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Entered at the !*<»-t Office at Stillwater Minn, as Second Class Mail -Matter. THE PRISON MIRROR is issued every Wednes day morning at the following rates: One Year £I.OO Si* Months, <SO Three Montns <‘fc> Single Copies 5 Subscriptions must he paid invariably in ad vance. Advertising rates given upon application. Address, EDITOR PRISON MIRROR, Stillwater, Minn. THE PRISON MIRROR is edited and published by the inmates of the prison. All matter pub lished in its columns is contributed by the inmates, except that properly credited to others. All sup port must come from the subscribers and adver tisers outside, and a copy is furnished to each in mate free of charge. All surplus money over the cost of publication is devoted to the library fund. All exchanges are given out to the inmates as soon as examined by the editor. Any one except the inmates may subscribe for THE MIRROR and it will be sent to any address on receipt of sub scription price: *I.OO per year, UOc for six months. With this issue The Mirror starts on the second year of its existence, and with the first nmnher of the new year we deem it proper to say a word for our little paper. That the enterprise has not been a failure financially is evident. It has contributed -Sl;>0 to the library fund, lias paid all ex penses thus far, and now has a small sur plus in the treasury. It lias furnished weekly to the inmates *l5O exchanges besides magazines, statistical reports and books. !t has thus been the means of supplying a great amount of valuable reading matter which would not otherwise have been furnished. These matters we mention to show advantages which all may comprehend; but the greatest benefits are only known to the inmates themselves, and it is of these we would speak. It is but a few years ago when the •‘col lege paper” had as bitter opposition as could ever be waged against a similar de parture from fixed ideas, but to-day there is scarcely a high school of merit but has its paper, well regulated, and properly edited and published. Its advantages are so many and so great that it is accepted as a proper adjunct to any advanced school without question. We only mention this to recall the fact that no enterprise, being a sudden or great departure from fixed rules, can start without opposition. We have had opposition, but it lias been so meager that it is scarcely worth mentioning. The press has almost universally sustained us and from every part of this country as well as from across the Atlantic we have received from persons of high literary standing, the most encouraging assurances. We are thankful for those expressions of favor, for The Mirror has been to the inmates of this prison, what no prison has ever had a proper medium through which to reach the public mind. We make the assertion without fear of contradiction, that no reader of Tin Mirror, who has read thoughtfully, holds liie same opinion now that lie or she held when they began to read It. And why? Because they have been enabled to catch a glimpse, be it ever so slight, of tin* effects of imprisonment upon the mental faculties. This is something that the law which imprisons totally disre gards. The principle in law is, a certan amount of punishment for a certain degree of crime; no thought of leading the offender away from crime, but plunging him deeper Into the whirlpool of crime and degradation. It is thus we have done a permanent good. The benefits to the inmates as contributors, and readers, is beyond calculation. From the educated down to ttiose who have gained their slight education here, the ad vantages of exchanging ideas, learning the most logical and humane views of penolog ists, discussing the causes whicli lead to crime, and viewing the methods of those who labor to recall our class from crime to useful pursuits—all lias had an influence for good. Then why not continue? There is only one reason known. We must de pend upon outside support, as no money will be received from inmates hereafter. In fact none has been received from this source for some months. If our bid subscribers I \ [ 4 W. F. ffIIKSCK, Editor. Subscription Kates. TO THE Pl'BLifi. YOLt TIE 11. continue to take our paper we are assured of at least another year's existence. Many have already renewed their subscrip tions and we hope none will withdraw from our list. If there was no other benefit derived from the publication of a paper in prison, the fact that it familiarizes the public with what a prison is. would be of .sufficient weight to justify its publication. We are sustained by the leading men of our own state. We have published at different times letters from some of them, assuring us of their approval, and encouraging us to con tinue the enterprise. Thankful for the generous support we have received during the past year, we hope for a continuance of the same, and we promise, if permitted to continue our pub lication. to avoid the errors of the past and advance toward a more perfect publication. Renew your subscriptions. The first volume of The Mirror con tains fifty-three number. The “Unterrified” meet at St. Paul to day to decide who can best run the race. From the view afforded from our tree, the Dauntless Doctor holds four kings. If he can locate an ace he will be in town. We have received a copy of Vol. 1. No. 1. of the Assension Church Life, edited by Rev. A. D. Stowe, pastor of Ascension Episcopal Church of this city, published in the interests of his parish. It also contains a large amount of interesting matter per taining to the Diocese of Minnesota at large. The final act in the Maxwell-Preller trag edy took place in the jail yard at St. Louis at 9 o’clock Friday, when Maxwell, alias Hugh M. Brooks, paid the extreme penalty perscribed by law. He was executed in company of Henry Landgraff, who murdered his sweetheart on the night of March 5, 1885. Gov. McGill had a narrow escajie from death by lightning last Thursday. He had just returned from a ride and was stabling his horses, when a bolt descended into the barn, killing one of the horses and extin guishing the light in a lantern held by his thirteen year old daughter. Though