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T \ i .. . . ■ . ■ '»- ' ■■ @l)c |lriodit ittirror. Vol. 1. N 0.44. Stillwater, Minn., Wednesday, June 6,1888. Five Gents. [Selected.] THE LOOM OF LIFE. All day, all night 1 can hear the jar; Of the loom of life, and near and far It thrills with its deep and muffled sound, As the tireless wheels go always round. Busily, ceaselessly goes the loom. In the li»ht of day and the midnight’s gloom. The wheels are turning eurly and late, And the woof is wound in the warp of fate. Click, clack! there’s a thread of love wove in; Click, clack! another of wrong and sin; What a checkered thing will this life be When we see it unrolled in eternity! Time, with a face like mystery, And hand as busy as hands can be, Sits at the loom with its arm outspread. To catch in its meshes each glancing thread. When shall this wonderful web be done? In a thousand years, perhaps, or one; Or to-morrow. Who knoweth? Not you or I, But the wheels turn on and the shuttles fly. Are we spinners of wool for this life web —say? Do we furnish the weaver a thread each day? It were better then. O my friend, to apin A beautifuf thread than a thread of sin. Ah, sad-eyed weaver, the years are slow, But each one is nearer the end 1 know; And some day the last thread will be woven In. God grant it be love instead of sin. Spread the bight. Editor Mirror At a time when we are engaged in the difficult task of endeavoring to ameliorate our present condition by giving our views as gained by practical experience, and sug gesting modifications in the present system of prison management, which such experi ence would seem to justify, it is encour aging to note that we are not alone in our efforts to further a good cause which must ultimately triumph. The inclosed clipping is taken from the N. Y. Sunday World of May 13, and as it is a remarkable piece of prison literature, containing facts which should be given as wide publicity as possi ble. I hope you may see lit to reproduce it i|h the columns of The Mikkok. Let the feotid work go on, always bearing in mind the truth of our former motto that “God helps those who help themselves.” A convict in Sing Sing prison is writing a book. The title is “Crime: Its Origin and Proper Treat- Abundant opportunity baa been afforded thoiiimthor to study the subject, for be 4s now serving a five years’ term for and was previously an inmate el the Elmira reformatory. His prison nams is George M. Livingston. This is merely an alias to shield from disgrace an old and prominent New York family of which he is thslijapk sheep. The father of the young man, fe Hbt yet thtrty years old, ie perhaps the foremost portrait painter in the United States, and one of 4 Che best-known artists. Livingston was sent to the best schools , but he was a way ward son. Among bis boyhoo d friends was Allan Arthur, son of the late ex-president, and he would have occupied an enviable position in society bad it not been for his own perversity. X few days ago Livingston sent a batch of'bis manuscript td the World, ttccotnpdhied by the fol lowing note tfe the editor? • ' "Peak Sir—Feeling assured that the object of tka Wortd in soicifing answers to the queries re \:fentiy"suT)mftte(ftO the convicts Of Slhg pris on was for the purpose of enlisting public sympa thy in behalf Gferrlng humanity, protnptu me to present the convict’s appeal, or what constitutes a portion of the first chapter of the book X am now writing on “Crime: Its Origin and Proper Treat menL” 1 •(• f A ‘JA lbChapter is entitled; i'AAfeappeal!a&w behalf of the convict, and for his proper reception by so ,eiety when released.’’ ■ it opens ler'lft&oSa?: “It is Sunday evening, and as I sit in my prison ceil, reviewing the past and contemplating the ,KV ’■ ,n at A l.mr! ■>'. ni«M ,K , future, feelings of the bitterest sorrow fill my soul, and I am in every way an object for one’s deepest commiseration. But how many are there in this wide and so-called Christian world who will extend pity, let alone mercy and forg.veness, to the poor convict? He is the despised ot humanity, and is not deemed worthy of the slighest notice or regard. Whatever charitable institution or char itably disposed persons may do for him upon his release is done in a way that tends to degrade in stead of elevating him, in his own as well as in the eyes of society. “Now, my friends, to what do you attribute this? Are you believers in total depravity or are you so busy in the accumulation of worldly goods and fame that were you to stop by the wayside and help the poor sufferers, in the spirit of Christianity to which you make such bold pretentions, that you would either injure your own interests or lose the esteem and kind regard of your fellow-men? If so, God help you and have mercy upon you, for I cannot. 1 will endeavor to show you, in a clear and comprhensive way, the fallacy of your actions and the immensity of the injury worked by the following out of such a course. Would you be lieve roe that by following out such a course you are directly responsible for a very large percent age of the crimes committed? ’Oh,’ 1 hear you say, ‘preposterous! In what way am 1 responsible for the depredations daily committed? Am I to be annoyed and fettered and compelled to contri bute towards the elevation of a class who has proven themselves to be the destroyers of all morality and all that is pure and holy?’ My friends, yon must not judge the criminal by tbe newspaper stories you may read. Tbe delight of many of our metropolitan journals is to paint in the blackest and vilest manner, and make the most simple crime the most tremendous depredation. It is in this line of news, especially, that they give full scope to their sensational desires, and make so much of our daily literature unfit to be read by the young members of our families, or cause our daughters or our sisters to blush with shame. The newspaper reader is educated in the belief that facts are unimportant which fail to effect him with some degree of excitement. His daily in ference is that he has before him a miniature his tory of the world, while in reality be is being re galed upon a collection of heterogeneous inci dents, selected as most likely to tickle the jaded palates of a great public. These are the sources from which you abtain your opinions, but to form a correct opinion you must know the convict per sonally and associate with him. Then, and then only, will you be able to form a correct decision. You wili find he is a man created by God, the same as yourself; that be has precisely the same pains, pleasures, hopes and aspirations, and is as acute to any sense of injustice as yourself; that beneath the striped garb, or no matter how rough external appearance, he has yet a heart as capable and susceptible of love as any man's. The fact that he may or may not have had the opportunity of building the foundation to a grand and noble character, and did not avail himself of tbe oppor tunity, does not justify your everlasting condem nation or total indifference to his welfare. He is looked upon more in the light of a brute than of a human being. He is tossed and buffeted un mercifully upon the tempestuous sea of life, and the fact that he has already undergone punish ment tor his offense seems to count as nothing. —The Interior. Tammany'. “Just as long as you pursue such a course to wards your criminals, just as long as you close up all avenues of obtaining an honorable living, just as long as you fail to give him the proper recogni tion. encouragement and support, just so long will all the efforts that are being extended towards his reformation be useless. But just reverse your oouree and there will be happiness and rejoicing on both sides, for you will always find that a hu man heart leaps kindly back to kindness. Where all has been misery, sorrow and degradation will become joy and happiness. Oh, what a glorious thing it is to be happy! Of course it is pleasant, as everybody knows: but it is also a good thing, for it warms our heartß, expands our minds, makes us more gentle, more tender, more f Alt of charity to men, more full of love to God. It is to human natitre what the blessed sunshine is to the earth. “Why is it that so little of such influences should be found in the world? In this as in many things else it is easier to ask than to ahswer. In this as in many things else faith speaks to us of the gra cious intentions of a'kind father, and sight shows “ IT IS NEVER TOO tiATE TO MEND.” us the perverse rebellion of disobedient children. Vfp are meant to be happy, as everything goes to prove, and we have to thank each other chiefly and primarily for the pangs and tears and bitter suffering which frustrate this intention.” Next follows an outline of Victor Hugo’s story of Jean Valjean in "Les Miserables,” of which the convict philosopher says: “I can find no bet ter illustration of man’s depravity and his possi bilit es than by borrowing from this author.” It is evident that Livingston is thoroughly familiar with Hugo's great work. "Is it any great wonder,” queries the convict, in commenting on Jean Val jean’s nineteen years in the galleys for stealing a loaf of bread when driven desperate by hunger, “that he succumbed to the first temptation that assailed him?” He thinks not. and after telling the story of Jean's struggles he adds: “Why have I thus condensed in a few words what comprises nearly a whole book? Simply, my friends, to show you what an act of kindness will do for the most depraved of humanity and the possibilities of which he is capable. He we can well say was wholly depraved, but by a single act of kindness turned from his evil ways and became an honored and useful member of society. Such are the possibilities of all fallen men. It is true we cannot all become a Jean Valjean, but we can be come, with the assistance of kind and Christian people, better men and honored and respected citizens, or we can become totally hardened and depraved by constant persecutions for the past and in being looked upon and shunned as one would some pestilence or contagious disease. Let us again pause and draw another illustration: John B.own is arrested for 4 crime of some kind, in dicted, tried and convicted and sentenced to a term of five years. When arriving in prison he has no trade, where he either learns one or a part of one, but most often only a part, which proves a great injury to him when released, whereas if he knew some trade complete he could more easily procure employment. He serves his time and is at last released. Let us suppose, in this instance, he has learned a trade in all its branches. He is determined to lead life and immediately seeks employment. The first questions with which he is naturally assailed are. What can you do? Where have you worked? Who is your reference?, Now. my friends, what is he to say? If he tells thJl truth he will be summarily dismissed. Now, what is he to say? Well, let us suppose in the first in stance he tells the truth, expressing his earnest desire to lead an honeßt upright life, if only given an opportunity to do so; but it is altogether prob able he will reach the door quicker than he came in aided by a little boot force. He tries