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W. V. IUIKK K, Editor. Entered at the Post Office at Stillwater Minn. m Second Class Mail Matter. Subscription Rates. THE PRISON MIRROR is issued every Wednes day morning at the following rates: One Year Six Months «9 Threo Months 35 Single Copies • • • ; • • 5 Subscriptions must be paid invariably in ad vance. Advertising rates given upon application. Address. EDITOR PRISON MIRROR. Stillwater, Minn. AN UNGRATEFUL OUR. It is not necessary for The Mirror to devote much of its space to a denial of the charges published in the St. Paul Dispatch of Friday, made against the present prison officials in regard to our food, etc. by Geo. Lautenschlager, who was discharged from here last Thursday. They bear on their face the imprint of falsehood, and we are surprised that any journal which lays claim to respectability should have pub lished them without first ascertaining whether they had any foundation. There have been several other prisoners discharged during the past week beside Lauten schlager and his clique, and if the griev ances of which he complains had any exist ence in fact, is the Dispatcli so blind as not to see that he would not have been sup ported in his charges? But it would be an injustice to ourselves as well as the officers of the prison to allow such infamous lies to go uncontradicted. In regard to the insufficency of food and its poor quality, the statements of Lauten schlager are a tissue ot falsehoods from first to last, and do not accord with his repeated statements to different convicts “that a man could i.ive here now,” whereas he only “existed” under the former adminis tration. We have on several occasions had butter that was a little “off,” but only for a few days at a time; but we venture to state that we have averaged better in that particular article of food than three-fourths of the boarders at 83.50 and 84.00 a week boarding houses in any city in the United States, and we have never had rotten ole marearine dealt out to us since the advent of the present management, which we did for months at a time under Warden Heed’s administration. We would like to ask the Dispatch man if Mr. Lautenschlager looked like a “starved” man when he presented himrelf and his alleged grievances tor pub lic inspection? We have only this to say in respect to our food, that the hash we now get is the poorest, whereas it was the rest disli we got, witli the exception of pork and beans twice a week, under the old regime. The food in general is fully 100 per cent, better than before the advent of War den Stonlock, and if Lautenschlager had a fair sample of our present diet, what must it have been under Warden Heed? If the Dispatch or any other reputable paper desires to learn the truth or falsity of Lautenschlager’s statements, let them get up a party of half a dozen or more reliable persons, and “swoop” down upon our cuisine, unannounced, any day at either 6:30 or 11:45 a. m. or 5:15 p. m. We will guarantee them a coprteous reception, and that they will be afforded every opportun ity of inspecting our food for themselves. The assertion that the reduction of the cost of feeding the prisoners had been ac complished at the expense of the health of the inmates caused us to look up the num ber of sick in hospital during 18S6, which we find to have been TO, and for the year 188 Tup to date, OS. In 1880 there were five deaths—l from pneumonia, 1 from consumption, 1 from brain fever. 1 from syphilitic meningitis, and one from “vio lence.” So far the present year there has been five deaths, from the following causes: blood poisoning, 1; consumption, 3; mas turbation, 1; scrofula, 1. At present there are five patients in the hospital, none of whom are confined to their bed, and the general health of the inmates was never better. The other statements made by Lauten schlager that the inmates could not get a batli and that Warden Stordoek could not be seen by convicts, etc., are all as unqual-' ifiedly false as those about the food. It is true that we have not had regular weekly baths the past summer, but it was more the fault of the men than the officers, as so many preferred to bathe in their cells that the weekly baths were discontinued; but any man could get a bath at least once in two weeks if he asked for it. That War den Stordoek did not make frequent trips tli rough the shops and about the cellroom is not to be wondered at, when you take into consideration the fact that he lias lost both feet, is minus one lung, and has been in poor health generally ever since he came here, but he lias always been accessible at his office, except, perhaps, to some “cranks” who persistently bother him about matters of no moment. There is reason in all tilings, but no inmate of this prison who had any legitimate business with the warden was ever refused an audience, and we have frequently seen him sit patiently and listen to petty grievances when he should have been in bed. In regard to the statement that The Pri son Mirror is under the “immediate supervision of the warden, and that not a line goes into it that lie does not first read,” and that “that paper is simply run in the interest of Stordoek.” It is not necessary to deny the latter assertion to any person who has an atom of brains. It is true that some of the proofs are shown io Warden Stordoek—those that are taken first, and being mostly communications—but he sel dom sees the proof of a local or editorial