beverer penalties, more
constables, more police, and more, a
thousand times more Industry and rigid
administration of such laws. And their
concern is not so much���in fact they
hardly ever mention the big crimes
against society���such as war, murder,
robbery, theft, swindling, etc.; but it
is the malum prohibitum���a thing not
evil in itself, but wrong because for-
tldden: Such as shooting craps, selling liquor behind a screen, selling liquor on Sunday, working on Sunday,
playing cards under a tree, gambling
with cards, Sunday baseball, opening
of the World's Fair on Sunday, etc.
The great historian and essayist,
Macauley. hit the nail on the head
when he thus described the animus of
all this sort of thing among religious
people: "The Puritans opposed bear-
baiting on Sunday, not because it gave
pain to the bears, but because it gave
pleasure to the people."
To Illustrate the great power of the
church   as  a   moral   factor,   we  might
refer    to    the    vast    armaments���war
ships, repeating rifles and cannon, and
the Immense standing armies and navies of every Christian country on  the
globe;   and our owu and Spain's  battles,  where  loving Christians so  loved
the  world   that   they  laid  down   their
lives  for  each  other,    by    thousands:
while each opposing regiment contained
a chaplain who did the praying���all to
the   same   God���soliciting   his   aid   for
their respective side. Meaning, of course
on   the  part  of  the  priests,   that  God
might so direct the bullets of the Spaniards that  they should go straight  to
the hearts of the Yankees,  and cause
them   to  fall  to the  earth,   like  grass
before the scythe of the mower.      Of
course, our parsons asked Clod to give
ear to them, and  to  Ignore  the other
fellow's petition, and  to bestir himself
In behalf of our arms: "Oh God, keep
our powder dry, and our arm strong,
and our hearts valiant, so that the hosts
of  Satan  shall  melt  away   under  our
musket   shot   and   bayonet   charge   as
mirage  doth   beneath   the  rays of  the
rising sun."
While these pyarers proceed all heads
will be uncovered and bowed low; but
as soon as the last word Is uttered the
devil's work will begin. and, with
God's blessing, the slaughter on both
sides will be great. Thousands of widows and orphans will be left to eke
out a miserable existence In sorrow,
want and  wretchedness.
And yet, for two thousand years
the world has been Incessantly reminded that "God Is love," and that "Christ
Is the Prince of Peace."
"All men are liars."
If two of those rival chaplains, without their knowledge, could he put vis-
a-vis at the final word of the Invocations, it seems to me the moment their
eyes opened, both of them would burst
with laughter.
In time of peace, the minister hangs
up   above   the   sacred   desk       r.V
Love'*   in time of war. us^apla;*h��
tent is adorned with mottoes like these
"God ia a consuming fire." h,.��,   xii .,;
"The Lord teacheth my hands to war""
II   Sam.   xxll:35.     "There   was   war  in
Heaven,"   Rev.   xil:7.    "The   Lord  w M
have   war   with   Amalck."   Kx.   x\ ii it;
"Por there fell down many slain   h.*
cause the war was of God."  | ciron
V:%%    The   Lord   shall   go   forth   as   ,
mighty man;   he shall stir up Jealouay
like a man of war;   he shall cry. yea
roar;   he shall prevail against his enemies*" Isiah xill.13.
No; the chaplain does not do this
but he certainly ought. Kvery church
ought to tell the whole truth. Is it not
a species of pious fraud to placard both
sides of the altar with. Cod Is Love,"
when the book abounds with texts for
war and bloodshed? When each famous era In faith is marked by a butcher
saint? Moses. Constantlne, Henry the
VIII and John Calvin.
Zibevaltem in Cbnvcbc*.
It ought not to be a matter ..f surprise to anyone that a Unitarian
church should ask an Agnostic to
preach for It, when In a Baptist university, like that founded by John 1>.
Rockefeller, at Chicago, a Baptist minister. Rev. B. Benjamin Andrews, of
the University of Nebraska, can say as
he Is reported to have said some time
"Don't teach your children Ood.
"Don't make your children memorise
long passages of scripture.
"Don't teach them the dot trine of
eternal damnation.
"Don't muddle their brains with the
theory of original sin.
"Don't scare them with the devil.
"Don't   worry  ihem about baptism.
"Don't dtSCUSa with them w tether
they are to be Justified by faith alone
or by  faith and  works.
"Don't puzzle them with the doctrine
of pr -destination  and  free will.
"Above all. don't teach them that
they have any better chances of heaven
than the little Baptist children or the
little Methodist children or the little
Presbyterian children���whlcbevei the
case may be��� across the way.
"Teach them ethics Instill In them
tbe principles of right and wrong. Let
them read the beautiful poetic parts of
the story of Christ. These things." said
Dr. Andrews, "constitute all that Is essential In the training of n child."
Let the churches take Dr Andrews'
advice and follow It up f->r i few yean
and all opposition to them will cease.���
Searchlight. Waco, Texas.
Every philosopher, every mathematician, every naturalist, had to keep the
secret of his discoveries If he wished to
keep his head. The night of the Middle Ages was not the natural bllndnesi
Of unenlightened barbarians, but nn unnatural darkness, maintained by nn
elaborate system of spiritual despotism.
���Prof. Felix L. Oswald. LOWERY'S CLAIM
tteavt to Ibeavt Valks.
fva ZElbevttte in tbe Pbiltetine
There is one problem so immense in
Import, tbat before it all other problems
of earth sink Into Insignificance. The
problem Is this: How to conserve and
keep the good that civilization gains.
Tbe labors of (Sisyphus mirror tihe
march of the race. The 'third generation of "the -Superior Class" is impotent. What Che world calls success
fevers and enfeebles. Upon it all is the
taint of death���the Flrrft Families have
nothing better to boast of, than the
deeds of men long turned to dust; and
the sons of men who could do and dare,
dwindle into microbes that consume
and are consumed. Tbe connoisseur
and dilettante follow the creator, and
the barbarian takes them captive and
they are no more. Nations, like men,
have their periods of infancy, youth,
manhood and old age. They grow
strong, and then lapse Into senlUty and
dec-ay. One generation destroys what
anotiher produces, and a new nation
steps In and crushes the weakened state
as wolves upon the prairie fall upon the
horses that grow old and lame. Men
succeed and the towers and monuments
they build to commemorate their lives
crumble Into ruin, and become mere
mounds that hide their dust, and over
It Nature runs her creeping mosses and
trailing vines, as If to deny the existence of 'those who once boasted of their
Beneath the walls of ancient Troy,
are the ruins of still other -cities, of
which for us no poet sang; before Cleopatra were other queens stung to their
death by the asp of folly: after Phidias
and Pericles came men who rioted and
feasted on the wealth and beauty tbat
Greece had gained; then came the barbaric Roman, blind to beauty, and
tumbled from their pedestals the
dreams hewn In marble, thinking they
were gods.
Caesar grew great: and Brutus and
Cassius, lusting for the power that he
possessed, sought to seise the bauble aa
their own. That savage speech of Cassius wherein be related what a sick
man In his fever said, had scarcely
echoed across the Forum before he had
to flee, and ere long that tongue of his
was forever stilled, and Brutus, hopelessly encompassed, fell upon his own
sword and was dead.
Young Augustus tbus came into possessions which he had not earned and
his possessions owned bim, and poisoned the well-spring of his being, and all
Koine as well. Ere long the barbaric
German from the North 'oerran his
heritage and did for Rome what his ancestors bad done for Greece.
To-day the descendants of the Noble
Romans sell themselves for hire, and
dig, hew and carry, that America may
have buildings that scrape the sky, and
railroads over which men are carried
like the eagle's flight.
Far be It from me to decry the splendid enterprise of 'the strenuous men
who  are making America  great,   but
wise men perceive a day when the sons
of the men w1l toil and sweat, enslaved
by a race of barbarians yet unborn.
That which has happened, will again
���happen under like conditions. A few
men bave always, unerringly, beheld
the law of cause and effect. In the glittering Shield of Achilles could be seen
reflected the end of the owner's career
and the destruction of all he prized.
Anaxagoras knew and told the fate
that would come to Athens, and was
ostracized for his temerity. Jesus knew
that ndt one stone of Jerusalem would
be left upon another, and was crucified
for saying so. Savonarola saw that tbe
reign of the Medici could not long endure, and they burned his body in the
public square. Ibsen writes a play
showing how the Pillars of Society are
as surely pulling down the pillars of
society as did Sampson puU down the
gates of Gaza, and Christendom calls
bim crank. Tolstoy, with prophetic
vision, twenty years ago, saw England's
decline, and to-day we behold her a second-rate power, robbed of her maritime
supremacy, stripped of ber proud prestige, making peace with a little people
she could not subjugate, looking for an
ally to brace her tottering tbrone.
The New Zealander will as surely sit
upon the broken towers of Brooklyn
Bridge anid gaze across at the ruins
of a great city gone���Just as surely as
oxygen eats iron, and effect follows
cause. The end of running sewage Into
the sea, and breeding a race of beings
who scorn honest labor and expect to
live by their wits, is simpy a matter
of mathematical calculation. To imagine that we can do tbe things that have
wrecked other nations, and yet go un-
scatehed, is the acme of ostrich reasoning. Wise men all know that wreck
and ruin wil some day be this nation's
fate, but many of us, knowing the crash
will not come until after we are gone,
only smile and sneeze.
To subjugate another is to subjugate
yourself; the way to jyaln freedom is to
give it.
