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§5 V* ;VK$,” gglisesisst Vol. 1. No. 3. PRISOX OFFICIALS. J Suspect or*. | : E. G. BUTTS, Stillwater. JOHN F. NOURISH, - Hastings. LIBERTY HALL, Glencoe. 11. G. STORDOCK. Warden. J. A. WESTBY, Deputv Warden. JOHN COVER. Ass’t. Dep’ty. Wrd’n. FRANK BERRY, - - - Clerk. 11. E. BENNER, Steward. W. 11. PRATT, Physician. F. H. HALL, Hospital Steward. 'GEORGE P. DODD, Storekeeper. W. S. MATTHEW. - Protestant Chaplain. 31. E. MURPHY. Catholic Chaplain. AIRS. SARAH Me NEAL, Matron. % As announced by Tiie Mikkor’s founder and retiring editor, Mr. Lew P. Schoon maker, in its last issue, the undersigned has assumed editorial charge (with scissors, mostly) of its columns. As the foster father of this promising child, I shall endeavor to fulfill the duties with which I have been intrusted. 1 am afraid, how ever, tiiat inv fellow unfortunates, and the public outside, have been led to expect at my hands more than they will receive. 1 am not especially endowed for this class of editorial work, and in order that the readers of The Minnon may not be too grievously disappointed in its new editor, I take the first opportunity of undeceiving them. The Minium belongs to every in mate of this prison. That there are capable writers within its walls I am assured, whose acquaintance 1 shall endeavor to cultivate at the earliest opportunity, and to whom 1 shall look almost wholly for original articles suitable for the columns of our little journal. Contributions are so licited from all; but articles simply lauda tory of the present prison officials or con deming its former administration, will in no case be published. Soliciting the co-operation of all who are interested in the success of The Minium both inside and outside of these walls, and believing that by such co-operation the highest degree of success will be attained, I am, yours truly, W. F. Mikick. In order that the readers of The Minnon might see how our venture is received by the press generally, we print a few samples of the comments made. We have several bundled more on file, all in the same friend ly tone, and if the “boys” fail to respond to our call for “copy,” we shall be com pelled to treat them to several more doses of the same medicine. The editors of thePnisox Minium, pub lished by the convicts in the penitentiary at Stillwater, are confronted by an unexpectea complication one. however, that is not new in the newspaper realm. Contribu tions were asked from the convicts and the sanctum was so flooded with original poems that the whole lot was waistbasketed in self-defence. “Music hath charms to soothe the savage breast,” and the inspira tions of the poetical muse is evidently not crushed by the stern l entities of prison life. —Minneapolis Evening Journal. Thirty-five millions of dollars were taken in over the bars of saloons in Chicago alone, last year. Cl Stillwater, Minn.., Wednesday, Aug. The Ki"lil Man in tlie ICiglit -Place. The following is an extract l'roin a pri vate letter from a lady in the country to her brother in this city. In speaking of our Warden and Tiik Minium she says: I think the objeet for which the paper is Rotten up a noble one, and if I were rich 1 would lend a helping hand. Inclosed please find sl, for one year’s subscription to THE MIRROR. * * * I think Warden Stordock is just the kind ot a man the prisomrs need, and the answer he gave to the man who thought "the buck the best place to whip’’ was good. Wliyt Hon. TV. 11. Jlarsliall Says. Hon. H. G. StordocK WAUIJEN —I am glad to s_>e that a paper is to be published in the prison. 1 should like some copies, and I inclose my check for s•>, to be ap plied on subscriptions, as directed. My notion of a prison is that all the means pos sible to make men cheerful and happy will make them better., ami should be applied so far ns is practicable. A prison is where there are a larger proportion of bad men than the average outside —not that all the good are outside and the other kind inside. Yours truly, WM. K. MARSHALL. THE PRISON MIRROR, a very neat little paper published at the State prison. Stillwater, Minn., was sent to us last week. It is conducted by the officers of the prison, their object being to procure funds for the prison library. Subscription price £1 per year.