Newspaper Page Text
Site prison |)lixam*.
W. F. tIIKICK, Editor. Entered at the Post Office at Stillwater Minn, as Second Class Mail Matter. Subscription Rates. THE PRISON MIRROR is issued every Wednes day morning nt the following rates: One Year fl.oo Six Months 00 Three Months 35 Single Copies. 5 Subscriptions must be paid invariably in ad vance. Advertising rafes given upon application. Address, EDITOR PRISON MIRROR. Stillwater, Minn. WA^JTEI> —10,000 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, apd 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. The Mirror wants a Jive, energetic agent in every town and city in the state. Write for terms. The subject of prison reform, as embod ied in an editorial by the former editor of this paper, and the discussion by two of our correspondents of the merits of the various societies which have, at least in part, this object in view, will we hope, bring to the surface some definite information as to the real work of these various associa tions. The writer is unacquainted with the inner practical workings of either the As sociated Charities. W. C. T. U., or Murphy clubs, but is of the opinion that all are entitled to more or less credit for the amel ioration of the sufferings of those unfortu nates who find themselves subjects for thpir consideration. “C. 11. It.” and “F. P. L.” are far apart on this subject, and though we cannot agree with either, each is entitled to our belief that he is sincere in his utterances. The title of “Associated Charities” does not imply that their duties are confined solely to the superintendence of charitable institutions; on the contrary, we believe it is one of their duties to inspect penal institutions, re port abuses when they are found, and re commend measures for bettering the con dition of the inmates. That the members of the W. C. T. U. are entitled to great credit for their devotion to the unfortunates in city jails, many of whom have cause after they have reached the state prison to bless these self-sacrificing sisters of the “jail committee,” is well known to many of our inmates; and that these Christian ladies are sometimes grossly deceived and imposed upon by some designing wretches, is known to none better than “F. P. L.” and “C. 11. R.” We hope that neither of our valued correspondents will be obliged to call upon any of these benevolent so cieties when they “go over the wall,” but if they should, we have no doubt they w ill be met with the “offer of an encouraging hand and loving word, joined with tangible and practical aid.” Cole Younger, tlie outlaw, who prints a paper in the Minnesota penitentiary, cordially invites the president to visit Stillwater while swinging around the circle this fall. Mr. Cleveland cannot help feeling touched by this ajipeal from a dis tinguished fellow-democrat who is prevented by circumstances over which he has no control from going to Washington to see him. He ought to visit Stillwater, notwithstanding its undemocratic name.—Chicago Tribune. Cole Younger, the “outlaw',” does not print a paper in the Minnesota penitentiary or anywhere else; and he did not invite the president to visit Stillwater. A convict named L. P. Schoonmaker was the boss of this paper when the invitation was extend ed, and lie was the “extender.” Mr. Schoonmaker is at liberty now, having served bis time, lie is at present at Wash ington interested in securing legislation to tlie end that editors who publish lies shall receive the same recognition from the law that is accorded “outlaw's” like Cole Young er. If the president should visit our “un democratic” town and become acquainted with Cole Younger, he would doubtless ob serve one characteristic which distinguishes the Missourian from the editor of tlie Trib une, and that is, when he can’t speak the truth he keeps his mouth shut. We have on our table acopy of The Pris on Mirror, a sheet edited and published by convicts at the Stillwater penitentiary, all money received from which will go to wards building up a library in the prison. This is a very praisw’ortliy scheme, and we say that whoever could raise any objection to it must have a very narrow intellect. We oppose prison made goods because by the sale of them the labor of convicts who are hired out by the state to contractors to work for a nominal sum is put into compe tition with that of