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Indianapolis Monroes Iron Clad Age (Newspaper) - May 17, 1884, Indianapolis, Indiana
To Indiana state lib Tartt with few . R. Monroe a m. D. Proprietor. Vol. A isto. 8.ilstdialtolis, ijstd., Stukis . M a 17. 1884 a pc Ai the Liberal league. Samuel p. Putnam discourses on Quot Freet Houg it and Newark Register. A Good audience gathered in Liberal league fall yesterday afternoon to linear the lecture of or. Samuel p. Putnam of new York on the topic of Quot free thought and an Organ prelude opened the exercises after Avrich the audience Sang hymn no. 21, entitled Quot hymn to nature Quot to the tune of Quot my country tis of or. Putnam ascended the platform and announced that owing to so Short a Call he would have to give an ext Emperious lecture but hoped to give much to open the thought of those present. Free you must sweep forever out of the human mind that infinite despot. The Only Way to assert our absolute Freedom is to rely upon science which Only gives us knowledge. In order to be absolutely free we must look at All sides of nature. I Wierm that if a Man studies nature to prove a certain theory alien he is bound. You must not have preconceived idea. What Darwin and every scientific Man wants Are facts. If you want to come to the study of facts you must come to the question without Bias. You must submit yourself to the facts and examine both sides of the Jues Tion. If it u Don t then your i Aioli is the Faith of the Katholi i the protestant and the theist. In the thought he said was tie theory of j question of spiritualists some Are philosophy while Reform was the absolute freethinkers while some i a it n 1"� re a i nil a 4- a i it i i in have convinced themselves that outcome. A Man might have a keen brain and not a Large heart. He must have the democratic principle of action to show his humanity. A Man might be a reformer and not a Freethinker. The realm of Reform does not cover the realm of free thought. The Christian will Tell you he is a Freethinker but Are they philosophical and scientific free thinkers what is a genuine free thinker we do not talk of Liberty As being Liberty from Law. When we speak of Freedom of thought we do not mean that we can come to conclusion we ish but we admit the absolute Laws of nature. We must see with our intellect the beauties and wonders of nature in order to Nide stand Theca. He is not a True Freethinker Avha will not take into consideration the facts of nature. To see the truth we must come into Contact with this living world and then we will have a realm of fact to work in. We must not shut our eyes Ami dream out a bean Tinl Ideal. When we claim Liberty we claim no Liberty from it reality. There is a world of spirits around us and if they get communication with them they accept every thing they say As True. This is not True spiritualism. The spirits Are As Apt to be mistaken As we Are. We know just As much about the philosophy of the question As they do. If there is the spiritualistic world about it let us accept it in reason. I will accept nothing that comes from the world of spirits simply because it comes from the world of spirits More than would i accept the Pope or anything else. If there Are these worlds of spirits then they should join with me in contributing to human welfare. The final arbiter to the Freethinker is his own thought and i that is what we want in Reform. A Man might be a Freethinker but not i contribute to Reform. We j must have the combination be free in brain and generous in it Ciuci a pies. A Man can t be u i Edical Deni Crai unless he is a free thinker. All the abuses of the j past have Arisen from theology. I know that the Church is doing the Quot boy Quot a fraud a Humbug pause then some manufactured and a cheat but satan will be death bed scone of some departed knocked out nevertheless. A a i a. I. Ii i i a infidel about As True As those old Evans Villa ind., May 4th, 84. Ones about Paine Voltaire and i Friend Monyok the lord s others. But would they not have i people seem to be having a glorious a first class one if our Robert or time in our not Over pious Little Underwood should pass away but a City. The wicked one old satan i Hope their lives will Long be i a some Little time ago got inspired to do Battle against Toliese amongst the lord s flock and played Devilish sys Puis iii i also creeds i the mischief generally. He played which clog the a libels of Progress j some of his old tricks tempting Poison , Roi tie people i the old veterans to escort some of and slate out of thousands of Dol i the Young sintering of the choir to Lars Antl peace of mind in this i and from choir meetings and it life and have enough Cheek to say j seems the Good night and parting j they can control their destiny Here kisses being mutually prolonged j after and thus extort Money out night after night attracted the. At of the pockets it if the Sui living Tenti ii of some old Quot peeping Tom Quot friends Ufler false pretence. If i who let the cat out of the bag and j could have things my non Way