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Vol. 2L. No. 18. [Selected.] ALL IN VAIN. As a desolate bird through the darkness its lost way is winging. As a hand that is helplessly raised when death's sickle is swinging, So is life! Aye. the life that lends passion and breath to my singing. as a nightingale's song, that is full of a sweetness unspoken. As a spirit unbarring the gates of the skies for a token. So is love! Aye, the lore that shall fall when his pinion is broken. Ab the tramp of the legions when trumpets their challenge is sending. As the shout of the storm-god when lightnings the black sky are rending. So is power! Aye, the power that shall lie in the dust at its ending. So short is our life; yet with space for all things to forsake us— A bitter delusion, a dream from which naught can awake us. Till death's dogging footsteps at morn or at eve shall o'ertake us. PHtENIX CLOSES THE CASE. Hit* Argument Against Professions, Not Opposed to Christianity. When I was in Philadelphia in 1876, like nearly every one in the city at that time, 1 visited the Centennial Exposition, and there, among other curiosities, 1 saw an instru ment known as the “Boomerang.” To those who do not know what a boomerang is, 1 give the following as it was told to me: The boomerang is an instrument of war fare used by savage tribes in Australia, and has the property of returning to the hand that throws it, and in the hands of a novice is liable to come back and strike the thrower. What brought the thought of the boom erang to me at this time, was the reading of the last article by Nemo. He started out in iiis hist article in all humility and •gentleness of spirit; he ends in all wrath and bitterness. The novice who threw the boomerang was the cause of his own doom. Header of The Mikrok, go back to the issue of November, 7th, and you will see an article entitled “Religion and the Convict.” He-read it; then take up the issue of De cember, 6th, and you will find an article headed “Nemo Objects.” Read it, and tell me if you think the same hand could write the two. Yet it is true, and the reader of Character will have added another link to his chain of experience after having read both. If by any means I could have per suaded Nemo to write an article in the same spirit as that of his last, directly after writ ing his first, my principal object would have been accomplished without the stroke of a pen on my part. My endeavor to, meta phorically speaking,-sit down upon the great idols, Policy and Sham, would have been needless. If Nemo or any one else thinks that I was simply endeavoring to find something to say, they will learn that as long as the columns of The Mikrok are open to me. 1 will always find something to say in that cause. Now to the question of misrepresenta tions: It will be remembered that I charged him with quite a number of misrepresenta tions, and pointed out in every case how 1 was misrepresented. Instead of meeting these charges, he simply makes a sweeping denial and brings a counter charge against me. Denial is the poorest kind of argu ment. and this plain truth I recommend to the study of Nemo. Let us see how I misrep resented the matter: “I have not had to re sort to misquotation to shstain my posltionas Phoenix has evidently been compelled to do. Witness: He quotes me as saying ‘that if Stillwater, Minn., Thursday, Dec. 13,1888. we accept the Bible at all, we must accept it all.’ As a matter of fact 1 said nothing of the kind.” Nemo seems to be partial to literal quotation; let us accomodate him. He quotes from scripture and then says “This is all; and if we accept the Bible at all we must accept this simple doctrine,” You will find the above quotation in Nemo’s article of November, 21st, first page of The Mirror, 3rd column, commencing with the 66th line; don’t make any mistake, Nemo likes to have things pointed out properly. No my friend, I would not think of mis representing you, you are too capable of do ing that for yourself. For instance: “ ‘God w.ll render to every man according to his deeds,’ but he places the remedy in our own hands.” Now, you can’t possibly mean that! Just think it over. I will ouote from his last article: “1 was not aware of posing as a icacher, and if T did aspire to that position 1 should certainly choose pupils whose moral natures are not so dwarfed, and w hose intellectuality of so low an order as to prefer'an hour on the grade’ to an hour in our chapel, etc.” As a matter of fact I did not write a word about “an hour on the grade.” 1 know The Mir ror will bear him out, it was a mis take of the editor. The editor can correct the mistake if he wishes. 