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THURSDAY Oct. 27, 1892, PRISON OFFICIALS. MANAUKRS. EDWIN DUNN, President Evota JOHN F. NORRISH Hastings JAS. S. O’BRIEN Stillwater F. W. TEMPLE Blue Earth City M.O. HAIJ Duluth. RESIDENT OFFICIALS. HENRY WORKER Warden F. H. LEMON Deputy Warden E. A. O’BRIEN ...Clerk B. J. MERRILI Physician MRS. H. A. WALKER Matron J. H. ALBERT Protestant Chaplain CHARLES CORCORAN Catholic Chaplain PRISON' AOKXT. CLARK CHAMBERS Owatonna LOG/\L fIGKINQS. Population, 315, —Received. S; discharged. 1 —Chief Garvin was the guest of Warden Wolfer on Tuesday. —Two men have been added to the laundry department. —The resignation of Wall Guard James Sib bitts took effect on the 24. —Mr. Jno. G. Cover tendered his resignation as a guard of this institution on the 21. —Guard O’Meara has been transferred from the twine factory to machine shop No. l. —Guard Forrester has been permanently sta tioned as one of the keepers in the twine fac tory. —Mr. J. P. King of Joliet. 111., and Mr. .1.8. Boyd of Toronto. Canada, were escorted through the prison by Warden Wolfer. —Mr. O. B. Johnson is now tilling a permanent position as a guard of the prison. He signed the matriculation papers yesterday. —Statement of population Oct. 2i>: Working for Thresher Co.. 138; working for state. 107; sick and infirm. 10. Total population. 315. —Jimmie, at the laundry, will receive his walking papers next Monday. He will take those English whiskers of his along with him. —The first grade suits are getting there all the same. The boys in the tailor shop have turned out thus far 120 coats. 153 trousers and 112 vests. Come early and avoid the rush. —Steps are being taken to supply the upper floor of the twine factory with steam. The dust that the shaking of the hemp creates is so great that the windows have to be kept open continu ally, making the place as cold as a barn. —That antediluvian mule, that walks through our gate every day. I tetter lie charged with blank cartridges, as a Georgia judge lias just decided “that a mule is a dangerous weapon.” What’s the matter with putting 18 oz. gloves on her feet, John? —We have always heard that the eating of bread and salt was only used by the Moors and Arabs as a mark of hospitality to the stranger. But one of our hoys makes a hearty meal every day only of these two articles, and is getting fat over it. —We have received a poem entitled "Fairy Blue" from the pen of one signing himself “Simon, the Shorn Goat." As we are not deal ing at present in quadrupeds the MS. has been consigned to the dark recesses of our waste basket. —The fire-escape on the south side of the twine factory lias been completed. The ladder is forty five feet high, and the entire apparatus is a great deal stronger than what is generally placed on buildings. The entire work was done by our blacksmith, and it can’t lie beat. —We were sorry to hear of the death of Mr. Joseph C. Yorks, father-in-law of our friend Mr. Charles C. Bordwell. Mr. York died at Thomp son Fall, Mont. He was one of Stillwater’s early settlers. The remains will lie brought to this city and buried in Fairview cemetery. —Another work of art litis been added to the storekeeper’s department—a beautiful stand with large compartments in which the lirst grade suits are to'be kept. It is manufactured out of good old pine, and the cierk and Obi intend to decorate the entire front with little cupids and " wenuses.” —That half-day that was allotted to 11s on the ‘2l. was given as a piece of news in one of our dailies in this wise: "The convicts enjoyed a half-holiday on Columbus day.” We will pardon that reporter, as he must have been under the influence of 1492 spirits when lie gave that piece of 11 -ws out to the public. —Sixty-three bales of Illinois hemp, weighing 22* MO pounds were received by the twine factory during the last week. The* stock of hemp on hand at present amounts to about 800,000 pounds. The entire plant is working without a hitch, and the boys are being complimented highly for the amount of work they are turning out every day. Ha. ha. ha! Here is the author of •* Heavy Thoughts” trying to compete for the position of poet laureate of the institution. The lirst two lines of that sxx nightmare of his reads: "When the Shorn Poet's fertile fancy. Fills a bung-hole full of thought” We, in turn, will take a blunderbuss and fill you full with 13 shot. See? —That inanimate big bow-wow of ours makes one think of some men who are always ready to shoot off their mouth but never get any further than that. The other noon it seems he found himself a little too fiear to our steam-whistle, and the way that fellow shot off for the door of the solitary, when he heard that Gabriel blast, discounted the swiftest cannon ball. —This week we have added to our hash list the following gentlemen: Four from St. Louis Co.