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THURSDAY April <>. 18113. PRISON OFFICIALS. M ANAGERS. EDWIN DUNN. President Evota, JOHN F. NORItISH Hastings. JAS. S. O’BRIEN Stillwater. F. W. TEMPLE Blue Earth City, M. O. HA LI Duluth. RESIDENT OFFICIALS. HENRY WOLFER Warden. F. H. LEMON Deputy Warden. E. A. O’BRIEN ...Clerk, B. J. MERRILL Physician MRS. H. A. WALKER Matron, J. H. ALBERT Protestant Chaplain, CHARLES CORCORAN Catholic Chaplain. PRISON AGENT. CLARK CHAMBERS Owatonna, LOG/XLi fIGKINQS —Population, 323. —Weather superb —Received. 4; discharged, 5. —Are yon going to the World s Fair? —The clock in the cellhouse has been repaired. —Guard Orff has been placed on the sick list. —Col. Chambers paid the prison a visit last Thursday. —Steward Benner passed Sunday at his home in Minneapolis. —Guard Bordwell's absence is occasioned by the serious illness of his daughter. —Guard Qallagher says that the only ball lie attended was the baby’s bawl at home. —Ass’t Deputy Glennon lias moved his office to the front room of the “ lower office.” —Hospital Steward Hall has been doing a com fortable business in vaccination bill ing the past week. —Miss Shaw, daughter of F. N. Shaw of St. Paul, and Manager O’Brien’s three children visit ed us Tuesday. —Statement of population April 5: Working for Thresher Co.. 133; working for state, 162; sick and infirm. 8. Total population, 323. —The Mirror addressed to Miss Hattie Ells worth. Minneapolis, should be changed from 314 Hennepin Avenue to 13 S. E. Maine St. —Sheriff's Geo. H. Monroe of Stevens Co., Al len Mollison of Mower Co., and Reuben Clewett. Deputy of Ramsey Co., were callers this week. —Two men were transferred from the tailor, shop to the machine-shop on account of work be ing somewhat slack in the former department. —The following table is the grade report for the mouth of April; First grade...i UK) Second grade 110 Third grade 17 —Mr. Hart Row. of Minneapolis, the state agent of the National Fire ins. Co., paid the prison a visit Tuesday. He attends to a part of the prison’s insurance. —A lire alarm box, connecting the prison with the central lire alarm station in the city, has been placed against the outside wall of the en gine room near the main door. The number of the box is 15. —Prisoners received during the week: From Stevens Co., 1 for murder first degree, life; Mow er Co., l for burglary and assault, <; years; /im«- sey Co., 2 for grand larceny second degree, 2 years and 3 years respectively. —The way in which our waiter boys in the dining room dodge each other in the “alleys,” when serving the food, carry us back to the days of the dear old Virginia Keel. By the way, Sieg fried will make an excellent leader of a German when he leaves here. —Last week Warden Wolfer extended the courtesies of the prison to Mr. H. D. Brown, the senior member of the firm of Brown, Treacy & Co., of St. Paul. Mr. Brown was a visitor to our sanctum, and was pleased with the way Thk Mirror w r as conducted. —Capt. Ben Cayou has military genius of a high order, and last Tuesday lie marshalled the entire cellhouse force, ami forming them into compan ies, regiments and brigades, lie put them through the “broom drill.” The “boys” didn’t show much enthusiasm for this kind of drill, —One of the new arrivals w as suffering consid erable with an ingrowing nail and “ Doc ” Hall was called upon to “ operate ”on the man. The nail was so deeply imlieddeil in the flesh that it necessitated using extreme measures, and the young man had to lose considerable of his blue blood after the operation was performed. Both man and nail are doing well. —On account of the press of business the car penters have been unable to get around to the dining room to remove from the tables the neces sary number of seats in order that more room can be given to the boys while seated. The ex periment has been tried on a couple of the tables to the satisfaction of the management. —The freight elevator in the twine factory through some mysterious agency broke loose on Monday from the top floor, and fell with a crash to the bottom. The convict, who runs the same, was reclining on some bales of hemp at the time, and though falling with the elevator he very fortunately escaped being injured if not killed. It will be sometime yet before the " lift ” will be in running order again. ' —Several of the boys, armed with shovels and picks, have been busy during a couple days clear ing away the snow and ice which had accumulat ed in great quantities on Main and adjacent streets of our prison home. —The G. A. R. Relief Corps of Stillwater gave a ball on Monday night, and it was, we understand, one of the swell affairs of the season. Many of the guards of this prison are members of the Corps, and those who were able to get away from duty were present and enjoyed