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Edited and Published by tlie Inmate* Entered at the Post Office at Stillwater. Minn., as Second Class Mail Matter. Thk 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 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 be a home newspaper; to encourage moral and intel lectual improvement among the prisoners; to acquaint the public with the true status 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 sui>- 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. Song of the office seeker: “Happy happy day, still so far away." A proceeding has been instituted by a prominent lawyer to have the Sioux City jail condemned by the district court. The prison is unhealthy and not lit for human habitation. The state prison at Auburn, A. V., was visited last Wednesday by a de structive fire. The furniture shop, the pearl button shop, the broom stick shop and the moulding shop were de stroyed. The members of a prominent dry goods establishment in Xew York were notilied the other night, just be fore the closing hour, that $1,500 in cash had mysteriously disappeared. The 250 employes were held prisoners for two hours until a police officer ar rived. There was a great indignation among the clerks, and none of them was searched. The money was not found. At the dinner given in Xew York the other night by the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, Joseph 11. Choate stirred up a great deal of feeling by his speech. He suggested that the Irish politicians present “having learned how to govern this country should go with their wives and children back to their original home, land there and strike the blow. Then, indeed." said he. “would Ireland be for Irishmen and America for Americans." We are indebted to the Mouth in Summary, for the second number of its twenty page paper ‘‘devoted to prison reform, sociology, education and liter ature." It is published at Elmira, X. Y.; and the energy coupled with good judgment, which we find stamped upon its pages, shows the influence that in the course of time the Monthly Sum mary will bring to bear upon things pertaining to prison matters. Let us hope that our friends in Elmira will be always governed by good judgment, with an eye singly to prison reform in terest, and that under their influence prison literature and education will prosper. NIGHT LIFE OF YOUNG MEN. From early times discourses have been delivered to young men with reference to health, temperance and integrity. These elements went not only to make up the well being of man hood but of womanhood as well. Upon them depends our success or failure in life. Yet one night has often been suf ficient to scuttle the ship of many a young man's hopes, character and prom ise. Xight is the harvest of debauchery and crime. More sin is committed during the dark hours of the twenty four than during the light of many days. This is especially true in our large cities. When the machinery of business stops, the machinery of destruction begins. In the night when we look out upon the street, we look out upon a different world than in the daytime. As the young man passes up the street, he be holds the long line of lamps, and the brilliant transparencies. Music from places of amusement greets his ear. Theatres and ball rooms are open to re ceive him. Debaucherv and sin have full sway. And the thousand mills of allurement and destruction, though they grind slowly they grind out the hope and happiness of thousands. The night life of young men is be coming the great question of society. Health and strength has been given us, and to disregard those laws which gov ern their bodies is suicidal madness. Yet there are thousands who are dying on account of their disobedience. Up on the right and left they sink into pre mature graves. Then comes the apology that hard work and unfeeling employers brought them to an untimely end. But the truth is there are more young men who die from their irregularities than from hard, honest toil. The Great Architect made vs for work. Look at the men who have labored every day and reached the ages of seventy and eighty years. There are Franklin, Bryant, Vanderbilt and A. T. Stewart. These men took care of their nights. They allowed the furnaces to cool off; gave time to their powers and faculties. Let us look at the question from a standpoint other than sanitary, the young man who has a cultivated mind is needed. Brains are not at a discount in this country. Xeither are they, as some say, the gift of God. If all would make use of the time and opportunities that they have none need remain igno rant. Educated persons are in demand everywhere. It is far cheaper and far better to hire men with brains to back their work than those who have none at all. An education is the best legacy that can be given to a young man. There is no use his saying that he has no time or opportunity to improve his mind. Let him read of the life of Horace Greeley. There is no use of saying he is too old. Let him study the biography of Cato. If he will spend his evenings properly he will be aston ished with the amount he may learn. Five years will make him familiar with Greek. Latin, philosophy, English liter ature and other branches of knowledge. After a young man comes home weary of toil he thinks he cannot study, but must seek other enjoyment. But he should remember that if he passes his evening in reading history or science his body is resting for the morrow’s work. MAJ. T. M. NEWSON An eminently useful life is closed. A man honest and earnest in