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W. V. niRICK, Kdltor. Entered at the Post Office at Stillwater Minn, aa Second Class Mail Matter. Subscription Kates. THE PRISON MIRROR is issued every Wednes day morning at the following rates: One Tear 91.00 Six Months 00 Three Months 35 Single Copies 5 Subscriptions must be paid invariably in ad vance. Advertising rates given upon application. Address, EDITOR PRISON MIRROR. Stillwater, Minn. WANTED—IO,OOO Subscribers to THE PRISON MIRROR. Remember, every dollar sent to us for one year’s subscription to THE MIRROR, is devoted to our Prison library. Subscribe at once, and thus aid us in our volun tary endeavors. Send all remittances by register ed letter, P. O. Order, or draft, to EDITOR PRISON MIRROR. Stillwater, Minn, “F. P. L.,” in a communication in this issue, takes exception to the conclusions of an article which apjteared in The mirror of the 17th, under the head of “The Solu tion is Here,” and in which the writer claimed that the inmates of all penal insti tutions were capable of reforming them selves, regardless of their surroundings and the stumbling blocks which are thrown in the way of all ex-convicts. Not being ac quainted to any extent with prison and their management, we do not feel qualified to discuss this subject in an intelligent man lier. In view of the recent disclosures of co.rupt and inhuman practices by the heads of several institutions like our own — those of Ohio, Indiana, Rhode Island and Georgia—we think, the stand taken by “F. I*. L.” a good one. The Mirror has already attained a de gree of success seldom reached by similar enterprises in so short a time. It is less than two months since the enterprise was first conceived, and after its third issue it was found to be on such a sound financial basis as to b 3 able to pay off all indebted ness, including the original stock, which was done, witli interest, on the 26th, and Tiie Mirror now belongs to the prison library, as it was originally intended. The thanks of the entire population of this in stitution are due to the *’ls” who so gener ously advanced the “wherewithal” to place The Mirror on its feet, and it will ever be the earnest endeavor of the present management to have their Mirror reflect credit upon its originators and the institu tion which it represents. “llovv fares it with The Mirror,” is a frequent inquiry. In reply we will say it is “booming.” Subscriptions are cominer in from every direction, scarcely a mail ar riving that does not bring from one to a dozen, quite a number having been received from Texas, Oregon and California. The Mirror is also appreciated at home and in adjoining states, and is receiving the hearty support of tiie best citizens. What more could we wish? We publish elsewhere a highly congratu latory letter from Frank J. Smith, of the Ft. Abercrombie Scout. Notwithstanding our pleasant surroundings, and our “free dom from irate subscribers and book-agents,” backed by the unparalelled success of The Mirror, we would fain “swap bosses” with Bro. Smith. David Staples, son of Isaac Sta ples, of Stillwater, shot Charles Winship, of Minneapolis, at Freeport, 111.,0n Wednes day. Both men are reticent as to the cause of tiie shooting. Staples is supposed to have been partially intoxicated. The wounded man will recover. Mrs. H. Scott Howell, writing from Keo kuk. la., says; “Inclosed find sl, for which send The Mirror one year. God bless Warden Stordock in his work, and may The Mirror be successful, not only in benefiting the library, but in helping the prisoners to a nobler and better life.” Since Receiver Brown has had charge of the affairs of the Cai Co., he has handled §3,780.000. A recent examination of his books was made, and the business found to be straight. The Prison Mirror of Stillwater, Minn., published by prisoners, reflected its radiant effusions in our sanctum the past week. The editor of the Mirror is alw’ays in. We cheerfuly place you on our exchange list, brethren. —Providence Sunday Cour ier. Benjamin Ambler, one of the oldest Ma sons and most respected citizens of Wright county, died on A ug. 25, at the house of his nephew, James Ambler, in the town of Chatham. The Ohio penitentiary was o]>ened for the reception of criminals In 1834. On Friday the list of prisoners from the opening of tiie institution up to that day numbered 19,000. The National conference of the board of charities and corrections met in Omaha on the 25th inst., and will continue in session until the 31st. “ Prlwou Reform.” Editor Mirror: Will you permit me to diaaent from tome state ments embodied in an editorial entitled “The Solu tion is Here.” published in THE MIRROR of the 17 th inst. That reformation depends ultimately upon the personal choico of the subject, there is no doubt. Every schoolboy knows this, and upon this point the writer of the article is commendably in the right track. Woe to the man who, knowing his powers, and realizing his obligations, deliberately steps aside from the path of virtue into that of iniquity! But, are all wrong-doers alike in their ideas of ethics' 1 think not. And here, it appears to me, the writer places the cart before the horse. The solution of the “prison reform” problem is not primarily with the prisoner himself, but with the methods adopted