But as there is inevitable ruin in all
prosperity that uses its power to subjugate, so also will there come a day
when the lessons of the past will be
learned well enough, so that the good
will be conserved -and kept for those
who .Shall come after.
This will not come about until the
folly of educating men to war and
waste shall ceases. "In time of peace
prepare for war" Is the advice of a fool.
So long as we prepare for war we shall
have war���we have anything that we
prepare for. So long as men accumulate wealth that their children shall not
work, and so long as the rottenness of
gentility shall be unpercelved by the
many, so long will one generation
weaken Itself by consuming what another has created. The use of power to
form a Superior Class is the one thing
that has wrecked tbe world; and made
calamity of so long life.   Tills Superior
Class is always a menace, sometimes
a curse. Its distinguishing feature is
to exclude���It is ossified selfishness, as
opposed to enlightened self-interest. It
has its rise usually in humility, often
coming in the name of liberty, and by
bestowing a benefit gets a grip on
things, then it begins to consume, and
ceases to produce. The preacher and
soldier have always been a necessary
part of its fabric���the soldier protects
the priest, and the priest absolves the
soldier. The country that bas the
largest army, and the greatest number
of preachers, doctors and lawyers, is
nearest death.
The Superior Class Is a burden. No
nation ever survived it long, none ever
This volunteer Superior Class has always thought that good is to be gained
by avoiding labor; by wearing costly
and peculiar clothing: by being carried
in a palanquin, by riding in a carriage,
or being propelled in an automobile: by
being waited on by servants: by eating
and drinking at midnight: by attaining
a culture which is beyond the reach, of
most; by owning things tbat only a few
can enjoy���these are the ambitions of
the self-appointed Superior Class. Most
of the colleges and universities of
Christendom have cursed mankind by
inculcating the idea that to belong to
this Superior Class was a desirable
thing. Every college professor, until
yesterday, urged us to attach ourselves
to the Superior Class by hook or crook.
All wttio do not belong, want to belong,
and look forward to a day when they
may���the example infects, and tben pollutes and poisons. The thought of education largely is, that it sett? one apart
and fits him for good society���this Superior Class. Education is for social
distinction. To be useful is not enough,
you must be clever���bence come Oxford
and Cambridge, and offer to bestow degress, vouching distinction, that will
phace you in the Superior Class���for a
Tbe Superior Class lives by its wits,
or on the surplus earned by slaves or
men that are dead. When you live on
the labor of dead men you are dead
yourself���you are so near drowning that
you clutch Society and pull it under
with you. To exclude 19 to be excluded;
when the Superior CTlass shuts out tbe
poor and the so-called ignorant they
deprive themselves of all the spiritual
benefit the lowly have to give. Caste
Is a Chinese wall that shuts people in
as well as out.
If you can maike people kind, not
merely respectable, tbe problem will be
This bogus legal tender of gentility,
which is the chief asset of the Superior
Class, can never be done away with
through violence and revolution. This
has been tried again and again. Revolution is a surgical operation tbat always leaves the root of the cancer untouched. Another excrescence sprouts,
and one Superior Class Is exchanged for
The remedy is in a new method of
education which will teach men to be,
ndt seem���that will give pupils diplomas on what they can do, not on what LOWERY'S CLAIM
they can memorize. (Thurohes must
cease being fashionable clubs, and tbe
army must be consigned to limbo. War
is bell, and just as long as you have
an army you'll have war.
The evolution wUl come peacefully���
anything gained by violence crystallizes
itself Into a Superior Class that needs
an army to uphold it and a church to
absolve it. These two things are proof
of its weakness. There is something
wrong in the man or thing that need9
protection. Every anny is marching to
its doom; and every preacher wbo
preaches hell is going straight to the
hell he preaches.
The religion that bolsters Itself by a
threat, gets punished eventually thru
believing its threat.
No, the desired end can never come
thru threat, force and violence���that is
where men bave stumbled since history
The Millennium will come in this
First, men will decline to Join a social
club that calls itself a "church."
Second, men will refuse to enlist as
soldiers, for any other reason than to
protect an immediate threatened invasion of their homes.
Third, parents will refuse to send
their children to any school, college or
university where the carriculum does
not provide vhat at least one-half the
school day shall be spent In work; and
where play (not athletics) for all is not
considered just as necessary as arithmetic.
If mankind can be made to see that
to belong to the Supelor Class Is absurd
and barbaric, we will then look for
happiness elsewhere. The members of
the Superior Class are not happy-their
pleasures pall. A man may belong to
the Superior Class, but if his .bones are
full of pain and his mind perplexed, his
social station availeth little. There is
no health in idleness, there is no Joy in
selfishness. The Superior Class Is simply a huge mistake���it is to be pitied,
not envied, and when our children and
our children's children know this, and
are willing to do unto others as they
would be done by, one generation will
then conserve the good that another
has gained.
siion and several hastily asked to be
excused. The hostess, seeing there was
a crisis approaching, calmly informed
the company that she .herself, was in a
like condition.
Thus was the white lie proven useful.
Apprehension was banished and peace
restored. Only one instance is on record of equal tact on the part of a
hostess, and that was when Mrs. c;rover Cleveland invited a Senator from
Colorado to her board, and the gentleman from Colorado poured his tea in
the saucer and "Wowed" it. Straightway did Mrs. Cleveland meet tbe issue
by doing exactly the same. Then all
the guests poured their tea in their saucers, and "blowed" lustily.
Life consists in moulding our illusions. We fonn creeds to-day only to
throw them away to-morrow. The eagle
moults a feather because he is growing
a better one.
is no doubt, but with them will go all
those cheerful idiots who have hired
attorneys and then deceived them. To
conceal things from your counsel���to
tell him a half-truth-to get him into
court and let the enemy spring upon
him a few Mt. Pelee surprises, this is
the Unpardonable Sin. Secrecy is a
base thing, anyway���secrecy between
man and wife forms a gulch Into which
both parties will soon tumble; but for
a client to secrete facts from his counsel   is   the   one  thing   with   which   the
Devil has no patience.
My advice is this: Keep away from
lawyers, but If you must have a lawyer to protect you from lawyers, pick
a big one. lubricate his zeal with a liberal check, and tell him the truth���you
can't shock him.
It may be that there is gre it danger
of a death within a year if thirteen people dine together; but the probabilities
of a death are not quite so great as if
fourteen are seated at the table.
And if thirteen is an unlucky number,
how about twenty-six; and Shouldn't
you think fifty-two would be positively
Once In Chicago a woman who lives
on the South Side gave a very swell
luncheon in honor of Mrs. Somebody, of
Austin. The hostess was very particular that only twelve should be present
at the table, and so announced to the
guests, In order that tbey would feel
at ease. But when the meal was about
half over, the dread fact came out tbat
one of tbe ladies present was in a delicate situation. Then there were looks
of alarm on the faces, cold feet, clammy hands and little gasps of apprehen-
There Is to-day Just as much liberty,
and a little more free speech In England than in America. We have hanged witches and burned men at rhe stake
since England has, and she emancipated her slaves long before we did ours.
Over against the home-thrust that respectable women drink at public bars
from John O'Groat's to Land's End. can
���be placed the damning count that in
the United States more men are lyncbed
every year than England legally executes in double the time. John Bull Is
pretty bad. and so are we. Let's reform
���every man for himself.
The value of study lies in study. The
reward of thinking is the ability tq
think, and whether one comes to right
conclusions or wrong, matters little,
says John Stuart Mill in his essay. "On
Thinking Is a form of exercise, and
growth comes only through exercise,
that is to say, expression. We learn
only to throw them away: no man ever
wrote well until he had forgotten every
rule of rhetoric, and no orator ever
spoke straight to the hearts of men until he had tumbled elocution into the
Irish Sea.
To hold on to things Is to lose them.
To clutch Is to act the part of Mullah
Bah, the Turkish wrestler, who came
to America and secured through his
prowess a pot of gold. Going back to
his native country the steamer upon
which he had taken passage collided lu
mid-ocean with a sunken derelict. Mullah Bah hearing the alarm jumped
from his berth and strapped to his person a belt containing five thousand dollars in gold. He rushed to the side of
the sinking ship, leaped over the rail,
and went to Davy Jones' lock��*r like a
plummet, while all about frail women
and weak men In life preservers bobbed
on the surface, and were soon picked
up by the boats. The fate of Mullah
Bah Is only another proof that athletes
die young, and that prosperity Is harder to bear than defeat.
If we carry any possession from this
world, lt Is the memory of a great love.
That all lawyers will go to hell, there
The task of the world has been to
educate Its educators, to reform Its
l-ieachers, to Instruct the rich, to cultivate the hearts of the cultured.
But they are getting into line. At a
speech delivered In Buffalo recently.
President Eliot of Harvard, said. "One-
half of the education of a child should
be manual education���young people
learn by doing���and the time will so >n
come when no school or college viii
approximate right methods that does
not have Its Manual Training Department. The sou!- centres of many a
young man can only be reached Ny
having him work with his hands; I
constantly see the fallacy of abstract
theory in education."
The pleasure of reading a good !x>ok
Ilea in the fact that you are discovering your own���It is all a sort of sel'-
eongrutulatlon. And the greater the
author, the more lofty, sublime and
splendid his thought, the greater your
pleasure in Standing shoulder to shoulder by hlm, and moving forward with
him hand  in  hand.
When you grow suspicious of a person and begin a svstem of espionage
upon him. your punishment will be that
you will find him auab hfwcsadB
you will find your suspicions true.
in- who does not understand your
silence will probably not comprehend
your words. What explanation can
explain away the necessity of an explanation?
