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Monroe, Wash., July 11.
Slowly, layer by layer, the wall of
the cell block is rising. The brick
layers, prisoners all, worked
swiftly, and now the wall was al
most finished and stood high
above the surrounding stockade.
A man, mortar bespattered,
rested his elbows on the ledge, a
trowel held loosely in his hand,
and gazed westward toward the
little town a mile distant. Over
there were free men and women
and free children. A church spire
rose above thcfrees. Beyond, the
mountains loomed. The man's
eyes were hungry.
Beneath him stood a guard in
his sentry box, perched precar
iously on the stockade. A Win
chester rested in the crook of his
arm. The eyes of the prisoner and
the eyes of the guard met. Then
the prisoner fell again to laying
The "Outside." .
The "outside!" "Outside" nev
er looks as good, as desirable,
when you are there as when you
see it from the "inside."
The time was opportune to ask
the question :
"Does a reformatory reform?"
The question was put to C. H.
Xalder, the director of education
at the state reformatory at Mon
roe and an expert criminologist.
"Ours does sometimes," he
said. "Some men yield to our
"And that process?"
"Fresh air, hard work, a little
time for play, good food, plenty
REFORMED AND YEGG WHO DIDN'T
spection and a square deal."
"What do you mean by time for
"The convict does not live who
does not believe that the world
has treated him badly. Let two
prisoners spend an hour together,
give them an opportunity to dis
cuss their grievances and they
will eventually work themselves
into a dangerous mood. Separ
ate them, give each an opportun
ity for self communion and they
will eventually come to the con
clusion that criminality does not
pay and that they are in prison
largely through their own fault.
When this cell block is completed
we will abandon the dormitory
system for the cell system. But
each man will have a cell to him
self. While falling to sleep he will
have the opportunity for intro
spection which, I am convinced,
is the most valuable agent in the
Later, in his office, Nalder was
running through a stack of Ber-
I tillon photographs.
The Case of Two Men.
"Here," he said, "is a man who
reformed ; and here," he added, "is
a man who didn't. The)' are ex-v
treme cases, and for that reason
The stories of these two men
The one we will call William
Wright, though that is not his
name. After he reached the re
formatory the authorities discov,
ered they had an Al burglar on
their hands. Thev traced his rec-
of sleep, time afforded for intro- ord. from Nejv England, where,