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PRISON OFFICIALS. E. G. BUTTS. Stillwater. JOHN F. NOURISH, Hastings. LIBERTY HALL, Glencoe. H. G. STORDOCK. Warden. J. A. WESTBY, - Deputv Warden. JOHN COYER. - - - Ass’t. Dep’ty. Wrd’n. FRANK BERRY, Clerk. 11. E. BENNER, Steward. W. H. PRATT, Physician. F. H. HALL, Hospital Steward. GEORGE P. DODD, Storekeeper. W. J. MATHEWS, - Protestant Chaplain. M. E. MURPHY, Catholic Chaplain. MRS. SARAH McNEAL, Matron. “The Prison Rirror” easts its tirst reflections upon the world. And sheds a ray of lisrlit upon tlie lives of those behind tlie bars. Ih Founders, Its Misssion, And Its Management. It is with no little pride and plearurethat we present to you, kind reader, this our in itiave number of Tiie Piiisox Mikkok, be lieving as we do, that the introduction of the printing press into the great penal in- stitutions of our land, is tlie tirst important j step taken toward solving the great problem t>f true prison reform. Witli this our maiden issue, of TheMihkok is born a new innovation into the heretofore, dark, dreary, monotonous existence of those whom fate hath led downward to the narrow confines of a prison cell and branded as social out casts; upon the darkened lives of such, it shall be the one great mission of The Mik- I’.on to reflect a glad ray of hope to light and encourage them upward toward a high er and nobler life, to banish from their hearts tlie midnight gloom of prejudice, envy and malice, and in their bosoms reflect tlie cheering light of reason, truth and love. It shall be the untiring mission -of the “Mikkok” to encourage prison literary tal ent, and to instruct, assist, encourage, and entertain all those within our midst, and to scatter woids of warning upon the unwary pathway of those in the outside world, whose reckless footsteps may be leading them hitherward. In thus, sending forth to the world this humble little sheet, we trust and pray that it is destined to become the corner stone of the great pedestal whereon shall stand the living statue of truth, bearing aloft, the flaming torch of mercy, justice and reason; and from the sands of this tiny brooklet there may be gathered many brilliant gems of truth to forever decorate thesoverign heads of honor, manhood and right. It shall be our earn est endeavor to bury meloncholy, estrange ment, and enmity in the vast region of the past, and to sow’ in tlie hearts of our read ers the golden seeds of charity, hope and love. This, we believe is the only printed sheet now in existence, organized, published, ■edited and sent forth to the world by pris- <£i)c JJruMnt iWirror. SALUTATORY. - iXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX/ IXXX.- ij iXiX^IXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX; 1 Btillweiter, Minn. Wednesday, Aug, lOtfi. 1887. ‘ OUR MOTTO oners, confined within the walls of a peni- tentiary. In thus extending to us tlie privelege of publishing and sending forth to tlie world Tiie Pmsox Minnon, our Warden. Mr. 11. G. Stordock, has, we feel, extended to us a most elevating and beneficial privelege, which we trust, will be most fully appreci ated and honored by each and every prison er within our midst. The great success which has thus far at tended our little enterprize has already been far in excess of the most lofty dreams of its foundes; which fact we owe to the great kindness, encouragement, and assist ance of Warden Stordock, Deputy Warden, Jacob Wesby, Ass’t Deputy Warden, John Cover, and our “rustling” outside business manager, and treasurer, Mr. Geo. P. Dodd. Prison Store Keeper, and to tlie officers of the prison, in general, to whom, one and all, we return our most earnest thanks, and deepest gratitude. We also appreciate most highly, the many kind w'ords of en couragement which has been extended to ward us, by the v- “boys.” Tiie Piiisox Minnon. will be issued on Wednesday of each week, and will contain continuous contributions upon all general subjects, sketches, words of wisdom, jokes, poetry etc., from the pens of our comrads in prison; also a general budget of prison news, and possibilities, and realities, never before ottered to the public; also a general report of the financial condition of the pris on; prison statistics, etc., of interest and value to the taxpayers of the State, the public, and the fireside; it will contain each week, words of warning to the young, from the pens of those who know whereof they speak, in verification of that great scriptur al truth “the way of the transgressor is hard.” Tiie Minnon will be moral in tone. Instructive, and entertaining, and should find a place in every home, and at every fireside: its management will be without official interference, and soley in charge of the managing editor, who will use his every endeavor to maintain it a credit to the “boys,” and an honor to the Warden. The entire profits of Tiie Minnon, above the running expences, will be de voted soley to the purchase of books and pe riodicals for the prison library, thus being a part and parcel thereof in accordance with the following agreement of its foundres viz:— AOIIEEMEXT OF THE SHAKE IIOI.DEKS OF THE IMIISOX MIKKOIt. July, 11, 1887, 11. G. STORDOCK, Warden. We the undersigned do hereby voluntarily loan to the “trust fund” for the purpose of starting a prison pajier, under the management of Lew. 1\ Shoonmaker, the following sums opposite our respective names, said sums to be replaced to our several credits with in terest thereon, at the rate of three per cent per month, from the first earnings of said paper, and when full amount of said loan with due interest thereon is so refunded and paid to our private accounts in prison office, our claims upon the stock, material and shares of said paper shall cease, and said stock, material and shares of said pa per, become the property of the prison li brary, and a part and parcel thereof; and the net profits of said paper shall be devo ted exclusively to the prison library, in the purchase of such books ami periodicals as the Warden may select; and we hereby pray that you will accept this, and consider the same an order to pay tlie said respective sums opposite our names, to the treasurer PW; “GOD HELPS THOSE WHO HELP THEMSELVES.” of said paper, Mr. Geo. P. Dodd, and charge tlie same to our several accounts. SIOXED Lew P. Schoonmaker 830,00. Coleman Younger. 