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THURSDAY, Jan. 7, 1892. PRISON OFFICIALS. MANAGERS. EDWIN DUNN, President Eyota. JOHN F. NORRIBH Hastings. JAB. 8. O’BRIBN Stillwater. F. W. TBMPLE Blue Earth City. M. O. HAUL Duluth. RESIDENT OFFICIALS. ALBERT GARVIN Warden. F. H. LEMON Deputy Warden. JOHN 8. GLENNON Ass’t Dept. Warden. FRANK BERRY Clerk. MISS SOPHIA ZARLEY Assistant Clerk. H. E. BENNER Steward. B. J. MERRILL Physician. FRANK H. HALL Hospital Steward. F. M. BORDWELL Storekeeper. MRS. H. A. WALKER Matron. ALFRKI GILMORE Supt. Twine Factory. J. C. COVELL Supt. Tub & Pail Factory. R. F. JONES Engineer. J. H. ALBERT Protestant Chaplain. CHARLES CORCORAN Catholic Chaplain. GUARDS’ REGISTER. T.W. ALEXANDER Day Cell house. W. W. HALL Captain of Night Watch. JAMES SIBBITTS Usher. BEN. CAYOU Tub & Pail Shop, Ist floor. ORLANDO M’FALL.. .Tub A Pail Shop, 2nd floor. LESTER BORDWELL..... Twine Factory. JOHN MEALEY Twine Factory 2nd flooor. ROYAL C. ORFF Soft Wood Shop. J. C. COVER Machine Shop, Ist floor. M. C. COLLIGAN Machine Shop, 2nd floor. JOHN 8. MAY Wagon Shop. ARCHIE PARKER Blacksmith Shop. AMOS ROWE Paint Shop. T. L. O’MARA Foundry. ANDREW MEEHAN Day Turnkey. PATRICK FLANNERY Gate. P. J. MURPHY Asst. Gate. CHARLES CARLGREN Yard. J. H. STILKEY Engine Room. NELS D. CARLSON Wall. GREENI.EAF DORR Wall. WM. M’CRACKEN Wall. JOHN WHITE Wall. H. McINTYRE Wall. JOHN WINDOLPH Night Turnkey. CHARLES. P. AUSTIN Night Cell-house. HENRY FROST Night Cell-house. O. 8. CRANDALL Day Solitary Keeper. L. B. GOLDSMITH Night Solitary Keeper. NIGHT FIREMEN. A. W. ANDERSON J. DEGAN J. GIANELA , LOCAL PICKINGS. —How is your arm? —No arrivals this week, —The population is on the down grade—only 335 this week. —Two men were permitted to begin the new year as free men. —Guard Austin went over to St. Paul -Tuesday to visit his family. —Gate Guard Murphy has been confined to his home by sickness for the past ten days. —Foreman Grant of the Gazette press room was in the prison with a party of friends Tuesday. —Manager Temple of the state prison board has been re-appointed, this time for a five years’ term. —Guard Orlando McFall returned to duty Tues day evening after several days’ absence on busi ness. —How are your New Year’s resolutions—need revamping yet? Remember, a stitch in time saves nine. —Enough new slippers were received Tuesday to give all those a pair who were left out in the Christmas deal. —THE MIRROR office is indebted to Foreman Bronson for a job composing rule. Mr. Bronson is a GENTLEMAN. —Statement of population Jan. 6: Working for Thresher Co., 178; working for state, 143; sick and infirm, 14. Total population 335. —The new driving belt was fitted to its place New Tears Day. It took a crew of workmen all day to adjust the huge leather belt, but they done their work well, and can now go about not fearing that an accident is near at hand. —Joe Fortier informs us that he has sold nearly one thousand dollars’ worth of fruit trees and plants since his return to Granite. We are pleased to know that he is doing well, and that he repre. sents a reliable firm. —Granite Falls Journal. —A number of you reeeived copies of the North western Congregationalist, Monday, addressed to yourselves. These papers are sent to you by the publishers free of cost. Toucan keep them, but it would be better to put them in circulation after you have read them. —Another one of the tub and pail factory boys got his fingers hurt Monday. He lost the tips of two fingers and the nail of another. The little buzz saw did it. This is the second misfortune of the kind this man has suffered. A few years ago he lost all the fingers of one hand in a plainer. —The tub and pail shop boys were reminded by their superintendent New Tears Eve that they had completed a satisfactory ye&r’s work. He told them they had worked faithfully, and that, though it was nothing more than a sign, he took pleasure In showing his appreciation by setting up the cigars. Our able contributor. Scrutator, will leave us this week. THE MIRROR will not be the only loser, for Scrutator is vice-president of the C. L. 8. C. and principal of the night schooL That he may he as helpful a member of free society as he has been of this community is as good a wish as we could make for any man. —Mrs. Alma A. Misener, of Minneapolis, who takes great interest in the welfare of a number of the inmates who were sent from her city, visited the prison Tuesday and was granted interviews with several of the boys. Mrs. Misener never comes without bringing THE MIRROR a new sub scriber—this time it is Mrs. Dr. La Pierre. —The Gazette corrects us for saying in the last issue that the passenger train wreck, which hap pened at the bridge in Schulenberg’s addition last week, was the first accident of the kind ever oc curring in Stillwater. The Gazette republishes an account of a disaster that