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Edited and Published by tlie Inmates. Entered at the Post Office at Stillwater, Minn., as Second Class Mail Matter. The Prison Mirror is issued every Thurs day at the following rates: One Year SI.OO Six Months 50 Three Months -*5 Address all communications. Editor Prison Mirror. Stillwater. Minn. THE PKISON JIIRBOK 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 be a home newspaper; to encourage moral and intel lectual improvement among the prisoners; to acquaint the public with the true statius 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. Grover Cleveland once more becomes President of the United States. On the 4th of March he was placed into that high office for his second term. lie will be known to posterity as the thrice nom inated and twice elected president of the United States. We are more than pleased to learn that the newspaper people of Minnesota regard The Prison Mirror as “just the thing for the state." We are unable for want of space, to give in this issue many specimen letters showing the feelings we have awakened. A Japanese Harvard student says that “the Japanese of to-day are suffer ing from religious dyspepsia —they have had so manv kinds stuffed into them." h Sorry to hear it. Call upon our two chaplains, who will quickly convince you of the errors of your ways. You have been living too high. The Washington Count]/ Journal is the name of the latest journalistic pro duction credited to this city. It came out last Friday for the first time and is edited by our old friend. Mr. X. A. Nel son. The Journal has jumped into the newspaper arena with both feet, and will prove itself one of the modern hustlers of the newspaper world. Our supply that is “jaw-bone" is about exhausted, and we affectionately insist on the delinquents adjusting their small accounts at this mansion. Labor ing seventeen hours per day for the dear public is rather up-hill business, “and this and nothing more" fails to purchase the necessary amount of el bow grease, caster oil. and first-grade suits. Says the Hon. Ignatius Donnelly, in a letter written to the St. Paul (llobe: Editor Globe: There is published, by the pris oners at Stillwater, a very creditable little news paper called The Prison Mirror. I always read it with groat interest, for I cannot help but sympathize with those unfortunates, with their strangely mingled instincts of good and evil— the good too often struggling vainly to surmount the evil. In the last issue I find a little poem which I enclose. It shows touches of real genius, and, viewed in connection with the circumstan ces under which it is written, is most pathetic. Very respectlully yours, Ignatius Donnelly. The poem referred to by Air. Donnelly is “My Sweetheart." written by our “Shorn Poet." We congratulate la belle France on her relief from the horrible incubus that has so long rested upon her. AVe congratulate all who have stood by her, with faith in her purity and integrity unshaken. AA"e congratulate the coun try that many of its proudest names have emerged from a cloud of slander that can never hide it again. AVe con gratulate the atmosphere that is pure again. AVe congratulate the wind that its nasty burden of the past few months are dropped in the cess-pool from which they sprang. A\ T e congratulate all news papers, news-dealers, news-boys, the French mail, post-masters and post mistresses, that their work is to be clearer in the future. Do we seek the prevention of crime? Would we extend due protection and encouragement to discharged prisoners! If so, we have a two-fold duty: First, to protect the weak from unnecessary temptation by a wise policy of legisla tion; and, second, to employ the minis trations of genuine, practical religion. If the State arrests and restrains the criminal, it may interpose its benefi cent authority to remove palpably de moralizing agencies; it may close the wide-open doors of temptation. If it may blow up and destroy blocks of magnificent buildings to save a city from conflagration, it may not only or ganize and sustain a vigorous fire-de partment, but also prohibit altogether a particularly dangerous fire-inviting architecture. That is a poor type of statesmanship, scarcely deserving the name, which deals only with results, and does not at th& same time look at and give due consideration to their pro ducing causes. Xone should be per mitted to prosecute a traffic for the sake of gain by pandering to the vices and inflaming the passions of those who are weak or criminally inclined. As infected ships are quarantined in the interest of the public health, so must be the grog-shops and drinking-places for the protection of the weak against undue temptation, as well as society against the depredations they may be expected otherwise to commit. CRUSH ROUTINE Were we to say that God had so con structed the human mind that routine will tire and disgust it. we should say in effect that he never intended our life to be one of routine. While the earth swings round its orbit once a year, and turns on its axis once in twenty-four hours—while the tide ebbs and flows twice daily, and the seasons come and go in rotation, every atom changes its re lations to every other atom every mo ment. Influences are tossed into these skeleton cycles of motion and event which start a myriad of diverse cur