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Working Fashion's Fools Working Fashion's Fools

Working Fashion's Fools
Miss Sallie H.--s is one of the very few society women who, aided by nothing but their beauty, wit and talent, lift themselves into national prominence and attain something like fame. Miss H--s has been for several seasons the acknowledged belle of New York, and her position has not been disputed. She is a dark beauty, her features of classical purity, her profile very delicate and her figure superb. She is a brilliant talker, and her talents are many and varied. Presumably she has been the object of many masculine attentions and the subject of many masculine... Essays - Post by : sknollii - Date : July 2011 - Author : William Cowper Brann - Read : 3508

Adam And Eve Adam And Eve

Adam And Eve
After God had expended five days creating this little dog- kennel of a world, and one in manufacturing the remainder of the majestic universe out of a job-lot of political boom material, he "planted a garden eastward in Eden, and there he put the man he had formed." Adam was at that time a bachelor, therefore, his own boss. He was monarch of all he surveyed and his right there was none yet to dispute. He could stay out and play poker all night in perfect confidence that when he fell over the picket fence at 5 A.M. he... Essays - Post by : TimCR - Date : July 2011 - Author : William Cowper Brann - Read : 881

Optimism Vs. Pessimism Optimism Vs. Pessimism

Optimism Vs. Pessimism
THE PREACHED AND THE "APOSTLE." I am in receipt of a long letter from a Missouri minister, in which, to my surprise, he says: "I regret to note that you are a Pessimist. Permit me to express the hope that so powerful a journal as the ICONOCLAST will yet espouse the sunny philosophy of Optimism, which teaches that all that is accords with the Plan of the Creator, and works together for the ultimate good." "God moves in a mysterious way his wonders to perform." I had not hitherto suspected that I was inoculated with the awful microbes of... Essays - Post by : netomax - Date : July 2011 - Author : William Cowper Brann - Read : 2640

The Seventh Commandment The Seventh Commandment

The Seventh Commandment
A correspondent wants to know what I think of "the Single Standard of Morals, which assumes that tampering with the Seventh Commandment is as demoralizing to men as to women." The single standard of morals, like the single standard of money, would be a magnificent thing were there at least double the present amount of raw material for it to measure. I hope to see the day when the libertine will be relegated to the social level of the prostitute where he logically belongs; but we are not dealing now with theories, but with actual conditions. I trust that... Essays - Post by : smg04 - Date : July 2011 - Author : William Cowper Brann - Read : 1808

Poor Old Texas Poor Old Texas

Poor Old Texas
'Twas said in days of old that misfortune never comes singly. The fates are turning upon Texas an unkindly eye. She is o'erwhelmed quite, sunk in the Serbonian bogs of dark despair. First our mighty Democratic majority slipped up on the Hoggeian banana peel and drove its vertebrae through the crown of its convention plug, while unfeeling Populists and Republicans jeered and flouted us. Then our blessed railway kermishen lost its linchpin and the soulless corporations heaped coals of fire upon our heads by reducing rates, thereby making our boasted wisdom a byword and a reproach. The cyclone... Essays - Post by : ke398 - Date : July 2011 - Author : William Cowper Brann - Read : 1576

'there's One Comes After' "there's One Comes After"

'there's One Comes After'
A SKETCH. None so poor but they may build fairy castles in the air; none so wretched but they may fondly gaze upon the fickle star of Hope, flaming ever in that Heaven we see by Faith. A man, worn with suffering and sorrow and sin, was toiling homeward in the night from a far hunter's camp, whither he had been banished by a doctor's edict, "Rest from labor lest ye die." "That indeed is a misfortune," he had said, and redoubled his vigils at the desk. Then they brought his little son, the last gem in the sacred... Essays - Post by : shorzecharia - Date : July 2011 - Author : William Cowper Brann - Read : 2264

Nude Art At Chicago Nude Art At Chicago

Nude Art At Chicago
Now the very Old Nick is to pay at the World's Fair, and an exasperating stringency in the money market. The great "uncultured West" is flocking to Chicago to see the show, and is seeing more than it bargained for. Its modest cheek has been set aflame by the exuberant display of the nude in art. And the West is kicking, kicking with both feet, kicking like a bay steer who has a kick coming and knows how to recalcitrate. The culchawed East and blase Yewrup look on with mild astonishment and wondah what ails the bawbarians,... Essays - Post by : darrelhawes - Date : July 2011 - Author : William Cowper Brann - Read : 3310