People who make Is a business to kill
time, are allowing time to kill them.
When you get angry It Is righteous
Indignation: when the other fellow gets
angry It Is an exhibition of beastly
The butterfly business Is all right till
the frost  comes.
Man's idea of Cod is the pattern he
makes for himself; when he has attained It,  It expands and moves ahead
a peg.
Help eliminate the parade element in
human nature; It need not to be confounded   with   genuine  festivity.
Men who are strong In their own natures are very apt to smile at the good
folk who chase the genealogical anise
seed trial. It Is a harmless diversion
with no game at the end of the route
A boy is a man in the cocoon you tio
not know what It Is going to become-
his life Is big with possibilities. He
may  make  or  unmake king*,   change LOWERY'S CLAIM
boundary lines between states, write
books that will mold characters, or invent machines that will revolutionize
the commerce of the world.
I wish to be simple, honest, frank,
natural, clean in mind and body, unaffected���ready to say, "I do not know,"
if so it be, to meet all men on an
absolute equality���to face any obstacle
and meet every difficulty unabashed
and unafraid. I wish others to live
their lives, too���up to their highest,
fullest and best. To that end I pray
that I may never meddle, Interfere, dictate, give advice that is not wanted, or
assist when my services are not needed.
If I can help people, I'll do It by giving
them a chance to help themselves; and
if I can uplift or inspire, let It be by
example, Inference and suggestion
rather than by injunction and dictation.
He patient with the boys���you are
dealing with soul stuff���destiny awaits
Just around the corner.
The fallow years are as good as the
years of plenty���the silent winter prepares the  soil for spring.
Great art is born of feeling. In order to do, you must feel.
Perhaps the friends we have are only
our other selves, and we get Just what
we deserve.
When you read a beautiful poem that
makes your heart throb with gladness,
you arc simply partaking of the emotion that the author left when he wrote
You might as well have a school for
poets, or a college for saints, or give
n edals for proficiency In the gentle
art of wooing, as to expect to make a
great orator or a writer by telling how.
Men who think alike and feel alike
do not have to "get acquainted."
Heart speaks to heart.
Complete success alienates man from
his fellows, but suffering makes kins-
nun of us all.
Ib- who influences the beliefs and
opinions of men. Influences all other
men that live after. For influence, like
matter, cannot be destroyed.
In thought and feeling there are no
fashions, no national conventionalities.
no race distinctions. As mother-love
varies not, save In degree, and the law
of gravitation is everywhere the same,
so does the heart turn to Its friend.
The more points at which you touch
humanity, the greater your Influence.
Meti are only as great as they pos-
s* ss sympathy; and that which causes
a man to centre In himself, taking a
satlafaction In the security he has attain..! for the choice things of this
world, or another. Is not wholly good.
You better l.arn to accept all the
���mall misfits and the trivial annoyances
of life as a matter of course. To allow
them to receive attention beyond their
deserts |8 to wear the web of your
life to the warp. Be on the lookout
for the great Joys and never let mos-
qultoea worry you Into a  passion.
At the last nothing is very serious.
Mortals give things an Importance quite
beyond their gravity. We shall slide
����'H of this life Into another; and the
'lay of our death, like the dny of our
birth, will be shrouded In forgetfulness.
And If  we  do  remember any of our
trials and troubles, it will only be to
smile that they should ever have caused
us a pang.
Kittle Zprtcs.
prapere in mvance.
Julian Hawthorne sometimes tells an
amusing story of the childhood of his
daughter, Hildegarde.
"Once, when Hildegarde was a little
girl," he will begin, "she was elated
over the fact that we were all going to
sptnd the summer at the seashore. Par-
tkularly was she elated on the night
before our departure. Her eyes shone,
her cheeks were flushed, and she could
do nothing but dance and clap her
hands for Joy.
"After she had gone to her room I
heard her chattering away like an Insane person for a long time. I peeped
in at the door and saw her on her
knees, praying. Over and over again
she repeated the same prayer.
" 'Hildegarde,' I said, 'what on earth
are you doing, child?' "
" i am saying my prayers now for
all summer,' she answered, 'so that I
won't have to waste any time on them
while we are away?'"
Difference in prayers.
Little Alice always said her prayers
regularly before going to bed. One
night, however, as she rested her head
on the pillow, she remarked, in a questioning way:
prayers are so much
one nurse says In the
I say hers  when I'm
"Mamma,  my
longer than the
morning.   Can't
"Do-is the nurse pray In the morning?" asked the mother, with a puzzled
"Yes." said Alice, sweetly. "She says.
'Lord, have I got to get up?' "
Science removes at one stroke the
corner-stone of the theology of Christendom. Science demonstrates beyond
all question���all Intelligent question, I
mean���that there never has been any
fall of man. Instead of man starting
in perfection and falling away from it,
we know���not guess���we know that he
started away down on the borders of
the Jungle, and that every step from
that day to this has on the whole been
a step upward and forward.���M. J.
This god you blindly fashion doth insult
The omniscience and omnipotence you
lend him.
While praise of his perfection is your
With   piteous   puerilities   you   blend
You mould him in man's likeness, undismayed
That in man's worst corruptions he
should revel.
Nor heed that man himself, when all
is said,
Too   oft  hath   shown  himself   three
parts devil.
Beyond our ken lies a vast expanse
Which knowledge has never trod;
The scientist calls it Ignorance
And the pietist calls it God.
I know the sneer of the wicked,
I know the sneer of the wise;
I know the sneer of the harlot's curse,
And the sneer in the outlaw's eyes;
But the sneer of all that I love the
Is the sneer on the face of the cocksure priest.
You vaunt, in sermonizing strain.
The vital "disciple of pain."
You urge that all our woes arise
From heavenly mercy in disguise;
That stings of suffering have been sent
Only with one divine intent;
That courage, reverence, faith, should
More bright beneath affliction's blow.
���Good friend, my faithful hound last
Perished in anguish of some blight
Earth, air. had given *    *    *    Could
his poor brain
Conceive your "disciple of pain?"
The  number  of  monarchs  our  world
has seen
Is beyond conception prodigious;
But. wicked or virtuous, all have been
Irreproachably religious.
���Edgar Fawcett, in the Conservator.
You are not expected to examine the
Bible; neither are you permitted to investigate the seance. How like as two
peas are twin sisters of superstition.
If you deny the book you will go to
lull If you catch a spirit you raise
Hades, and break up the meeting. In
the former ease, the parson and the
women are down on you; in the latter
event, medium and sitters could scratch
vour eyes out.
The lack of divorce laws in Cuba has
caused many Cubans to transfer their
allegiance to the United States tn order
to obtain freedom from Irksome marital
bond* This has led to the introduction of a divorce bill into the Cuban
house of representatives.
To travel Life's highway alone,
Alone, in the midst of the mob,
With never a sigh or a groan,
With never a tear or a sob-
To battle, lone-handed with wrong.
Defying the Jeers of the crowd,
That's what it is to be strong.
That's what it Is to be proud.
���Glenn Guernsey.
and Strangers
When in New Pen ver. will find the NEW"
MARKET HOTEL a good place *.o camp over
nitiht From its balconies the finest scenery
in the world can be seen without extra charge
��� ������-.'
fnfidete and Mgnostics.
3Bp B. Si. Cvandall
Many agnostics and infidels are mad�� God, because they never have read the
by the preachers themselves, who are book upon which they pin their faith,
raising shoel with the old dogmas, and therefore don't know that the al-
Only a few days ago the Rev. Dr. Ly- leged founder of their so-called religion
man Abbott addressed the members of tells them plainly that to be religious
tho People's Institute in New York we have only to love God and do by
city upon the subject of "What is Re- others as we would have them do by
ligion?"   Among other things he said:   ourselves.
"Theology is not Religion.    Theology What are you going to do with such
is what men think about religion. cattle as these but simply leave them
"A man may be orthodox and yet be to wallow ln the mire of their own Ig-
irreligious. norance, because If you cast your pearls
"Religion  cannot  be put  into creed, of enlightenment before them they will
Religion is the life of God put into the turn again and rend you, like the swine
soul of man. they are.   So I say let the priests bleed
"Ceremonies and prayers are merely them  to their  bottom dollar, as they
the way we take to give expression to deserve to be robbed of a fitting pun-
our religious feelings. Ishment for their stupidity.
"Church organization is not religion
Joining a church is not showing religion. There are some very religious
people outside the church, and there
are some very Irreligious people Inside
the church.
"Religion is not  the doing of some-,
things and abstaining from the doi-'g
of other things.
Is  this  not  precisely   the  position   I
It seems a curious thing that men
welcome Information upon every other
subject except that of religion, which
is really the most important of all our
concerns. Just as soon as you attempt
to teach them upon this subject they
clap their hands lo their ears and say:
"Go away from me! I don't want to
hear a word you say. My mother told
me all I need to know about religion?
You are an infidel, and are trying to
undermine  my faith!"
But the explanation of this is simple.
They hnve been taught that religion Is
the one thing In which reason and corn-
have always taken upon this question?   mon-sense must be cast aside and blind
And yet it has taken even as gifted a
man as Dr. Abbott so long a time to
learn and to declare for thirty or more
years! If educated men like Dr. Abbott are so slow to learn, what need
we expect from the Ignorant and unthinking?
The doctor went on to say:
"Religion does not ask you to be a
catholic or a protestant, a Jew or a
Christian; to be a believer or an unbeliever.    Simply  all   it  asks  is  this:
Faith usurp their place. Those Bible
stories are true because they are in the
Bible,, and that Is all there Is about It.
