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Is It not Better To Be Good!
While perusing the columns of a Southern paper a few nights ago. I was most disagreeably sur prised at reading the following: “Died at the city hospital to-day, Henry , cause of death, alco hol.” Now. what lam about to relate is true in every respect, and if any of you can find a moral in this sad tale apply it to your own future lives and govern yourselves accordingly. Henry was born and brought up in Portland. Me., his parents were wealthy and respectable peop'e. He was entered at college, where he received an excellent education, and had the same teen directed into useful channels, he might have succeeded iu filling a highly honorable position, instead of the drunkard’s grave that he did. 1 can look back to the past, and recall the day 1 made his acquaintance. 1 found him a man of good address, a true friend and possessed of a heart overflowing with kindness. Our acquain tance began at Oakland, Cal. He was a hard drink er. and often acted like one who had committed a crime and was striving to forget it. Later. when our friendship became closer, I learned a great deal of his past life. He had been employed as pay master for a railroad company and had decamped with twenty-eight hundred dollars. Previous to holding this pos tion, he had associated with crim inals, from whom he received his first lessons in dishonesty. He continued in a criminal career although his peo le had made every effort to trace and, if possible, reform him. But already, he had placed himself, forever, beyond their reac-h. by committing an additional crime which c imp< lied him to fly, and to sever forever, all t.e* letween himself and his home. To my knowledge, he never asked assistence from his parents: never, by word or letter, would be inform them as to where he was concealed. 1 can look back now, and imagine whnt he must have suffered in consequence of this last crime (murder) which he had committed. It was imme diately after this grave crime of his, that I formed his acquaintance, as aforesaid, in Oakland. After I left him 1 learned that he hud become desperate from drink, and God only knows how many souls, since then, he has sent to their graves. Now here, dear reader, was a young man who had every advantage to become prosperous in an honorable pursuit, and yet, see how sadly be fa led. Many and many a time did he tell me that whisky would send him to his eternal home very soon. Alas, how true were his convictions! When I parted from him over five years ago, I received a small gold watch as a token of friend ship. but I regret to say that I no longer possess it. Now if my few words have set forth clearly enough, what whisky can and will do for a man, I ask the readers to profit by them and leave the “stuff” alone. UNKNOWN. Wliat Prisons May Be. The Elmira Advertiser of Thursday last con tends that the prisons are not reformatory be cause courts and court officers generally so dis credit the claim of reformation of men having served in prison and afterwards charged with crime. One discharged convict charged withfresh crimes is hardly the fair criterion by which to judge all the others, and prisoners also: but doubtless the Advertiser has struck down well towards a root of the rapid increase of crime in this country, namely, our faulty prison system. The laws and prisons rely too much upon the ex pectation that men w.ll be deterrei from crime by the pains of imprisonment. The fact is, the worst prisons turn out the worst class of dis charged prisoners. This is so generally recog nized now that efforts have been and are being made constantly to improve the condition of pris oners in prison, until the modern state prison of civilized states supplies better sanitary condi tions, better food and clothing, better opportuni ties for instruction and diversion than the classes from which the criminals mostly come can possi bly enjoy outside of prisons. Thus the deterrent effect supposed to inhere in the sentence of imprisonment, but which was nev er actually there, is now assuredly absent, so that the prisons of to-day, in the absence of reforma tive results, afford no valuable protection from crimes except for the short periods of time pris oners are in prison. Society is actually maintain ing prison establishments that are themselves a source of criminal contamination and conduct. The remedy is not such changes as contribute to greater punishment, (certainly not for the sake of punishment as an end), but is rather in such changes of law and prison system as shall reclaim the reclaimable and forever restrain the remain der of prisoners. What changes