Talmage The Turgid Talmage The Turgid

Talmage The Turgid
That man who first coined the phrase, "Nothing succeeds like success," had a great head. Talmage is emphatically a success,--viewed from a worldly point of view. He attracts the largest audiences of any American preacher; his sermons are more extensively printed, more eagerly read than those of any other divine. He is regarded by the public as the greatest of modern preachers, and he evidently thinks this verdict a righteous one. Why this is so, I am at a loss to determine. I have read his sermons and writings with unusual care, hoping thereby to discover... Essays - Post by : cf3909 - Date : July 2011 - Author : William Cowper Brann - Read : 3050

Woman's Wickedness Woman's Wickedness

Woman's Wickedness
CHASTITY GOING OUT OF FASHION. By the "social evil" is commonly understood illicit intercourse of the sexes, a violation of law or custom intended to regulate the procreative passion. The "evil" is probably as old as society, coeval with mankind. History--tradition itself--goes not back to a time when statutes, confessedly human, or professedly divine, were capable of controlling the fierce fires that blaze within the blood--when all-consuming Love was cold Reason's humble slave and Passion yielded blind obedience unto Precept. Although the heavens have been ever peopled with threatening gods and the great inane filled with gaping hells; although... Essays - Post by : DanThies - Date : July 2011 - Author : William Cowper Brann - Read : 676

The Garden Of The Gods The Garden Of The Gods

The Garden Of The Gods
Much has been written of Texas by immigration boomers, "able editors" and others, with an eye single to the almighty dollar. Its healthfulness, delightful climate, undeveloped resources, churches, schools, etc., have been expatiated upon times without number, but little has been said of its transcendent beauty. The average "able editor" is not a very aesthetic animal. He has an eye for the beautiful, 'tis true; but his tastes are of the earth earthy. A half-page display ad. with wood-cut portrait of a chamber- set occupying the foreground and the clare-obscure worked up with various sizes and styles of... Essays - Post by : nceea - Date : July 2011 - Author : William Cowper Brann - Read : 731

Garters And Amen Groans Garters And Amen Groans

Garters And Amen Groans
On one page of the Houston Post for Sunday, December 12, I find several columns devoted to "Our Boys and Girls," on the next the following advertisement prominently displayed by a Houston haberdasher: "Our Ladies' Garter Department: We can give you an All- Silk Garter for 50c. with nice buckles with such reading on them as 'Private Grounds,' 'Stop, Mamma is Coming,' 'Look Quick,' 'Good Night, Call Again,' 'I Am a Warm Baby,' 'Take Off Your Things,' etc." The paper contains the usual Sunday morning quota of church notices, religious news and editorial moralizing-- constituting a delectable olla-podrida calculated to... Essays - Post by : frankcrowhurst - Date : July 2011 - Author : William Cowper Brann - Read : 2579

An Unprofitable Controversy An Unprofitable Controversy

An Unprofitable Controversy
Mr. Gladstone and Prof. Huxley have been warmly debating the story of the swine, the devil and the deep sea. What an occupation for two of the master spirits of the age! Is it any wonder that young men, contemplating such polemics, should turn away from revealed religion altogether? Fortunately the religious world is no longer convulsed from center to circumference by such disputations. The day has gone by when the whole fabric of the Christian religion could be shaken to its foundation by the discovery of an error in biblical chronology, or the impossibility of a large whale swallowing... Essays - Post by : Chris_Landrum - Date : July 2011 - Author : William Cowper Brann - Read : 1388

Dogmatism The Mother Of Doubt Dogmatism The Mother Of Doubt

Dogmatism The Mother Of Doubt
A WORSHIP FOR THE WORLD. "Church Unification" has long been the dream of many earnest souls, who regret to see the various denominations wasting energy warring upon each other that should be brought to bear on the legions of Lucifer; but even the most sanguine must admit there is little prospect of their dreams becoming more tangible--at least for some ages yet. The bloody chasm which Luther and his co-laborers opened will not be bridged during the lifetime of the present generation, and human wisdom is not competent to formulate a "creed," to devise a "doctrine," upon which the Protestant... Essays - Post by : Robert_Newton - Date : July 2011 - Author : William Cowper Brann - Read : 880