i of course satan had things his own would have All these pious a jaspers Way for quite a time bloody noses j and Knavish tricksters of the har Cut lips and knocking out in one Rison Stripe who Harl no fair and round Etc. Our sex Post master honorable Means of obtaining a went West. The Quot lesser lights Quot Are living by honest Industry placed scattered round but the old Quot Sar a in government work shops and pent Quot is being repaid now for his supported just Long enough to wicked work. Brother Harrison learn a Trade then turn them is going for him for All he is Worth Loose to Quot Root hog or from and from the appearance of things my standpoint the Quot boy preacher Quot satan will be knocked out sure in a Fra fld a Humbug and a fail unless he changes the tactics on ure. Jim c. Codex. The Quot boy Quot who seems to know what he is about. He tells the wicked a she s on the his the lord is in the meeting Honse tactics and striving by his spirit to Savity. Btu Bioni Texas May 8, 84. Them from hell fire also that a atop t �>8. Monroe a every observer Quot who goeth about As a roaring will agree that the free thought lion seeking whom he May devour Quot cause is on the Boom and in the is there also and judging from the same proportion is orthodoxy on Ftp Lect these divine words have on the Wane if not in numbers the the poor deluded crowds who gather to hear and see this wonderful i boy about thirty five years old they really believe what he says and imagine i have no doubt they i tendency and in viewing the out can almost feel old satan snapping look it is Patent to every Friend to Quality of the belief in dogmas is Clarily becoming weakened. Seeing Tell iii the clergy Are exerting themselves to counteract this growing the mass of christians Are not something in the Way of Reform free As they claim to be because but they Are shrewd and have the majority of them never Iliad an to adapt themselves to the original thought. The Only Active i needs of the Day. Of course they Ity they have is the act of receiving have their music but psalm sing just what the minister tells them ing its getting played out. The Sui iday after henday. Of course song i of the salvation army Are All 1 find no fault with Man who dancing songs. They have to have reasons himself into this Way of the comfortable Kitchen and Sci thinking. John Newman has come to tace conclusion of throwing him Ables and Oyster soup though very bad still it is necessary. The y. Self at the feet of the jape and a j m. C. A. Have to have a Quot gymnasium knowl edging his infallibility. The j to increase its members muscle More absurd the ancient christians j they can t rely More on the would find an object the More they old fashioned prayer meeting belie ii de in it. The result of the a the age imperatively demands i reasoning of the majority of these people has been the suicide their free thought. In the Catholic Church to Day Many Brilliant minds come at last to the Church of Home to find that rest which will relieve them of the continued turmoil of the world. If one accepts the Pope s infallibility he gives his own brains away and accepts the Popes and has no right to claim to be a free thinker As he has committed intellectual suicide. In the Case of the orthodox Christian the Moroni he gives jigs mind up to the Bible he is riveted to it and can t go beyond it and the fact re free thought. None of the old institutions Are committed to Reform we must Reform it altogether. With this new scientific Conception the new re Forai must come. This world is heaving and throbbing to Day. I believe in Reu Olu Tion and the Only Vay we can have the True revolution is by just having absolute free thought. Abie mule Story a mule Story is t old by a. Vil Giaui a. Hammond in the Youtie s companion. While stationed at fort Webster in what is now Arizona he started Down the Canon Oei Mains that if the Bible declares a very Fine and Large mule. The such and such a thing to be True j beast stopped abruptly and Signi he is forced to believe it. He May i fied that he would not Budge a use his reason to squeeze out cer step. Spurs were dug into his Tain ideas that inuit him and try in flanks to no purpose. There to some Way to make the Bible har stood As firm As a Rock. Hun Imoneil Monize with his own mind and own heart. He May be free in his thoughts until he accepts the Bible but the iii meet he accepts it he becomes a slave to it. When a Man has accepted the belief in an infinite god How can he believe in human Freedom. The logical result then is that god acts in us and does everything for us. If you wish to maintain Paunan Freedom pulled him round and Gall Opeil Back to the fort. The next morning it was ascertained that at a Point scarcely a Hundred Yards in Advance of where the mule had gained his Victory some Apache Indiana had ambushed the Road and but for the brute s keen nose and ears and Romness in resisting an obstinate Man Short work would have been made of both. Behind at their heels. Moved by curiosity to see such an uncommon j sight As that of a thirty five