1 will let it stand as it is as the correction has nothing to do with the point I wish to make here, which is, that Nemo, (in the vernacular of the convict) “gives the whole suap away? as regards the Christianity of his first cle, in the sentence that 1 have quoted. The true Christian should not shrink from teaching the lowest moral nature. Perhaps Nemo would like to preach in one of our fashionable churches, and only to the most refined. Ah! how like other “Christians” that I have known. He was not aware that he was posing as a teacher. When by writing ten lines in a newspaper a man be comes such; a false teacher though he may be, but a teacher none the less. “ ’Tis said that a man's characer is never more clearly exhibited than in his judg ment of others. I sincerely trust that the rule meets with an exception in this in stance.” Now 1 sincerely trust that it does not meet with an exception. Ido not wish to appear anything but what 1 am (differ ence between a friend of mine and myself), and only desire that people capable of judg ing, be the judges. I have passed no judg ment. without having first made myself ac quainted with the evidence. “My first article was simply a plea for additional opportunities for religious instruc tion and its probable influence for good. Phoenix, in his endeavor to find something to say, has departed from the subject.” I will not question what his first article was for, now, but will simply say that if we have departed from the subject, the blame must rest on him, as I have followed him con tinuously from the first. It would have been the last thing that I would have thought of to bring the subject that we have been discussing, into The Mirror, but as long as we have it on the boards, 1 will attempt to right a very prevalent false impression. I find the following assertion in Nemo’s first article: “There is no condition you can place a man in, where he is so suscep tiole to Christian influence as when he is clothed with the degrading stripes.” There appeared in The Mirror, a week previous to the first article of Nemo, an article from the Pioneer Press by Secretary Hart, con taining the same thought; and again, 1 find in the Prison Sunday, a paper issued by the National Prison Association on the first of October, the following, accredited to Chas. D. Collins: “The writer’s experience among prisoners has surprised him with a steadily growing conviction that there is no class of sinners in whom a genuine hunger ing after righteousness is more easily awakened.” This is wrong! altogether wrong. Messrs. Hart and Collins have been imposed upon, and by just such writers as Nemo, for in no place under the sun are men less liable to become Christians than in prison. If you doubt this statement you can prove the truth or falsity of it by don ning the stripes and mixing with thp con victs. You will not learn it bv standing at the ceil door and talking to a man who is —H. Rider Haggard. “ IT IS NEVER TOO LATE TO MEND.” looking for a pardon or some privilege in the prison. I may be thought something of an iconoclast, but I recogn ze the fact that there are people in the world to-day who are trying to benefit the prisoner; and to mis represent his character on one side or the other is simply to hurt his cause. No good can come out of evil and it is evil to pre tend that the convict is better than he is. I write in the same spirit as the following, from the Chicago Inter Ocean: “Philan thropy is abused by notions that sweet meats. flowers, and sentiment are appro priate agents for the reform of criminals.” We are just as fond of sweetmeats and flowers in prison as out of it, probably more so. for “absence makes the heart grow fonder;” but as a. power for reformative purpose--, we fully coincide with the writer in the Inter Ocean. There is a lady in New York, who for the past three or four years lias devoted the most of her time to the prisoners in the “Tombs.” She investigates a case, and if satisfied, gives bonds for the appearance of the prisoner and procures a lawyer for him. She has often done this against the advice of lawyers and judges; and her insight into the character of her proteges is so true, that not once in her experience has she been im posed upon. Is she a good witness? Most undoubtedly! Then hear her. In a con versation with a representative of the New York World, the reporter asked her what she thought of the benefits bestowed on the men by the ladies who brought flowers and talked religion to them. She said it was all very nice and good and she had all the re spect in the world for religious teachings, but her experience was, that there was no use in asking a man to get down on his knees and pray when, perhaps, his mind was on his dinner or his chances of getting out of prison. In fact, the whole matter amounted to just this: that in theory it was very good but in practice she found it did not work. I say, no where on earth is a man less likely to become a Christian (in the accepted sense of the expression) than in prison; for nowhere on earth does his mind dwell on the pleasures of this world to such an ex tent; nowhere are those pleasures more magnified; nowhere do those pleasures seem so great as in prison where he is de prived of them. It is the knowledge of these facts, that makes me suspect the con vict who wants his Christianity on record. Singular!?) as it is, of all the writers who have pushed their Christianity into the col umns of The Mirror. I know of but one, who did not turn out badly. The most re ligious of them all, according to his own story, made it a point to attack me in The Mirror for being too self-reliant. This man was pardoned out, through