con siderably shocked the governor was in his chair at the usual hour Saturday morning. A large number of sub £:•:scriptions to The Mirror expired with the last issue. As we have no outside agent, those who wish their paper discontinued will confer a favor by notifying us, by mail or otherwise. While it would be gratifying to us to have all our old patrons continue on our list, we do not wish to force The Mirror upon anyone. Failing to receive notice to dis continue we shall take it for granted that a continuance is desired. There is no neutral stand, on a great and moral question possible for a man to take. He is necessarily on the one side or the other, and the world rates him on the side of liis sympathies, not on his professed sympathies. The world to-day asks for deeds, not for words. What a man does, not what he says weighs in public estima tion. Deeds are solid metal, words are empty wind. Good acts are crystal gems, good sayings are impalpable gas.—The Rescue. Rev. J. N. Liscoinb, pastor of the First M. E. church of Stillwater, who addressed us Sunday before last, says in a private let ler to the editor: “I have just read The Mirror for July 25 and Aug. 1, and have been much interested in them. Several years ago 1 began to advocate publicly the necessity of a board of pardons, as proposed in your paper, and did the same within a niontii in this place; also more recently, to advocate the parole or suspension of sei> fence, with guards and conditions. 1 have never looked upon an audience in which I felt so much interest as the one whose faces I looked into several months ago, and again last Sunday in the prison. Surely every possible effort to encourage men to help themselves, and to aid them, should be made. May your Mirror largely contri bute to that result.” ' We clip the following from an exchange: On the 3d the discovery was made that the young man named Millman, who was hanged at Charlottetown, Prince Edward’s Island, last spring, for the murder of his sweetheart, was innocent of the crime. And still the advocates of capital punish ment insist upon its necessity. How many innocent men have been launched into eternity in the past one hundred years by this barbarous law? But a short time since we read a letter from an aged man who had made the subject a matter of study and investigation, anfl he stated that he had collected the records of forty cases of capi tal punishment and imprisonment for life, where it was afterwards conclusively prov en that the victims of these extreme pun ishments were innocent. The old theory based upon the burning pit is the origin of extreme punishments to terrorize tlie evil inclined. Has it done this? The history of the world does not prove it to be in any sense for the best interests of man kind. For The Mirror. Stray Thought*. To the wicked, ali things are vile. What mankind wants is mercy. Justice would kill most of them. Vices, like misfortunes, seldom, if ever, come singly. # Happiness is an art; and we have to learn how to be happy, just as we have to learn how to be good. Vanity and jealousy are.the two weakest passions of the human heart, and, strange to tell, they are the most common. You may travel a good ways on whiskey and travel fast, while you are going, but you can’t get back when you want*to. It is not necessary for all to be great in action. The greatest and sublimest power is often in simple patience. Every time you read a good book you grow; and growtli is life, and life is power, and power is joy. Too many Christians are satisfied to just get into heaven. They use their religion as a sort of fire escape. Faith won’t enable a man to lift a ton all at once, but it will, ten pounds at a time. Etlili'N of Prison Labor Legislation. The popular opinion of the disastrous effect of convict labor upon trade is the merest moonshine. Mr. Carroll D. Wright, commissioner of labor, in his report of a year ago, says that the products of labor thus brought into the market amount to only one-fifth of one percent, of the whole. In view of this fact, which is indispensible, it is evident that the recent attempts at legislation against prison labor, both state and national, have been no more in the interest of the laboring class than in that of the producer or the Government, but has been simply and solely in the interest of a few manufacturers. So far as the interests of labor are concerned, it is not of the slightest importance whether the con tract system, the state account plan or en tire idleness he the rule in prisons; the laboring man is affected by this question only when it comes to taxing him for the support of the convict class. It is not quite proven that the discontinuance of all machinery is not an extreme and unneces sary measure. It is an element in the reformatory influence of labor that it should be productive, and that the prisoner should know it to be such. The general opinion of the Prison Association was that the labor of the prison ought to be remunerative, as well as of such a nature as to fit the prisoner for self-support when discharged, and that the two were incompatible. It is but jus tice to the tax-payer that the prisoner should contribute to the cost of his own maintenance, subject only to the higher consideration of his reformation. The great point in reformation is to cultivate a sense of manhood, a feeling of self-respect. The consciousness that to some degree at least he is already self-supporting would contribute much to this end.—Frank Les lie’s 111. Newspaper. The Successful Candidate. “Who is Mr. Tariff so much is said about in the paper. Job?” queried Mrs. Shuttle, as she looked in vain for the “fashion notes” in the newspaper. “Oh, well, he is a very important man, I guess. Everybody seems to betalking about bim.’’ “He must be very popular!” “Yes, and he will be elected, too.”— Hartford Post. Sad indeed is the case of the boy or man who, with the key of knowledge put into bis bands, is not taught that he should not unload liis neighbor’s treasure house to make his goods his own.—United States Monthly. Strawberries lice Cream DAILY, AT N. PATWELL’S. CARPETS! 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