occurred in the city Jan. 3, 1873. Our mistake was due to a statement in one of the St. Paul papers. —The wise man who is acting as our exchange editor for a time, has been bored very much by the reasonless opinions expressed concerning young Field’s mental condition. We find this scribbled on the margin of one of the exchanges: “E. M. Field’s refusal to eat the regulation prison diet is proof positive of his sanity. No sane man would eat prison hash if he could get any other food.” —The set of boilers that have stood idle in the building south of the cellhouse for the past two years, have been taken out. It was the hardest job of work that Foreman Carlgren and his crew have undertaken in a long time. To get them out of the building, which had been built around them, they had to cut a roadway about two feet deep and twelve feet long in the bed rock which forms the surface about the building. Tke boilers, which are nearly new, will be cleaned, painted and put away. —By order of the State Board of Health all the inmates of the prison were vaccinated last week. Steward Hall scratched away nearly all New Years Day and was so exhausted in the evening that he says he wasn’t worth a busted soap-bub ble. A few of the boys escaped for the timebeing, but they will have to come up to the “scratch” when a new supply of virus is received. A good many of the boys thought that the smallpox was around, but so far as we can hear there is not a case within a hundred miles of the prison. —Did you ever hear an editor sing? You are excusable if you never did, for the singing editor is a rare bird. But we have heard him.- Editor Gustavus Theden of the Minneapolis Weckoblad is a member of the Swedish Tabernacle Choir which entertained us in chapel, Sunday. Mr. Theden is the basso profundo of the choir, and he held up the honors of his journalistic profession in the realm of song in a manner that caused his less gifted brethren of the quill present to feel proud of him. That he may never catch cold or lose a subscriber is the wish of the boys here. —Beginning with the first day of this year, all the inmates will be graded in the matter of com pensation. The Warden announced in chapel on New Year’s Day that the law for granting compen sation would hereafter be applied as meant. The law says that for good conduct the convicts shall receive compensation “for every day, except Sun days and legal holidays, at an average rate of ten (10) cents per day per convict, the compensation to be graded, at the discretion of the warden, from eight (8) to twelve (12) cents per day. The difference in the rate of compensation to be based, not on the pecuniary value of the work performed, but on the willingness, industry and good conduct of the convicts.” It will be in the new rules that a man will receive 8 cents per day for the first three months, after which time he may be ad vanced until he reaches the maximum of 12 cents. Beginning: tlie New Year. New Tear’s Day was observed in a quiet manner. We went to the chapel in the forenoon, where an hour was spent in a most pleasant man ner. The choir began the entertainment by singing “Strike the Cymbals.” After a prayer by the Chaplain the Warden wished all a happy New Year. He then said that he would have the pleasure of introducing, as speaker of the day, a gentleman upon whom we could de pend for a good speech on any and all occasions— “ Rev. J. H. Albert, orator of the day.” [Pro longed applause.l The chaplain came forward blushing and smiling like a school boy about to make bis first effort, but soon collected his wits sufficiently to say that the occasion reminded him of a story he once heard of a "celebrated son of Abraham:’’ “An old fellow took his son into a Jew’s clothing store to get him a suit of clothes. Nothing could be found to fit the boy. A suit was finally put on him, and the father and the Jew be gan disputing about the fit. The old man con tended that the clothes were not right, and the Jew held that they were pi rfect. *1 tells you,’ said Abraham,‘dose clodings vas all right and been a berfect fit: It vas dot poy vat vas wrong—he don't fit dose clodes.’” “So,” said the chaplain, “if my speech doesn't fit the occasion, why, blame the occasion—the speech is all right.” The speech was all right and happily fitted the occasion. He spoke upon the outlook of the world. He said that the spirit of the people was eminently democratic. He compared this spirit of democracy to an overgrown boy full of high spirits and sudden impulses who as he goes rollicking along the street empties his pockets at one corner to help a poor beggar and at the next corner shies a stone at an unoffending cat. We had with us Ralph and Allie Reed, two of the brightest little boys in Stillwater. Each of the boys gave us a recitation, Ralph’s beiug a charac ter sketch of a bootblack and he did it so well that