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I Vol. VI.—No. 42. Even now, while the sun is descending. Do two stars gleam and throb on the sky; Nestling and dazzling’and blending And striving with Flmebus to vie. All along on the Armament vaulted, children in brilliant array. Darting out, have in modesty halted Eor Night is still in hiding from ©ay. Lingers long, she with secrets revealing. Of mirage concaved o’er our ken— Skies reflect but our Earth’s purest feeling— Semblance distanc’d: our children again. In our hearts come they lovingly stealing. Ever tuning the heart-strings of men. Shorn Poet. Social Equality In The United States. One of the boasts of Americans is that all men are equal, and that we have no titled aristocracy in the United States. Now, in the first place, are men treated as equals here; if so, I would ask, where ? Let us look into what are supposed to be our halls of justice, and see if the rich and poor stand upon an equal footing there; or, let a laboring man, clothed as becomes his humble calling, enter one of our fashionable churches, and if he is not put out, he is plainly shown that he is not wanted there. Again, let us look at our pen sion list, and we will find people who already possess more than their share of this world's goods drawing enormous pensions; while the poor widows and mothers of our soldiers are trying to eke out a miserable existence on six or eight dollars per month—many of them cannot get even that. An illustration of the way the rich and poor of this country are severally dealt with is found in that old story of the rich man who happened to fall into an open coal-hole on the sidewalk of one of our cities, and, suing the corporation, received §IO,OOO as damages: a poor man read an account of it, and thought it would be a good scheme for himself to “go and do likewise." So, watching his oppor tunity, he, at last, found the open coal hole, and down he went—only to be pulled out, and given sixty days for stealing coal!" Now, in regard to the titled aristocracy; it may be that we possess none of our own, but this fact does not prevent our countrymen from looking up to the titled people of o.ther countries, as if they were superior beings. Plain John Bull arrives at New r York, and puts up at the Mechan ics’ Home; how many people are there in the country who are made aware of the fact ? None, except those whom he informs. But let the Duke of land at New York, and it is telegraphed all over the country. Is it because he has more money than John Bull? No, for the chances are that he had to leave his own country on account of debt, and came over here to allow some millionaire’s daughter to prefix Duchess to her name, for the small consideration of a million or tw r o of the old man’s dollars; and, to the shame of our coun try, be it said, he finds a large field to work in. If w r e have no aristocrats here, it does not prevent those who can afford it from being willing to pay high for the honor of being related to one. A consolatory thought in conclusion; there is one place where rich and poor are treated alike on this earth, and that is in our cemeteries, where “six feet of earth makes men all of one size.” An American. I have frequently heard the remark made by some of the inmates that a person once convicted of a felony, and sent to state prison, could never regain the respect and «onfidence of the world at large, and that such a person seeking employment, would, if his anteeedents were known, be scorned and hunted from every door. This no doubt is true in many instances, yet is by no means ftp Jlrisson illirror. THE LITTLE STARS. (AN ACROSTIC.) Do Not Despair. IT IS NEVER TOO LATE TO MEND.” STILLWATER, MINNESOTA, MAY 25, 1893. a rule. It is also said, that the epithet of ex-convict will cling to a man’s name as long as he lives, and that all his ef forts to eradicate the stain w r ill be in vain. This is correct in one sense of the word, but does it follow, that, be cause he has committed one mistake, he must continue to do so ? I say, de cidedly not. If a man has energy and will power to sustain him, he may, in time, overcome all obstacles, and climb slowly up the hill to respectability and even renown. Now, the class of people who are the loudest in denouncing crim inals; who persecute and trample down a man because he has been in prison, and who do not take the trouble to look into and ascertain the past life of such an unfortunate, before pronoun cing judgment upon him, are generally of a sort, whose own record would not bear investigation, arid are utterly un worthy of the name of citizen of this great commonwealth. For, instead of helping to redeem a fallen brother, and snatch him from the hand of vice, they do their best to drive him back to evil companionship and crime. An in stance of this modern outrage is shown in the case of a certain United States senator, which has kept the papers busy for some time past. No doubt many of my readers know to