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Another year of Chautauqua work has com to a close. After three years trial of this sys tem of education in prison, it would hardly seem necessary to say anything: as to its future. Through the columns of The Mirror the peo ple have had a glimpse of the good work of the past. So in the future the members will endeav or to surpass, if possible, that standard of excel lence already attained. As to the aims and pur poses of this system in penal institutes 1 prefer others to speak. A few years ago it would have been deemed a hazardous undertaking to per mit prisoners to organize and conduct, without any restraint, a society assisted only by our worthy chaplain as critic. The men are put on their good behavior on becoming members and there lias been lmt one instance where a mem ber has been expelled. We meet every two weeks to deliver papers on the current studies and topics of the times and to hold debates on questions of importance. During the year the average attendance has been 31. Xine members will graduate next year by reading the four years' course and Idling memoranda. The in fluence of this good work is elevating in eveVy degree and prepares us for that long looked for day when we again shall go free. Ski kktaky. SILVER (Report for Class A by R. H. W. D.) For the past few months the country has been trembling on the verge of a financial panic. Val ues have shrunk, loans have been called in. money has become scarce, and distrust and un certainty reigns on every hand. Cereals are at a low ebb, wheat having recently sold at the low est price ever offered for it in this country. Many national banks have failed, and others were barely saved by those heroic measures known only to financiers. And what is the cause'.’ is the natural query. Silver, silver, sil ver! greets you in answer from every side; but. let ns see. It was not so many moons ago. that the Bourbon Democrat would have shrieked “McKinley Bill.'’ as his answer. And no later than one month ago Chauneey Depew. the glit tering exponent of Republicanism laid the blame at the door of the present administration, and its callow ministers and financiers. Here wide divergence of opinion. Let us cast a glance at this silver issue. When in direst distress, amid the lowering financial gloom of the early sixtie-. the government called upon the banks and moneyed men of the nation for aid, who can blame them if they made their own terms? We cannot afford to inquire too closely into the mo tive. The government at that time could not “look a gift horse in the mouth,” and that it was a “gift horse,’’ the millions of Geo. W. Childs of Philadelphia, the Vanderbilts, Astors, and Drex elsof X. V., and the Peabodysand Bearings of Boston will testify. To be sure there were Fisk, Gould, and other cormorants of that ilk hang ing around the edge of affairs, ready to turn ev ery untoward event to their advantage, and fat tening upon the opportunities of Black Friday and reverses in battle. But these were evils spawned by the necessities of the times. Bonds were issued, licences were granted, and the pres ent national banking system had its birth. With the national banks came the national bank note; issued by the bank, and secured by the bonds owned by the bank, but deposited in the government vaults. The years rolled away, and there came a time when the government could redeem its bonds; which it did partly by a re issue of bonds bearing a lower rate of interest, and partly by retiring the balance. The immedi ate effect of this move would have been a terri ble contraction of the currency; and Coming, as it would, on the heels of the popular cry for “more money per capita,” the politician stood aghast. Then came the opportunity of the silver men. By having tiie government buy a certain amount of silver bullion each month, and instead of coining the same, store it away in the treas ury vaults and issue currency and notes against it, that would be a brilliant scheme, and supply the pressing exigencies of the hour. We all know how it was done. The Sherman bill is a matter of history, and now we are to grapple with the remains of this makeshift. It is a pro found subject, and the friends of silver have a strong position, despite the popular belief to the contrary. English gold has been talked of as be ing spent freely against it, and the recent action taken by that government in India looks very peculiar, to say the least. There are many things I would like to add, but my time has passed long since, and besides, the coming meeting of con gress will no doubt mix the matter up so that I will have an opportunity to face you again on this topic. The empire of Morocco is the most important state that is entirely with out a newspaper. THE BAZAR: We would respectfully draw the* attention of the readers of this paper to the fact that we are in a position to sell all kinds of Merchandise as cheap as any concern in the United States or Canada. Our connection in the Eastern market places us on an equal footing with the largest con cerns in the country, and our ex penses for selling and handling Merchandise are far less than most concerns of our size that are lo cated in larger cities. Samples cheerfully sent to any part of the United States or Canada. Respectfully, A. G. SHUTTING KR Stillwater, Minn. THE BAZAR. ELLIOTT HOUSE, Cor. Third A: Chestnut Sts., STILLWATER, - - - - MINN Remodeled and First-class in Every Respect. J. E. ELLIOTT, Proprietor. fjHESTXTT Qr. PharmacY W. W. BALDWIN, Manager. PURE DRUGS, PERFUMERY, TOILET AND FANCY ARTICLES, BRUSHES, Etc. Physicians’ Prescriptions a Spe cialty, Compounded by Skilled Pharmacists. 226 E. Chestnut St., Stillwater. ‘‘Professor,” said a gentleman once to the famous Professor Blackie, of Edinburgh, “may I ask the seen t of your hap piness ?" “Yes,” replied the genial Professor, who in his old age is as sprightly and merry as a schoolboy. “Here is the se cret. I have no vain regrets for the past. I look forward with hope to the future and I always strive to do my duty.” —Ex Twists of the Ram’s Horn A fool hates good advice. Wear a smile if you want to be useful. The best lighted streets are travelled the most. Troubles were given to teach us our need of God. The devil's sugar-eoated pills have al ways poison in them. Selfishness always drags down. The only real good, is the good ot all. — Ram's Horn. CHICAGO BAKERY & r rmt u ' CHARLES HEITMAN, Proprietor. meals at all hours 241 South Main St., next to OPERA HOUSE, Stillwater, Miiine*ota. New York HMMMUMMMMIOOOi Dry Goods & Millinery, Carpets & Wall Paper. Our stock of ladies’ and Children’s garments the Largest ever shown in The city. Dry Goods & Clothing Call and Examine Our Immense Stock. Louis Atata & Go, 113 to 121 So. Hlain St. & 114 to 122 So, Water St., Stillwater, Minn. §OOOOOOOOOI Emporiums. MINNESOTA MERCANTILE COMPANY, WHOLESALE GROCERS. THE ONLY EXCLUSIVE JOBBING HOUSE LUMBERMEN’S SUPPLIES A SPECIALTY. compete successfully with any house tributary to this territory. Our shipping facilities being superior to those of any other house in the NORTHWEST, our customers can depend on having orders entrusted to us filled with PROMPTNESS A DISPATCH. Corner Chestnut & Water Sts., STILLWATER, MIXAESOTA. PRISON BINDER TWINE, MANUFACTURED AT Minnesota State Prison. Tensile strength, average Length per pound CHEAPEST AND BEST TWINE IN THE MARKET. The twine factory at the prison is conducted exclusively for the benefit of the farmers of Minnesota. The price of twine is regulated by the price of raw material, and is sold at as near the cost of production as is possible without loss to the State. The twine will be sold the present year at the following CASH KATES, f. o. b. Stillwater: In car load lots Q a per In less than Q a per (20,000 lbs. or upwards) OU. pound. car load lots vv« pound. Farmers forming clubs to purchase in car load lots can thus save one cent per pound, less freight. No order recognized unless accompanied by the cash or its equivalent. Place Your Orders Early. ltemit by draft, postal or express money order. Write name and address plainly, and be particular to give full shipping directions. Address all orders to HENRY WOLFER, Warden, Stillwater, Minn. Lowest Prices in the City. Goods Warranted as Represented. Largest stock of Men’s, boys’ and children’s Clothing, hats, caps and Furnishing goods in The city. •V IN THE CITY. .520 to 540 feet. Tlie Supply Is Limited.