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WEDNESDAY, MAY 30. 1888.
A. K. DOC ... Stillwater.
H. G. STORDOOK Warden.
J. A. WESTBY Deputy Warden.
JOHN COVER Ass't Deputy Warden.
H. E. BENNER Steward.
W. H. PRATT Physician.
y. Jl. HALI. Hospital Steward.
W. H. H. TAYLOR Storekeeper.
J. H. ALBERT Protestant Chaplain.
M. E. MURPHY Catholic Chaplain.
Y. T. COYER Usher.
M. B. JOHNSON Hall Guard.
M. C. COLLIGAN Day Cell Room Guard.
SAMUEL BLOOMER Day Cell Room Guard.
A. C. PARSONS Night Cell Room Guard.
W. W. HALL Night Cell Room Guard.
A. W. ROWE Night Cell Room Guard.
JOHN DEG AN Night Cell Room Guard.
HANS ERICKSON .. - Gate Guard.
JOHN NUNAN Guard Shop A.
BEN. CAYOU Guard Shop F.
E. G. CROSS Guard Shop H.
FRANK CARD Guard Shop I.
O. B. JOHN-ON Guard Shop J.
F. M. BORDWELL Guard Shop M.
W. A. MORGAN Wall Guard.
P. J. MURPHY Wall Guard.
JOHN S. MAY Wall Guard.
L. B. GOLDSMITH Night Guard.
IVORY E. MeKUSICK Night Guard.
NELS D, CARLSON Night Guard.
O. B. JOHNSON Yard Guard.
HEBER CHASE Relief Guard.
—Mr. Will Cro>s», of Amboy, Minn., was visiting
his uncle. E. G. Cross, last week.
—Thomas Alexander and family left last even
ing tor a Tisit to their eastern friends.
—u. B. Johnson will act as guard in the paint
shop during Mr. Alexander’s absence.
—The regular monthly meeting of the board of
prison inspectors will be held Friday, June 2.
Heber Chase is temporarily acting as guard
in shop C, in place of Stephen Reed, resigned
—C. D. Baker and wife, Fergus Falls, visited the
family of Warden Stordock the first of the week.
—No charge is made for THE MIRROR to new
arrivals, reports to the contrary notwithstand
—lnspector A. K. Doe attended chapel services
Sunday, and it is evident that he has the best in
terests of the inmates at heart.
—The shops shut down to-day, in order to give
the members of the G. A. It. an opportunity to
participate in the memorial exercises.
—Usher V. T. Cover has been nursing a sore eye
for the past few days, and now his facial beauty is
enhanced (?) by a pair of green glasses.
—The new Sunday suits were being distributed
the first of the week, and hereafter no inmate will
have cause to stay away from chapel for want of
a “Sunday suit.”
—Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Fenwick, ot Chicago,
arrived in the city Tuesday, and will spend the
sammer with their daughter and son-in-law, Mr.
and Mrs. Frank Card.
—There were four new arrivals the past week,
two from Ramsey county for one and two years
respectively; one from Wabasha for two years,
and oae from McLeod for one year.
—Maj. T. M. Newson of St. Paul is to make the
memorial address at Stillwater to-day before
the G. A. R. exercises in the opera house. The
program will begin at 2 o’clock and will include
recitatioas and singing.
—DeWitt R. Young, who left Stillwater a few
weeks ago to accept the clerkship of the Paxton
House, Omaha, Neb., has resigned, and will (as
sume similar duties at the Windsor hotel, Minne
apolis, about the first of June.
—The holes to admit the electric wire to each
cell are nearly all drilled, and as a portion ot the
wire has arrived, the work of stringing it will be
poshed with all possible despatch. It is expected
the work will be completed inside of three weeks.
—During the month of April there were received
from the various state courts 20 prisoners, and 13
were discharged. Only 0 were received the pres
ent month and 20 were discharged. Total number
May 30, 423. Number in hospital, 6.
—A visit to the various shops Tuesday morning
disclosed the tact that all were crowded to their
full capablty, except the paint shop, where work
is a little slack at i resent, though they expect a
rush in a few days. In the engine shop Foreman
Sutton informed us they were turning out three
machines a day, which is a larger number than
was ever made before.
—As a part of the 4th of July program, we would
suggest that some of the National and other airs
be sung by a picked choir of the inmates. There
are a number of “warblers” whose extreme mod
esty prevents them from joining the chapel
choir, who might be prevailed upon to favor us on
a National holiday. Some practice, however,
would be necessary, and we respectfully submit
this suggestion to the “powers that be.”