whom I refer. He was accused of having em bezzled a large amount of money, while cashier of a bank. Since that event, which happened years ago, he has led an examplary life, and, to judge from the position he* holds, has won the utmost confidence of the state he rep resents. Yet, withal, this well atoned for offense was dragged again before the public, by men, who perhaps com mitted acts in their life as criminal as his, but were shrewd enough to conceal them. Ido not hesitate to say, that 90 per cent, of the people w r ho enjoy their liberty have, some time or other, com mitted an act, which, if known, would bring them in conflict with the law r , and perhaps aquaint them with a felon’s cell. We hear every day of men, w r ho suddenly acquire wealth by speculation, while others, the same day, lose a for tune. Now w'hat is speculation? In plain English it is wholesale robbery. It is a deeply laid scheme to wrench the gold from the hands of one, and convert it to the pockets of the other; and you may rest assured that, in order to gain their end, they will not hesi tate at any thing. In conclusion, I say to everyone: Do not despair, if, on stepping out of these w r alls, you meet with disappointment on every side, but fight bravely on in the path of recti tude, and w r hen, at times, some one will throw up to you the past, do not re sent it, but console yourself with the thought, that he who does so, should perhaps have occupied your place. Hector. Comparison. We learn much from comparison. Our views are widened, our curiosity becomes excited, our intelligence in creased, our observing powers are awakened, and a thirst for an improve ment in our different stations of life is thereby stimulated. For an example, compare an ancient history of a country, say England, with its present govern ment, and we see at once an interesting subject for argument. We are moved to wonder at the strides, some rapid, some slow, which the nation has taken in the past. In the first place, in order to ful ly be able to compare the separate con ditions of the people, the church, govern ment, etc., we must first acquire a more complete knowledge of these advance ments, and in the very pursuit of such information, we are taught to to improve our mind and memory, to reason, to compare. Then, even after we have acquainted ourselves in this manner, with important topics and is sues, we still compare our accomplish ments with those of someone before us, some great historian, thus stimulating our thirst for still greater achievements. There is no retrograde in the life of one who has both ears and eyes open, who looks around him, likening this object to that, and discovering the reason of their difference or resemblance. Look about you for the afflicted, the bedrid den and the deranged, and you w ill at once compare their infirmities with your own favorable condition; you are thus reminded to more carefully preserve your own health, thereby lengthening life and acquiring a certain amount of wisdom. Place your life, your habits and labor, along the side of morality, temperance, and obedience to the law s of man and nature, and then note the comparison; weigh yourself; are you what you should be ? Have you reached the highest standard of manhood? If not, take a lesson of the comparison, and thus improve your time and being, which are both given you for improve ment by your Creator. Vic. Why It Will Pay to Reform the Criminal. In almost every paper you pick up, you will find an account of a crime hav ing been committed, wherein the news paper wrill state that it was the work of professionals, and they show such skill in executing the job, that, if it was turned to some honest calling, they would be bound to succeed. Now any one who is acquainted with the “crook ed fraternity ’’ knows that this state ment is true; and, more than that, he knows that a man w r ho makes his living by stealing must be a man with some get-up and push to him. He must not only be intelligent, but must be fertile in expedients, quick to grasp the oppor tunity, and ever on guard of his enemy, the police. So much for the thief on the outside; w T e will now r turn our at tention to the thief in prison. Here you wrill find him an intelligent, skill ful and cheerful workman. He knows that it is useless to rebel, and that by living up to the rules and regulations of the prison, life will be made bearable. You will generally find him at a post where skill and dexterity is required, and by his cheerful manner he soon wins the respect of those under w'hose charge he may be placed. Now r the question that occurs to me, is: If those men can lead such blameless lives in side of prison w r alls, how' is it, that un der more favorable circumstances on the outside, they wrill turn aside from a life of virtue to a life of vice ? Some thing must be wrong. But where is it ? Is it in the man, or is it in society ? I think both are to blame. Society, for not making an effort to help