his con victions, strong in purpose, and distin guished for his achievements, has passed to his reward. The news of the death of Maj. Xew son was received in St. Paul on Thurs day from Malaga, Spain, where for the past three years he has served as Amer ican consul. His death occurred from malignant small-pox. His family may well' have great con solation in the memory of an honored and exceptionally useful life, and in the Christian faith and consistent works of the beloved husband and father. Talamud’s Lamentation When 1 looks back ober my two year-quaran tine, in yere, an’ sees de many narrow ’scapes I has had from goin’ in de hole, as you white gem men calls it, I can’t help but admi’ de benignancy ob de good Omnipotent. ’Bout de fust narrow ’scape I remembers ob, wus when I done gone an’ went to work fo’ mas sa Cayou in de cellhouse. Massa Cayou he alius think a good deal ob me’ an he keep tellin’ me in soft convincin’-like argyments, dat I wus de right man in de right place—de mos’ ’liable man he ebber had; an’ how he couldn’t help but keep he eye on me de w’hole time, Till, at las’, I make up my min’ Massa Cayou wus mighty keen an’ sagacious; an’, I jes’ mark him down as a man, who know’d a good thing when he seed it. Bam by, arter a few days, when de fust Monday morn in’ come roun’, Massa Cayou he say: Talamud, dar am twenty gallon ’lasses in dis yere can. a-settin’ on de “go-gig.'' an I wants you to push it roun’ an’ fill up all de syrup cans on dis gallery; an' be sho’ yo' fill up de extra dishes, ’cause some oh de boys eats heaps ob ’lasses, an’ you wants to see dat dey gits ’nougli. Now. do you under stand? Yes sah; I say. So I push de “go-gig” ’long—kin’ a hummin’ to myself "Ise so glad dat Jesus lubs me,” till pretty quick, I reach Sandy’s cell, an’ I fill up all de empty dishes— two cans, a tin cup an’ a shavin’ mug, which he had. Den I comes to de editor’s cell, whar I foun’all de dishes empty; an’ exercisin’ all de judgment I could—l fill bofe he cans, an' cups, ile wash-basin an’ he water jar wid syrup, fo’ I had strong presumptions dat de editor wus a om nivorous ’lasses eater.—l keeps on hummin’ my tune an’boomin’de work rigtyt ’long an' usin’ my bes’ judgment in tol’able fair shape; when putty soon Frank he come ’long, he look at me wid a dazed sort ob expression, frow’il up he han’s. an’ tore liisself away wid great velocity. Soon arter dis Jim, he come prowlin’ roun,’ but I keep on doin’ my duty, an’ hummin’ my tune, an’ he size up de cells, an’ look at me kin’a curious like, den wid great celerity in he motion, away he flew. I begun to git little interested myself 'bout dis time; thinks I to myself, now. somethin’ am wrong, dat am dog-gone pos’tive! else dem boys mus’sho’ly be outer dey heads! While I w t us agitatin' dis matter, in my min’. I jes’catch ed glimpse ob Massa Cayou precipitatin’ hesself towa’d me. wid he glasses on, an’ wid great force in he movements. When he had got widin hailin' distance, he exclaim: Talamud. you come’long yere, wid me! Well, dog-gone my skin! 1 felt I wus dead in fo’ it. dis time slio’! An’ dat soli itary begun loomin’ up befo’ me. in mammoth proportions! I did’nt yit hab de least suspicious ob wha’ I had done; but my knees kept giftin' w’eaker an’ weaker ebbery step an’ de only en couragement an’ consolation I foun’ fo’ myself wus in hummin’dat tune: “Ise so glad dat Je sus lubs me! ” Finally we ’proached MassaCa you’s desk—where wid pitty in he voice, he say: Talamud did you fill up de syrup cans dis mornin' as I tole you?—l say: Yas sah. Did you fill any extra dishes? he axed. 'Deed I did! I say; Massa Cayou! I sho’ly did sah! Den Massa Cayou he seem feelin' mighty grievous-like, he turn he face away, an' he shoulders keep heavin' an wigglin’ an' I could hear him sob an’ snuff he nose—fo’ he bated to hab me go in de hole drea'- ful bad. Arter composin' liisself a little, an’ wid tears still in he eyes, he turn roun’ to me an’ say: Talamud, many a good man hab got liisself in de hole, fo’ doin' less dan you hab done, to-day— dod rot my stars! he say: you hab not only filled up all de cans an' dippers, but you hab filled up de wash-basins an' ev'n de water jars wid lasses! How in de name ob scrumptiousness, does you ’spec’s a man's gw ine to drink he tea an’ wash he lace, when youse got ebbery thing fill’d like dat? Den he pull he glasses down furder on he nose, an’ he look ober ’em, an’ keep on sayin’: Now. only one thing sav’d you from goin’ to de solitary; an’ you can jes’ thank yo’ bacon—dat de slop buckets war'nt in de cells yit! Yas, sah; Massa Cayou! Isay: f does ’preciate dat fac’! ’Deed 1 does, sah! De mo’ I thinks 'bout it, de mo’ 1 ’preciates it! Dog-gone, my judgment; Massa Cayou, ’deed I does sah! O. ,T. Talamud A good idea of the extreme rapidity of the movement of the w heels of justice is given by the following interview between a lawyer and a client who had brought suit against somebody for a sum of money to which he was honestly entitled. The story is told by a prominent attor ney in the city, and for the sake of discount, is indorsed by another. The client visited his law yer one day in the spring and said: " Well, our case comes off next week, and of course we will win. and I will get my money, won’t I?” “ Not necessarily at once,” replied the law yer. “ Why not? ” was the next question. “ Well, if w r e win, the court will grant a stay for 20 days.” “ What is that for?” “Just to let the other side find out whether they want to appeal or not.” “ But if they appeal, what wall happen then? ” “ The case w ill