free American citizens. We believe convicts, even, have rights which should be respected, and we believe this hiring them out is against every law of jus tice and right. Further, in very many in stances, the worst men do not find their way into penitentiaries, and many who do go there are the victims of our present dia bolical competitive system, which makes crime the only alternative to escape starva tion. We give Tiie Prison Mirror a cordial w elcome into the journalistic field. — Northwestern Labor Union, Minneapolis. We have received several numbers of The Prison Mirror, published in the state prison at Stillwater. Minn. We sin cerely hope it may prove a success intellec tually, morally, and financially. It will be a most pleasing and instructive occupa tion to a lot of our unfortunate fellow' beings, some of whom have life sentences, and can never know again what is going on in the outside world they have forfeited, except through the medium of books and newspapers. Of these they cannot have too liberal a supply. We ask our readers to assist this publication by sendimr SI for a year’s subscription. Who knows but we may be “laying up for ourselves treasures,” where many a man who now stands up in his righteousness may be at the end of the vein? Try and raise a few subscriber among the good Christian people of your town. Ask the aldermen and county com missioners while they still have tlie “boodle.” —The Detective. Cedar Rapids. lowa. Miss Mary Sylvester, tlie young girl who jumped from a third story window in Min neapolis to escape from the lecherous em brace of 1.. M. Murray, is in a fair way of recovery, though she will probably be a cripple for life. A goodly purse lias been raised for her benefit, but all the wealth of the world w ould be small compensation for the agonies she has endured, and though there is a prospect that her brutal assail ant will meet with the full punishment provided by law, it is also true that the se verest penalty is entirely inadequate for the lieinousness of tlie offence. The knout should be instituted for tlie benefit of such fiends as Murray. The Minneapolis Woman’s Suffrage so ciety met in that city on the Bth inst, and decided to invite the state association to hold its next lieetitig at Minneapolis. Af ter a general discussion, resolutions were passed calling attention to the frequency of the horrible and atrocious crime of rape and advocating the adoption of tlie most dreadful of all punishments as the penalty of this crime.—Minneapolis Evening Star. The Prison Mirror 1 notice comes out this week more newsy than ever before. There are typographical mistakes here and there, which will creep into the columns of any paper, but its editor is to be congrat ulated upon tlie general appearance of the paper, both as to the quality and quantity of news it contains. —Stillwater Gazette. Tiie editor of tlie Taylors Falls Journal is having a controversy with The Prison Mirror, a new paper printed inside tlie state penitentiary. We haven’t seen Tiie Mirror, but from the way the Journal squirms, we should judge it to be a lively paper.—Kush City Post. “Bub” Williams, deputy warden for a year or two after J. A. Keed W'as appoint ed warden, who was allowed to resign be cause of liis general worthlessness, vouches tor the honesty and integrity of the late warden. Who will vouch for Bub?—Still w'ater Messenger. Every man who pays bis taxes is not a good citizen unless he obeys the law. But every man that dodges his taxes is a bad citizen, that’s certain.—Chicago News. SCHOOL IN NEW JERSEY PRISON. Trenton, N. J., Dispatch, Sept. 1): The school for convicts at the state prison, the first ever at tempted in this country, was opened here last evening. A short address was made to the twenty five convicts by Deputy Keeper Hensing, designed to stimulate a desire for study in the pupils. A. V. Stanley and Frank Sidney, two well-educated prisoners, have been delegated as teachers. The attendance is optional. All the pupils were pro vided with slates and books. The session lasted two hours. As the accommodations are meagre, it will require a division into four classes to ac commodate all the convicts who desire to attend. We shall be glad to bear of the prosperi ty of this departure in the New Jersey state prison. It depends upon the officials of the prison whether tlie school shall