item, he never sees an article until it is in type, and he has never changed, or sug gested a change, of a single word or sen tence in any proof of any article which has appeared in The Mirror since the present editor took charge of it. Frequently when proofs have been taken to him he has re turned them with out even a glance, with the remark “I guess they are all right, any way.” Warden Stordoek is personally re sponsible for The Mirror, financially, ias how else could men deprived of liberty do business with the outside world?) but lie lias left it entirely to the judgement of its editor to say what should and what should not appear in its columns. We are but mor tal, though we do wear stripes, and it is liossible that we may have erred; in fact, we think we have in one or two instances— not as between right and wrong—but through an error of judgement in allowing matter on subjects foreign to the policy and intent of our paper to appear in its col umns. Only this, and nothing more. We may add in this connection that no citizen, or official, of this prison, has any supervision, or m any manner scrutinizes, or knows what the contents of The Mirror are to be until it is printed; neither does any convict except those employed in its construction, and no official or other person will know what this week’s Mirror con tains until after it is issued. Geo. Lautenschlager has a personal grudge against the head officers of this in stitution other than that created by a trivial punishment for a gross infraction of prison rules. If he had any complaint to make he should have presented it to the proper authorities. The warden does not person ally superintend the preperation of the food, and it is sometimes necessary to deal out a little “eye water” to others than convicts, and Warden Stordoek always gives every man a fair trial. The hash for which he was punished for exhibiting to a fellow con vic (we have made no inquiries as to the truth of what he was punished for; we simply assume that in this one instance he lias told the truth) was manufactured under Steward Smithson, and not by Steward Benner. We are down on hash anyway, and the man who invented prison hash should be hung. Aside from the punishment referred to, Lautenschlager and his sister and her hus band have been treated with the utmost kindness by Warden Stordoek and his staff, being allowed almost weekly visits with each other, and in other ways allowed extra privileges in consideration of the long time they had been confined and the near ap proach of their release. Lautenschlager has simply shown himself an ungrateful cur in the course he has pursued; that is the opinion of 09 per cent, of the inmates of this institution. The Albert Lea Standard of Oct. 5, ac cuses the editor of The Mirror of trying to “win the favor of Wardon Stordoek by Indirect stabs at ex-Warden Iteed,” refer ing, of course, to the extracts from other papers about the recent investigation which we have published, and also advises us to “operate our taffy works on Gov. McGill.” The editor of this paper has no personal cause against ex-Warden Reed, neither is lie indebted to him for any favors, and though the articles referred to may not have been exactly suitable for the columns of The Mirror, we have no apology to offer for publishing them. Tiie Mirror is not run as a “taffy mill.” as the Standard will ascertain in time. Its editor accepted the position he now holds much. against his in clination. Though he is suffering unjustly under a life sentence, which fact has been acknowledged by the man who prosecuted him, by the judge who sentenced him, and by all fair-minded people who know anything about his case, and of the truth of which the public will some day have an opportunity to judge, he still dares to speak the truth under any and all cir cumstances, and to do that which he be lieves to be right, without expectation of reward if he should be so fortunate as to please those who hold his life in their hands, or fear of punishment if he should displease them. The Mirror belongs to the prison library; it is the convict’s paper, and it will do all in its power to lighten the darkness of our prison cells; it will advocate the right and oppose the wrong. This is its mission. When it is made the organ of any official, prison or state; or any other person or persons: when the right to speak the truth is denied it; when it is converted into a “taffy mill,” so to speak—then indeed has its death-knell been sounded. So far we have every reason to be proud of our success, both financially and in the man ner our efforts have been received by the public generally. Only those who believe in treating convicts like dogs instead of like human beings, are opposed to The Mirror, and we thank God that the for mer do not swing the “cat” over the in mates of our prison. After the names of his traducers have been forgotten for ages, the name of Warden Stordoek will shine in letters of gold on the tablet of immortal fame as the humantarian who first admitted the light of the printing press into dar kened prison cells. It is but dawn now; wait till midday. In another column we print a communi cation from “F. P. L.,” in which he makes some very pointed statements in regard to the treatment of discharged convicts by so called preservers of the peace and protect ors of persons and property. At first it seems almost incredible that such perse cutions could take place, but we find that the picture