be argued before the supreme court, which meets next October.” Well, then I can depend on getting my money next October, can’t I? ” “ No-o-o. I wouldn’t place any dependence on it, for the supreme court may reverse the decis ion of the lower court, in which case, the w T hole thing would have to be tried over again; or, your case might be set late on the calendar *nd not come up before February? ” “So I can depend on getting the stuff next February, sure? ” “ No-o-o. The court then may giant a stay for 10 days, if everything has not been decided your way.” “ But what is that stay for? ” “To give the other fellow time to put his prop erty in his wife’s name, or so transfer it that you cannot touch it.” When he started the suit, the client thought the recovery of his money a mere joke, but when he thought over the costs, and the time involved, he figured that it was carrying a joke too far, and was perfectly satisfied when he received a check from his lawyer for $<3.15 for an original claim of $728,93. Minneapolis Journal. A New Beading:. Fitz: What does R. S. Y. P. stand for V Mac: AVell, to judge by the conduct of some society people, I should say it means Rush in, Shake hands, Victual up and Put! — Puck. ■ i tuKpHi NEWS OF A WEEK. March 29. The St. Paul Typographical Union holds its an nual meeting for the election of officers. It is.believed that President Cleveland will call an extra session of congress in September or Oc tober. Actress Irene Worrell Holton of Chicago, gets $.->,OOO damages for falling down the opera house stairs. The South Dakota Press association decides on May 20 as the date for an editorial excursion to the World’s Fair. Edison wins an important law-suit which has been in progress nearly live years. The suit in volved an expense of SIOO,OOO to the contending parties. An old man is arrested in St. Paul for begging, and when searched at the police station over $20,0p0 in money and bonds and aline gold watch were found on his person. March 30. A typewriter trust with a capital of $20,000,00© is formed. It is officially announced that the World’s Fair will open May 1. The president of San Domingo is under arrest for looting a bank. A bill providing for the adoption of a state flag is passed in the lower house of the Minnesota legislature. Lewis Baker, editor of the St. Paul Globe, is appointed minister to Nicaragua. Costa Pica an* San Salvador. Gov. Nelson delivers an address at the fourth annual commencement exercises of the Minne sota school of agriculture. March 31. A trio of cattle thieves are rounded up and jailed at Montana. The state teachers’ reading circle holds its an nual meeting in St. Paid. The Columbian stamped envelopes are placed on sale for the first time. Mayor Wright appoints ex-Gov. A. 11. McGill to fill one of the vacancies of the school board. The joint reapportionment committee has been unable to agree and will submit two reports to the legislature. It is estimated that the public debt statement to be issued to-morrow will show a gain of avail able cash during the month of $1..'>00,000. A case of involuntary suicide occurs at Sioux Falls. S. D. A fourteen-year-old boy while play ing at hanging slipped and was strangled. April I. The public debt decreased $1,956,172 in March. A general epidemic of cholera in Europe is predicted. A Canadian Pacific train is wrecked and four men are killed. Corbett and Mitchell are to fight in New York: for a purse of $40,000. Joseph Jefferson’s summer residence at Buz zard’s Bay, Mass., is burned. Five people lose their lives and twenty-five are injured in a hotel fire at Bradford, Pa. A miner’s lamp caused an explosion in a Penn sylvania mine and ten miners lose their lives in consequence. St. Paulis being systematically “worked” by mendicants. Four men lose tlieir lives in a railroad accident near Ketcham. W'is. Forest fires are ragii\g in New Jersey, causing great damage to property. The St. Paul associated charities must suspend operations unless means are devised for increas ing tlieir revenue. Mrs. Anna Potter, independent candidate for mayor of Kansas City. Kan., has refused a Re publican indorsement. A fire broke out in the immigrant room at the union depot, St. Paul, and the immigrants who were locked in had a narrow escape from a hor rible death. Many bridges are swept away by floods iu South Dakota. The decision in the Ann Arbor case declares a boycott to a conspiracy. Prince Roland Bonaparte, grand nephew of Napoleon Bonaparte, has landed in New York. The city council of St. Paul is asked to author ize the issue of sr>o,ooo bonds for a public library site. It is said that Squire Abingdon, Charlie Mit chell’s backer, left all his great wealth to Mrs. Langtry. Farmers and railroad employes have a bloody battle over a warehouse site at Jackson Junc tion, lowa. There is a prospect that the carpenters em ployed on the World’s Fair buildings may go out on a strike. Cumberland, Md., has a $750,000 fire. Gov. Nelson designates April 28 as Arbor Day. The capitol bill is passed in the Minnesota sen ate, the vote standing 29 to 19. St. Louis Republicans elect mayor, collector, council and the most of the minor offices. Returns from many cities and towns in Kansas show that the Republicans have carried every city of importance. By the giving way of scaffolding on a West Su perior elevator, five men fall sixty feet. All are injured and two will die. Carter H. Harrison has been elected mayor of Chicago by 20,000 plurality over the candidate on the allied Republican and Citizens’ ticket. April 2. April 3 April 4