—We aim to give satisfaction in prices and in
quality of goods, in all departments of our busi
ness and can, with pride, refer all strangers to
our customers since 185*!. We desire, through the
columns of THE MIRROR to call the public’s atten
tion to our stock, at all times new. modern, and
by far the largest in the St. Croix Valley, of drugs,
family medicines, lumbermen's drug supplies,
paints, varnishes, brushes, and beautiful parlor
a»d hanging lamps. Crandall & Barclay.
—Thursday forenoon, a team belonging to F. H.
Lemon & Co . which was attached to a stone drag
on which some inmates were loading, stone, be
came frightened because of the drag striking
their heels, made a dash down the main street in
the direction of the main entrance gate, through
which they went as though it had been a wooden
wicket, taking the drag with them. They ran
south on North Main street to the St. Paul house
torner. where they were stopped, but again break
ing away they ran south till they divided on a
telegraph pole, both being thrown to the ground.
On regaining their feet, one ran into a stable and
the other was captured near the Union depot; the
former escaped uninjured, but the latter received
severe wounds in tlie head as he dashed through
the heavy iron gate at the prison. At the time of
their start, Mr. F. H. Lemon was holding one of
them by the bits, but seeing that if he held on he
was liable to be thrown under the drag, thereby
making a job for the coroner, he wisely loosed his
hold on the horse's bridle, remarking afterwards
to the reporter, that “the horses could be replaced,
but there were no more Frank Lemons lying
around loose.” As there is an almost incessant
stream of pedestrians passing the gate on the out
side, and as they could not have sten the llying
team until it would have been to late to escape,
it seems almost a miracle that no one was injured.
The gate was somewhat damaged, but was soon
—We have before remarked that the path of the
editor was not strewn with roses, but we nave be
come callous to the threatening mumblings of the
spring poet; the man whose last article on the
"egg-problem” was waste-basketed; the man
whose digest on “How to get in and how to Keep
out of the hole” was indefinitely laid under the
table—by whose cells we were wont to flee with
eyes distended and each individual hair on our
old-gold head erect, in order to escape a broad
side from their pivotal tongues; trifles which used
to take away our appetite have now become a
tonic—in fact, it has become necessary to our
health aDd well being to have several battles on
hand, and our sweet repose would be disturbed
without a daily withering glance from the man
who says ”lt is a cold day when I don’t know
more than that ediror,” or an occasional “blowing
up” from the I*. M. But the straw which has
broken the “camel's back" came from an unex
pected source. Last Sunday, after making our
morning devotions before the plate mirror which
adorns the marble sideboard of ourpalatial abode,
we donned our Sunday coat and essayed to transfer
our Christmas-gift silk “bandanna” to the recep
tacle provided tor it under the left arm-pit of said
garment. But it wouldn’t “rec-ep.” An exami
nation disclosed the fact that one of the laundry
maids had stitched up the pocket. \Ve then tried
to button our Prince Albert, when to our dismay
we found the button-holes sewed up: A few dex
terous strokes of a pen-knife helped us out of this
dilemma, and we wended our way to chapel with
a mind as calm and serene as the bosom of a tiny
lakelet on a cloudless summer day; but are at a
loss to account for this "cruel joke" from the
laundry maids. They have never flooded us with
“Odes to the Moonlight.” nor with recipes how to
make creamery butter out of hog fat and gristle,
consequently there are no ghosts of rejected
MSS. to haunt our fitful slumbers. The desire to
make the editor's life a “pleasant” one seems to
be infectious, and the laundry-maids are certainly
entitled to have a ’’finger in the pie.” We shall
continue to send our clothes to the laundry, just
the same.
The subject of Rev. Albert's discourse Sabbath
morning was the Lord’s Prayer. All the petitions
except that on which the sermon two weeks ago
was preached, were treated in their order.
In the course of his address he said: “The Lord's
Prayer embraces every thing within the range of
human needs. With one exception all of its pe
titions may be found in the Old Testament; but
this one may be its life. Let us suppose it all to
be found there—Christ came not to give truths,
but to give life.
“ ’Our Father’ is not found in the Old Testament.
The Jews did not reach the thought that God was
their Father. We are the offspring of father and
mother; God is representative of the entire pa
renthood. The Jew's idea of a king was very dif
ferent from our idea. To them the king was an
absolute monarch and they the subject slaves.
See the advance in the ideas of Christ, teaching
that we are the children of a common Father, and
He is ever watching over us. Had Christ sent no
other idea out. but let this be accepted, and it
would revolutionize the world.”
He devoted a short time to the explanation of
the several petitions contained in the prayer,show
ing the significance of a name as representative
of a certain meaning, throughout the bible. This
fact explains many supposed contradictions and
inconsistencies. The lines between duty and
ambition, honor and love, hatred and forgiveness,
were plainly drawn; and strength, which man ever
feela the need of in bearing the ourdens of life,
was declared to be in the Father of all.