The New South The New South

The New South
One of the cardinal faults of the American character is a propensity to brag. Brother Jonathan's egotism long since passed into a proverb. In no section of this land of the alleged free and home of the ism does the blowhard blow longer and louder than in the South. We are the people, the nonpareil; there are none like us beneath the sun! From the empyrean we look down upon common humanity, talk turgid and swell up with the vain glory of a young turkey-cock with his first tail feathers! It were well for us to cease... Essays - Post by : bwwhite - Date : July 2011 - Author : William Cowper Brann - Read : 3233

The Science Of Kissing The Science Of Kissing

The Science Of Kissing
I note that a Britisher named Prof. Bridger has been infringing my copyright by proclaiming, as an original discovery, that kissing is an excellent tonic and will cure dyspepsia. When the o'erbusy bacteriologists first announced that osculation was a dangerous pastime, that divers and sundry varieties of bacteria hopped blithely back and forth engendering disease and death, I undertook a series of experiments solely in the interest of science. Being a Baptist Preacher and making camp-meetings my specialty, I had unusual opportunity for investigation, for those of our faith are strict constructionists of the biblical law to "greet one another... Essays - Post by : haileys - Date : July 2011 - Author : William Cowper Brann - Read : 2630

Victor Hugo's Immortality Victor Hugo's Immortality

Victor Hugo's Immortality
Philadelphia's school board has barred Victor Hugo's "Les Miserables" from the list of books to be used in the high school in the teaching of French, as a book not fit for girls. What would not one give for a diagram of the heads of these educators? It must be a nasty mind which can find anything immoral in that book as a whole. One may take a chapter out here and there, and show it to be broad and coarse, divorced from the context, but the whole effect of the book is moral. The mind of... Essays - Post by : ezeaarua - Date : July 2011 - Author : William Cowper Brann - Read : 1005

Hypnotic Power Of Her Hypnotic Power Of Her

Hypnotic Power Of Her
I have received a letter from Tyler, Texas, propounding the following fateful conundrum: "Can Woman Hypnotize Man?" My correspondent adds that "by answering, the ICONOCLAST will confer a favor on the people of Tyler, decide a bet and settle a vexatious question." The affirmative scoops the stakes--wins dead easy, and world without end. The man who puts his doubloons on the negative either never saw a woman until after she was dead, or didn't know what ailed him when under her hypnotic influence. Perhaps he imagined that he had a chronic case of yellow jaundice, was threatened... Essays - Post by : BrendaW - Date : July 2011 - Author : William Cowper Brann - Read : 3194

Are Women Devoid Of Desire? Are Women Devoid Of Desire?

Are Women Devoid Of Desire?
Perhaps a religious periodical like the ICONOCLAST should avoid a question of such delicacy, should leave it to the medical magazines, which may speak as plainly as they please, even in the presence of the proverbial "young person"--now deep in the study of physiology and even essaying the practice of therapeutics. My quarrel, however, is with these same medical magazines, which delight in discovering mares' nests for no other apparent purpose than to make mankind uncomfortable. They will persist in disregarding the time-honored axiom that "everybody knows more than anybody," a truism which Dr. Spahr elaborated in his declaration... Essays - Post by : plandis7 - Date : July 2011 - Author : William Cowper Brann - Read : 3809

Looking Backward Looking Backward

Looking Backward
When it comes to "Looking Backward," Bellamy isn't in it a little bit with Prof. Herman V. Hilprecht. The retrospective glance of the latter covers a period of at least 11,000 years; and what is of infinitely more importance, it is that of a learned paleologist instead of a sensation-mongering empiric. The Professor has succeeded in lifting a corner of that black veil which hangs between the prehistoric and the present, in affording us a fleeting glimpse of our fellow man as he appeared long ages before the birth of Abraham. He has demonstrated that man has been... Essays - Post by : evergreen - Date : July 2011 - Author : William Cowper Brann - Read : 1640

Throwing Stones At Christ Throwing Stones At Christ

Throwing Stones At Christ
Are you throwing stones at Christ and the Christian Cause? Pause, reflect before you answer. Not all the stones are thrown by the Atheist, the Agnostic, the Infidel. No, the most cruel stones, the ones that wound most deeply, are thrown from the pulpit itself. The kiss of Judas strikes deeper than the spear of the Roman legionary; the denial of Peter is more cruel than the Crown of Thorns. Are you Throwing Stones at Christ and the Christian Cause? You in the Amen Corner stand forth and answer me. Drop that catechism! release that credo! take your... Essays - Post by : Adam_Lok - Date : July 2011 - Author : William Cowper Brann - Read : 3312