— for riot, 8 mos. each, and 1 for keeping house of ill fame, 1 year; l from Le Sueur Co. for obtain ing money on fraudulent draft, 1 year; l from Carlton Co. for grand larceny second degree, 18 months—l from Houston Co. l year for the same crime; 1 from Todd Co. for burglary second de gree, l year. —Mr. Frank Densmore is a gay Minnesota “ sojer ” boy. and has returned from his trip to Chicago somewhat fagged. Teleplionically lie told us he had a yes. a good time, that was it. The food that was served to our state troops, it is said, was terrible. The result was that the men had to buy their own meals. They had to pay even for washing their hands and faces. Frankie, old boy, travel in the future with your cooking stove and your bath tub. —Our night school will be opened on the first Wednesday in November and held on Monday. Wednesday and Friday nights thereafter until further orders. Any one of the. boys who wish to take advantage of the good opportunity of fered should hand their names to the Deputy Warden, or, to the shop keepers or night guards. The progress made by the members of the school last year was most encouraging, and every man who feels that he is backwards in his education should by all means attend. Remember, that “knowledge is power.’’ —A visitor entered our sanctum the other day. holding two 'pieces of our home-made bread in his hands. At first we thought he was at the head of a donation party, and that the others behind were to appear heavily laden with hams, chickens, mince pies, doughnuts, and so forth. We at once expanded our features with that well known smile that is the admiration of our friends. We said: “The Mirror staff will be regaled with viands from the I’orkopolis. and”— “Young man, if you’ve got a newspaper handy I'll send this bread as a sample to my folks down home.” Silence reigned suj>reme—we placed a rubber-band round the two slabs of punk, hand ed the package to the man. and then fainted in Usher Bloom’s arms. What Is Patriotism? The usual answer to the above ques tion is: love of country. We gen erally find patriotism classed as one of the virtues of a good citizen. It is con sidered by many to be the keystone of national architecture, without which it would be folly to attempt to hold a peo ple in unison with any form of gov ernment. This may all be true, never theless I cannot help but think a pa triot a fool in disguise, and patriotism only self-flattery well seasoned with self-conceit padded with narrow-mind edness. If you will analize patriotism you will find it to be at best only over grown self-vanity which has been al lowed to spread itself out until it cov ers not only me myself\ but all that pertains to me and mine. Take a look backwards and see the road along which patriotism has traveled, and see its starting point where to be patriotic vou had only to assert your love of and allegiance to self. The next step was allegiance to and love of any particular family of which you were" blood and bone. Next we come to tribal patriot ism. and lastly to the great and glorious national patriotism, around which the great orators of the nineteenth century weave garlands of fiowery adjectives to wheedle honest, and naturally kind hearted people, into believing them selves supremely blessed in being al lowed to fight their neighbors because they were born on the other side of a goose pond, or are foolish enough to be patriotic too. There is one thing about patriotism which has an encouraging outlook, and that is its spreading tendency. Event ually it will spread itself until instead of Love of coi nthy the amver will read: love of the whole world. And let me tell you what 1 mean by the liberty of the body. It is to give to every man what he earns with his hands. And this great question of division has got to be settled even in the Unit ed States. Capital takes too much; labor gets too little. Labor will not always live in a hut with capital living in a palace. Flesh and blood are more sacred than gold, and the time will come when the law will see that every man has the right to life, liberty and the pursuit not only of happiness, but the right to catch some of it before he dies. I want to live until I find an aristocracy of honesty, of generosity; an aristocracy of heart and brain. lam sick of the old kind. I want liberty for every man. I do not believe in the law of supply and demand as applied to flesh and blood. If they who toil cannot have some of the good things of this world, then I do not want anybody to have them.