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Edited and Published by the lumates. Entered at the Post < >ftice at Stillwater, Minn., as Second Class Mail Matter. Thk Pktson Mirror is issued every Thurs day at the following rates: One Year SI.OO Six Months •’>o Three Months -5 Address all communications, Editor Prison Mirror, Stillwater, Minn. THE PRISON MIRROR is a weekly pa per published in the Minnesota State Prison. It was founded in 1887 by the convicts and is edited and managed by them. Its objects are: to lie a home newspaper; to encourage moral and intel lectual improvement among the prisoners; to acquaint the public with the true statu# of the prisoner; to disseminate penological informa tion. and to aid in dispelling that prejudice which has ever been the bar sinister to a fallen man’s self-redemption. The paper is entirely dependent on the public for its financial sup port. If at any time there should accrue a sur plus of funds the money would be expended in the interests of the prison library. The Boston club now holds the na tional base ball championship, having won two out of the three games to de cide this point. Our friend John G. AVooley, of tem perance fame, has met with a warm greeting in his tour of the British Isles. A newspaper in AVales says that ‘‘his anecdotes are perfectly new and self invented. . . . we have no other jokes than those derived from the seven pri mary ones that were found in the tomb of Pharaoh’s jester." Does that AVelsh editor wish to insinuate that Pnn<-h — ’Evins! A man conscious of a higher plane than others occupy, and who feels him self looking down on those around him, easily can come to contemn and despise them, though they are men like himself, and as men. notwithstanding their per version, are worthy of his constant rev erence. In this he poisons the core of his own moral life. No man can de spise another without becoming him self despicable. I Do not neglect your letters. Letter writing. that is genuine letter-writing, where one tills a sheet with happy thoughts, spicy comments and fresh ideas has become, if not a lost art, at least an old-fashioned accomplishment. AVe lose much, both of culture and pleasure, when we neglect our letters. Animated, interested, breezy letter writing produces almost the same feel ing of sympathy and good fellowship as a face-to-face visit, and no means of social intercourse quicker brings into activity our best mental gifts. WHICH SHALL IT BE? Nothing could better illustrate the great dangers besetting young people of the present day, in the form of bad newspapers, illustrated “juvenile” monthlies and weeklies of a vile char acter. than the assertion made by the father of the Dalton boys, who were killed recently while attempting rob bery. “Novel reading caused the curse to fall on the family," said the poor man. This “literature’’ is surrepti tiously and extensively circulated, and lind their secret way into the best homes and school-houses of the land, and the dullest managers of a pure period ical for the young hardly can fail to burn with a holy lire. If they only can do a negative good, in crowding bad reading to the wall, in taking up the children's attention so that foul publications are unheeded, a great work is accomplished; their mission is a blessed one, and good citizens everywhere should rally to their assistance. Let not parents de ceive themselves. No home is too sacred or too carefully guarded for those tiendish invaders, the venders of low and dangerous juvenile publica tions, to ply their unholy trade. Every child is in danger for whom good, well selected, enjoyable reading is not provid- ed by those most directly having its best interests at heart. All dangerous pub lications do not betray their character at a glance. Often they wear the mask of useful information, and even of piety. A mere general oversight will not suf fice. Do not force your child to spend time in reading, but look to it that all his or her reading-time be properly and pleasantly tilled. AVhile you blindly congratulate yourself that your boy or girl, through a fondness for books and periodicals, must necessarily be learn ing something, it may be well to know what that something is. Undue intel lectual stimulus for children is bad enough, but emotional stimulus is worse. In the hands of unprincipled purveyors, it opens the way to moral errors of every kind, and by quickening an else slow growth to what is holy, develops only precocity in vice. The point of the wedge is easily inserted, and, at lirst, as easily thrust back; but beware of the silent force that having once gained an entrance may split the peace and purity of your home. OUR EX-EDITOR, AVe have received a letter from our ex-editor, God bless him. He says: “I want to tell you this to tell the boys be cause 1 asserted it so often as my belief, that every ex-convict I have met, —I have met good many—who is making an honest effort to get along, is succeed ing to a reasonable degree of satisfac tion, and not one complains of being hounded by officers or snubbed by asso ciates. A willingness to work faith fully and keep sober constitutes the on ly recommendation necessary to gain friends and obtain employment. All the good people are not in prison, nei ther are all the bad ones. I heard a street preacher say, that if all the rogues were in jail there would not be enough good people left outside to feed them. The Salvation Army marches by my room almost every night just banging it to their lungs, drums, and tambourines. They hold out-door meetings two blocks from here. I was in the crowd the oth er night when a big fat young amazo nian dish-washer