by society to that end. The prisoner is already bad, presumptively, and ac cording to natural laws he will not change so long as his enviornment remains unfavorable. “Prison reform” means reform in the administration of prisons; and until society has ceased to surround the prisoner with influences more corrupt than those out of which he came, it cannot in the na ture of things expect anything but corrupt fruit as a result. That the administration of prisons in the United States have long been fearfully im moral is a notorious fact, the proof of which is apparent in the general demand for reform which intellegent philanthropists are now so strenuously making everywhere. A prison, the chief oflicer of which is a theif, and the administration of which is conducted solely with the desire to suck tlielfie blood out of the convict by hard lubor; with a morale that would shame a bagnio; where officers require such services from men that to be spoken of as a "good convict” is a reproach and a stigma in the eyes of decent theives, is not calculated to keep even the “honest and true” man in the right path. In fact, 1 would not give much for a man who comes out of such an institution “ra-; formed.” There is not much snap in him; lie mus.t be an idiot. It is true, a St. Paul, or a Thomas Aquinas, might rise above it, but not so with our common human nature. “These great associations,” the editorial says, referring to the “institutions” of charities and corrections, “prepare great advantages,” etc., for us, and "lay these great and benevolent tokens at our feet.” Where are they? Nothing of this kind has ever been extended around here. Many men in this prison would be thankful for a few “advan tages” by which he might girdle himself with fresh powers, and prepare himself for the battle with the world, soon to begin. One would think convicts were sent to a university and coached through it on a bed of roses! Without detracting from the good societies whose object is the relorm of penal institutions (and the “charities and corrections” does not aim directly at such.) it must be said there is enough sham in their pretentions, and they are too often used for the personal ends of our McGarigles, and other big (mostly physically) pris on officials. The direct practical beneflt to the common run of men in prison is imperceptible, and the public should know it. No sir, convicts are still punished, and punished hard, many of them in a disproportion to the harm they did, that is against natural justice and right. Men of common honesty and of ordinarily hu mane instincts find it diflicult to deal out justice according to their conscience when they And themselves providentially at the head of peniten tiaries, and until the people are ready to support such men, and insist on the adoption of honest methods and common sense principles, the man or the boy that goes to prison will come out worse than he went in. F. P. 1,. Aug. 20, 1887. An Analysts of Crime. « One of the philosophers of the day gives us a curious analysis of crime. He says that man seems to be Hie creature of some terrible destiny. A man commits a crime, but 136 persons out of 1.000,000 were des tined to commit crime that year, and he is unfortunate enough to be among the num ber. That tiie chances of a man ending his days in, prison or on the gallows are live times greater than if he had been born a woman, and he is three times more likely to commit suicide. He also tells us what we all have felt to be true: That of two man in a community, one may be. in the eyes of the law, a criminal, and the other a respectable member of society, and yet the true moral character of the two men may be the same, the difference arising from educatien, enviroment and tempta tion. How frequently we hear people dis coursing of what others should do or what they would have done under certain trying circumstances, forgetting that it is so much easier to plan than to execute, and losing sight of the old adage that “We are all good till we are tempted.”—Sunday Tel egraph. The Estelline (Dakota) Bell says: A Dakota saloon keeper was brought up for selling the ardent on Sunday and a full bottle of the stuff was produced in court in evidence. The justice said, “hand me the bottle.” and it was handed. He pulled the cork and smelled the stuff. “I sentence the contents of this bottle to solitary con finement.” said he. “The court is ad journed.” “But,” said the astonished prosecuting attorney, “your honor, it’s not the whisky, but the man, who sold the whisky that is on trial.” “I know the offender in this case.” said the court, “I discharge the man and hold the whisk}’,” and it is said in 15 minutes after the court was adjourned, he did hold most of it, thereby executing his sentence of “solitary confinement.” A New York Sunday school teacher told her pupils that, when they put their pen nies in the contribution box, she wanted each one to repea*; a Bible verse suitable for the occasion. The first boy dropped in his cent, saying: “The Lord loveth a cheerful giver.” The next boy dropped his penny into the box, saying: “He that giveth to the poor, lendeth to the Lord,” The third and youngest boy dropped in his penny, saying: “A fool and his money are soon parted,”—Ex. 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