rents. and break up the whole surface of life and being into a healthful con fusion. There are never two days alike. The motherly sky never gives birth to twin clouds. The weather shakes its bundle of mysteries in our faces, and banters us with,“Don’t you wish you knew." AVe prophesy rain on the mor row and wake with a bar of golden sun light on the coverlet. AVe forteell a hard winter, and, before it is half gone, be come nervous lest we should miss our supply of ice. The fly, the murrain, the potato-rot, and the grasshoppers, all have a divine office in tipping over our calculations. The “phantom host of the great Xorth ’’ come out for parade without announcement, and shoot their arrows toward the zenith, and flout the stars with their rosy Hags, and retire, leaving us looking into heaven and wondering. Long weeks of drought parch the earth, and then comes the sweet rain, and sets the flowers and fo liage dancing. All the seasons are either very late or very early, or, for some reason, “the most remarkable within the memory of man." This is Nature's management for de stroying routine within the law r of stat ed revolution, and for bringing the mind constantly into contact with fresh influences. The prisoner’s soul, encased by a wall of adamantine circumstances, and driven around a track of unvary ing duties, shrivels, or gets diseased. But these circumstances need not im prison the convict, nor these duties be come solely the polished pavement of his cell. Let us study our daily labor, as the moment that any field of la bor becomes intelligently experimental, that moment routine ceases, and the field becomes attractive. The most re pulsive things under heaven become attractive, on being investigated with interest. All, therefore, that the prisoner has to do, to break up the tradition al routine of his method and labor, is to become a student of his daily occu pation. He will then have an interest in his labor, and its results above their bare utilities. Labor that does not en gage the mind has no dignity; else the ox and the ass are kings in the world, and we are but younger brothers in the royal family. So we say to every in mate. —If you would make your position attract ire to yourself seek that which will break up routine, and make your life, while here, an intelligent pursuit. “Time and Tide Wait for No Man.” AA T hen a man arrives at the age of for ty, how different life appears to him. The rosy hues, the honest laugh, and careless jest of twenty, as he looks back at it, seem far-fetched and tiresome, and he wonders how he could possibly have been so callow a clown as to enjoy such frivolities. And yet he never considers that he is just at the threshold of the “sere and yellow leaf." An eminent physicist has written, and the scientific world has endorsed his words, that “after forty, the human frame is positively on the retrograde " all signs pointing to this: failure of the eyesight, stiffening of the muscles, ri gidity of bone, etc. And yet how short the time since each one of us longed and yearned for the age to arrive when we could honestly vote, and be called Man; and then, after that, until now, how fast the years have sped away! This is a truism"that must appeal to everyone, and especially to us who are cooped up here. The golden hours of youth are all but gone; the gray hairs are coming thickly around the temples, and those of us who are not yet forty, are terribly conscious of the railroad speed at which the days are (lying past. Can a man need a better lesson, or take to himself a sounder thought than this? As for me, it positively seems horrible to have to pass so many good days of earnest life in prison wails; and as for good resolutions well. I can safely assert that this lesson has been salutatory and permanent. Not all the gold in Colorado could tempt me to jeopardize my liberty again, if I ever succeed in being liberated. AVayxe. .Judge Kelly of Saint Paul, in drawing a distinction between the application of the extradition laws between the Unit ed Sates and foreign countries, and those of our states, says: “The several states of the Union, composing the one sovereign state known as the United States of America, are not in their sep erate capacity sovereign states within this meaning. They have many of the attributes of sovereignty, but not all of them for, by the constitution, they yielded to the" United States the great distinguishing powers of real sovereign ty. Some politicians questioned this up to 1861, but in April, 1865, at Appo matox court house the dispute was set at rest forever. I refer to this in pass ing merely to illustrate the danger of loose and illogical statements. They are ‘so far as concerns their internal government seperate sovereignties, in dependent of each other, but no farther.’" Pioneer Press. Mr. Cleveland Will Not Live in the White House. Mr. Cleveland, after giving bis party several startling political surprises in the selection of the next Cabinet, is, it appears to signalize his return to Washington as President by an equally striking social innovation. For the first time since it was built the White House will cease to be the actual residence of the President and his family, and Mr. Cleveland will give society here the sensation of seeing him occupy and maintain a private house like any other public official at the Capital. The President-elect