stampeded, and struck me head first on my supper and trod on my toes, and—l came away hurt. This is the only serious adventure I have met with thus far." AVe ought to feel grateful to our ex editor for the study he has given to and the light thrown upon the ever recur ring question of the discharged convict. It proves that not all employers have their hearts steeled against discharged prisoners. Apropos, one of our boys said recently: “ AA'hat I fear most is that employers would be disposed to yield to the clamors of prejudiced fellow-work men.” Nonsense. Let the convict re spond, in all respects, to the representa tions made concerning him, and he will win the respect and confidence of his employer. Some time ago an ex-convict was giv en employment in one of our largest mercantile establishments in the East. Some months had passed, when his com rades in the establishment learned that he had come there from the state prison. They immediately deputed one of their number to wait upon the proprietor and ask for his dismission. This man called upon the owner in the course of the morning, w T hen the following dialogue ensued: Employe: I have been appointed by my fellow workmen a committee of one to inform yon that yon have a discharged convict in your employ, and to say that we decline to work with him, and shall leave your service if he is not dismissed. Employer: Is that so? Employe: There is no doubt of it; the fact has come to our knowledge in such a way as to leave no room for doubt. Employer: Is the person to whom you refer a good workman? Employe: Excellent. Employer: Do you know his boarding-place, and whether it is a respectable house? Employe: There is none more so. Employer: What are his habits as to drink? Employe: There is no reason to think that he drinks; we have never seen him under the influ ence of liquor nor smelled it upon his breath. Employer: How about his associates—have you reason to suppose that he consorts with bad characters? Employe: No; he is always in at night, and spends much of his leisure time in reading. Employer: Now, sir. upon your own report, 1 also appoint you. on my part, a committee of one. to return to your comrades and to say to them, from me, that at twelve o’clock to-day, when they quit work for dinner, the balances due them will be ready, and that they may come to this of fice and receive them; after which I shall have no further occasion for their services. It is hardly necessary to say that not a man went for his pay. AVe know that the man is still in that place, and we should n’t wonder if there are several more there of “ the same sort." Lost Money Orders. There is on deposit to-day in the subtreasury in New York city more than $3,000,000 represent ing outstanding money orders, and of this amount more than $2,000,000 represents money orders which are overdue, and which may never lie pre sented for payment. Ten years ago, in a spasm of virtue, congress appropriated the money to pay the salaries of ten clerks, who should check "tip the books of the money order office and pre pare a list of the money orders which had not been presented for payment. It was estimated then that if this list was prepared, the owners of two-thirds of this money could be traced, and the money be restored to them. To-day one soli tary clerk sits in a little office on the top floor of the postoflice department annex, checking up the unpaid money orders. He is working now on orders issued in 1871; at this rate he will not catch up with his work in twenty-years, and by that time most of the owners of the money will be dead and their heirs or executors will lie hard to find. It seems strange, under the precautionary sys tem now used by the postoflice department, that such an enormous amount of money should have accumulated to the credit of unpaid money or ders; but the chief accumulation was under the orignal rules of the office, which were much more conservative than those now in force. If A sent a money order to B to-day and the order was presented for payment, the postmas ter examining the letters of advice received from other offices at the end of a mouth, and finding this money order to have been unpaid at the end of the previous month, would notify B that there was a money order in his favor on file in the of fice. sent to him by A. If at the end of another mouth the money order was still unpaid, he would notify him again. And if at the end of a third month the money had not been claimed, he would advice the postmaster, who would notify A that his money order in favor of B had not been presented, and ask him to urge B to have it cashed. It would seem that these precautions ought to insure the payment of money orders within a reasonable time, every year hundreds of them remain unpaid until they are invalid. Men who go from the East to make their for tunes in the new West frequently buy with their savings money orders payable to themselves at New York. Philadelphia or some other Eastern city. They know" that the money is secure, be cause the money order cannot lie cashed by any one else if it is lost or stolen, and because the money can always be had on application for a duplicate by the orignal purchaser. There is no savings bank more secure. Even trustees have been known to invest small trust funds in money orders. Possibly a good proportion of the $2,000,000 fund in the subtreas ury is on deposit, and the orignal money orders will be found in the course of tinje in old stock ings. in safe deposit boxes and in desks. But a great deal of it represents money lost or forgot ten. "People are drowned with money orders in their pockets; they get drunk and