are necessary? Why—(a) the indeterminate or maximum sen tence in place of time sentences; (b) separation of the positively bad prisoners from the really good ones: (c) prison industries for the corrigible so they can and do earn their personal living by honest industry while in prison; (d) education for the enlargement ot miqd to the extent of natural capacity; (e) religious influence and ethical train ing to be imparted by classes, of course, but main ly by the noble lives and character of exemplars: and over all and through all an exact disciplinary responsibility and training akin to the providen tial discipline of life every successful man must unit r ,o. Why not now introduce such a prison system? There are no monetary interests in the way; par tixan politics can well afford to let the prisons alone; personal judgments and rivalries ought not to hinder. What hinders?—Summary. Liquor bills are often paid at the lunatic asylum.—Texas Siftings. Pilate Not a Bad Man. "Breathren.’’ said a Tennessee preacher, “don’t put Pontius Pilate down aB a bad roan. He wasn’t a bad man; he was only a weak one. He, himself would much rather have released our Savior, but be couldn’t resist the pressure of the Scribes and Pharisees and the howling of the rab ble. He didn’t have any backbone. He wasn’t bad. but he was a poor creature—in fact there was noth ng to him. Breathren. if General An drew Jackson had been in Pontius Pilate’s place that trial would have had a different ending.”—Ex. Bill Nye’s Optimism. Between you and me, Smathers, I am inclined to believe that the world is getting better and more desirable as a place of residence. It is handy to business, tolerably healthy, and taxes are low. With long-range guns, which will ena ble us to fight a foreign foe without going away from home, and with John L. Sullivan engaged in journalism, it looks to me as though the time might be near when the lamb will lie down in the northwest corner of the lion, when swords shall be turned into plowshares and spears into prun ing-hooks; when nation shall not rise up against nation, and men shall learn war no more.—Ex. For Charities and Correction. The state charitable and correctional institu tions will ask the next legislature for the follow ing appropriations: Fergus Fulls hospital 1383,000; St. Peter hospital $385,170: Kochester hospital $423,402; Soldier's home $200,000; school for the deaf $148,000; school for the blind $39,000; school for feeble minded $108,000; school for dependent children $122,705; penitentiary $194,500; reforma tory at St. Cloud $190,000; Reform school $80,000; total $2,394,737. Of these sums $355,005 are wanted for immed ate use. $1,080,052 are wanted for next year, and $953,480 for the year following.—St. Paul Daily News. Why He Read It. Young author (to friend): “L say; Fred, did you read my last article in Every Other Monthly?” Friend (enthusiastically): “Yes, indeed, old boy; I read it through twice!” Young author: “Oh, then you have found it very interesting?” Friend: “Well —eh —no. not so much that; but Fred Smith bet me $lO that I couldn’t read it through twice and I bet him $lO that I could.”—Life. At the club: “Jack’s just finished a letter to his fiancee.” “Yes, and it was so soft you could hear it swish around in the envelope.”—Town Topics. FRRD, BGOTT, 223 South main St., Stillwater, Minn., —DEALER IN— Drugs,Medicines & Chemicals THE BEST PUCE FOR FINE CAKES —AND— CANDIES. THE CHICAGO Bakery and Restaurant MEALS AT ALL HOURS. 241 S. Main St., Stillwater, Minn., next to Opera House. CHAS. HEITMAN, Prop. W.P. 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Largest Stock of MEN’S, BOYS’ AND CHILDREN’S CLOTHING In the City. HATS, CAPS AND Furnishing Goods OF ALL DESCRIPTION, AND IN ENDLESS VARIETY Our Prices are the Lowest in the City All Goods Warranted.as repre sented. Give us a call, and examine our immense Stock. Respectfully, Louis Albenberg Ac Co. E. L. HOSPES ft CO., DEALER IN Heavy and Shelf HARDWARE, Mechanics’ Tools, Paints, Oils, Glass, Varnishes, Etc. STILLWATER, MINN. DON’T BUY OR ORDER EDIT OR OYERCOAT! For the next Season, before Examining Our New Stock, the Largest and Best In the City, at LOWEST PRICES. A FULL LINE OF Hats, Caps —AND— Gentlemens’ Furnishing GOODS. Give us a call and see for yourselves. CONHAIM, Green Front One-Price Clothing House, 237 S. Main St., Stillwater, Minn. City Book Store. Blank Books —AND— OFFICE SUPPLIES Of All Kinds. Fine Correspondence STATIONERY A SPECIALTY. The Largest and Best Stock of WALL PAPER in the City. All Goods at t Very Lowest Prices. E.. A. PHINNBY, Stillwater, Minn. 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