"When my mother says a thing Is so It
IS so whether It is so or not," said the
small boy in clinching a dispute with a
companion. It is nothing to them that
the average mother is not competent
to teach an Infant school, and that she
has received all her Ideas upon this
subject from her equally Ignorant mother, and so on all the way back Into
Do Justly, love mercy, wialk reverently the remote and savage past.   They do
with God.   This is the light, and light not know that all through the ages wo-
Is Religion." men   have   been   regarded   as   Inferior
But of course the priests  will deny creatures, and have been purposely kept
all this, because if morality Is Religion In darkest Ignorance by the priesthood
there is no need of any church machln- because by so doing they would be sure
ery, and consequently a large number to continue the reign of the priests by
of persons  who are now able to loaf filling the minds of their children with
around with their hands In their pock- superstitious  ideas.    The  priest   Is   no
ets would have to buckle down to work
like honest men, and of course this
wouldn't suit these clerical dead-beats
and barnacles. But they have no occasion to worry, for It will be many
, a long year before any consllerable
number of mankind will become divest-
fool. He understands human nature,
and very well knows that unless you
"catch them young" It would be Impossible to make children accept their
monstrous and Improbable stories,
whose very authorship Is unknown,
having  no  more   real   claim   upon  our
ed of their Ignorance and superstition; credulity than have the other tales of
and so the priest will hold his Job for fairies, ghosts and goblins. It is a
ages after we are under the sod. Mo^t proverb among the priesthood that If
people imagine that it Is necessary to they can keep a child under their con-
have some outward and visible form of trol until he Is twelve years old that
religion, it being impossible for them to child may then be safely turned loose,
realize that real religion is in the heart because by that time he will have bo-
and Is to be manifested In the conduct come so thoroughly saturated with sup-
of our lives. So they must have bells erstltion that no subsequent teachings
to call them to church, and priests to are likely to uproot those Ideas. It is
sermonize, pray, burn incense, chant clear, then, that the first and most im-
in Latin, and go through all the other portant step Is to keep the mother In
holy monkey-work which their stolid dense ignorance, In order that she may
dupes  think  is a  worship pleasing to  begin with the infant at her breast and
accustom it to the dogmas and symbols
which   are   an   essential   part   of   the
church's machinery.    So  we find that
women have always been repressed and
treated like serfs, even as they are in
some countries down to the moment in
which we now live.    It Is only a short
time since it was considered on improper thing for a  woman  to engage in
any   other   occupation   than   that   of
school-teaching or kitchen-work,    and
when one of them took a situation as
clerk in a bookstore all the priests and
other fossils threw  up their hands  in
holy horror, declaring that the shameless creatures "had unsexed herself and
got out of her sphere." while there were
many who sneered at her and said "she
wus  no better  than  she ought  to be
or else she would not have done so bold
a thing."    All of the advancement of
woman has  been made In the face of
bitter opposition  from  the priesthood,
whose efforts  to keep her down were
never   relaxed   until   It   was   apparent
that   further   resistance   was   useless.
And yet, strange to say, it is now and
ever  has   been   the   women   who have
held  the-  church  together, for without
their  aid   the   priest   would   have  lost
his grip long ago.   There is no stronger
proof of  the  prevailing Ignorance and
unreason of woman than the fact that
In spite of the attitude of the church
toward   them   they   still   are   Its  most
zealous supporters, fighting to perpetuate the power of the very tyrants who
have so long enslaved  them.    It  ts a
notorious    fact,    that    throughout    all
Christendom the women are almost the
sole attendants at church, the comparatively few men present going to please
their  wives,   to conform   with custom,
to pass an idle1 hour, or to listen to a
popular preacher.   Ministers themselves
admit that of our seventy-five millions
of people not more than twenty million
make even a pretense of affiliating with
the church, and that millions of these
do so perfunctorily, taking no stock In
priestly mummeries.
But let us be thankful that woman
has become partly emancipated from
the intellectual bondage In which she
hod so long been held, and that a
brighter day is dawning for mankind.
That shameless bookstore clerk set a
pace that has been followed by her
brazen-faced sisters until today there
are more than three hundred occupations In which women freely engage
without unsexlng themselves or getting
out of their sphere. Would they have
done this If the priest had becn able
to prevent It? Not on your solar-plexus! It Is his earnest desire to have the
world stand still, or at least to kevp
on traveling In the same old rut. for
progress and enlightenment mean the
death of superstition and consequently
the downfall of the church that has
fattened upon the Ignorance and credulity of an unthinking world. If yo"
will consider the subject you will see
that the church has always stood like
a rock In the wny of progress, and
only getting out of the road when It
was In danger of being run over. How-
did Galileo fare when he declared that
It was the earth and not the sun that
moved? And how are geologists regarded, even today, by many church-
men, who Insist that unless you accept
the Moslac cosmogony "you don't bell, ve in a God!"    Yes, Indeed, I know
many who, when told that the universe
is probably millions of years old, regard
their Informant as a rank infidel.   "The
Bible says so," and that ts enough for
them, for the Bible Is   inspired," you
know-, aud how could there be an Inspired   lie!    And  yet   there  are those
who tell us that It Is to the church that
we are  Indebted for the progress and
enlightenment   of    the    present    age!
There  never  was    a    more  impudent
falsehood.   Kvery.step In the march of
progress has been taken in defiance of
that church.    For proof look at Spain,
Portugal.  Italy and  Russia today.    In
these  countries   the  priest   Is   and   always has been the chief Instructor, and
what have their victims learned?   From
si\o   to ninety-five per cent, of those
people can neither read nor write, and,
as Senor Margall said of  his Spanish
brethren, "many of those who can read
do  not   know   what   they  are   reading
about."   Instead of being the most en-
lightened  and   progressive  of  peoples
those nations are among the most  ignorant, superstitious and barbarous.  It
Is only  in a land like ours, where the
people have escaped from the paralyzing power of the priesthood,   that   the
unfettered mind has developed Us highest   faculties,   for   wherever  the   priest
haa been dominant he has discouraged
g.nlus by threatening  It   with the terrors of the church If It advanced any
idea that conflicted with the teachings
of the Bible, as In  the case of Galileo
and the geologists.    Faust and his coworkers In the art of printing were de-
Oared to be  in league with  the  Devil,
by   whose   aid   alone   they   must   have
produced books cheaper than the priestly s.ribes could write them.   The Bible
and the priest  taught   witchcraft, and
every person  who Invented a new and
uncommon thing was In danger of being burned as a witch.    Morse was denounced   a   lunatic   when   he   said   he
��� ould transmit Intelligence by wire, at d
there were many who would have dapped him  into an asylum or killed hl*n
"for the  glory of God!"    This Is how
the church has assisted In our advancement,  for It  was  the  priest  who was
always at the bottom of these persecutions of genius.     And  do  you  Imagine
that those bigots and advocates of the
rack and  the thumb-screw  are as extinct  as  the  Dodo   and   the   Megnth��r-
ium?    Not  a  bit of It.    Some of them
yet  survive  to look   with  horror  upon
this godless age and  lament  the good
old times when opinions were mad* to
order   by   the   holy   prb-sthood.     With
what righteous Indignation do tbey regard a people who refuse to believe In
the   precious    dogmas   of   the    church
which has been so rich n boon to man*
Wndl   And how sweet to them It would
he If they could teach us the error of
our ways through the mild persuas'on
of the rack or the Spanish  boot!    On
the  very  snme  dav  when   Doctor  Abbott wns dec'nrlng th^t be'lef was not
religion,  nnd  thnt   he  did  not   believe
some of  the  statements  made   In  the
Bible, the Right Reverend Bishop Huntington of the Episcopal diocese of Central New York, preached a sermon ln
which he reaffirmed his belief in a
literal hell and bitterly criticised the
ministers who figure out an easy time
for the sinner after death. He said
the Knglish translators wrote hell because the Lord a word meant hell. It
grieves his pious soul that the clergy
under him no longer tell their hearers
that they are going to suffer a brimstone roast through all eternity for the
sins they commit in this life, the most
flagrant sin of all being their refusal
to "believe in Christ and hirn crucified"
by his own father because others were
wicked! Bishop Huntington is an old
man, and has had abundant opportunity to learn that all of the scriptural
writings were the work of priests, manufactured from their own imaginations
to scare their dupes Into maintaining
the church; but their relic of the
twelfth century still keeps on with the
same old rot. totally blind to the fact
that no intelligent person on earth
takes the least stock in what he says.
The trouble with him Is that he was
born a thousand years or so too late.
The world has been moving, and this
clerical Rip Van Winkle hasn't found
it out. and what is more he never will,
for It Is hard to teach those who are
determined not to learn. The priestly
bugaboos that frightened the cave-
dweller Into fits do not scare the kid of
the twentieth century, who knows that
the fiery monster isn't anything more
than a candle In a pumpkin.
Without froo speech there can be no
progress, and liberty Is a mere name���
I word signifying nothing, for free
speech Is one of the earner-stones of
liberty. And in hardly anything else is
free speech more essential than in the
discussion of what Is called religion.
If the dogmas of the church are true
their truth cannot be adversely affected
by discussion. It is only when a man
feels that he Is In the wrong that he
resorts tb violence In order to silence
his opponent, for he well knows that
the truth can tight Its battles unaided.
