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W. F. niKKK, 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 at the following rates: One Year SI.OO 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. We have received the first copy of that bright little sheet, THE PRISON MIRROR, published within the Stillwater penitentiary. The name of W. ¥. Mirick appears as its editor, but surmise, of course, that the noted Younger brothers and others have got u hand in its publication. It pre sents a neat appearance, is ably edited, and we are pleasee to place it upon our exchange list. — Gaylord (Minn.) Hub. While appreciating the high compliment intended in the above, it would be an injus tice to the “noted Younger brothers” to pass it by unnoticed. The readers of Tiie Mirror are well aware that its principal features are the communications from the various inmates of the institution, and we believe that all are interested alike in its success. But the above would lead those unacquainted with the object of our publi cation into the errouneous impression that The Mirror was the especial organ of the persons named, “and others.” No doubt the Younger brothers, or any one of them, might make more acceptable and abler edi tors of our paper than the present incum bent; but they have other duties, which they fulfill to the satfsfaction of all con cerned, that would prevent them from as suming charge of The Mirror. “Cole” is our aeemmodating librarian, “Jim” is the busy postmaster, and “Bob” tills the re sponsible position of clerk of Steward Benner. But it is the same since they came here that it was before they ever en tered the state. Then there was not a bank robbery, a train or stage “held up,” within a radius of live thousand miles, but that it was charged up to the Younger boys. A great many times they were hundreds of miles from the scene of the robbery. We have never had the pleasure of pub lishing anything from the pen of “Jim” or “Bob,” and “Cole has favored us with only two contributions, one of which was print ed last week, entitled “Scoffers vs. Chris tian Workers,” which the editor of the Hub could read with profit. As the Hub seems to be in ignorance of the object of The Mirror, we will state that it is published in the interest of the prison library, to which all surplus funds are to he devoted, for the purchase of books, etc. It numbers among its subscribers most of the leading men of the state. The money necessary to establish the paper was advanced by fifteen inmates of the prison, among whom were the Younger boys. The money so advanced has been repaid, and the paper is now out of debt and is the ex clusive property of the prison library. Our subscription books are still open, and the editor of the Hub can in a measure atone for the, no doubt, unintentional mis representation, and aid a worthy cause, by sending us dozen or more yearly subscrib ers at SI each, accompanied with the cash.- It seem* to me that it will be impossible to find any irregularity of which Warden Reed can be justly charged, lie is one of the most moral men 1 have ever seen. He never swears, never drinks, and but rarely smokes. He is an excellent dis ciplinarian and lam convinced one of the best wardens west of New York. He does not claim to be an accountant. He came trom the same place in Ifae east that 1 did, and I know him well. I think it a cruel way to trump up charges against a man in this way, lor, even if he is perfectly in nocent it is very hard to entirely recover his good name.—lnteryiew of J. S. I’illsbury in Minneapo lis Tribune. Ex-Warden Heed’s case is being investi gated by a special committee selected from tlie Board of Corrections and Charities. The mere mention of the. names of the three genttewew .composing the committee is a sufficient guarantee that Mr. Reed will be given every opportunity to answer all the charges brought -against him. The effort that is 'being .made by certain personal friends of Mr. Reed to forestall public lOpuiuui is .all xwi-qqg, ,aud Mr. Finsbury's broad statement that lie is being tried on “trumped up” charges is not at all credit able to the ex-governor. It may seem to Gov. Pillsbury “impossible to find any irregularity of which ex-Warden Reed can be justly charged.” We are often shocked by the unexpected and unlooked for in our friends. While we do not accuse or defend ex-Warden Reed, we cannot allow Gov. Pillsbury’s assertion that ex-Warden Reed is being tried on “trumped up charges” to pass uncontradicted. We know this is not true and it is very unjust and “cruel” for the ex-governor to cast such a reflection upon the present warden.