year old boy Quot preacher i went with the multitude and Althom a unmercifully crowded and hot Jet i rather enjoyed it and take it All together it was a pretty fair show. But i was disappointed in the his appearance was tiling but striking a narrow Thia head set with a pair of wild look Quot ing eyes. 1 looked him full in the face As he came Down tiie aisle in the Church wringing and Dapping his hands arid assuming All sorts of facial contortions at one time beseeching sinners again warning them of the Wrath to come. He Woi ild come Down the aisle slowly gesticulating then turn a Quick As thought and Start Back on trouble Quick time hollering Quot Back from a in penitent Bench Quot Here s another soul snatched from the burnings Quot these proceedings i 1 saw repeated several times and As i sat and watched the studied Man ners of that cunning trickster i j could not but feel a deep at Jurny heart when i thought of the total Blind Nevis and gullibility of the people not to see through this glazing hypocrisy this very Mode of preaching to say the least of it is nothing but a tirade of the pm scare Crow threadbare theology of hell tire and Brimstone whih All intelligent and Well informed people have Long since thrown Over Board. In fact the really educated people have outgrown their w eds. Yet the mud Heads the overseers of the flock the Blind Leader of the Blind still cling to that soul cheering doctrine of hell fire and Brimstone for the wicked. Brother Harrison could not scare up a single convert without it. It is the main i Pivot upon which All his Suc to e is turns As he starts and runs und jumps about in his wild ravings. If he takes a text from genesis or revelation it is All the same hell fire and damnation these spells come on him Epis. Medically and then Moraeg a Jon go Tia cause that Unity in our work is essential especially at this present time to achieve the most Good. It or cause is closely watched and at no time in my opinion do we stand in greater need of generalship and i confidentially believe we possess leaders who will prove equal to the occasion. 1 Admire your tactics As expressed in reply to brother Winter who May be Over enthusiastic in his desire to Ilo Good and for Whick lie is excusable since his Candor in yielding to higher and More discreet he Inlet plan thus indicated i to link. I is Good and should be Cari red out i Jit All Pii ints. The breach in our ranks i Hope will soon be brought amicably together that we May All make a. Strong pull Saxl a pull All together. J i see already that the Liberal league faction Are uttering fair terms end if the other Side make no move for adjustment it surely h ill appear orthodox Cal and i i restly aiding what we Eim to Over throw. We should i think be i patient and kind to these worthy recruits who have so recently de alerted the Yoke of superstition to Kielp us right the Good Battles for i Reedom even though they convert their pulpit into fortifications from i whence it bombard the enemy s lines. Think you understand Allu i Sions. Hoiting that All liberals will realize the necessity of each one doing his share towards keep ing the wheels turning i remain h. B. . O3f 7s3 wont support by if they Are Abie to beget families inu., May 10. In. Momoe t am very Busy of present but get time enough to read edme on account of the Rainy weather. I am devoting most of my spare time to Reading buckle s history of English civilization a look that will Well pay anybody to Quot tidy carefully. In am glad to see advertised in Ili the ironclad age of May 10th, a Normal school at Liberal mo., under the supervision of w. E. Grayson. This is the Opportunity Foi liberals to Send their boys and girls to school where superstition Don t hold the reins of government and where school will not be opened by a Pray n to an imaginary god above to iii Clouds. 1 wish every Rea or of the ironclad age could read Herbert Spencer s article Oji Quot the coming slavery Quot in the Populu science monthly for april. It contains More Good sound sense than is generally put into an article of its length. I am Only sorry Liat the truth seeker should be actively engaged in severely criticising it. If prof. Youman s did take up a collection to the amount of $5,000 for the purpose of enabling or. Spencer to publish certain of his works that has nothing to do with the crying evil of taxing Industry to support idleness. Of course i believe it is right for government to feed its fatherless and pension its protectors that it is just and proper for us to amply provide for the fatherless the Gray haired the widows and the helpless and i Don t think that Spencer Haas id Onajo a Agai be that Hie has Only criticised the growing tendency to verge Protection into socialism and it is certainly wrong to tax Industry to support Idle Vagabond ism. I Havn t Access to statistics but suppose the state of Indiana pays the poor through the township trustees a sum the enormity of which would be utterly surprising. Hanover township Shelby county a township less than six Miles Square and which polls about 