tear them up,” said Sixth Auditor Coulter. Besides, a great many people do not know that lost money orders can be duplicated. They think that a lost money order, like a lost bank note, is gone be yond redemption. And many people would not take the trouble to apply for a duplicate of an order for a small sum. still some very old mon ey orders come in for duplication almost every week. A few days ago three orders, dated isoa, came in for duplication, and within the past two weeks an order of the date ism; has been received. All these orders were accompanied by formal applications. Nothing is known of their history. —Proriilence Journal. The worst men are the sanctimonious hypocrites of straight sect and starched morality, who rob. debauch and scheme under a role of respectability: and whose selfish lust and greed is responsible for the poor and reckless sinners they shun with so much contempt and hatred. The Universal Repubin-. A Definition, Dumsquizzle: How would you define the w r ord “crank,” Skimgullet? Skimgullet: A crank, my dear sir, is a specialist in something that you take no interest in. — Ex. Mother: Is Johnny .Tudson well yet? Little Dick: I guess so. I heard his mamma scoldin him this mornin.— Good News. NEWS OF A WEEK. October 19, Several firms are swindled in Stillwater by a clever forger. Hall & Ducey’s dry kiln, at Minneapolis, is de stroyed by fire. Loss, .SI,OOO. The dedicatory ceremonies of the World’s Columbian exposition are inaugurated. St. Paul is selected as the place for holding the convention of those interested in better roads in Minnesota. It is expected that the average yield pet acre of wheat in Crookston county will be between ten and thirteen bushels. Hen. Schofield, in his interesting annual re port, recommends that the army should be fur nished with the magazine small arms. October 20, The New York manager of Kedfern Bros, is ar rested for smuggling. There is a plan on foot to build a tunnel under the ship canal at Duluth. In the vicinity of Crndo, N. I)., wheat is run ning from 20 to 30 busl . Is to the acre. Secretary of War Ei! ins was unable to attend the Columbian festivit Vs on account of illness. I). W. Beeves, the Providence band-master, accepts the leadership of the famous C.ilnmre band. Charles A. Pillsbury assumes his duties as president of the Minneapolis chamber of com merce. Four children near Claremont. S. c.. are burnt to a crisp. The parents had locked them in the house while they attended church. October 21 Mr. Blaine denies that he will make any more speeches during the campaign. It is rumored that a serious difference has arisen in the Gladstone cabinet. John Dillon.au old and respected farmer, near Mankato. Minn., commits suicide. It is rejHirted that fusion has been effected by the South Dakota Democrats and Populists. Archbishop Ireland makes a patriotic speech before the congress auxiliary of the world's fair, Anton Erpelding, an employe of the Backus Lumber company of Minneapolis, commits sui cide. The dominion ministers are being severely criticised at Ottawa for not attending the open ing ceremonies of the world’s fair. October 22, Charles L. Harris, the well known actor, dies in Chicago. Bert Mark is drowned at Rhinelander, Wis., by the tipping over of a sail boat. Dennis Hanks, the tutor and life long friend of Abraham Lincoln, dies at Paris, 111. The county treasurer of Independent county, S. 1)., is arrested for embezzling $2,000. A boiler explosion at Putney. S. 1).. instantly kills 1.. W. Horton who was acting as engineer. The Hamburg-American Packet company’s warehouse at Berlin is destroyed by lire. Loss, $500,000. At Lake City. Minn., the dwelling owned by Mrs. Fassburg, and occupied by Ed. Eaton, is destroyed by fire. October 2:t, Ceorge Holland, prominent in the educational world, dies in Chicago. dim Corbett is arrested in Cincinnati for parti cipating in a Sunday performance. Some young men at Milan. Tenn.. procure a coffln and bury a man as a joke. When taken out he becomes a raving maniac. A new disease called heri-heri, resembling yel low fever but more fatal, appears in New York. The disease is imported from Japan. The train bearing the regular army troops home from Chicago is run into by a stock train two miles below St. Paul. A number of the men were slightly injured. October 24, Mrs. Harrison dies this morning in the White House. Robert Franz, the well known composer, dies ii Berlin. Miss Anna W. Watson one of Minneapolis' veteran teachers dies at the home of her brother. John .1. Ingalls, who hail been seriously ill at his home at Atchison. Kan., is reported to he better. The Philadelphia express from Shamokin col ides with a coal train and seven are killed and a ic.ore wounded. A telegram received at St. lamis says the Tol liver Howard feud has broken out again in Western Kentucky. The Fenians Mullen and DnwPng who were •unvicted of complicity in the ;,f J.ord avandish. and policeman Cox. an- released nun jail October 25, Oregon Democrats and Populists fuse. There is a grain blockade along the roads in Sooth Dakota and lowa. Archbishop atolli arrives in St. Paul and will he the guest of Archbishop Ireland. Mrs. Kussell, who had been convicted of mur der at Kau Claire. Wis. is granted a new trial. Erastus Wyman in his tour of < anada speaks of a closer trade relation between the United States. The schooner K. B. Phillips goes down off New foundland. and sixteen people are drowned. Prof. William S win ton, the well known author of school books, dies in New York city of apo plexy. Mrs. Harrison’s death is mourned by all classes. The president is bearing up remarka bly well in his deep affliction.