The church has cost mankind untold
million* and Is costing us more millions every year. Is It not our right
nnd our duty to discover whether we
nre spending this money Wisely, or
whether it goes to the support of an
Idle class who wax fat at the expense
of a people who already have burdens
enough? And what Impudence it is in
these our hired men. to deny our right
to investigate the SUbJ ct In order to
sati��fv ourselves whether the wages
We pav them nre honestly earned! If
what they sny is true they have no
reason to fear the result, but should
clidlv welcome nn Inquiry which wou'd
show that they nre faithful tollers and
are not earning the bread of the cheat
and the Impostor. Fortunately the
time has passed In which it was ne-
cessary to humbly nsk their permls-
c|on to think. We hnve gone throiigh
the books ourselves to find out whether
thev are faithful stewards, nnd we now
know �� groat deal more than w* dM
voctf-div Pot in this lnvestl*atloa
we have received no aid from the
orient ��� on the eontrnry he hns done his
level best to suppress nnd prevent inquiry and to throttle those who have
sought only to learn the truth. And
yet these are the fellows who possess
models of all the virtues, and who tell
up that it is wrong to steal, to He and
to bear false witness! If Bishop Huntington's hell is a verity, and "all liars
shall have their part In the lake which
burneth with iflre and brimstone," what
will become of the priests who have
persistently declared to be true that
which they knew was false, and have
for thousands of years fared sumptuously upon wages not one cent of
which they have earned?
Out of tbe Wap.
There is as much probability that a
God will be hit by arrows shot into the
air as that he will be reached by prayers launched in the same direction.
A little girl who had been taught to
believe in God and that he lived somewhere overhead, was presented with a
bow and arrow by a friend. She was
delighted, and the two went out on the
lawn to try the joy. The friend taught
her how to shoot it, and she prepared
to send the shaft upward. She pointed
the arrow toward the sky and pulled
the string far back. She had almost
let go when a frightened look came
over her face. Then she looked up and,
raising her voice .said:
"Det out of the way, Dod, I'm going
to shoot."
Wbere tbep Went
The bishop coadjutor of Pennsylvania
Alexander Mackay Smith, was on the
way one Sunday morning from the Brytn
Mawr railway station to the chapel of
Bryn Mawr college, where he was to
preach. As he drove in the hired station
wagon along the country road, he skw
approaching on foot a little boy with a
ball and bat and catcher's mask. The
bishop caused his carriage to pull up.
"Little boy," he said, leaning out,
���little boy!"
"Sir," returned  the lad.
"Do you know where the little boys
go who play ball on Sunday?"
"Yes. sir," the other answered. "They
go to Heston's lot, over there, beyond
the dam."
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"Do many people die of old age?"���A
Not one in a thousand who are reported as dying from old age really die
of old age.
The world has got used to recognizing 75 years of age as the extreme
limit, and if one dies at this age he dies
of old age. When some one lives to 85
it is a subject of comment, and should
some one live to from 90 to 100 it is almost excuse enough to cause a pilgrimage to see him and no doubt would
If such were the custom of the day.
If a man dies at 60 to 70 it will be
commented upon as occuring at a ripe
old age. He had grown quite old and
the old must die, the young may.
Often when 1 say to old people that
a man should live from 125 to 150 years,
they answer: "Oh, I don't want to live
to that age!"
Why? Because all associate old age
with decreptitude. I say it is a false
judgment. Decreptitude means disease; it does not mean old age. Is
anyone big enough fool to believe that
because a vigorous man in the eighties
goes home frlm his business sick and
dies in a few days, that he dies from
old age? Is old age sickness? Yes,
just as change of life is sickness and
some other false notions regarding so-
called critical periods.
Almost ten years ago I was employed
to attend a gentleman of 74 years of
age, suffering with a carbuncle on the
back  of his  neck.    The  swelling and
induration   reached   from   mastoid   to
mastoid.   (For the readers who do not
know what I mean by mastoid. I will
say that the hard, bony projections just
behind  the  ears  are   mastoid   projections.)    The case was formidable,  not
because It was on the neck of a man 74
years of age;   it would have been recognized   as  formidable  on  a   man  34
years old.   I asked several professional
men to see him and all declared that
he would die, and to make their statements all the more prophetic one of our
public men 40 odd  years of age died
just  at   the  time  with   thc  same disease.    A  very  limited  diet  and   good
nursing brought our man of 74 out all
right and he declared when he was on
the street, in three weeks after, that he
felt as well as he ever did In his life.
He lived to a few weeks ago and I saw
his death announced In the papers and
from what they said of his symptoms
he had to resort to foolish and uncalled
for stuffing;   In other words he suicided
by going over the road taken by most
people to shorten  their career.    When
eld people fall down in apoplexy, leaving paralysis of one side of the body
called  stroke  ("Mother  had  a  stroke,
father had a stroke of paralysis.") does
not mean old age?    It  means foolish
stuffing.   It means that mother or father has not prudently adjusted self to
food necessities, but has kept up middle-life habits of over-eating.
When old people get sick the same old
ignorant cry goes up:    "Feed to keep
up strength. Your father Is old and
he needs good, strong food to hold him
up." It does not matter if the whole
prima via (intestinal canal) is full of
decaying poison, fill him up and kill
him���that is what feeding means.
In my thirty years of professional experience I have never seen an old man
nor woman die of old age. I never saw
nor heard of one in my whole life who
did not die of diseases���an avoidable
disease���or was not killed by bungling
ignorance called science.
Every decade of life comes with Its
changes and necessities and if we will
not recognize them we must suffer the
Ignorance in eating is at the bottom
cf all old-age deaths.   Old people who
undertake to live on their past record
will die of disease, not old age.   Hard
workers and hearty eaters come to an
age when they must allow the younger
men to do the work, and it is In keeping with nature that the old man should
step aside and allow the young man to
do  the physical   work,   but  It   is well
within the province of truth to say that
when he steps down and out of physical  strain,  if he  has gained  the wisdom that nature holds for him, he will
be able  to do   mental  work  as  vigorously as ever and better, for he haa a
world   of   experience   to    draw    from.
Driveling comes from sloth of mind and
body.    The  brain  Is  the last  thing to
grow old and die;   If It becomes crippled, often called childish, it is because
it is poisoned by food directly or Indirectly.   Over-eating or Improper eating
deranges the function of some of the
organs of the body;   for example", too
much   tissue-making    food    brings on
bladder trouble;   or it may cause death
from  kidney   trouble.    Old  people a requite   prone   to  kidney    and    bladder
troubles, and nothing is so sure to bring
this about as meat-eating.
It Is a safe rule to be guided by. to
s��y that when one can not chew meat
on the teeth that nature gave him, he
had better not eat it. be he fifteen, fifty
or a hundred. The loss of the teeth Is
a danger signal; it means wrong eating, and if the wrong is not righted accidentally or Intelligently, the Individual must go down and out.
Childishness is a sure Indication of
auto - toxaemia (self-poisoning by
wrong eating.) What Is It that kills
the vigorous old man who "takes down"
with what is called a stroke of paralysis? Too much eating and wrong eating. Thc blood vessels are filled too
full. Old men cannot suddenly cause a
rise In blood pressure by too much food
and drink without endangering the integrity of their blood-vessels. Anything
that sends a rush of blood to the head
is not without danger to old bloodvessels.
What causes old blood-vessels?
Wrong In food supply. Too much
dry food. All dry food Is rich in lime,
especially the cereals, and then when
these foods are prepared as the world
is full of them Just now, by roasting,
parchlr\g and preparing by heat over
and over, we have little left that goes
to sustain life and the consumers of
such so-called food grow old while
young and are killed by starvation.
Get on the trail of the cereal eaters, especially those who eat all sorts of popular preparations; it is not hard to
track them; they are distinctive. I
shall not name the various preparations. Look on your grocer's shelves
and if you don't know them, ask your
grocer and he ran tell you a few, perhaps a few hundred. ,
If one   wishes  to grow old fast  he
should  stay   with  these foods and  he
can   sooner   or  later   convert himself
into a lime kiln.
These people call themselves vegetarians. The word vegetarian has taken
on such loads of wrong-living that it
no longer means anything to me.
Some people call me a vegetarian because I advocate eating grass���because
I send crippled old stomachs and decrepit old bodies out on pasture. That
is nil right, but it causes some of those
lime-eaters to call upon ine and when
they find I do not believe in their excelsior (hey  are disappointed.
I have said so often, that It is a platitude, that toast and coffee make a
starvation breakfast. They lead to
nervousness. How? By filling the bow-
eds with gas; then gas pressure Inter-
feres with breathing and heart action,
and is almost sure- to produce constipation in time, for the bowels are in such
a constant state of dilation from gas
they Jose power to function properly,
then the habit of taking physic- Is formed, which must end eventually In premature death.
When people are troubled with constipation, meat-eating should be sus-
pe nd cl, for it Is dangerous to allow the
debris of meat to stay pent Up in lhe
bowels. Tills Is why so much Importance Is attached to having the bowels
move. With old medicine, the sun may
vary in his course or time, the moon
fall to shin*-, but the bowels of man
must move. This Imperative necessity
Is largely overcome when people eat
fruit ancl vegetables. Pent-up debris
from fruit and vegetables is not toxic,
hence one can wait upon nature If she
is sluggish.
Constipation Is usually brought about
in one of two ways, or by the combining
of the two, namely, eating food that
produces gas, and Caking physic. Usually both these causes are at work In
such eases.
old people are proije to have bladder
trouble. I believe that meat-eating Is
fhe. cause In the majority of cases. Old
people are often disposed to have eczema. If there were no meat, alcohol.
tobacco, coffee nor tea In the world,
there would be no eczema.