everybody was delighted. Allie gave us the “Mum Sociable” in a manner to elect hearty ap plause. Long and Kennedy acquitted themselves bo creditably in their duet that we all felt proud of them. A good dinner was served, and later, apples were passed around. Permission had been given to everyone to write an extra letter, which most everyone did in the afternoon. The day passed very agreeably and made a good beginning for the New Year. SONG SERVICE. The Swedish Tabernacle Choir. The program of last Sunday service was a sur prise to the audience. There have been song services in the chapel before, but nothing ever so grand as this one. The Swedish Tabernacle Choir, of Minneapolis, was present—that is, thirty six of the eighty members were present. Prof. A. L. Skoog and his band of singers are so well known that we need not attempt a description of their excellence. The prison choir sang the opening anthem. Chaplain J. H. Albert read the thirteenth chapter of First Corinthians, which was followed by prayer. The Chaplain spoke briefly upon the pleasure and power of song. He related the story of the hymn, "I Know Not What Awaits Me.” The song was composed by P. P. Bliss, the great gospel singer, and was the last he ever sung, for four days after singing it his life came to an end in the terrible Ashtabula railroad bridge disaster. The prophetic lines run as follows: I know not what awaits me, God kindly veils mine eyes, . And o’er each step of my onward way He makes new scenes to rise. After singing that song he went aboard the ill fated train "not knowing." 'The Scandinavian Choir sang without the aid of instrumental music. All the songs, save the last, were in the Scandinavian tongue. The vis itors and our home choir sang alternately. The following is the PROGRAM OF SONG SERVICE: Anthem Prison Choir, Scripture. Reading, I. Cor. 13 Chaplain Albert, Prayer " •• “I Know Not What Awaits Mo.” Prison Choir. “O Word ot Words, the Sweetest,” solo. " •• Remarks. Chaplain Albert. “Blessedness of God’s Service” (84 Psalm) Swedish Choir. ••When We Get Home” Prison Choir. “Homeland Song” Swedish Choir. “Come Near Me, O My Savior” Prison Choir. “Nearer Home,” solo by Gust. Theden ot the Swedish Choir. “Shall You? Shall 1?" Prison Choir. “Zion's Captive” Swedish Choir. “God Be with You till We Meet Again.” Audience. The closing song was the only one the visitors sang in English, and Prof. Skoog invited the au dience to join in the chorus, which was done with right good will. Warden Garvin then thanked the visitors in behalf of the convicts tor the pleasure they had conferred. Prof. Skoog replied that they had gladly embraced the opportunity of coming here. To us it was one of the pleasantest hours ever spent in our chapel, and we thank the ladies and gentlemen for the delightful entertainment. We hope they may come again. For The Mirror. Thoughts for Thinkers. No man is fuliy saved until he is saved from himself. The laws which control us most are those which have never been written. A man is bad in proportion to the degree of selfishness that enters into his nature. If thoughts could kill, there are not many people who would not have their own private graveyard. Being afraid of fire and brimstone may make people behave themselves, but it does not make them love each other. The tobacco habit is not onlv a useless one, but ’tis a sad faet that it blunts the finer sensibilities and destroys courage, honor, and truthfulness. Before speaking ill of another ask self three questions: is it true, is it kind, is it necessary. The result will probably be silence, and there will be no regrets to mar the memory. ’Tis not the weakness of the drinker, but the nature of the drink that causes drunk enness. Beyond all other drinks, beer brutalizes the drinker and qualifies for de liberate crime. A Group of “Don’ts.” Do not say “He speaks bad grammar,” but “He uses poor English.” Not “I am real ill,” but “I am really ill.” Not “Hadn’t ought,” but “Shouldn’t have.” Do not begin all remarks with an excla mation such as “Well!” “Say!” “Oh!” Do not say, “I’m not going, 1 don’t be lieve,” but “I’m not going, I believe.” Not a “free pass,” but “a pass;” not “new beginners,” but “beginners;” not “elevated up,” but “elevated.” Not “1 am through dinner,” but “I have finished dinner.” Not “It is too salty,” but “It is too salt.” Not “It is tasty,” but “It is tasteful.” Not “Light complected,” but “Light complexioned.” Not “He don’t come to see me,” but “He doesn’t come to see me.” Not “Who are you going with?” but “With whom are you going?”—City and Country. The confidence-man who swindles clergy men may be called a “shepherd’s crook.