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PRISOX OFFICIALS. ! Inspectors. | : E. U. BUTTS, - - Stillwater. JOHN F. NORRISH, - Hastings. LIBERTY HALL, Glencoe. 11. G. STORDOCK. Warden. J. A. WESTBY, Deputy Warden. JOHN COVER. Ass’t. Dep’tv. Wra’n. FRANK BERRY, - Clerk. 11. E. BENNER, Steward. W. 11. PRATT, Physician. F. 11. HALL, Hospital Steward. GEORGE P. 1)01)1), Storekeeper. W. J, MATTHEW. - Protestant Chaplain. M. E. MURPHY, Catholic Chaplain. MRS. SARAH McNEAL. Matron. A CARI> In accordance with former provisions made and understood by the projectors of The Pm soy Minnon. and feeling that my mission as its originator has been fulfilled, 1 deem it my duty to announce to its read ers that, with the present number of The Minnon, I resign its editorial duties to the hands of Mr. Mirick. a practical printer and able newspaper man, who will continue to improve and build The Minnon up to its proper sphere of excellence and perfec tion. In thus resigning said duties, it may be proper to explain to its readers that my connection with a personal enterprise of like nature, soon to be launched forth from “the outside world” will occupy the greater part of my spare time, and feeling that 1 cannot successfully “serve two masters” I heieby resign my former duties as above stated, but will continue to contribute, in every manner in my power, to its future success. With my deepest and most kind ly thanks to the “boys,” and likewise to all tlie readers of the Minnon, for their most generous support, and many kind words of encouragement; to ourexchanges for their most generous response to our call for same, and their many kindly words of critisiem, I submit the Munson’s future success to its new editor and its many kind ly readers. Lew I*. Schooxmakkk THK SOLUTION IS HKRK. How to reform the criminal, the prison inmates of our land, has long been, and still remains an unsolved problem of deep interest to society and humanity at large. . Societies and associations have been formed to solve the great problem, new' laws have .been enacted, new' methods adopted, but with apparently no avail toward arriving .at, or acquiring the desired end. That the great charitable institution, and prison re form association of our land, has been the means of doing great good, individually :and collectively, there is no room for doubt. But the great qustion of true prison reform, is as yet unsolved, and there is hut one way to solve it, and that lies alone within the ’power of the inmates of this and like insti -.tutions. We, as prisoners, can alone solve ..this great problem of prison reform, not collectively however, but individualy. We nniist reform ourselves, and there is no other Stillwater, Minn., Wednesday, Aug, IY, ISSY. OUR MOTTO: - - - method under heaven by which to accom- plish this end. It is an old adage, but nevertheless a true one. that “you can lead a horse to water, but you cannot make him drink.” So it is with regard to prison re form, Every law' by which the universe is governed, combined; all the societies and associations of the known world, past, present, and future, all the adopted meth ods of a united world, could not. in a cen tury of time, reform or reclaim a single in dividual, unless that individual himself wills it so. These great associations, and institutions of charity and corrections, it is true, prepare advantages, furnish oppor tunities, and extend great encouragement, and lay these great and benevolent tokens at our feet, we can accept them if we chose, or otherwise: they are offered for our good, to enable us to redeem the past, and it is right here that we are enabled to exhibit our manhood, and exert the only power that makes us men, “our free moral agen cy.” Perhaps there is not a class ot individu als on earth who are more prone to make suggestions, form methods, and recommend new principles for the reformation of wrong-doers, than this unfortunate class themselves. What a gross piece of fool ishness and absurdity it is. for us full grown, free-willed men to be crying for some im proved method by which we can become re formed, or for some kind hearted person, or some sympathising society to come and re form us, when the only means under hea ven to accomplish this end. lies a lone within our own individual pow'er and will. Let us away with such nonsense, and settle this great problem of true prison reform; we can do so, so far as we are concerned, if we will. Let us be men; honest, upright and true men, of moral courage and will. When we form a resolution to be thus, and exert the power of our will and manhood to that end, then, so far as we are concerned, the. great question has been solved. We were ali created and gifted with a free moral agency, and an individual knowledge of right and wrong, and we have within us will-power sufficiently powerful to over come every temptation. We can do the right, if we will, we can be true, honorable, up right men, and no power of earth can pre vent us from being such, if we will. If we do not will to be such, then, in the name of manhood, let us cease to cry for some one. some society, or some law, to make us what God gave us power, and ns alone, to make ourselves. How Can We llosl Improve Our Lein- lire Momenta. 