— Robert G. InyerxoU. Be Loyal To Your Friends. It is in times of adversity that we are able to ascertain who, among the vast throng of our so-called friends, are really what they profess to be; and a few reverse motions of the wheel of fortune furnishes us with a pretty cor rect estimate of the value of true friend ship. When we fail to show a just ap preciation of our friends, we inflict on ourselves injuries far greater than prob ably we realize. To persons situated as we are—shut off from all personal in tercourse with the world at large it behooves us to make new friends, and retain the good will of those we have already. Although we are shut off from the world, yet we may have for our daily companions the wisest, the witti est, the noblest and purest men and women the world has known; who will commune with us through the deeds recorded of them and by them, and whose knowledge we may imbibe and make part and parcel of our own. Such friends, my dear reader, can al ways be found in any well selected li brary: and if you will assiduously culti vate them, the value received will far more than compensate for the effort expended. To know that such friends are being cultivated even by the out casts of society-is a sufficient answer to those who do not believe, or, profess not to believe that the world is pro gressing in goodness. And again, we have another friend, one that has proved its worth, -one that was created especially to be the friend of the prison er, viz: The Prison Mirror. It be hooves us to attest our loyalty to this friend by contributing our mite toward keeping up its high standard of origi nality and excellence. Francis. Reached The Bottom It has remained for the St. Paul Daily News to reach the bottom price. Emilating the exam ple of the successful Eastern papers, the News has put its subscription price right down within reach of the poorest farmer or tradesman. Think of it. an eight page daily paper, containing all the news of the world, and especially all that of the Northwest, for $3.00 a year in advance. ()nly a few years ago that was the price of an ordinary weekly paper. Or $3.50 per year for the Dailu News and the Chieaya Ledyer, the best weekly family story paper in the world. This offer will remain open to Jan. l, 1893. To Buy the Holy Sepulchre Many of our readers are doubtless acquainted with the spot lying outside the Damascus Date at Jerusalem, which is commonly known as "<Jordon's Tomb.” from the fact that Den. (Jor don. among many others w r ho have made a spe cial study of the question, believed it to be the actual Sepulchre of our Lord. This question of identity is one of the deepest interest, and. although all arclueologists are not agreed, and in the existing state of our knowl edge a complete solution of it cannot perhaps be looked for. the probability that this tomb may be the Holy Sepulchre renders it very desirable that it should be preserved from destruction or dese cration. The tomb, together with the enclosure in which it stands—an area of about four acres—is now for sale, and the time for which we have ob tained the refusal of it has almost expired. The price asked for the freehold is four thousand pounds. The object and desire of those who have taken the most active part in the negotiations are to purchase this site: to carry out such excavations and restorations as may be considered advisable by the most competent authorities; to lay out the garden, and to vest the property in the hands of trustees, with a view to maintaining it as far as possible in its present simplicity. In addition to the purchase money, it is esti mated that a sum of about two thousand pounds would be required to meet legal expenses, to place the tomb and its surroundings in order, and to provide for the maintenance of the garden. Nearly one thousand pounds has already been collected privately, and we would ask to be al lowed to make an earnest appeal to the public to enable us to seize an opportunity, which may never occur again, of securing and preserving a locality which must be of the highest value and interest to all Christians. —London Standard. R. M, I hope for the coming of the time when it will be clearly understood that all who commit crimes are not criminals at heart; that the act a man commits is not necessarily an index of his real character: that many of the worst men and wom en have, at times, aspirations for better things; that a ‘jail-bird’ is not always to be shunned or distrusted or shut out from all hope: that the man who indiscriminately sets down all crimi nals as wholly bad. and counts it a waste of money and time to help any of them, is as unwise as is the indiscriminating sentimentalist, who assumes that all criminals are ‘poor, weak creatures,' to be petted and coddled and pampered. —Warren F. Sj>a}dding. Herr Friedrich Krupp, son of the great gunmaker, Alfred Krupp. has for the second time refused letters patent of nobility offered him by the kaiser. — Ex. Aii article in this morning’s Herald, copied from the New York World, under the title “Our (treat Country,” contains errors which demand correction. The World writer says the United States “is three times as large as (treat Britain and