Illinois Staats-Zeitung -- January 30, 1877[Scandinavians Honor Thomas Payne]
The Scandinavian Free Thinkers' Club celebrated last night in the Aurora Turner Hall, the 140th anniversary of the birth of Thomas Payne, the famous American Free Thinker. The proscenium and the gallery of the hall were richly adorned with American, Swedish, Norwegian and Danish flags. There were also pictures representing the burning at stake of Servatius and of Payne explaining to a farmer "the age of reason, while a priest is taking away his corn and sheep for tithes. Dr. Pacts made a speech in Danish language and after him Capt. John Johnson said a few words. A concert and a dance closed the celebration.
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