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W. F. VllitM K, Kditor. Entered at tlie l’nst Ofliee :it Stillwater Minn, .as Second Clu«s Mail Matter. Subscript ion Rates. THE PRISON MIRROR is issued every Wednes day morning at the following rates: One Year #I.OO Six Months, 60 Three Monttis 35 Single Copies 5 Subscriptions must be paid invariably in ad vance. Advertising rates given upon application. Address, EDITOR PRISON MIRROR. Stillwater, Minn. High license will reduce the number of saloons in Philadelphia from 0.940 to 1,310. “Taffying” the editor won't insure the publication of an article unless it (the arti cle not the taffy) lias merit. ,T. W. MeClung, one of St. Paul’s oldest and l>est known citizens, died suddenly Sun day morning: of cramps of the heart. He was r.l years old. (leu. Phil H. Sheridan, who has been lying at the point ot death the past week, was on Tuesday morning considerable better, and the chances were in favor of ultimate recovery Ed A. Paradis, of the Word, has decid ed to discontinue the publication of that paper until such a time as he can tind a partner who can take the business man agement off his hands. <Sov. Oglesby, of Illinois, has pardoned (’apt. R. S. McClaugbrey. one of the con victed Cook county boodler commissioners. He was the only one of the “gang” who accepted his sentence without resistance, going to prison and paying his fine. A communication from one of the in mates on the need of light for reformation, having for its ground work the present scarcity of candles, is respectfully declined; tirst, because the authorities are doing all in their powei to hasten the putting in of the electric lights, and it would therefore be an injustice to criticise them at this time; and second, we haven’t been able to fully de cipher the hieroglyphics which go to make up said communication. I tell you that women, as a rule, are more faithful than men—ten times more faithful. 1 never saw a man pursue his wife into the very ditch of dust and degradation, and take her in his arms. 1 never saw a man stand at the shore where she was wrecked waiting for the waves to bring her corpse back to his arms, but I have seen woman with her white arms lift man from the mire of degradation and hold him to her bosom as if he were an angel.—Robt. Ingersoll. So you have read in the papers of a drink that Lincoln took, have you? Well, my boy, I’ve read of it too, and I’m not go ing to say the papers are false or mistaken, but there’s another drink Lincoln took that mighty few of the nowaday newspapers have ever tried, and it’s the one I would paternally prescribe for you and press to your youthful lips. He drank deep of liberty and patriotism from the chalice of a nation’s cup of joy, even though it bore the dregs of bitterness. No, you can’t re member it, and perhaps ’tis well you can’t, but when you hear again of a drink that Lincoln took call the attention of your in former to the fountain in whose waters were washed away the stains of shackles from four million slaves. Explain to him, my boy, that such a drink never makes a man’s hat too small, and that of all beverages known to the profession this one is the best for the blood.—Duluth Paragrapher. A UlasN of Wine Too much. A glass of wine, for instance, changed the his tory of France for nearly twenty years. Louis Philippe, King of|the French, had a son, the Duke of Orleans, and heir to the throne, who always drank only a certain number of glasses of wine, because even one more would make him tipsy. On a memorable morning he forgot to count the number of glasses and took one more than usual. When entering the carriage he stumbled, frighten ing the horses and causing them to run. In at tempting to leap from the carriage his head struck the pavement and he soon died. That glass of wine overthrew the Orleans rule, confiscated their property of 20,000,0001. and sent the whole family into exile.—Ex. How Wide Is the Gulf * Editor Mirror Reader, if you are outside the walls, I am inside. I have been tried for a violation of a law; you may or may not have been tried on a similar charge. I was declared guilty; you may be known to have committed greater wrongs against the welfare of society than the one which 1 am said to have committed, but because you have not been required to don the stripes, because you have been more fortunate than 1, does not widen the gulf which divides us. Reader, let us for the purpose of the argument, assume that J am guilty, that 1 have incurred the penalty for an act against the well-being of society, does this widen the gulf which separates you ancl 1? Even though you have not born the name of con vict. or been required to stand trial for your misdeeds, are you not guilty of some act in your life which the law says is a crime? What? If you answer no, then you are the exception. lam not justifying my present position, nor justifying crime in any sense; but 1 am endeavoring to correct an hallu cination in the minds of a great many reputable citizens. The force of the term “convict" does not reach the mind of the general public except to distinguish those who have, from those who have not been in prison. To know its force in all its phases is reserved for he who has reached the class thus designated, but has no desire to make his identification therewith permanent. The reader, of whatever moral standing, may be enabled to catch a glimpse of the actual gulf of vvnich 1 am speaking if he will imagine the best friend lie has in the world is to become a member of our class. Let not the meaningless word, (in this con nection meaningless,) impossible, deter you from following the line of thought 1 would have you follow. It may be painful to imagine that your wife, child, mother, sister, brother, more distant relative# or bosom friend could become a convict, but stop! think! Hundreds and thousands of as good people as you, have been compelled to so think and know. Who are you that you should refuse to descend to the level I invite you? Compare yourself with men who may be found in the prisons of your country. Are you possessed of more re spectable lineage, better moral training, or more intellect? The chances are ninety nine to one that in all these attributes you would tind the equal of yourself, and best friend, in prison. This one, when you found him, would perhaps, be bearing the same relation to some one that you bear to your friend or your friend bears to you. If not in nature, at least in degree. When you have come to look at this friend in a prison garb, though through