830,00. James Younger, 830.00. Robert Younger, 810.00. John Gilbert, 810.00. Frank P. Landers 830,00. Lloyd Porter 810,00. Walter E. Nutt 810,00. William Riley 830,00. George Anderson 810,00. William Hold 810.00. James Craig, 810,00. James Irwin 810,00. Jacob Bird 810.00. Charles Hickling 810,00. Our exchanges will be distributed gratuously to the inmates of this institu tion; which feature of our enterprise, will alone, be most highly appreciated by our unfortunate fellowmen, lii-as-inueh as they will thus be provided with an unceasing flow of pure, fresh, entertaining and in structive literature, tints keeping them edu cated and informed with the steady advance and progress of tlie great outside world, and thus be prepared, when the hour of their restoration to freedom shall dawn, to meet the glad era, upon an equal looting with tlie world, and we trust, re gain and maintain the position of honorable, upright men and useful citizens; and we feel and trust that the great press of America, and especially of Minnesota will not permit us to want for exchanges to fulfill this part of our mission. In thus sending forth our tiny sheet to our mothers, fathers, sisters, homes and friends, and the world at large, we present thereto a model gem of minature literature, born and sustained under difficulties, but which we are fain to say will prove a boon and a blessing to our brethern in prison, our homes and humanity, believing, as is indicated by the motto of the mikiiok that “God helps those who help them selves.” With the above remarks by way of intro duction, and most earnestly soliciting the kindly assistance and support of our read ers, we most humbly submit to their kindly encouragement, tlie future success of the piiisox mikiiok. We Wish He Was Rich. In reply to a Postal Card making inqui ries as to Tiie Mikkok etc. Warden Stor dock vouchsafed the following reply. Stiliayatek, Mixx., July, 27th, 1887. N. J. Goksl’Cii Esq., Westmixisteii, Md. DEAII SIR: —The subscription price of our PIIISOX MIRROR Will be 81.00. per. year. It will be issued Aug., 10th, and every week thereafter. The profits to go to prison li brary. It will be an interesting paper because it will contain a linanciel statement every month, of receipts and expenditures, so that all can figure out just what it costs. Another feature will be the weekly population, new arrivals, discharged eith er by full time served, commutations or pardons. Also short articles written by convicts. We hope to receive your subscription. Yours etc., H. (1. Stordock. To the above, the following reply was re ceived. Westmixstek, Md.. Aug., 2nd, 1887. 11. G. SroiiDorK. Warden. DEAR Slß:—Please find inclosed SI,OO. to pay tor paper to be published by the uufortunates of your prison. Please convey to them my best wishes and my approval of their noble enterprise, and if I was a rich man would subscribe for one hundred copies. Yours very truly, X. J. Gorsucli* STASTISTICS OF POPULATION, Of The Minnesoto State Prison For The fiseal year ending July 31st. ISS7. Entire population, July, 31st. ISBO 387, RECIEVEI) DURING THE YEAR. Stale Courts 202.’ U. S. District Court 003. U. S. Army 003. Total number in prison (luring tlie year.... 505. DISCHARGED DURING THE YEAR. On exp’ration of sentence, less good time.. 145. On expiration of sentence as commuted... 021. Pardoned by Governor 007. Pardoned by President.... : 001. Commuted by military authorities 001. Transferred to Insane Hospital 003. Died 005. Total 183. POPULATION. Population Austtst, Ist. 1887 412. Population August Ist. 1880 387. Increase during the year 025. COLOR. White 303. Colored 019. Total. 412. SEX. Males 40r. Females 007. Total 412. COMMITTED BY State Courts 399. U. S. District Court .005. U. g. Army 008. Total 412. The Piiisox Mikkok is now before you. If it shall prove- a failure then tlie blame must all rest on me. If it shall be a suc cess then all the credit must be given to the boys who have done all the work. It was necessary to have my consent before the experiment could be tried, and therefore I am responsible for the venture. I hope and believe that a generous public will give tlie Mikkok all the encouragement that it shall deserve, and as it does not cost the State anything and only tlie prson library can be benefited, tlie people will, I feel sure, bid it “God-speod.” The one feature of the Mikkok that ought to be ot value to all tax payers will be tlie financiei state ment of the receipts and expenditures of the prison. August Ist. is tlie beginning of this ficial year. We make monthly state ments of expenses, and the first issue in September will contain expenses from all sources for the mouth of August. We col lect pay for convict labor quarterly, so that tlie receipts will be given only once each quarter. The receipts from visitors (our only fund for library) will be given each month. If the local papers will re produce from the Mikkok, every tax payer in Minnesota can at the end of tlie year know just as much about the management of the prison as tiie officers of tlie institu tion. This prison belongs to the people and they have a right to know how their money is expended. Encourage our little enterprise if you can, criticise us if you must, but please do it kindly and fairly. H. G. Stokdock, Warden. We have been handed some excellent contributions from the pen’s of our prison breathern, which will appear in our columns next week, and, from time to time as space permits. MINNESOTA HISTOni AL j SOCIETY. ' I iXXXXXX. Price 5 Gts. To tlie Public. Contributions. -