—Tribune, New Hampton, lowa. While we feel grateful for the above kind words, we desire to correct the Tribune in somuch that The Mirror 4s not, as above stated, conducted by the officers of the pris on. On the contrary, Tiie Mirror is man aged entirely by prisoners, without official interference. itetiring Editor Schoonmaker comes to the defense of The Mirror’s old motto, “(Jod Helps Those Who Help Themselves,” in a vigorous manner in this issue. Orange Walker, senior member of the firm of Walker Judd «fc Veazie, died at his resi dence in Marine, Wis.. on the 17th aged 84 years. He had been a resident of the state since 18:>8. For Those Yet lo Conic. The habit of doing or enduring something for generations yet unborn is of itself a purifying and broadening one. It takes us out of our little round of petty interests, and makes us feel that we are essentially a part of God's great universe, connected with the past by memory and gratitude, and with the future by hope and effort. To cultivate and nourish this motive as a mainspring of action will make life better worth living now, while bequeathing rich benefits to other lives which are yet to come. —Ex. Every state of life has its own hardships —the private and peaceful existence of ad vanced civilization as well as the life of the soldier or the pioneer. They differ in kind the former having greater variety and com plexity, and the latter more certainty and definiteness, but both may be equally ex pected and prepared for. Indeed the peace ful citizen needs more, not less, of such preparation, than does the warrior or the explorer, because he knows not from what quarter or in what form his hardships may come. He needs to gird himself with strength and courage to meet adversity un der any of its numerous shapes.— Ex. WtwZ. ■ S L “ IT IS NEVER TOO LATE TO MEND.” OUR MOTTO: St. Paul, Aug., 10, 1887 Life’s Hardships. &-< (f-6 WIIAT THE PRESS SAYS. Nothing But Kindly Criticising and AVislics for Success. THE PRISON MIRROR is the title of a paper just issued by the convicts of the Stillwater prison. The proceeds go into the library fund and the people ought to give the enterprise liberal encouragement.—Anoka HaralJ . THE PRISON MIRROR is the name of the news paper published in Stillwater with tlio praisworthy object of improving the moral condition of the prisoners, and exerting generally an educating influence over them. It is encouraged and pat ronized by Mr. Stordock, the kindest and best war den Stillwater ever had. We have placed this spicy and able little paper upon our exchange list.—Wilkin Co. Gazette. THE PRISON MIRROR, a newsy little paper rinted at Stillwater prison, by the inmates, comes to hand this week. Lew P. Sclioonmakcr acts as ye editor in chief and Cole Younger as ••printer’s devil.’’ Cole lias a license to play hell now without danger of being checked. —St. Peter Journal. We have before us the initial number of THE PRISON MIRROR, published by convicts of the Stite prison at Stillwater. L. P. School,maker is the editor, and the ;-heet Mainly shows that he is not a new hand at the bus ness. The enterpr se was started by a coni: any of fifteen prisoners, who together subscribed *2OO. This sum is to be pa : d back with interest, after which the piq>cr be comes the property of the prison library. The famous Cole Younger holds the exalted position of devil on the concern and is a stockholder to the amount of *2O. The paper is an advocate of good morals, spicy neat and clean, and is well worth its subscription price, #1. —Graciville (Minn.) Tran script. We are in receipt of Vol. 1, No.l, of THE PRISON MIRROR, bearing the motto: "God helps those who help themselves,” published in the Still water prison, by its inmates. It is the only paper of its kind published, and everybody should sub scribe tor it and learn something about the dark ened lives of those whom fate hath led to the narrow coniines oi a prison cell. —Argyle Banner. A new venture it the newspaper line is THE PRISON MIRROR, issued by the convicts at the Stillwater penitentiary. Its editors have one ad vantage over the rest of us; nobody can get at them to lick them or toll them how to run a paper. The typographical appearance of the sheet indicates the sad fact that good printers sometm;s get into the penitentiary.—Mitchell (Dak.) Republican* We welcome with more than usual pleasure to our exchange list the sprightly little weekly, THE PRISON MIRROR, edited, printed and published by inmates of the state prison at Stillwater. It is about the size of the Mapleton Enterprise, and like that journal is tilled with original matter of local interest. In permitting this publication Warden Stordock has conferred a great benefit to the unfortunates under his care, it furnishes them an object of interest to break the dull mo notony of prison life, and it must work u most wholesome and reformatory influence among the inmates of that institution. It was started with money contributed in the nature of loans by pris oners, prominent among whom we recognize the numes of the Younger brothers. After these loans are reimbursed the profits of the paper will be used to replenish the prison library. Lew P. Schoonmaker is editor, and Lloyd Porter and Tlios. Clark compositors. It