It Is a great mistake* for Old people
to believe that fat moans health. Fat
clocks not mean health In old people any
more than It does In young folks.
Old people must ke��ep their feet warm.
nnd they must sleep or stay In bed all
��� nighf.   If they eat as they should, they
will get all the sleep they need.    The
best  thing to develop  insomnia is to
"       innliwiww
miss a little sleep and then begin to
kick about lt. Talk of it day and night,
tell everybody you can't sleep, arid the
time will come when you" will believe
you do not sleep and your sleep will
really be broken, all due to bad self-
It Is a mistake for old people to stay
away from children anel they will not
If they are healthy. It ls a good sign
of health to see old people enjoy children. If you are made nervous by them
it is a sure sign that your life is going
wrong in some way and it should be
Irritability in the old Is a notable
sign of wrong life. It may be that the
wrong life has gone on to the extent of
creating heart disease, then the heart
trouble creates an anxious, nervous
condition of mind.
When wrong life Is put aside it is
really surprising how long pleasurable
life can be drawn out In the old. 1
say decreptitude Is not ne>ee-ssary. It Is
a false opinion that old age must be accompanied with the "Infirmities of
age." There Is a loss of power, but
there should be no pain nor sickness
accompanying. When age becomes anything else than a source of pleasure
either to those who are old to to those
whose duty It Is Co care for the old. It
is due- to wrong life.
It is the function of the old to dispense wisdom, and they can If they
have not been prodigal in their waste
of brain |>ower. The waste is usually
In the line of breaking the body down
by sensuality, so that the disease Impulses sent to the brain ruin It for dispensing to the world that which It
should have accumulated. During the
years of maturity most brains are fill-
ed with sensual impulses Instead of
being kept free to gather knowledge. 1
mean that the mind ls given over to
pleasure, and what time is not devoted
to seeking pleasure Is devoted to the
pain of getting over It. This sort of
life, If not ended before what is called
old age. will be a representative type
of decrepitude. Such brains have nothing to give out, for they are busy relating their afflictions.
It will be a red letter day when the
world evolves a time when It can utilise its old brain. Today the opinion of
the old Is passed by with: "He's an old
fogy.    He's In his dotage."
Life will not be at Its best so long as
the mind Is the reverse of wine, namely: Mind, the older the poorer; wine,
the  older  the  better.
No, not many die of old age. When
that time comes the world can gather
npe- wisdom; today It plucks It before
Old age should be pleasurable, hot
a seaason of wry face and complaining.
A correct life will bring It; not praying, but doing.
Blame Is safer than praise-. I hate to
be defended In a newspaper. As long
as all that Is said Is said against me. I
feel a certain assurance of success; but
as soon as the honeyed words of praise-
are spoken for me. I feel as one that
lies unprotected before his e-ncmles.���
(Bents of Hbougbt.
"Keep church and state forever separate."���Gen. Grant.
Erroneous zeal will make you do evil
with double violence.���R. Batxer.
There are many echoes in the world,
but few voices.���Montaigne.
You ask where you shall be when dead;
Where lie those who ne'er were bred.
The only sin which we never forgive
in each other is difference of opinion.���
The divorce between church and
state should be absolute."���President
Whilst another man has no land, my
title to mine, your title to yours, is at
once  vitiated.���Emerson.
It is one thing to show a man that
he is in error, and another to put him
in  possession of the truth.���Locke.
The true test of civilization Is, not the
census, nor the size of cities, nor the
crops���no. but the kind of man the
country turns out.���Emerson.
The mind of man is as a country
which was once open to squatters, who
have bred and multiplied and become
masters of the land.���George Eliot.
God is a pure spirit, but nevertheless
he has an eye to the temporal blessings
of this world, without which his spiritual ministers could not subsist.���Voltaire.
I will not hold one prisoner in my affection. I will hasten to speed him who
wishes to depart. 1 have no room for
unwilling guests. My own will abide.���
Muriel Strode.
Man has properly as his own but the
use of his opinions.���Epictetus.
if religion were necessary to all, It
ought to be intelligible to all.���D'Hol-
Why do yeu make the supreme being
resemble an Eastern tyrant? Why
make him punish slight faults with
eternal torment? Why thus put the
name of the divinity at the bottom of
the portrait of the devil?���Helvetlus.
There is no alleviation for the sufferings of mankind except veracity of
thought and of action, and the resolute
facing of the world as it is when the
garment of make-believe by which
pioua hands have hidden its uglier features is stripped off.���Huxley.
If there is a God. it is reasonably
certain that he made the world, but it
is by no means certain that he is the
author of the Bible. Why then should
we not place greater confidence in nature  than  in a  book?���Ingersoll.
I hold that the human body, like all
living bodies, is a machine, all the operations of which will sooner or later
be explained on physical principles. I
believe we shall sooner or later arrive
at a mechanical equivalent of consciousness, just as we have arrived at
a mechanical equivalent of heat.���Huxley.
"In no sense whatever is this government founded upon the Christian religion."���George Washington.
"Without doubt a great change of
thought is taking place throughout
Christendom, and such elementary superstitions as the belief in a material
hell of flre, or in a absolutely correct
verbal inspiration and translation of
the canonical writings, are, in the light
of modern research, common sense and
progressive Christian scholarship, being rapidly swept away from the minds
of all but the uneducated and blindly
credulous."���Herald of the Go'.den Age,
London, Eng.
Even under David, the man after the
Lord's own heart, we find him torturing to death the prisoners taken at the
fall of Rabbah, and giving up seven of
the sons of Saul to the Gibeonites to be
sacrificed before the Lord as human
victims. It is one of the strangest contradictions of human nature that such
atrocious violations of the moral sense
should have been received for so many
centuries as a divine revelation, rather
than as instances of what may be
more appropriately called 'devil worship."���Samuel Laing.
Everything mars or perfects the spirit. If your grocer sells you adulterated
food that injures the physical body, he
thereby prevents, to some extent, the
best expression of your spirit; if the
doctor fills your mind with suggestions
of disease, he thus puts clouds in the
way of the spirit's sunshine of health
manifesting; if the preacher reminds
you of evil, and presents Hell and its
torments before your mental vision, he
is barring the way to your inward
Heaven of Love, Peace and Harmony,
etc., etc.���Lucy A. Mallory.
According to the Old Testament the
husband could divorce his wife for any
cause, or, for none at all. In the New
Testament, the same God changes his
mind, and permits divorce only for
adultery, in the wife. And, still the
poor woman thinks the Bible Is her
friend. In Numbers v, if a man be
jealous of his wife, he and the priest
can make her drink a dose of stuff that
would nauseate a yellow dog, and
otherwise humiliate the woman with
oaths, and brutal language, such as no
savage would think of using to his
companion. In neither Old or New Testament is any provision made to protect
the woman from wrong-doing by the
Ttaly. with its popes and bandits,
with its superstition and ignorance,
with its sanctified beggars, is a Christian nation, but in a little while���in a
few days���when, according to the prophecy of Garibaldi, priests with spades
in their hands will dig ditches to drain
the Pontine marshes; in a little while
when the Pope leaves the Vatican and
seeks the protection of a nation he has
denounced���asking alms of intended
victims; when the nuns shall marry
and the monasteries shall become factories and the whirl of wheels shall
take the place ofdrowsy prayers���then,
and not until then, will Italy be���not a
Christian nation, but great, prosperous
and free.���R. G. Ingersoll. LOWERY'S CLAIM
M pointer to Veddp.
from Zoute James
Not one man in a million knows how knew how.    He discharged the royal
much terribly hard work the president regiments at Quebec and wrote on the
of the United States has to do.    Mr. discharge papers.     ��� Settle down and
Shaw, secretary of the Treasury, gave take homes and wives."   "Whose wives
some faint idea of it in his New York ar:d homes shall we take?" asked the
speech   reported   on   Thursday.    Look conscripts.    And  the governor general
at this amazing summary: wrote:   "May  it please your  majesty
"The president collects the revenues. tne iaid is yours and there are no sin-
pays the expenses of the government, g|��� women here." The king loaded two
surveys coasts, build lighthouses, pat- 8hlp8 wIth glr,8 from various.-French
rols 10,000 miles of coasts, erects and institutions and consigned them to Mo-
maintains beacons on all our shores. ther Mary at the Quebec convent Mo_
inspects the materialtor all ships, an- ther Mary e|U��r<,d |ntq t|| bug|neM
nually tests their boilers and pilots vjth enthusiasm. She put the girls lfi
them in and out of the harbors. The Jal, and let the (!i9bandl>d fll)Idl^r8 look
Presiden buys the sites and erects pub- at them th h |he d windows,
ic buildings, lets contracts for carry- Tney parlook of ner t.mnUHlasm    Mo.
t*���^3' ?T^T** 1*22��� �� *�� Mary found some damaged goods
Federal penal laws, and brings suits
to protect the people against unlawful
combinations. He feeds the Indians
and maintains the schools. He watches
from every mountain peak to warn the
people against the approach of storms."
Mr. Shaw puts it far below the mark
in the cargo, for they had come a good
way and had come from France at that.
One of the historians of the time
quaintly says
"After  the  regiment   was  disbanded
ships   were   sent   over   freighted   with
when he says that the president works R,rhl of 'different virtue, under the
eighteen hours a day at these matters, direction of a few pious old duennas.