Without hearts there is no home.
Sunday Services*.
Answers to Correspondents!.
Hereatter all inquiries will be answered under
this head. All communications must be addressed
to “The Duke,” care MIRROR, and must be ac
companied by the writer's name, address, and
size of shoes worn; not necessarily for publica
tion, but to enable us to distinguish Chicago
people from others.
lam oppressed with an enormous amount of
leanness. Can you tell me how to decrease it?
Certainly. Jumbo. Address a note to 403, care
MIRROR, and you will receive the required infor
Who was the author of the following lines:
“Sic Semper Magginnis,
Tomatoes Gowanus.” POPULI.
These lines are from one of the greatest frau
warriors know to history, Alexander the Goat, and
were addressed to his soldiers before the battle of
South Mountain, and mean “If you love me as I
love you, we’ll carry the banner all night.”
Is It the polite caper for a lady to take a seat
from a stiange eentleman in a street car?
Hardly, Maggie. In the first place it is not
proper for a lady to tustle with anyone for a seat
in a street car, or anywhere else, and in the sec
ond place, it ie dangerous to tackle a strange per
son; but if you think you can get away with the
seat. why. all right.
Was April 10, 1*! < .*2, a lucky day? HOROSCOPE.
Decidedly not! Every one that was b< rn on that
day has died, and besides no one who was living
on that day ever knew anything about the type
writer, .1. 1,. Sullivan, the Tariff, Mrs. James
Brown Potter, the Telephone, or in fact any of the
inventions we are proud of to-day.
Is t ruth stranger than fiction? V. YOUNG.
Strange as it may seem this is nevertheless true.
You must be VERY YOUNG or you would know
that truth is one of the greatest strangers of mod-
ern times.
I have read in our American Society Journal
that "Mrs. de la Murphy gave a luncheon to her
married daughter, who has just returned from
Europe.’’ Does this imply p'liilanthrophv?
No; this is quite common in the United States.
There are tome mothers who do not devote all
their time to the heathen in foreign lands.
What is the difference between a convict and a
parrot? CITIZEN.
This is a conundrum, and cannot be answered
in this column. Address L. C., care MIRROR, tor
the desired information.
He Pleads* for Liberty.
A tramp printer was arrested at Salina,
Kan., recently, for an error of judgment.
After wearing oft the effects of imported
bourbon, he writes as follows to the mayor
of the city:
In the Bastile, Selina, Kan. To His Honor the
Mayor—Sir: A :ew days since I visited your
beautiful city with a view of making it my future
home. Many of your leading citizens evidently
desired lhat 1 remain, as the fact that 1 have been
tlieir involuntary guest against my most solemn
I rotest, furnishes most ample testimony. I am
not a deep-dyed criminal. lam simply a victim
of mathematical inaccuracy ;a clerical error, so to
speak.) in that 1 over-estimated the capacity of my
“tank." The liquor I found here was of a better
quality than that 1 found at Junction City, hence
the disastrous effect u| on my system. lam more
than pleased with my boarding-house but I do not
desire to cause you further expense. The money
the city is paying out for my keep and board might
be used for many other purposes; you might use a
portion ot it in subsidizing a morning newspaper
to boom your town; you could give it to the poor;
raise the salary of city officers; anything, I do not
need it. 1 can rustle. Just now lam out of to
bacco—the saddest of calamities. Owing to a de
pleted exchequer. I am liable to remain so—the
thought is maddening.' Could I but roam at will
over our boundless prairies, this state of things
need not exist. I can not raise sl2 in here. I
can’t raise twelve cents. For sl2 you keep me
your involuntary guest for 36fi days. It will cost
the city the snug sum of s2l!*. *>o. It is not a good
investment. Don't look upon me as criticising
the managers of the city finances. I only speak
from the point of view of a private temporary
resident. Then again my "morals” are becoming
sadly corrupted by association with gentlemen
whose sole occupations seem to be playing “cheq
uers with their noses," “solitaire" and talk of he
roes of yellow-backed literature such as “Red
Headed Rube; or, the Blood Drinking Terror of
Opolaque;” “Tommy the Tough; or the Boss Boot
Black of Boston; Short Card Si; or, the Story of a
Four Card Flush.” Every time 1 hear or see these
thing! it brings the blush of maidenly modesty to
my alabaster (not adamantine) cheek. To one
whose whole life has been spent in the pure and
elevating air of a newspaper office, and as a court
reporter, surronnded by brilliant minds, bright
and witty writers, learned and sedate advocates
of the law, who, in every turn in life, has run
aganst great chunks of wisdom and learning, this
confinement is undoubtedly hard. Still I do not
complain. All great men have suffered from ad
vocating their propositions before the world was
ready for them. Ed. Vail is in jail for trying to
prove that under certain circumstances a half gal
lon man can hold a gallon and a half of whisky.