his ability to make people believe he should have a residence among the stars, but he is back again before the time of his first sentence has expired. Perhaps if he had been a little more self-reliant, I would not have had the opportunity to write this. This man has only been back two or three months but he i 3 on the Christian list again. For goodness sake, though, don’t suspect his sincerity, or he will cry out, “Judge not that ye be not judged.” These fellows are always ready with scriptural quotations, but the evil one him self can quote scripture find make it appear applicable. According to Matt. iv. 6, the devil took Christ upon a pinnacle of the temple and said to him: “If thou be the son of God cast thyself down; for it is writ ten, ‘He shall give his angels charge concern ing thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.’ ” It is generally from this class that we hear of the “hounding detective” and the “un sympathetic public.” 1 think Dr. Schouller has them in his mind’s eye when he says: “While his surroundings are all favorable, he often moves along with seeming pleas ure in his new estate; but let a cross cur tent Tipple over his path, and he is swamped. Yet, with innocence beaming ffcotn his eyes; he looks up and blames the r)pg>)e. It was no fault pf his. The most spotless innocence on earth may be found in the mouth of some infamous scoundrel. Five Gents. That is one of the symptoms of his disease.” I have ever been on the side of the con vict as The Mirror of the past will tes tify and I shall always be ready to defend him against maligners, but never at the expense of what I deem to be the correct view of his character. There are people in this country who are honestly trying to do the best they can for both society and the convict, and instead of lauding him to the skies, and writing sentimental “gush,” we would do far more good by showing him in his true colors, thereby benefitting the philanthropist, for he will not then be shocked at finding, at the best, only weak men where he would otherwise be looking for “the just.” It may be said that I am “always ready to tear down, but never make an attempt to build up.” There are men who condemn old buildings, bridges, and the like, and then their work is finished. Another class of men do the re building. If by any means L am able to point out the weakness of so thought tenable position on the reform ques tion. 1 shall consider that 1 have done a good work, and will leave to the carpenters, i. e., philanthropists, the re building. Saved from Disgrace. Reading The Mirror of the 28th of last month, the first article that came to my notice was the Thanksgiving story. It forcibly reminded me of a story which came within my own knowledge. It was in the town of C , that, a few years ago, a man entered one of the stores to make a purchase. His interest was aroused by the bright, gentle face of the young salesman who waited upon him. In payment for the goods purchased, he ten dered a ten dollar bill; but when he counted the change, he found it one dollar short. The dispute that ensued brought the pro prietor to the scene. The cashier who had made the change insisted that he had handed the salesman the exact amount, and the latter in turn insisted that he had turned it over to the customer as he received it from the cashier. But the proprietor, who was a brutal fellow, did not credit this statement made by the young man, and directly had him taken to a private room and searched. The result was. that a dol lar bill together with other small change was found in his pocket. Hereupon he was arrested, tried, found guilty, and sentenced to three month’s confinement in the county jail. At the trial, the young man had confessed to the theft of the dollar, but at the same time insisted that it was his first misstep. On the proprietor this protestation was lost, but the man who had made the pur chase, gave credence to his tale and visited him dining his stay in the jail. On the day when the young man’s time expired, this worthy gentleman met him on the thresh old. and gave him a position as clerk in his office. The young man proved himself worthy of the trust; by degrees, more and more confidence was placed in him. until at last the keys of the safe and the books were given into his charge. He lived with his protector for several years, and now he is the happy possessor of a wife and children. Had he left the jail, uncared for, he would have drifted into deeper sin, and most probably have gone to utter ruin. A mere sentimental expression of sympathy from this man to Frank, (the young man’s name) however, would have been of little or po use. But he did not stop there; he followed it up by daily manifestations of trust and care. Many readers of The Mirror, who are interested in saving the fallen, have doubt less suffered many and bitter disappoint ments. They have learned that to rescue a human soul from want, idleness and crihrie, is no easy task. This little stogy will hint, to them, that no mere words of sympathy and confidence will do, but acts, with patience and perseverance, are neces sary to achieve success. W aterwhkel. Phcenix.