11Y J. M’tt. It is a reasonable theory that all young men as pire to become respected and uselul members of society; in order to ito so, we must improve our present opportunities by seeking to get all the good that it is possible for us to get out of our present condition. This is not to be accomplished however, by devoting our spare moments to the reading of cheap, sensational literature. The hoy or man who confines his reading to sto ries of impossible robberies, manhunting adven tures. the ruses of abducted maidens, and like ab surdities found in the lower grade story papers and books whose only mission is to pander to un healthy and depraved tastes, has no time or ineli natou to think seriously upon life and its respon sibilities. The past lives of some of us have been a sad failure, lurgely because we did not think of these facts, and our present experience ought to be a warning for the future; our surroundings are not as pleasant as < °ould wish, but we have one “GOD HELPS THOSE WHO HELP THEMSELVES advantage that should not be despised, and that is the opportunity for mental improvement; many a man has risen from obscurity to eminence, who did not have half the time for study and self-cul ture that we now possess. By seif-culture, 1 refer to tlie developcment and improvement of all parts of our natures, moral and physical, as well as intel lectual. Self-culture cannot be secured it the mind is kept in tlie unnatural state of excitement which is tlie inevitable consequence of a contin ual reading of sensational literature: on the other, hand good, wiiolesome reading nourishes tlie in tellect, quickens thought, improves tlie taste and kindles the imag nation to higher aims. Tlie first step toward self-culture is a proper course of reading, and this niu-t be conducted in telligently. Do not read too much nor too long at one time, but go about it (as you did tlie eating of your Christmas chicken) slowly and carefully, that you may get the full benefit of it: when at work in your respective shops, think over what you were reading the previous evening, if it does not come to your mind readily, read it again, and again, until it becomes fixed in jour memory. Do not read merely to kill time, for tlie injury caused by this habit can hardly be imagined. We all dedre to make friends, and it is right and proper that we should, but remember that the next best tiling to a good friend, is a good book. .lust so sure as love begets love, does dwelling upon evil beget evil, thought engenders thought; good ones purify, evil ones corrupt; if your read ing is good, so are your thoughts, and so it must follow, as a natural consequence, if your reading is bad, so are your thoughts. It is the duty of everyone who enters society, to contribute to its weitare and security, which cannot be accomplished Py seeking to imitate the hero of some trashy novel. Whatever man has done, man may do, is an adage which we will do well to remember. Many a man lias educated himself by studying one hour each day, and so may we if we have the will to persevere, and the energy to accomplish wiiat we undertake. We are r,ot obliged to struggle alone and un aided, there are those even here, who are willing and ready to aid and assist us, and if we properly improve our time we may go forth with the satis faction of knowing that we have improved our time, and attained that which cannot be taken from us, and in after life we may be enabled to look buck upon tlie past, not with pride, ) erliaps, but with the certainty that we are the better for our present experience.