publishes informa tion about tlie prison, much of which is interest ing to the general public, and very little of which they had the means of ascertaining before. From the census statistics we learn that there are 412 inmates—4os males and 7 females, and of tiie to tal 19 are colored. One gratifying feature of tlie prison management is foreshadowed by a letter from the warden in reply to a letter of inquiry in which he says he neither advocates nor uses tlie rod as a means of punishment, but instead keeps a scrupulously clean prison, with plenty of well cooked food; treats the prisoners like men and not like dogs, which results in bringing out the good in them to such a degree that little punishment is necessary; when this is indulged in. it is by way of solitary confinement on bread and water diet, which always accomplishes the desired result. There is much in this little weekly of lively inter- MINNESOTA. i HISTORICAL | SOCIETY. est, and those who want to help a good cause and at the s.iAue time get tlie worth of their money should vend $1 for one year’s subscription to THE PRISON MIRROR. Stillwater, Minn. —The Review, Mankato, Minn. One of the most pleasing matters to which my attention lias been c tiled during the past week is the publication of THE PRISON MIRROR at tlie Stillwater institution. It is tle first time in His tory that a weekly paper has been edited and published inside of prism walls, and I e irnestly hope that the paper will be as genero.isly suppoited as it deserves. Only those who for some heedless act have been taken aside to lead lives of a dreary and monotonous existence can realize what a great light and comfort this new departure will be tj the unfortunate. All the proceeds derived from tlie sale of the paper and advertising are to go towards maintaining the prison library. In thus opening the way to enlighten the minds of those shut out of the world, 1 believe Warden Stordock has touched the key-note ot true prison reiorm, and if he d d nothing more during his administration than to establish this paper, the work would stamp hint as one of the great est philanthopists of tlie day. I no- tce with disdain that certain “croakers” are Already attempting to raise the cry of “con vict labor,” claiming that journalism in prison tends to conflict with free labor. The idea is one that should be scouted as unworthy of thought, and will find no sympathizers among those who seek to aid their folio.vmen in distress.—Town Loafer, in Minneapolis Sunday Tribune. The Argus has received ths first issue of THE PRISON MIRROR, published by tlie inmates of tlie penit mtiary ut Stillwater, Minnesota. It is well printed and an interesting sheet. One of tlie locals state that the receiver, E. S. Brown, pa : d $lO for the first printed copy of THE .MIRROR. The yearly subscription is one dollar.—Fargo (I)uk.) Argus. The first number of THE PRISON MIRROR published by the convicts in tlie prison at Still water.Jias been issued. It is a neatly printed four column paper containing a good deal that is inter esting. Lew P. Sclioonmakcr is the editor and Cole Younger is “the j rintjrs devil.” All the A'ounger Bros, are stockholders in the paper.— Minneapolis Lumberman. We to*Jay received the initial number of THE PRISON MIRROR, published in the penitentiary at Stillwater, Minnesota, Lew P. Schoonmaker, editor. The paper is a four column folio, printed on good material, the mechanical work i* first class and the editorial department seems to be controlled by a master hand.—Hannibal (Mo) Courier. The motto of THE PRISON MIRROR, printed at Stillwater, is, "God helps those who help them selves.” This admits of a double construct on.— Daly Journal, Fergus Falls, Minn. Is there a sentence, story or book, written in this wide, wide world that does not ad mit of misconstruction*.' The motto of The Mirror is no exception; it was taken from Holy Writ, and anyone who believes in God. will not admit that He will help them to do wromr. For eighteen hundred years, people have been endevoring to misconstrue tlie Scriptures in a thousand ways, but without success; the Scriptures stand to-day just where they stood eighteen hundred years ago, undaunted by misconstruction, the one power that is steadily christianiz ing the earth, and bringing peace and hu manity into heathen lands, and uniting in bonds of peace the whole world. So it is with the motto of The Mirror. “God helps those who help themselves,” may be misconstrued, the sentence may admit of a hundred constructions, but God’s word is still intact, and cannot be misconstrued; it means just what it reads in The Mirror, as well as in Holy Writ. Leav I*. Schoonmaker. Four things come not back—the spoken word, tlie sped arrow, the past life, the neg lected opportunity.