Eighteen! If he worked thirty-six Theae v*��lals were, so to speak, piled
hours a day lt would occupy every on* on another in three different halls,
minute of his time merely to pilot ves- "here the bridegrooms chose their
sels in and out of harbors and to feed wives as the butcher chooses his sheep
the Indians. But besides'all this, he out of the m,d��t ��' the Mock. There
carries peace, prosperity, and happi- was wherewith to content the most
ness to the Filipino people by subjugat- fantastical In these three harems, for
ing them. here were the tall and the short, the
On the very same page with Secre- blonde and the bronse. the plump and
tary Shaw's speech Is the president's lb* te-*"* everybody. In short, found a
admirable letter to American women 'hoe to fit him. At the end of a fort-
mlldly upbraiding them for not Increas- night not one was left. The plumpest
Ing the population fast enough, and were taken first, for it was thought
warning them that Indifference to the that being less active, they would be
census ls "race suicide, complete or most likely to stay at home and they
partial." The president is undoubtedly could resist the winter's cold better,
right; but it makes me dizzy to reflect *The marriage was concluded at once,
that we must expand our territory be- with the aid of a priest and a notary,
cause there is not land enough for the and the next day the governor general
people, and Increase our population be- caused the couples each to be presented
cause there are not people enough for with an ox and cow. a pair Of swine, a
the land. I hope that nobody will make pair of fowls, two barrels of salted
a cartoon representing the chief exe- meat, and eleven crowns In money."
cutlve reducing the population of the The men who had no money were al-
Phlllppine Islands with one hand, a? d lowed access only to the least attractive
with the other scolding American wo- girls. Mother Mar> playfully alluded
men because they do not contribute to "to the average consignment as "mixed
thc census with sufficient alacrity. goods;"   and  the only question  asked
Mr. Roosevelt should adopt the her��.|c  by the girls of the men was "Have you
policy enforced two hundred years ago a house and farm?"    As the king give
charm. "No sooner," wrote Mother
Mary, "do the vessels arrive than the
ycung men go to get wives, and by
reason of the g.eat number, they are
married in thirties at a tune." Hymen
was put under whip and spur. But tho
viceroy had to write home ' Our population does not increase as it should."
ihis enraged Louis the Good and be
wrote back "Make It disgraceful not to
have children!   Fine 'em!"
Fining them did not work and the
prise was substituted, to go to parents
of ail large families. This novel Industry was more profitable than hunting
Indiana; for $58 a year for ten children
and |75 a year for twelve children was
better than six shillings apiece for Iroquois scalps. The result was that in
a population of 4.000 there were 700
babes born every year! Louis was, In
fact, as well aa in name, -The Father
Of New France." for the settler was
found by the king, sent over by the
king, supplied by the king with a wife,
a farm, food for six months, sometimes with a house and furniture, and
insured In his old age according to the
number of children he could succeed In
raising ullve. Canada would be the
most populous country In the world if
Louis XIV. had not died before the Indians did. But his robust policy Is worthy of being use-d as a text for any sermon on American motherhood.
by that gorgeous and strenuous monarch and colonizer. Louis XIV., for
copulating his dominions around Quebec. When he found there were only
2,500 people there he Indignantly cried
to hi3 viceroy as follows, rude!y translated:
"Sac-re! Zounds! What are you about?
Why don't you furnish people? With*
out people  you  can  never subdue  th I
every man a farm and .every pioneer
cou!d knock together his own house,
the answer was easy.
But, alas! some refused to marry.
Puni.-Jh the disobedient!" wrote the king
to Frontenac. "Marry your men off at
eighteen, and your girls at fifteen. If
they neglect this, fine them! I will
send over soldiers and maidens. Marry
them  off at o.ice!"    An order was Is-
Indlans and   build  up an  empire   that sued that all young men should marry
shall honor the king.   Get a supply of within a fortnight after the arrival of
people." potential brides.    Another order was ls-
And he repeated with savage empha- sued  declaring that It  was disgraceful
sis the command given to Adam ton- and  infamous not to marry, and  for-
cernlng the third primary rule of arith- bidding unm-arricd men to "hunt,  flsh,
metic.   The poor governor general was trade with the Indians, or go Into the
embarrassed.    He didn't know how to woods under any pretense whatever!"
produce an unlimited population in an This was rough on old bachelors.   The
Inconceivably short time.    King Louis fines   and   disabilities    worked   to   a
"I believe that alcohol, to a certain
degree, demoralizes those who make It.
those w*ho sell it, and those who drink
It. I do not believe that anybody can
contemplate the subject without becom-
ing prejudiced against this liquid crime.
All you have to do Is to think of the
deaths���of the suicides, of the insanity,
of the poverty, of the Ignorance, of the
distress, of the little children tugging
at the faded dresses of weeping and despairing wives, asking for bread: of
the men of genius It has wrecked; of
the millions who have struggled with
Imaginary serpents produced by this
devilish thing. And when you think of
the Jails, of the almshouses, of the
prisons, and of the scaffolds. 1 do not
wonder that every thoughtful man lfl
prejudiced against the damned stuff
called alcohol."���Ingersoll.
The duty of a philosopher Is char.
His path lies straight before him. He
must take every pains to ascertain the
truth: and having arrived at a conclusion, he. instead of shrinking from
it because It Is unpalatable or because
It seems dangerous, should, on that
very account, cling the closer to it;
should uphold It In bad repute more
zealously than he would have done in
good repute; should noise It abroad
far and wide, utterly regardless of
what opinions h��- shocks, of what Interests he Imperils; should, on Its behalf, court host'!ity and despise contempt, being well assured that If It I*
not true It will die, but that If It �����
Hue It must produce ultimate bene' t,
albeit unsulted for practical adoption
by the age or country In which It la
first propounded.-Buckles "History of
Civilisation." LOWERY'S CLAIM
ZOW Und KeligiOn. drowned   them   once   to   improve   the Jfiot XSttOUgh
breed; that the breed was not improved;
Capt. Alfred T. Mahan's statement In that  they still deserved to be sent to     Mr.  Wiseman  once said that "every
a recent lecture, that religion is on the hell, and to save a few of them he sent man has his price."   That may be true,
decline  because   the  clergy   nowadays his son, miraculously born of a virgin,  but   that   the  average  man   does   not
lay  more  stress   on   the command to to the earth  to tell  them  how to be  like to be accused of being a "two-bit
love your neighbor than they do upon saved and to die as a sacrifice In their man" was shown by a little incident in
the command to   believe, has   evoked place;   that Christ atoned for the sins a down town drug store the other day,
wide comment.    Naturally he Is sup- of  all   who   believe  on   him  and   the says the Pittsburg Gazette.      A man
ported by the conservative and ortho- priests and support the ministers;  that  walked   in   and    purchased   a   dime's
dox and contradicted  by the  "advan- he went direct to heaven and sits with  worth of quinine and laid out what he
ced" Christians who cling to the husk God judging those just men made per-  thought  was  a  quarter  on   the show
of Christianity   and   throw   the   vital feet who get up to him;   that there is  case.    When the  clerk picked  up  the
kernel away.    Among  these are Con- to be a final resurrection at some Judg-  money he found two quarters stuck to-
gregational clergymen like Dr. Abbott, ment day, when the whole population  ge.ther.     He   broke   them   apart,   and,
once of Plymouth church and also plag- of the earth will be sorted out and sent  leaving one, brought back a nickel and
iarist from Paine, as well as the Uni- either to heaven or hell.   That is Chris-  a dime and pushed the 40 cents toward
tarians . and   Universalists   who   call tianity, but it is not love.   No matter  the customer.    The  purchaser  pushed
themselves Christians, though they deny if a man not only loves his neighbor  the quarter back, remarking that that
the divinity of Christ. but his neighbor's wife���as the clergy  was the amount he had placed on the
Religion is one of the most indefinite too  often   do���if he  does   not  believe  case. %
terms in the world.   Everybody is sup- these things he is not a Christian.   He      "I   beg   your   pardon,"   replied   the
posed to have It. from the fetich wor- may feed the hungry, clothe the naked,  clerk,   "but   there   were  two   quarters
shippers of Africa  to the followers of build libraries,  contribute to the sup-  sticking   together,   and   I   got   one  of
Auguste Comte,   with  their  "religion" port of Magdalene asylums, endow uni-  them."
of humanity.   There is the Christian re- versifies,  build   hospitals and  give  to      "Well,   you're   certainly   an   honest
llglon,   the   Mohammedan religion, the charity,   forgive a thief and feed the  man," said the customer, pocketing his
Buddhist religion,   the Confucian  reli- dog which bites him, but that does not  money.
glon, the Jewish religion, the Mormon make a   Christian.    He must Jt>*iieve.      "Oh, I  am not particularly honest,"
religion, and  many more, ancient and Believe, belieVer-DWi^ve^haris'the es-   replied the clerk, who did not like the
modern.   Not one of their books states sence  and  fundamental    principle    of  re-mark,   "but   my   price   Is   above   25
that  the core of that religion  is love. Christianity.   Wrorks without faith are  cents."