themselves very much. Long life to the G. A. R. Relief Corps. —lt was an innocent looking padlock that se cured the door of a certain closet in the engine room. It was a beautiful smile that illumined the classical ’features of a man named Jones. His Siren-like voice was as melodious as the rushing waters. We accepted his invitation to pass comment on the quality, of that piece of hardware. We did. We were elevated, we think, into space about 400 feet. We retired to a corner and thought deeply over the occurrence; and then, and only then, it Hashed through us that it was April Fool’s day and that Jones had charged that padlock with 400 tons of Edison’s best. —The last quadrille had been danced, and the soft strains of “ Home. Sweet Home ” floated through the air. The ladies had given each other the liurried-whispered “good night,” and the Third Annual Ball given by the Boiler Mak ers Association had passed into history of musi cal gatherings as one the most noted ever held in the city of Stillwater. < >ne hundred and liTty couples glided over the mirror-like floor of Music Hall as the “ Music arose with voluptuous swell. Soft eyes look’d love to eyes which spake again. And all went merry as a marriage bell.” We are indebted to Ass’t Deputy Glennon for one of the beautiful programs. Mr. Glennon was one of the floor managers, and with the as sistance of Messrs. Irving, Cummings, Maloney, and Akins “ wall-flowers ” were not permitted to adorn the ball room. —A committee of the state Farmer's Alliance composed of President Donnelly, R. J. Hall. H. F. Bjorge and Robert Eckford were guests of the board of managers yesterday. The object of the committee’s visit was to try to formulate a plan for handling a part of the twine output of the pris on for the benefit of the farmers. The prisoners were agreeably surprised during dinner by the entrance of Mr. Donnelly, and after we had made a good inroad on our meal we were called to or der by Warden Wolfer who called our attention to the presence of our distinguished visitor. For fully fifteen minutes the Senator kept his audi ence enjoying the sound of his well-known voice, and the fatherly advice that lie gave us was no doubt fully appreciated by every convict present. Before closing he told us that our Warden had asked if there was anything he could do. and he in turn asked for the granting of some privelege to the boys in remembrance of his visit. The privelege of writing an extra letter was granted to the men. The Review of Reviews for April is unusually profuse in its illustrations. Perhaps none of its other illustrated articles w ill attract more atten tion than one upon the question of dress reform from the standpoint of the World’s Fair. The Woman’s National Council is proposing to in augurate a movement for short and comfortable walking dresses, and the Review of Reviews pub lishes a number of very interesting portraits of well-known ladies as photographed in their dress-reform street gowns, several of the photo graphs- being specially taken for this number. Easter Sunday dawned fair and bright, without a cloud to mar the beauty of the day which is observed throughout Christendom in commemo ration of our Lord Jesus Christ. At 8 a. m. Rev. Father O’Brien, of St. Michael's church, read mass for the benefit of those who are of the Catholic faith, a beautifully painted altar having been prepared for the occasion. After mass the regular Catholic services were held, Father O'Brien preaching a power ful sermon appropriate to the day. At the conclusion of the chapel services we returned to our cells until the noon hour, and were then marched to the dining hall. Steward Benner had not forgotten what was due to the occasion, and in addition to our usual Sunday dinner three boiled eggs were placed at each man’s plate. After dinner we were again locked in our cells, and many of us who have passed other Easter days here in prison and had learned to look forward to this day in anticipation of a visit from the Rt. Rev. Bishop M. X. Gilbert, began to fear that something had prevented him from being with us on this occasion. But the good Bishop did not disappoint us, for at 3 p. >i. we were marched to the chapel, and a few minutes after we were seated the Bish op, accompanied by the Rev. A. D. Stowe and Rev. J. H. Albert, ascended the platform. The services began by the prison choir singing the anthem, “ The Lord Is Risen.” After a prayer by the Rev. A. D. Stowe the Ascension church choir, under the leadership of Prof. Blakie, and Mrs. C. H. Browne, organist, sang the anthem “Jubilate,” Easter With Us. Bishop (Gilbert then arose ami prefaced his sermon by saying that he had missed being with us but one Easter Sunday during the past six years, and that he was always glad to be with us on this day to bring a little sunshine