—Liberty Hall, in Glencoe Register. Sheriff Mcl.aren. of Brainerd, brought down one prisoner on Kiiday, to serve a term of 17 months lor breaking jail. The authorities up that way must be pretty anxious to condemn a man when they can find no better grounds than jail-break ing upon which to base a conviction. Prison Mirror. The Mirror is a little fresh when it attempts to justify crime. There was a charge ot grand larceny againsi the convict spoken of, and one of manslaughter against him at Walipeton. There is no doubt but that Stillwater yearned for him and he justly deserved his sentence. —Brainerd l)is pateli. No, Mr. Dispatch, The Mirror is not “a little fresh,” neither does it attempt to “justify crime.” On the contrary it will raise its voice against crime, no matter by whom it is perpetrated. We do not claim to know how strong a case the authorities of Brainerd may have had against the per son referred to on the grand larceny charge, but the fact that he was committed for jail-breakiug would makejit appear to the ordinary observer that it must have been rather “thin.” As for the “manslaughter” charge, was it not for firing off a revolver In a saloon, and has not the case been post poned from time to time for nearly two years? Either the mills of justice grind exceedingly slow in that part of the coun try, or they have no good cause against the one convicted of simple “jail-breaking.” Perhaps Stillwater did “yearn” for him, and perhaps some one “yearned” to have him in Stillwater. Which was it? The publishing of newspapers by prison ers in our penitentiaries is a most commend able and philanthropic step by prison authorities. It should be commenced in the prisons of Massachusetts at once. It gives labor for idle brains and hands, and renders great satisfaction to the unfortu nate inmates. The Prison Mirror, of Stillwater (Minn. ) prison, is one of our brightest and wittiest exchanges.—Boston Advocate, Oct. 1. We have often wondered why it is that so few ricli scoundrels ever became inmates of our penal institutions, but the following from the Ackley (Iowa) Tribune throws some light on the subject; “A keeper at Sing Sing, who has been Interviewed by a wandering reporter, expressed himself as opposed to the admission of rich Ihen to k the penitentiary, on the ground that they make troublesome prisoners, by demanding extra attention.” The following message was sent to the “boys” at Stillwater, through a lady visit ing here, by a young man lately liberated trom the Michigan prison: “Tell them there is yet hope for them all. They must not get discouraged. 1 did; and sometimes 1 thought all was lost. Tell them forme to reifwl all the good books they can procure, and 1 to study hard. 1 would be glad if 1 could ltafp some of the boys who are where I once \VAS.- The Park Region Pioneer is a train on our table, together With missing numbers, and is as “chuck” fit ill as cyct of spicy locals and other Our editor is again “happy.” The coroner’s jury iti 1 tlie - case' of of Tifn Graham, who was sliot'by Sheriff Richter, brought in a verdict “that' tlie deceased came to his death at the hands' of Sheriff Richter.” A grand banquet was given at tliC K’y'an hotel, St. Paul, last Thursday, in' honor 1 of Cardinal Gibbons’ visit. Jake Sharp has not been consigned to Sing Sing; another “stay” has been granted until Oct. 10. “What Fool* These mortals Be.” Yea. and very great ones at that, to hazard liberty and peace of mind for money—a thing which, even when ac quired. does not satisfy the possessor or check his desire for more. The poor envy the rich, the rich, those still richer, and these in turn envy the richest, and hence the wrangle is never given up, until body or mind grows weak or death steps in to put an end to ail earthly sti uggles. That the richest even of our people are not con tent is a fact well known and again 1 say, “Wliat. fools these mortals be.” to forfeit everything to gain tiiat which would only leave them dissatisfied and poorer in the end. For who will deny, that the modest farmer, or even the man who works for him from daylight to dark for a small con sideration, and neither of whom scarcely ever, certainly very rarely, handle any money in the year’s course —who will say that