All   these   religions   bave   saviors  and of no account.   The Christian must be
prophets, apostles and priests, councils, exalted   spiritually  to  see   things and	
churches, temples and creeds, and un- believe things which, without faith, he   c*>ott ����tSii1-1i>wt
less one believes In the saviors nnd sup- would call humbug, and delusion, and  -awCII JoUllCr
l^ Kh\J1TX\ ��hT ^"i t;��UnCil,S' fooUshnoss' A great number of anecdotes are re-
helps build the churches and temples if ,0ve were the core of Christianity. lated to illustrate the readineSs of Butane! subscribes to the creed, he is not it would not have slain its millions who ,er in repartee. During the deadi0ck
a member of that religious sect. No did not adopt lt, nor would it have slain on the force bm the question of ad_
matter how much one loves his neigh- other millions who did not agree with journment over Sunday was before the
be.rs. no matter how many good works the dominant church as  to the creed ,_,,_   ������,, t*>���h^ #-V-^^  ��� q,,^*,*-
he does, no matter how Justly he walks,   which defined It.   It was not love but
or with  what fervor he loves Justice,  religious fervor which burned Servetus;
leaders, and Butler favored a Sunday
session.   Randall opposed it.
"Bad as I am. I have some respect
unless he comes into some one of the  it was not love but religion which deso-  for Cx0d.s day ���  said Randalli in pri.
folds he Is not religious. lated Europe for so many years.   Love  vate converse with Butler> .-and x don.t
The etymological  slgniflcnnce of the ,Uver stretched a man on a rack, or  thlnk lt ri nt tQ hold a Session on ine
word   religion  ts   to  bind.       But  love broke his bones on a wheel, or built a  sabbath."
never binds.      Religion   binds  men to bonfire around him.   Love never hanged     ..q*^   ' pgbaw"      answered     Butier,
their church,   to  themselves.    Religion a witch, or drove a Quaker Into a wild-  "doesn't the Bible say that it is lawfui
Is the most selfish thing In the word, erness of woods  and snow  to perish.
Love   Is  the   most   generous.     If   love Religion has done all these things, and
were  religion  Colonel  Ingersoll   would more.
have been   the most  religious man In 	
this country.   He scattered benefactions ..\t   the conference of the  Methodist andi  think I am engaged in a holy
to pull your ass out of the pit on the
Sabbath day? You have seventy-three
asses on your side of this House that I
want to get out of this ditch tomorrow,
with   the    prodigality    of   exhaustless church held in Poughkeepsie lately the work%--
klndness.    His time,   his money,  him-   Rev. L. A. Banks, pastor of a church      -Don't do it, Butler,"  pleaded Ran-
self, were at the service of his fellows  jn this city, made a speech in which Me  dall  ..j nftve s'ome respect for you that
every hour he was out of bed.   He earn-   declared that intemperance is increas-   j  don't  want  to  lose.    I  expect  some
ed   hundreds   of   thousands   of  dollars   |ng among respectable women. "I hr ve  day- tQ meet you m a better world."
and gave them away.    He worked for   (coked   Into   this   question."   he   said,      ..Rut  you  wjjj  be there,  as you are
Others without  hope or thought of re-   "and  some of  these days  I   will  give   hero��   retorted  Butler,  "a  member  of
ward.    He fed the hungry. clothed the  eome startling facts.   The moat dan? r-  tne jmver House."
naked,  and  was  the  very embodiment   ,,Us drinking by women is in the bet-
of lavish love.    But he could  not  have   ter and  middle classes.    In New Y'ork
Joined   any   "religious"   body     In    the  r|fy women, members of the churchos,     Hertwhistle: "I thought you Christian
world, for he had  no religion.    He had   drink   whisky   cocktails   in   public   on   scientists never died, yet I see you are
love unbounded for all live things, b.it   Sunday.   T say nothing but what I can  mying out a cemetery."
he lacked religion. move  in  court.    American  civilization      *(<brjstian Scientist: "Oh, that is only
Still  less ts love Christianity, as  the   Is like- a pie.   The top crust, or the 400.   for  (>ur  TTH>mbers  who think  they  are
pale phantoms of theologians endeavor   is ste-eped In champagne, while the hot-  dead����.
to maintain.    Dr. Abbott's definition of   torn   is  soggy   with  beer.    The middle
Christianity   would   admit   to   the  fold   class,   until   recently,   has   been  faMy
mentri   doctilnes   certainly   cannot   bc of the church  the church  would drop U     ' >    ne   aald     earnestly,    "I
called a Christian.   A christian believes out of the city.     Have the women no       m ��� you
that Cod made the world In six day*; self-respect  that  they bear  In  silence cant   enjoy    W^I ^^m^jsj
that the peoples became bad.  and  ho the accusations of the clergy.' ���'. '
& poor memory
"While I was stopping with old Dan
Mosher, of the Cumberland mountains,"
remarked our Southern Tramp, relates
the  Detroit Free Press,    "a   stranger
came along one afternoon and asked
if he could  be accommodated for the
right   As old Dan had a still not far
away, and as I knew he would be suspicious of the stranger. I felt curious
to .know how he would act.   He looked
at the stranger for a minute, as If to
size him up, and then invited hlm aside.
They talked together for a quarter of
an hour, and then Dan announced that
the stranger was all right and should
be taken care of.   It was next day before I had a chance to inquire of the
moonshiner how the man had set his
suspicions at rest, and he replied:
" 'I asked him some questions out of
the Bible, and if he hadn't been a
preacher, as he first claimed, be never
could have answered 'em right off as
he did '
" 'What were the questions?'
"Well about the whale, for one thing.
I asked him who the whale swallered,
and he never stopped to breathe befo*
he answered 'twas Elisha.
"'And what else?'
" 'I asked who was cast into tbe lion's
den, and he out with Moses befo' I
was through talktnV
" 'Any more?"
" 'Why. I kind o' wanted to know If
he had ever heard of Joner, but before
I could say much he went on to tell
how Joner walked across the Red sea
dry-shod, and it wasn't no use to be
suspicious* no mo'.'
"Two weeks later I heard that old
Mosher's still was raided and he was
captured and sent up for two years, but
I knew he felt bad enough without my
.wi iting to him that It was probably
owing to the way he mixed up Elisha.
Moses, and Jonah, and lodged a stranger over night."
a Cutting paragraph
The physicians were holding a consultation beside the cot of the man supposed to have appendicitis concealed
about his person.
"I believe," said one of the surgeons,
"that we should wait and let him get
stronger before cutting into him."
Before the other prespectlve operators
could reply, the patient turned his head
and remarked feebly:
"What do you take me for���a
A party of English emigrants under
the management of a Mr. Barr have
arrived. They brought with them 130
dogs, and paid $5 each for ship passage.
That Is a mighty bad Indication. The
man who will pay $5 for the carriage
of a dog, does not know either the value
of a dollar, or the worthlessness of a
Weeded most
The primary class in Sunday school
was listening to a lesson on patience.
This, according to the Boston Herald,
was what came of it, at least In the
minds of the more literal-minded children.
The topic had been carefully explained and aa an aid to understanding the
teacher had given each pupil a card
bearing the picture of a boy fishing.
"Even pleasure." said she. "requires
the exercise of patience. See the boy
fishing. He must sit and wait and
wait.    He must be patient."
Having treated the subject very fully,
she began with the simplest, most practical question:
"And now can any little boy tell me
what we need most when we go fishing?"
The answer was shouted with one
farmer's house and began to serenade
him. Finally the old farmer came out
to the piassa and angrily shouted:
"Get away from here. You ought to
be ashamed of yourselves to make such
a disturbance outside a house where
there has Just been a funeral."
a Hipster p Solved
Breathlessly Lot. his wife, and family j
were hastening to the tall timber.
Behind they could hear the crackling
of flames, the roar of fiery clouds, and
the crash of falling buildings.
Mrs.  Lot suddenly stopped.
"Hurry on," advised Lot. "What are
you stopping for?"
"1 Just wondered." said Mrs. Lot "how
many of the stores would be having fire
sales next week."
Then, absent-mindedly, she turned to
see If the flames were anywhere near
the big department stores.
The rest of the story Is history.���
Deacon: "Little boy, why are you not
at church?"
The Little Boy���"Why ain't I at
church? Hully Gee! Did you ever see
pickerel ketched in a church?".���-Puck.
Carrie Nation recently visited Salt
Lake City and tried to talk in the Mormon Tabernacle, but was refused the
opportunity. Asked if she intended to
Join the Mormon church, she retorted:
"Have you started that story?" Then
she pulled a hatchet from beneath the
folds of her dress, saying: "I got my
first view of a *Mormon today. They
look all right, but I want to see a Poly-
gamist. If you show me one I will
brand him with my hatchet. Polygamy and whlsky-drlnklng are twin
evils ��� both wreck homes. I have
smashed barrels of whisky, and now I
could tackle a polygamlst with pleis-
ure. What does a man want w Ith more
than one wife? My husband thought
one was enough. He divorced me. you
know." Mrs. Nation ts a fine specimen
of Christian fanaticism working upon
large egotism, and It Is not a matter
for surprise that the luckless Individual
who wedded her should conclude that
even one wife wos too many.
Rebuked for Irreverence.���Down in
Pennsylvania there was a farmer who
lost his wife. A week later he took
unto himself another one. The boys of
the village heard of it. and thought to
give him a big send-off. With the village band they assembled outside the
If not vou ahould beaossa .�� readef of
SOrNPVIRW. the Exponent of the "SOCIETY
OF KVKRURKKN8.'' reunpoaed of W-.mk,
soT-Aik*n��.tii���� e, (ami Mkn . alio... prima
objepet in life i* to learn to think mid think to
learn Hot Xtivixw ia n cry for freedom of.
thought, expreaainn and action. It ia not
.|.<v..Nd to any cult, aect or partv, hut U
friendly to all that are seeking truth i��uh.
IMied in the country It-*, editor* nre fam.-r*.
from choice* rather lhan natural --.election.
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Pbpsic function.
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conception of the umierlyiug principle* of all
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