450 votes pays from s1200 to $1400 to the poor through the trustee every year. Now supposing there Are eleven Toad ships to the county and that Hanover pays a double portion which is in idly possible for it has a Republican majority of 75indiana would pay ,000 a year to the poor through her township trustees and Over half of it to people Olio would be Asli amed to let their neighbors know they Are being helped by the county. I say it is a shame and it is a disgrace to tax this or other county to support Lazy Vagabond zen who Are Able bodied enough to get up families of from five to ten children. Whenever a Man becomes an object of Public pity 1 say Stop him from increasing his family and make the matter known except in a few extreme cases. I think if this course were pursued it would diminish pauperism at least one half. Spencer was not criticising the course of our township trustees but he was criticising a system which when pushed to the extreme is equally pernicious. I Don t want to be classed among those who Are criticising Spencer for declaring against a High tax to support a lot of Public paupers. Nor Avold i be found denouncing the Hii mane institutions or pensions for disabled soldiers asylums for the insane Potter houses for the poor and asylums for the deaf the dumb and the Blind. I Don t like to pay for raising children not my own and think some turn should be taken for striking the Happy mean. A. W. Swain. Grecian Stone cutting. American a relic text. An interesting observation has recently been made upon the methods of Stone cutting employed by the ancient greeks. Every one knows that the Marble blocks of which the grecian Mas jury is com posed Are put together without mortar and so nicely fitted that in Many instances two adjacent stones have As it were in non together by the cohesion of their particles brought into almost absolute Contact a fracture made by a blow upon one passing i directly into the other just As if the two formed a single Block. With regard to the fitting of the Drums of columns or. Penrose the most scientific and practical of All investigators of greek architecture believes that the desired effect of close fitting was obtained by inserting a wooden pin As a Pivot in the Drill holes which Are always found in the centers of the Drums and revolving each drum upon the one below it first placing Sand Between the stones until a perfect joint i was obtained in the same manner i that Glass stoppers Are ground i into bottles and pieces of Metal i work of certain kinds fitted to each other. This explanation which is probably the True one solves i the problem completely so far As the Drums of column Are concerned but throws no Light upon the fitting of the other stones of the grecian buildings such As the blocks of the entablature which a a of quid Ito have joints or do sir of the of Quot the columns the edges of each Block for a certain distance Back from the face being polished while the rest of the joint is slightly sunk in order to allow the polished portions to be brought into Perfet Contact. As no sign of a Pivot can be discovered on the stones even if it were possible to revolve them in Contact with each other it is Plain that a different process must have been used for fitting them and an inscription discovered a few years ago gives us some idea of what the process May have been. This inscription which seems to have been a sort of official document answering the purpose which now would be fulfilled by a printed specification describes the construction of a Temple and stipulates particularly that the joints of every Block of Marble must be polished with a mixture of Oil and Vermilion. As Vermilion if the word so translated really refers to the pigment now known under that name has no polishing Quality it has been suggested that the color was used simply to spread Over the joints before trying the stones together. If inequality existed in the surface of either Stone it would be immediately shown on separating the stones after a momentary Contact by the Transfer of color from one to the other and the protuberant portion thus detected could then be rubbed Down by hand to a uniform plane with the rest of the surface. A powder of red Chalk is often used by Marble cutters for a similar purpose and it is quite possible this May have been the Only use of the Vermillion paint but there is some difficulty in accounting on Liis theory for the mixing of Oil with the paint which if used dry would be quite As useful for its supposed purpose and would be much More easily cleaned off the Stone. There is no serious improbability in the supposition that the authors of the inscription May have confounded the True Vermilion with the red oxide of Iron of Crocus which is a very efficient polishing agent and if mixed with Oil and applied to the surface of a piece of Marble would serve admirably both to show where that surface had been brought to coincide with a test plane and to reduce the inequalities which might on trial be found to exist
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