Ireland. France, (iermany, Australia. Italy, Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, Denmark, and Greece all put together.” The area of the United States, not including Alaska, is, according to the American Almanac, 3,025,000 square miles. The total area of the other countries mentioned is 3,871,50 V square miles. Even including Alaska, the United States still falls short of their combined area by an area greater than that of Texas. For charity’s sake it may he supposed that the author wrote Austria instead of Australia, hut no such supposition can help out his next asser tion: “ \Ve can crowd into the space occupied by the United States, not including Alaska, the countries of Great Britain and Ireland, Norway, Sweden. Denmark. Germany, Austria, Holland. Belgium, France. Spain. Portugal. Switzerland. Italy 4 Greece. European Turkey. Palestine, Japan, and China.” Taking the word China in its narrowest sense, the area of the above mentioned countries is 3.344,800 square miles, while the area of the United States is only 3.025.000 square miles, or not so large by an area greater than that of Spain, Portugal, Belgium, and Palestine put together. Finally the writer says: “Texas is nearly as large as the entire continent of Europe, not in cluding Kussia.” The area of Texas is 205,780 square miles. The area of the continent of Europe, not including Kussia, is approximately 1,420,000 square miles or nearly six times as great as that of Texas. It is difficult to imagine how the World man made up his statistics. Perhaps the “circula tion " editor wrote them up.— Boxton Herald. A Life Convict Worth SIOO 000 A State prison convict worth SIOO,OOO is*a little out of the ordinary. Yet such is Charles Wright. No. 4.781), a life man at the Michigan state peni tentiary. □ Wright is a line-looking man of 30 years. He came to the prison from Benzie county, northern Michigan, a little less than three years ago. He was one of the most prosperous business men in that part of the State, having made a fortune in the lumber business. He and his brother, as partners, operated extensive mills. Late in 1889 two otlieers of the law proceeded to attach cer tain logs in order to compel the company to pay taxes. Wright requested them to attach a neighboring pile of lumber rather than the logs, as attaching the logs would close down the mills and result disastrously. They not acquiescing, he made the request take the form of a demand and said he would shoot them if they persisted in serving process on the logs. They came back in the evening and attached the logs, feeling that this was the only way the linn could be brought to time. “You remember wliat I told you." were Wright's words, uttered in the coolest manner. “To blazes with you." was the only response, and Wright. drawing a six-shooter lie had just purchased, shot one man dead, then the other. At the prison Wright's conduct is excellent. His cell, one of the larger and lighter kind, has an oil stove in it. He does most of his own cook ing. and his wealth enables him to have many delicacies. If he wants extra tobacco he has no trouble about getting it. He probably lives bet ter than many men who enjoy liberty. His cell is finely furnished. His bed is a comfortable one. There are paintings on the walls and rugs upon the hard floor. Wright now has full charge of the big Webster wagon contract. He is an expert lumber buyer, and his purchases of lumber are so shrewd that he saves his employers a great deal of money. His legal expenses have been $20,000 so far, and his attorneys have just decided to take the casetothe United States Supreme Court, t'liica i/o Tin ilt/ minim. There is a I deal in becoming discouraged in time, In falling in love with a grass widow any symp tom of the hay fever? People learn everything else, but they never learn to sneeze gracefully. A man's idea of practising economy is to preach it three times a day to his wife. When there is a surprise party, some one gen erally hears of it who is not invited, and tells. A woman with ordinarily poor memory will re member every detail of how much money her husband has spent on his relatives in the past ten years. An Atchison loafer recently moved to Leaven worth. and in half an hour picked out the loafing headquarters there. He looked for the whit tlings on the sidewalk. We heard a woman say recently that it always flatters a man to (‘all him Colonel. .Many men who cannot he managed in any other way can he managed if you call them Colonel. If a wife really and truly care for her husband, she never says she would gladly die for him, she gets quietly up on a cold night and gets more cover without saying anything about it.—Atclii mn Daily Globe. Upward of 100,000 pounds of snails are eaten every day by the residents of the gay French capital, the snail mark et being the busiest industrial mart in Paris,— Ex. Our Great Country. Kansas Philosophy.