the man to help himself, and in not foreseeing, in consideration of his past life, how r easy it is for him to relapse into his old way. On the other hand, the thief expects so ciety to welcome him back with open arms, without making an effort on his own part, to show' that he is worthy of such a welcome. Now, I think that if they could both be shown the error of their w r ays, this question would soon settle itself. Yon. What I am about to write I do not in tend as a lecture or sermon; but am simply voicing a few of my own feel ings, which will apply equally well to my readers. We are all passing through the school of experience, and some of us must be rigorously dealt with before we are made to see things as they are. Some writer has aptly said: “ Every ex perience in life is helpful to us;” and, while liberty is now our cry, we may, perhaps, fail to appreciate it fully when it again comes to us. There is no use blaming one’s self too much for errors committed in the past; the thing to do is to determine that the future will see us do differently; and the future is not, as we imagine, afar off, but the next moment is the future in which to begin anew. • In fact, there is no time like the present, and the genuineness of our in- At Odds With The World, tentions is measured by the effort we put forth toward betterment in the present. Who among us has not made missteps in life; they differ only in de grees, and none of us should become discouraged over the result, but brace up, and overcome the past by right act ing in the present. Too much time is wasted over the “might have beens” of life. We are, possibly, soon to learn how serious, how disheartening, is the condition of one who has been impris oned, when he finds society arraigned against him. It is the fashion to in veigh against the “cold and pitiless world;” but the world has often much excuse for maintaining this character of coldness. As society is now consti tuted, the consequences of wrong-doing are usually terrible, and greatly to be dreaded, and all who have unhealthful cravings for forbidden things should be made to realize that society very natu rally treats harshly those who permit their pleasures and passions to endan ger its very existence. People who have toilsomely and patiently erected their homes and placed therein their treasures, do not tolerate with equanim ity, those who appear to have no oth er calling than that of recklessly play ing with fire. The well-to-do, conserv ative world has no inclination to make things pleasant for those who propose to gratify themselves at any and every cost, and if the culprit pleads “I did not realize—l meant no great harm,” the retort comes back, “ But you do the harm; you endanger every thing. If you have not sense or principle enough to act wisely and well, do not expect us to risk our fortunes with either fools or knaves;” and the man or woman who has preferred pleasure or passing gratification or transient ad vantage to that priceless possession, a good name,* has little ground for complaint. If society readily condoned those grave offenses which threaten chaos, thousands, now restrained by salutary fear, would act disastrously the evil lurking in their hearts. As long as the instinct of self-preservation remains, the world will seem cold and pitiless. It often is so, however, to a degree that cannot be too severely con demned. The world is soulless of all corporations. In dealing with the criminal or unfortunate classes, it generalizes to such an extent that ex ceptional cases have little chance of a special hearing. If by any means, how ever, such a hearing can be obtained, the world is usually just, and often quite generous. But, in the main, it says to all: “ Keep your proper places in the ranks. If you fall out, we must leave you behind; if you make trouble, we miist abate you as a nuisance.” This certainty has the effect of keeping many in their places who otherwise would drop out and make trouble, and is, so far, wholesome; and yet, in spite of this warning truth, the wayside of life is lined with those who, for some reason, have become disabled and have fallen out of their places; and misera bly would many of them perish did not the spirit of Him who came “to see and save the lost" animate true followers, leading them likewise to go out after the lame, the wounded, and the morally leprous. Liberty. He was a wise fellow, and had good discretion, that, being bid to ask what he would of the king, desired that he might know none of his secrets. — Shakespeare. The strokes of the pen need delibera tion as much as those of the sword need swiftness. —Julia Ward Howe. Honorable industry always travels the same road with enjoyment and duty.— S. Smiles. Police Justice: Why did you swear your name is Joy when we’ve proven it to be Murphy ? Prisoner: I thought may be you’d say “let Joy be unconfined.”— Electric Spark. Tcomo. j per year, in advance. I erms. ( §i x Months 50 Cents. Clinging to Precedent.