these faithful workers are not by far happier and content in their humble home, then Stanford, Crocker. Gould or any of the other money kings in their palaces? There is a little fact connected with tiie Crocker residence, which, to stive as an illustration of the power of money, 1 will relate: “The mansion, facing on the finest street in San Francisco, occupies one solid block or square, with the exception of a small lot on the northwest corner. The owner of this was obstinate, refusing many offers from the railroad king. The reader can easily imagine what a contrast the old as well as extremely ill-appearing house on the corner made beside tiie costly residence and beautifully laid-out grounds. Offers for the lot were renewed from time to time, but at each bid the price was raised and so, after years of vain endeavor, the offers ceased, the men were bitter enemies, and to shut out trom his sight the much coveted but now hated corner, Crocker had a wall, fully 100 feet high erected around the house. It is still there, and not a few visitors to tiie Golden Gate, on taking that beautiful trip over Nob Hill on the cable cars, look in wonder on tiie curious structure, so out of harmony with the fine mansson.” How many men are there who, under the same circumstances, would not act as did the owner of that small lot? Very few, lam sad to say. Only those, in fact, who having received the spiritual light and wis dom through a sincere belief in the Savior, know money not as a thing to be worshipped but as an article necessary as a medium ot exchange. Why is it. do you ask. that the former is happier and more content than all these rich men? It is because, not liv ing in a city, he knows nothing of the im proper uses money is put to; lie knows not that there men speculate, lie and swindle, and innocent and happy in his ignorance, he lies down to rest after a hard day’s toil with a prayer, perhaps, that God grant him a good crop. Happy man! “Safe in the arms of Jesus Gently my soul shall rest." Oct. 1,188 T. Chas. M. Morton A Deserved Honor. Editor Mirror Most of the prison officials. including ourlibel'iU minded warden, are members of the G. A. R., and there are a few old soldiers, I am sorry to state, whose names are enrolled among us inmates, lienee there is qui e u Grand Army air pervading our silertt abode, and we liaVe lead the accounts ot the receflt encampment at St. T.ouis with no little infefCsf, which has increased to genuine enthusi asm, over the news that the distinguished honor of commander-in-chief has been unanimously conferred on Judge Rea, of the Minneapolis criminal court. It is to be expected that his cittzcn friends should rejoice at the splendid compliment paid to this exemplary judge; but that his noble qualities of heart and mind should be recognized and ap preciated by us fellows in the "retired commun ity,” to which it becomes his official duty to con sign us, may he a matter of surprise to him. I, for one, am witness—by a mitigated sentence—to the fact that “the quality of mercy is not strained” in his generous nature, and I trust he will accept these expressions of goodwill as eminating from u proper reniemberance and appreciation of the same—unbiased by any selfish motive—and as voicing the heartfelt sentiments of my fellows in durance vile. “I.ives of nil great men remind us We can mnkc our lives sublime.” Oct. 3, 1887. C. H. F, “Was that a minute pudding we had for dinner, ma?” “No, my son; why do you think so?” “I didn’t think it was, because it didn’t last a minute after pt» began on it.” —Park Region Pioneer, Christendom as an effect lßtifct be account ed for. It is too large for a mortal cause. Even without a written revelation the last eighteen l centuries would 1 require’ belief in. the incarnation.—Bishop Huntingfioni- Hold oti’to your good l character, for-ibis and always will be-your best- wealth;- OYSTERS! Tl»c Finest Stews m Town to be had at N. PATWELL’S. LADIES’ BAZAAR We Have a Lot of NEW CLOAKS FOR Children,Misses & Ladies And if you have anything in the CLOAK LINE to buy this Fall, you can’t afford to buy anywhere else, as our prices put all others in the shade. Respectfully, A. G. SCHOTTINGEE k GO., STILLWATER, MINN FRED, SCOTT, 223 South Itlaiu St., Stillwater, Minn., —DEADER IN— Drugs,Medicines & Chemicals wm. Kenneman DEADER IN— STOVES, Tinware and Hardware, No. 202, N. Main St. Cor. 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