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W. F. tIIKICK, Editor.
Entered at the Post Office at Stillwater Minn,
as Second Class Mail Matter.
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Address, EDITOR PRISON MIRROR.
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
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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
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
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.—
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
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
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
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