the clouded glass of imagination, you are nearer in the proper position to judge our class, the com panions of all that is repulsive, and degrad ed. But you say, “Stop, my friend could never become so. No prison garb could change those inherent qualities which make us such friends.” Then I say to 3 011 stop! No prison garb can make a gentleman any thing else but a gentleman, or change the nature or actual worth of a pure woman. Then, where exists this gulf? In imagi nation, and no where else when you sur round the penitentiary with it. There is a difference in the moral intel lectual and social worth of individuals, but draw the line with care if you would sepa rate societies or classes. Learn to judge jour fellow man as you would be judged— for just what you are worth. Your identi fication with a certain society, sect or organ ization of whatever kind or nature, does not change your true worth. When you cast aside all else but j-our actual value weighed in the balance of duty and love, j'ou may be found wanting. If you fail to make a proper estimate of j’ourself. perhaps others have been more accurate. You may have a value among those who know you that is in accord with your deeds. Faith in Woman. Editor Mirror When Miss Holbrook spoke to us a few weeks ago she said “that woman, no doubt, could not do much towards the uplifting of the fallen;” and again, “perhaps some of us did not entertain a very high respect for womankind.” If Miss Holbrook had had much experience among the class of men of this place, she would not have spoken as she did. 1 have investigated the matter since the Sunday of her pleasant talk with us, and I find my own ideas corresponding with those whom I have heard from; they unanimously agree that a friendly talk of the kind we heard that day, was worth more than the most eloquent sermon of a Beecher or a Talmage: and this is because we believe more in the sincerity of woman than man. Ido not mean to say that there are not good men in the world, but that there are more good women than men. Men of the world do not take much stock in men without some proof of their genuineness; we are wary and suspicious when we see too much goodness in a man. One of the men 1 spoke to on the subject answered like this: “When a man comes preaching to me I can generally find some argument for him, but when a woman says anything to me 1 can only listen —I cannot argue.” There is something about a good woman that, in spite of ourselves, forces to the surface the best part of our nature; base and unworthy thoughts cannot livetin us before her, but melt away almost as the snow before the sun. Even though the effect be a passing one. such is our belief in a good woman that she calls forth in 11s something of the same beautiful spirit as her own. There are men whose surroundings in life have prevented them fiom associating with or seeing much of the innate goodness of wo man; or perhaps they have only mixed with that class of giddy. thoughtless ones who think only of the pleasures of the moment, and are hardly worthy of the name of wo man: but even those men respect women more than they do men; or if they have no faith in woman or respect for them, they certainly have none for men, for the men they mix with must of necessity be as low in feelings as themselves. Some claim that men are superior to women; others the re verse: hut my belief is this: A perfect man (if such a thing were possible in this w orld) is perfect: a perfect woman is perfect, and neither is superior to the other any more than the rose to the liliy. Each is in self uerfect, and there is nothing more to add; lienee there can be no superiority. But even where this equality - exist.' between man and woman, the woman inis, by the powei of that indefinable something tiiat she alone possesses, the greater influence over the destiny of others. What woman can not do towards the uplifting of the fallen there is little use for man to try. For The Mirror. Worth Remembering. Nothing overcomes passion more than silence. Duty looks more repelling at a distance, than when fairly faced. No matter if storms and darkness are all around us, if we have peace within. We attract people by the qualities we dis play; we retain them by the qualities we possess. God hears no more than the heart speaks; and if the heart be dumb. God will cer tainly he deaf. Better give to two unworthy persons than to deny one really in need. Honest and courageous people have very little to say about either honesty or courage. The sun lias no need to boast of its bright ness. We are hanging up pictures every day on the walls of our heart that we shall have to look at when we sit in the shadows. However gracious God may he with the heart, He never forgives the stomach. The more we do for another's happiness, the more we promote our own. There’s One who in the hollow of His hand Doth hold the sea; Though but of sparrow-worth. Yet He will care for thee. Apothegms From Vietor Hugo’s “Les Life, misfortune, isolation, abandonment, poverty, are the fields of battle which have their heroes: obscure heroes who are some times grander than the heroes who win re nown. A smile is the same as sunshine; it ban ishes winter from the human countenance. It is an old law r of envy ana hatred — geniuses attract insult; great men are always more or less barked at. Babylon violated lessens Alexander Rome enchained lessens Ca?sar, Jerusalem murdered lessens Titus, tyranny follows the tyrant. It is a misfortune for a man to leave behind him the night which bears his form. Observer. Certain persons are malicious solely through a necessity for talking. Labor is the law; he who rejects it will tind ennui his torment. What precipices are idleness and pleasure! Do 3-011 know that to do nothing is a melan choly resolution; to live in idleness on the property of society; to be useless, that is to say. pernicious! This leads straight to the depth of wretchedness. Woe to the man who desires to be parasite! He will become vermin. The soul aids the body, and at certain moments raises it. It is the only bird which bears up its own cage. If one is not on one's guard, lowered fortunes may lead to baseness of soul. Obey the law, and walk steadily in the path of purity, and drink not liquors that intoxicate and disturb the reason.—Penta logue of Buddha. Strong drink is not only the devil’s way into man, but man’s way to the devil. —Dr. Adam Clark. Phcenix itliserables.” Strawberries lice Cream DAILY, AT N- PATWELL’S. CARPETS! 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