be a mere pretense and a sham designed to de ceive the public, or whether it will really be come a blessing to the convicts. In the latter case tlie state must support the offi cials with encouragement, such as increased salaries for extra guard duty, etc. The convicts, under right conditions will be likely to take care of the rest. They are as a rule ambitious and aspiring. There is not a school at our prison at present, nor was there ever one that deserved its title; but we have high hopes of something being done for tlie men and boys who are con demned to tlie loss of their only opportun ity in life to learn to read and write. Sam Small: “I was born a democrat, raised a democrat. I studied :t» principles fully. I worked for it. 1 have spent money for it. I have drank whisky for it. 1 have lied for it. I have stolen ballots for it. 1 have stuffed ballot boxes for it. 1 did all it told me, and it took me within a half mile of hell.” If tlie gentleman is guilty of all lie says, and tlie law is just, lie should be doing time in tlie penitentiary instead of preaching.— Fargo Republican. Judge McCluer has appointed lion. W. C. Williston, of Red Wing, as referee in tlie Car Company matter. It is expected the sale of the property will take place in six weeks. No bid under 81.000,000 will be considered, and 8100.000 must be paid down. llall Reid, who is charged with a crimi nal assault on Maud Coulston, at West St. Paul, was arrested at Alliance, Ohio, and returned to St. Paul Friday. He denies liis guilt of assault, and has been admitted to bail in tlie sum of 88,000. Ben Butler is a convert to tlie theory that Bacon wrote Shakspeare’s plays. It would be just like that old fellow to run for governor of Massachusetts on that, issue, out of spite.—Chicago Tribune. There are 293 prisoners confined in the Anoniosa, lowa, penitentiary. Grout In Rarabbas. Tlie “boodlers” came down like tlie wolf on the fold, And they scooped in tlie silver and greenbacks and gold: From the town on the lake to tlie town on the sea. They raked in tlie boodk from A unto Z. The people are stupid and silly and green, And the “boodlers” tlie cheekiest thieves ever seen; In the street, in the office, by night or by day, They grabbed all they wanted and took it away. They laughed when the newspapers gave them a blast, And they winked in the face of tlie judge as he passed; For they knew, while this land should be peopled with man. That “boodlers” who’d “boodled” would “boodle” again. People put them in prison, but then, all the same, Elected new “boodlers’, to keep up tlie game; From Tweed to McGarigle —who but believes It’s the fate of tlie land to be governed by thieves. Pickpockets and gamblers, thieves, diunk ards and toughs, Ex-convicts and sluggers, bartenders and roughs. Forgers, fences and liars, and confidence men, We’ve elec ted to office again and again. Anil, we’ll do it again; we will let people see There’s a chance for tlie thief in the land of the free; Long live St. Barabbas! a pledge let us borrow—To the health of good Sodom and righteous Gomorrah. —li. J. Burdette, in the Brooklyn Eagle, That editors are the kindest persons in tiie world, is proven by the following facts which we find in an exchange: “A sub scriber to a certain paper died a few years ago leaving fourteen years’ subscription un paid. The editor appeared at tlie grave when the lid was being screwed on for the last time and put in the coffin a palm leaf fan, a linen coat and a thermometer.” —Ex. If we live for Christ, He will make that living sweet. FREUD. SCOTT, 223 South Main St., Stillwater, Minn.,. —DEALER IN— Drugs,Medicines & Chemicals win. kenneman —DEALER IN— STOVES, Tinware and Hardware, No. 202,N. Main St. Cor. Commercial. STILLWATER, M. E. CAPRON, —PROPRIETOR OF THE— PHCENIX Livery, Hack AND BOARDING STABLES, 213 & 215 Chestnut St., Stillwater. Minn, Double or single rigs, with or without drivers, at any hour, day or night. As good turnouts as can be found in the Northwest. THE BEST PLACE FOR FINE CAKES —AND— CANDIES. THE CHICAGO Bakery and Restaurant MEALS AT ALL HOURS 241 S. Main St., Stillwater, Minn., next to Opera House. (BIAS. HEITMAN, Prop. LADIES BAZAR. IT PAYS To Trade At The They Lead in Styles AnA LOW PRICES It is the largest Dry (roods AND Millinery House in the St. Croix Valley. A. G. SCHUTTINGER & GO.. Stillwater, MINN. Minn.-