again. With the experience of his past failure, he con cocts a story, but believing himself justified in his endeavors to obtain a means of procuring an honorable living. This time we will say—mind you, it is only a supposition—he succeeds. After having worked for a time, attentive and indus trious, it some way leaks out that he has been in prison. He is at once summoned to the office and informed that his services are no longer required, although he has been leading a sober and indus trious life and serving his employer faithfully. Is it any wonder that, under such circumstances, he will again resort to a dishonorable mode of life? And you, gentle puolic, hold your hands in holy horror and clamor for justitc, when you have re fused him the justice that was his due—the means of obtaining an honorable living. “What we need is a grand reformation of soci ety. 1 know the world of to-day is afflicted with a surfeit of romantic and impetuous reformers. Some of these build their castles in the air and weave their lotos dreams in honesty and sincerity, while others are rascels and hypocrites, living by their wits, and levying tribute on the credulity of their fellow men. St'lj they appear to have cer tain characteristics in common, among which is a curious species of egotism, which prompts them to consider themselves wiser and better than other people, and especially commissioned to readjust the affairs of earth as the vicegerents of heaven. They are essentially pessimists, who see no good in the existing order of tilings, and who affirm matters cannot be mended except by popularizing their own nostrums. Their fanaticism is so nar row and intolerant that they are unsafe counsel lors. even when their preachings prd essentially true. We need a christianizing reformation, when men will be taught, and not taught, but to practice the love of neighbor as one’s self, and to extend charity and mercy to all. “For cnarity, like mercy, is not strained It droppetb as the gentle rain from heaven Upon tne place beneath; it is twice, blessed— It blesses him that gives and him that takes. ’Tis mightest in the mightiest; it becomes The throned monarch better than his crown It is the attribute of God himself.” “Then we will see John Brown meeting with the proper recognition. He will come from prison with the intention of leading an honest and up right life. He will seek employment and find it. He will be treated as a man and not as a brute. His past will be thoroughly known, but not be made a theme for idle conversation. He will be treated with kindness and consideration. He will be shown, in an indirect way, what can be accom plished by following an honest course through life* He will not be burdened down with religious tracts and made to feel himself a worthless and a depraved wretch, but treated as an equal and led on and on in this way until he commences to rea lize his own individuality, until he commences to feel a mysterious something creeping into hi* every-day life, that he knows not what it is until at last Ue is saved, and all through kindness. Such is what kindness has accomplished in this case, and cruelty and injustice in the former. I sincerely trust I have opened the eyes of a large number of people to the grave responsibflity rest ing on their shoulders in their treatment of erring humanity, for you hold in your hands to a great extent either his salvation or ruination.” For The Mirror, Stray Thoughts. Profauity is more or less a profession of your loyalty to satan. He who is, and remains true to himself r possesses the first quality of greatness. No man can improve in any company for which he has not respect enough to be under some degree of restraint. Letters from friends are sunbeams on life’s horizon that cheer our way and lighten la bor. As the error of a moment makes the sor row of a life, so one good deed done is the joy of a life. jj* A failure establishes only this, that our determination to succeed is not strong enough. The less of a man one is, the more he makes of an injury or an insult. The more of a man he is, the less he is disturbed by what others say or do against him without cause. We can never replace a friend. When a man is fortunate enough to have several, he finds that they are all different; no one has a double in friendship. If our bad, unspoken thoughts are regis tered against us, and are written in the aw ful account, will not the good thoughts un spoken, the love and tenderness, the pity and charity which pass through the heart and make it throb with silent good, find, a remembrance, too? An Obstinate Juryman. A case was being tried in the west Qf England and at its termination the judge charged the jury and they retired for con sultation. Hour after hour passed and no verdict was brought in. The judge’s dinner hour arrived and he became hungry and im patient Upon inquiry he learned that one obstinate juryman was holding out against eleven. That he could not stand, and lie ordered the twelve men to be brought be fore him. He told them that in his charge to them lie had so plainly stated the case and the law that the verdict ought to be unanimous, and the man who permitted his individual opinion to weigh against the judgment of eleven men of wisdom was unfit and disqualified ever again to act in the capacity of juryman. At the end of this ex cited harrangue a little squeaky voice came from one of the jury. He said: “Will your lordship allow me to say * word?” Permission being given, he added: “May it please your lordship, I am the only man on vour side.” —Singapore Re view. a Which teeth come last? The false ones.