into our darkened lives. The Bishop under stands the weakness of pur nature, and has the rare faculty of appealing direct to the hearts and judgment of his audience, and throughout his sermon he was listened to with profound in terest; and his fervid language and the earnestness of his manner could not fail to make a deep and lasting impres sion for good upon his hearers. At the conclusion of the Bishop's address the congregation sang, “God Be With You Till We Meet Again.” And thus ended our Easter Sunday in prison. But the memory of the day will live in our thoughts and strengthen us to bear the heavy burdens of life patiently and hopefully. Snap Shots. Minnesota believes in looking at both sides of a thing. She appoints a com mittee to investigate the good roads plans, and, another committee to in vestigate the had Khodes’ plans. I always thought that something bad would come of that “In God We Trust” silver dollar worth only (54 100 of what it represents, and now you can see for yourself what a lot of skin trusts it has fathered. First Grade Convict: That was an excellent dinner we had Easter day! Second Grade Convict: Yes. decided ly. Eggs-a-lent dinner. Third Grade Convict: We had an egg-cell-lent dinner, too. What a man does may sometimes prove his ingenuity. What he does not do, may sometimes prove his claim to wisdom. A good for nothing fellow—The one who does not derive any benelit from being good. A problematical solution Cheap whisky. Nineteenth century Ruler works ei ther way Do a cash business on a trust basis, or, a trust business on a cash ba sis. R. M. The Parole Bill The bill introduced by Senator San born "to regulate the sentencing of persons convicted of felony and their subsequent release on parole" was pass ed by the Legislature, and has now be come a law. The following is the bill in full: Be it < naeted hi/ tin Legislature of the State of Minnesota. Section l. That whenever any person not less than sixteen i It!) years of age who has never be fore been convicted of crime, shall he convicted of an offense punishable by imprisonment in the Minnesota State Prison, such criminal may, in the discretion of the court, be sentenced to the Minnesota State Prison in like manner and on like conditions as prescribed in section eleven (.111 of chapter two hundred and eight (208) of the General Laws of Minnesota, for one thousand eight hundred and eighty-seven (1887), providing for the sentencing of convicts to the Minnesota State Reformatory. Such sentence shall be des ignated as a sentence to the State Prison upon the reformatory plan. In respect to the convict so sentenced, the board of managers of the state prison shall have the same power and authority as the board of managers of the reformatory to grant paroles and releases to convicts, upon the like terms and conditions as prescribed in sec tions fourteen (14) and fifteen (15) of chapter two hundred and eight (208) of the General Laws of Minnesota, for the year one thousand eight hundred and eighty-seven (1887). Sec. 2. The clerk of the court in which any person is convicted and sentenced, as prescribed in the preceeding section, shall, as soon as may be, make out and deliver to the sheriff of the county in which the conviction and sentence is had, a certified record containing a copy of the indictment and of the plea thereto, the name and residence of the judge presiding at the trial; also the jurors and witnesses sworn on the trial, such synopsis of the testimony as the judge may direct, the charge of the court, the verdict, the sentence pronounced and the date thereof, which certified record shall be sufficient authority for the sheriff of the county in which the conviction and sentence was had, to execute such sentence by carrying and delivering the person convicted to the warden of the state prison, with whom the certified copy of the record aforsaid is to be tiled at the time of the delivery of the person convicted. The necessary expenses and legal fees of sher iffs and other officers, incurred in conveying con victs to the state prison who have been sentenced to imprisonment therein, under the provisions of this act, shall be paid in like manner as pre scribed in section twenty-nine (29) of chapter tw r o hundred and fifty-four (254) of the General Laws of Minnesota for the year one thousand eight hundred and eighty-nine (1889). Sec. 3. It shall be the duty of the superintendent ' of the Minnesota state reformatory, at the close of each calendar month, to notify each judge of the district court in the State of Minnesota how many prisoners are in confinement in said re formatory on the last day of the month, and no convict above the age of 21 years shall be sen tenced to the state reformatory, unless the re port of the superintendent shall, show that the number of available cells in said reformatory was at least four (4) more than the number of prisoners in confinement at the close of the pro ceeding month. Sec. 4. The board of managers of the Minne sota state prison shall have authority, under such rules and regulations as the governor may pre scribe. to issue a parole to any prisoner, except ing life convicts, who is now or hereafter may be imprisoned in said state prison, whether com mitted on a time sentence or on the reformatory plan, provided: 1. That no convict shall be so paroled who is known to have served a previous sentence in any prison for a felony. 