—PßlSON PRESS. THE TREATMENT OF CRIMINALS. Tlie criminal or tlie person who has offended mini’s law, may in many resiects in h s relation to the community be compared to the child in re lation to the parents. When a child does wrong it is chided by its parents, but if it is good and obedient thereafter, it is loved and caressed none the less. Punishment may at times he admin sverjd very severely, but it is done in good faith, not us a matter of revenge, but ft.r tlie child’s own good and for the happiness of the family. Tlie child as a rule does not lay up any hatred or revenge against its parents, but they love them ns dear ly and devotedly as ever. If this be true as to children, why not apply the same rule to adult offenders. W’e know that the nature and char acter of an adult is vastly different from that of a child, but there is still tome similarity between them. We do not understand why a person who ha< gone wrong can not be re-tored to the same posi tion he held before he fell, provided he will he upright and true as he was before. Certainl/ no one will attempt to claim that the fact of a per son having been in prison should be to his credit, lut we do claim that utter he has served a sent ence he ought to be considered as a man if he conducts himself as a man, and be entitle 1 to the same privileges enjoyed befoie. (Jod forgives sinners when they repent, so man should do like- The most sensible people, we think, agree with us in this sentiment, but there are still many who sneer at a person who lias fallen, and it is often the case that those persons arc themselves not the most worthy of praise if their records f MINNESOTA j j HISTORICAL j SOCIETY. ' •— 1 1 —■ f Price 5 Gts. should be thoroughly examined. The fact that a person is sent to state prison does not always sig nify that he is lost beyond recall or usetullncss to the community. Prisoners who have occasion for communicating with one another, in converse, very frequently ask tlie question: “What are you going to do when you go out of here?” The an swers may be various, but generally it will te “I don’t know what to do.” Undoubtedly nearly all, if not all, have resolved to lead an honest lite, and to seek their bread through honest toil, but there is seldom laid down any definite plan of acton. The day arrives when their sentence expires, but the unfortunate being who lias spent these many monotonous years of sorrow and grief is , sent forth to the world on his own resources, with a decent suit of clothes and live dollars in his pocket. As lie passes out into Die groat world he feels that he is u man once more: he feels that he lias suffered for his folly, and can look any man straight in the face. But now here is where his difficulties begin. He has spent years in depend ence; now he lias to take care of himself. He seeks work, but in many .instances lie is unsuc cessful, because of tlie ligner of scorn which is pointed at him by those who are no better than liimse f, if as good; and the remark is often made, “That fellow came out of the state's prison the other day.” This is discouraging and aggravating for the nowiy released person, and often leads him to fall back into his former bad habits and old assoc ates. Here is where the failure comes in. One lias to be a man in order to receive the treatment of a man. There is no need of a man making a fool of himself, because some “fool” might try to make him such. It behoves us when we go out of this place, to show ourselves worthy the favorable consideration of our fellow men. No matter what obstacles ct me in your way, be up right and square in your dealings; let those sneer who lind any comfort in it, and you will soon find that you have gained the confidence and good will of your neighbors, and you will never hear ‘‘so cial condemnation” mentioned, and those who have sneered at your efforts will feel severely and justly rebuked. GINGERBREAD. A Territorial editor says in liis paper: “Yseterday we were again married. It will be remembered that botli of our former wives eloped with tlie format! of the ottiee. To avoid any further inconvenience of the kind we have this time married a lady who is herself a compositor and she will set the type while we bustle for tlie ducks who still owe on subscription.” —Dakota Bell. A newspaper with lots of advertising in it makes tlie best bustle —it contains so much puff. Bern (111.) Call. It is strange that men • insist on paying big sums to lawyers for advice when their mother-in-law are justdyingto advise them without cost. —Germantown Independent. Somebody has discovered that Daniel Webster has no right to practice in the United States Supreme Court. If lie is still practicing he ought to be stopped. Phil. Call. If this spasm of virtue and justice lasts much longer in Chicago the best and oldest families will be reduced to beggary or Wight. Chicago ought to pause and con sider if she can afford to lose two-thirds of her population for a whim of justice. —Phil. Sunday Transcript. Der tufyl vas a shlowful people, but he gits a mortgage on your bones, mit a slipeedf illness dot vas oxcrootiatingly sudden, uiid vhen be vants you to dook it / up, by Jimtneny you dont got a cent. —Chicago Sunday National. J. C. Flood the bonanza millionaire is dying.