is not an imaginary one; that is, if such a man as Robert A. Pinkerton is any authority on the subject. We rind in the Detective, of May, 1887, published at Cedar Rapids, lowa, an article by the above named famous detective, under the head of “Ex-Convicts and Reform.” in Which he relates three instances of dis charged convicts being hounded by vindic tive “fly cops,” two of whom were saved by his personal knowledge of their innocence, and his untiring efforts in their behalf, ar d are now honest, prosperous and use ful citizens. The third, after being “ settled” three or four timer for crimes of which he was not guilty, finally gave up in despair, and the result we give in Mr. Pinkerton’s own words: ? I met this man one night after his release and asked him what he intended to do. He then told me that there was no use for anyone trying to re form —that he had made the effort two or three times and had heen hounded back to a life of crime, and that he might as well have the game as the name. A year or two afterwards he was arrested on a charge of which he was undoubtedly guilty, and was sentenced to fifteen years’ im prisonment. Now here we's the case of a bright, intelligent young man whom 1 firmly believe couid have been reformed had he been allowed to continue in his employment and given an ordin ary chance to make a living. In view of these facts, would it not be a step in the right direction to try and “re form” some of the men and methods em ployed in making criminals? Convicts are not the only persons in need of reformation. Who will be the first to adopt “F. P. L’s.” plan of seing to it that “John Smith does, not get into prison again” after he leaves Stillwater? Or, what would be better still, who will try to keep him out of Stillwater altogether? Mr. Walter Turner favors us with a pro duction this week which is intended as a “roaster” for some of his colored brothers who have contributed to The Mirror. On our first causal glance we thought we discovered a “point” in it, but on a more careful perusal we find that we are not able to dissect it, so give it to our readers, hop ing they may lie more successful. P. S. —We did not discover until after it was in type, that the last paragraph was intended for “poetry.” We are in receipt of a lengthy article on “The Model Remunerative Sheep that Should be Adopted in America.” by “I). E.” It is a gem of its kind, but as our little paper does not circulate to any extent among sheep raisers, we are reluctantly forced to decline it. No doubt if our agri cultural friend would send his article to the Farmers’ Tribune. Minneapolis, or some other agricultural paper, they would be glad to publish it. Try your hand at some thing else, “D. E.” Jake Sharp is rather aged to make his debut as a songster: nevertheless it is gener ally believed that he will have .to sing twice (Sing-Sing) at least, and his boodler friends will be Joliet. —Litchfield (Minn.) News- Ledger. We have received a copy of A. DeLacy Wood’s new paper, The Two Harbors Iron Port. It is neatly printed, newsy, and if kept up to the high standard of the first numbers will deserve to succeed. A streak of “reform” seems to have struck all of our correspondents this week. “M. F.” speaks from personal experience, and wants the reform schools reformed. Reform the penurious employers, police and police courts, churches, and, above all, the lawyers, and ninety-five per cent of the criminals will reform themselves. Lew Murray, who is indicted for assault on Mary Sylvester, in Minneapolis, has se cured a charge of venue to Wright county, and his trial is set for Dec, 5. Hal Reid was indicted for rape on Maud Comson, and the case will be tried some time between Oct. IT and Nov. 3. Hamilton, the colored man who shot Moore a couple of months ago in Minneap olis, W’as acquitted Saturday. The only class who are not in need of re form are the poor negroes. So says Walter Turner. The “pome,” “To My Cell,” by “Sailor Jack” O'Neil, will be published next week. The grand jury has exonerated Sheriff Richter for the shooting of Tim Graham. “Junius” goes into eccstacies over the contents of the new catalogue. A Commendable Enterprise. Henderson, N. C., Oet. 3, ISB7. Editor Prison Mirror, Stillwater. Minn. Your very creditable little sheet conics regular ly to my address, and is always read with peculiar interest. It is a novel enterprise, truly, but a most commendable one on the part o£ all con cerned, and I cannot refrain from assuring you of my very cordial sympathy and good will, from giving the new venture a hearty Hod speed, on its noble, mission of love and Christian charity. Wishinsr your enterprise unbounded success, and that great good may be accomplished through its agency. Fraternally. MAMIE R. HATCHETT, Editor The Southern Woman. Girl’s Composition on Boys. Boys is men that have got as big as their papas, and girls is young women that will be young la dies by and by. Man was made before woman. When Hod looked at Adam, he said to himself: “Well, I guess I can do better than that if I try again,’’ and then he made Eve. Hod liked Eve so much better than he did Adam that there has been more women in the world ever sinco. Boys are a trouble. They are very wearing on every thing but soap. If 1 could have my way half the boys in the world would be little girls and the other half would be dolls. My papa is so very nice that I guess he must have been a girl when he was a little boy.—Exposition News. ' * F'