By nature lam a nomad. I have seen much of
the world. In a few days more a desire will seize
me to extend my field of observation. You are
not the man who would allow an obstacle to re
main in the way of my following out my desires.
Only have me released and my dainty footsteps
will bound from the velvety grass of your city
with all the haste ar.d grace of a John rabbit.
But seriously, your Honor. I want out. Free
dom once gained, 1 can make my way to Denver,
where I can secure employment. 1 have no mon
ey. and I have no means of raising any. There is
no possibility of my ever being able to pay my
fine. 1 nave some friends, but, like me. are
poor. .Respectfully yours, E. E. VAIL.
Convict* Arc Not Lazy.
Editor Mirror
The prison labor question is becoming a
subject of serious debate in this country.
It seems that ttie present system of employ
ing the convict is unsatisfactory to the
laboring classes and manufacturers who
have to compete with prison productions.
These demand that tin* convict shall be em
ployed in such a way as not to compete
with free labor. How we are to be em
ployed or the price that should be paid for
our labor is not for us to debate, for we are
virtually the slaves of the state, and may
be disposed of as it wills. But as we have
a “voice,” impotent though it may be, we
rise to protest against the unjust accusation
of laziness charged against us in the United
States congress, a few days ago, by one of
its members in an argument opposing a bill
proposing a change in the present system of
employing convict labor. The same argu
ment is used by others, and they assert that
the proposed change would bring about a
state of idleness in the prisons. However
that may be we know not. but when they
say this is a condition wished for by the
convict they are mistaken or wilfully mis
leading for file purpose of arousing preju
dice against the proposed change, by mak
in it appear as pandering to the depraved
and slothful desires of the universally de
spised convict, and make the penitentiary
sought as a place of desirable residence by
persons of inert proclivities. The convict,
and every one familiar with prison life,
knows that enforced idleness would be the
most ruinous curse that could be put upon
him. So long as he is not taxed beyond
his powers of endurance the convict prefers
to do the most menial work rather than re
main idle. We have many faults, hut as a
class we are not lazy, as our keepers will
For the mere sake of giving force to their
arguments, men will charge us as a whole
with monstrous attributes one in a hun
dred does not possess. It makes no differ
ence how little criminal a person may have
been, once a convict he is graded with the
vilest of humanity, and becomes the help
less victim at whom the misanthrope may
tire the shafts of pent-up hatred without
danger of being called down. *
It All Came Back.
“Some clothes to-day?” lie asked, as a
young man halted before his place on Jeffer
son avenue and began stroking the right
hand leg of a pair of pants.
“Do you remember me?” was asked in
• ’Vhas dere sometings wrong, my frent?”
“Don’t you remember? I was here and
bought a coat of you last fall?”
“Last fall. Ylias dot coat all right?”
“You asked 86 for it and I gave you So.
It was a Prince Albert. You remember,
don’t you?”
“Vhas dere some moths in it? Did it fade
“I asked you if you remejnbered me?
While we were talking the fire engine went
“Did somepody say dot coat vhas not
wort tree dollars?”
“Do you remember or don’t you?”
“My frent, did some crock come off on
your liands in a wet day?”
“No. sir. The coat was all right and
worth the money, and now I want a pair
of ”
“Vhas it all right! Kememper you! Cer
tainly I do! Does tire engines vhas going
py, und I give you shange for ten dollars,
und you asked me where to buy a refolver,
and you almost buys a sachel of me. Ke
memper you? Vhell, I shall smhile if I
don’t! How you vhas? Come inside. I
vhas just wondering oafer you, and it
pleases me dot you vhas in goot health.
How odd dot I don’t shake hands mit you
a hull block avhay.”—Detroit Free Press.
A Convict’* Pride and Honor.
There was a most remarkable occurrence
at the penitentiary the other day which has
no parallel in the annals of that institution.
Some months ago a young white man from
a western county was convicted of horse
stealing and sentenced to the penitentiary
for five years. He applied to the supreme
court, and, pending its decision, gave bail.
The supreme court affirmed the judgement
and the man was resentenced. The sheriff
had made preparations to bring him to the
penjtentiary to-day, but the young fellow,
who is a man of good family and high
spirited, could not bear the idea of being
taken to prison in irons, so last night he
started for this city and arrived on an early
train this morning. He went at once to the
penitentiary and stated who he was. He
was taken in charge, and when the sheriff
arrived he found the prisoner, to his great
astonishment, dressed in his convict garb and
a full-fledged convict.—Raleigh Special.

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