— Puck. Equal Rights vs. Equal Opportunities^ I recently heard the remark that the 011& great question to be solved by some nation was that of '‘Equal Opportunities for all” and not merely equal rights for all. A study of the laws and institutions of our own country reveals to us Ihe fact that Americans as a people enjoy equal rights under our republican form of government to a greater extent than any other nation. The vast growth of Democracy through out the world is therefore due more to the increasing demands of the people to be af forded equality of opportunities in the vari ous avenues of life, rather than to a de mand for equalities of civic rights. Na where in our statutes can we find the line of distinction drawn between rich and poor, black and white, foreign and native born; but we are all sensible of the fact that such line of distinction is continually drawn In one way or another by those to whom is entrusted the power of administering these laws unto the people. We see the line even more rigidly drawn by society, and it is a grave question as to which of the two—so ciety or the administrators and guardians of the law —stands in most need of thorough reform. The question is the most promi nent one with which the whole civilized world of to-day is wrestling, and one cannot pick up a volume or periodical of our cur rent literature without meeting the views of some student of sociologic or political ques tions, the keynote of which is reform; and reform in the sense implied is but another term for equality of opportunities. The distinction between equal rights and equal opportunities is, however, so grossly misinterpreted by most people that it is a very common thing to see a man or woman sacrificing a reai, opportunity for a fan cied RIGHT. When one sees a skilled workman on whom is dependent the support of a wife aud family, lay down his tools and quit work at the behest of a "walking dele gate,” we have an illustration of the throw ing aside ot his opportunity to support his family and sustain his house, for the desire to enforce what seems to him to be "his rights.” Granting that "his rights” are legitimate, does he really become a gaiuer by such course of action? When a man refuses to work for $1 or $1.50 per diem, and iu order to demonstrate his right to higher wages and more advanc ed employment commits a crime and comes to prison to work twice as hard and under conditions a thousand fold more humili ating for 12 cts per diem, he not only sac rifices a real opportunity but he is an ar rant fool in the bargain; and when you see a man who is willing to acknowledge the fact, you generally find him the first one to call himself a fool. The question theretore presents itself in a different phase—Do we strive to grasp the real opportunities of life while we are striving to gain what we are pleased to term equality of rights? In other words, do we not create more real inequal ity by ignoring the God given opportunities that daily come to us? Study the history of the lives of men and women who have become famous in their different vocations —ask the prosperous merchant, the banker, the artisan, or the common laborer who possesses a little home and a happy family, for the secret of their success in life and you will find it to be the result of embrac ing the trivial opportunities that have came to them from time to time during life, and not, as many misguided persons suppose, the outcome of some great chance that comes but once in a life time. What are you doing towards the improve ment of your opportunities while an inmate of this institution? Are you sensible of the fact that you need to learn how to write a letter, work a problem in mathematics, or learn to spell correctly? You have an op portunity of doing so. Are you blessed with a fair education and wish that you could learn more of the practical lessons of life? The Chautauqua circle will help you gain this. Are you honest in your desire to be come a useful member of society upon your release? Take advantage of the real op portunities that are constantly presented to you, and bring yourself to where you cease to rail against all society and face the facts that will surely be forced upon you the moment you begin in earnest an honest inquiry into your past failures. We all know that society and the admin istrators and guardians of the law work considerable injustice to many deserving people, but 1n all my observations 1 have yet to find a single instance of failure on the part of those who have seized and made the most of the small opportunities of life, and this rule is applicable to life in prison as well as to life in the busy world outside. “There is one great satisfaction I have,” remarked the tortoise, as he drew in his head and closed his house for the night: “how ever much my social rivals may hate me because I am in the swim, they can’t stab me in the back.”—Puck. Watch the little things. Clean collars and shoes are mighty small items in a man’s outfit; but their lack is enough to ruin alb the effect of his other expenditure.—Puck, Scrutator.