2. That no convict who is serving a time sen tence shall be paroled until lie lias served at least one-half of the full term for which he was sen tenced, not reckoning any good time. 3. That no convict who is serving a life sen tence shall be paroled. 4. That such convicts, while on parole, shall remain in the legalcustody and under the control of the board of managers and sub ject at any time to be taken back within the enclosure of said state prison; and full power to re-take and re-im prison any convict so upon parole is hereby con ferred upon said board, whose written order, certified by the warden, shall be sufficient war rant for all officers named in it to authorize such officers to return to actual custody any condition ally released or paroled prisoner, and it is hereby made the duty of all officers to execute said order, the same as ordinary criminal process. 5. That in considering applications for parole, it shall be unlawful for the board of managers of the state reformatory to entertain any petition, receive any written communication or hear any argument from any attorney, or other person not connected with the said prison or reformatory , in favor of the conditional pardon of any prison er; but the said board of managers may. if they deem proper, institute impiiries by correspond ence, or otherwise, as to the previous history or character of any prisoner. Sec. 5. The board of managers of the Minnesota State Prison is hereby authorized and empowered to establish three (3) grades of prisoners, together with a system of marks, and to prescribe rules for the regulations of such grades and marks, and no prisoner shall be released on parole un less he shall have been for six (ill months pre ceding a member of the first 1 1st t grade. Prison ers in the second (2d i and third <3d) grade maybe deprived of such privileges as the board of man agers shall direct, and third (3d) grade prisoners shall be deprived of the good ronduct money heretofore allowed by law. Sec.O. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after its passage. An Opinion On A Public Question Perhaps it is a matter of perplexity to a citizen that a non-citizen can take any interest in public affairs. But, if he lias lost his citizenship, it does not follow that he ceases to take an interest in the world of which he was once a part, nor be cause one’s country has deprived one of liberty does it follow that he is imbittered against it, and cares nothing for its welfare. In reading the history of this country. 1 have come to the con clusion that the term of our presidents are too short, it should be extended to six years without the right of succession. Eight years is too long for any presiding head to hold sway over any nation, four years is too short a period for an ex ecutive head to carry into effect the wisdom his tenure of office has taught him. It requires at least two years for a president to become acquaint ed with his executive duties and to learn by what methods to best reach the wants of the people. The last two years of office have been the most judicial and fruitful of nearly all our presidents, and were the time to be extended to six years no doubt the nation would profit by it. Our ex-pres idents should, if fate spares them, be placed in retirement responsive to the call of the president in office when grave matters pertaining to the state are under discussion. Their wisdom and experience would help to solve intricate matters that might be beyond the scope of the ones en trusted with the government, and thus tide the “ship of state - ’ through dangerous shoals and insure the tranquility of peace. C. C. Three Things to Remember. Three things to govern temper, tongue and conduct. Three things to fight for honor, country and home. Three things to hate cruelty, arro gance and ingratitude. Three things to love—courage, gentle ness and affection. Three things to delight in- frankness, freedom and beauty. Three things to wish for—health, friends and a cheerful spirit. Three things to avoid—idleness, lo quacity and flippant jesting. Three things to admire—intellectual power, dignity and gracefulness. Three things to think about—life, death and eternity —Detroit Free Press.