to-day for warded an order to a real estate agent here to lease for him the house in H st., between Seven teenth and Eighteenth sts, owned and occupied for many years by Admiral Porter; and here Mr. Cleveland and his family expect to live for at least several months after his inauguration. It is said that the Clevelands are fearful lest the White House was not completely fumigated after little Marthena Harrison’s recovery from her at tack of scarlatina, and they do not care to take any risk of contagion with their own daughter. It is understood that Mr. Cleveland will use the White House for official purposes only and will establish another real White House in the II st. home, a few doors west of the Metropolitan Club. —Neu % York Tribune. If motives were always visible, men would often blush for their most brill iant actions. NEWS OF A WEEK. March l Brig. Gen. T. K. Freeman dies at Neosho, Mo. The Washburn anti-option bill is killed in the. house. Gordon McKay leaves $2,000,000 in trust for Harvard college. Madame Grevy. widow of Jules Grevy, form erly presicent of France, dies in Paris. The citizens of New Jersey hold a monster meeting at Trenton to protest against the racing bills. The Vice President and Mrs. Morton tender a reception to the Vice President elect and Mrs, Stevenson. Princess Kaiulaui loses no time in making an appeal to the American people to aid her in securing her ground. March 2, The Orangemen in Belfast burn Gladstone and Morley in effigy. The estate of the late Gen. Beauregard is said to be worth $2,000,000. Dr. Talmage denies emphatically that he is to retire from the Brooklyn tabernacle. Spectators of a launching at Bay City, Mich., are thrown into the water and some are drowned, John L. Sullivan and Charlie Mitchell meet at a theatre in St. Louis and become fast friends. The house committee investigates Panama canal matters, and no evidence of the corrupt use of money is found. President Harrison decides to accept a profes sorship in the Leland Stanford university where he will lecture on constitutional law. March 3, Five children are suffocated in a rear room of a tenement house in New York. Gov. McKinley, it is said, is the fourth execu tive of Ohio who lias come to grief while in office, The parish of Avoyelles. La., is visited by a terrible cyclone leaving death and destruction in its wake, Ed. Smith, the Denver pugilist, defeats Joe Goddard at the Olympic club, New Orleans, Purse, SIO,OOO. Senator Blackburn has made a suit of Con federate jeans which he is to wear at the in auguration. Melville E. Stone is elected general manager of the Associated Press, the organization being completed in Chicago after a two days’ session, March 4 A Wall street firm makes the statement that bonds will be issued by Mr. Cleveland. ' Lee Mantle. Bepubliean, is appointed by Gov, Rickards of Montana. United States senator. George Hazelett makes preparations for going over Niagara Falls in an egg-shaped barrel. P. F. Egan, a jeweler at St. Paul, makes an assignment. Assets, $7,t00; liabilities, $15,000. Donaghue’s twenty-five mile record is lowered nearly two minutes by A. 1). Smith of St. Paul. Grover Cleveland is inducted for the second time into the high ollice of chief executive of the nation. The continued absence of the White Star freight steamship Naronic is causing a great deal of anxiety in New York. March 5. Hyppolite Taine. the author of “History of English Literature,” dies in Paris. Admiring friends of Gov. Neison present him with a fine gold hunting time-piece. It is expected that the switchmen and switch tenders of the Michigan Central road will go on a strike. Col. Hans Mattson, who was three times secre tary of state of Minnesota, dies at his home at Minneapolis. Cord Burfeind. a pioneer settler of Lake City. Minn , dies of cancer of the stomach at his home in that city. Ballington Booth, the commander of the Sal vation Army in this country, decides to adopt his father’s " Darkest England ” in this country. March li, An American female base hall club is mobbed in Havana. Cuba. Mrs. Rebecca Clark, the oldest woman in Rice county, dies at Nortlifield, Minn. The latest advice from Honolulu shows that an nexation is desired by the Hawaiians. Secretary Gresham’s successor on the circuit bench will he Judge James G. Jenkins. Mrs.. Christina Jensen of North Mankato. Minn., shoots Endel Peterson by mistake. Gov. Nelson thinks that the state of the public business will not admit of a journey to the World’s Fair. A new revolution has broken out in Southern Honduras which will probably involve all the Central American republics. March 7 Evangelist Mills begins work in Minneapolis. Brokers on the New York stock exchange have to pay 52 per cent, per annum for funds. The sailors of the American war-ships station ed at Honolulu nearly have a fight. The Minnesota Iron company declares a div idend of lVa per cent, on the capital stock. John W. Meagher of Mankato, Minn., son of Hon J. F. Meagher, dies of consumption. President Cleveland intimates that lie will take his own time in making room for office seekers, It is said, that President Cleveland may ap point a commissioner to visit Hawaii before act ing on the annexation question. A consolidation of the leading cash register companies is consummated in Boston. The com petition which has heretofore existed is brought to end.