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Edited and Published by the inmates. 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 Six Months $! Three Months Address all communications. Editor Prison Mirror. Stillwater. Minn. THK PRISON MIRROR is a weekly pa per published in the Minnesota State Prison. It was founded in 18S7 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 xtatux of the prisoner: to disseminate penological informa tion. and to aid in dispelling that prejudice which lias 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. NOTICE TO PUBLISHERS. The exchanges which come to The Prison Munion, are distributed among the inmates of this institution. There are many among our number who have no means by which to purchase reading matter, to whom this feature of The Miniton is a boon and a blessing. The present week we mail The Miukoii to many papers and periodicals not here tofore upon our exchange list, hoping and trusting to receive from them a liberal response. The income of the South ( arolina State Prison last year, exceeded its ex penses by S24,(MX). Statisticians claim that in the year 2072 the earth will have reached its ut most limit of population. It begins to look as if congress might hold fours against President Cleve land's Hawaiian queen full. The Prison Mirror of, Stillwater, Minnesota is one of our brightest ex changes. The New Charter. Gov. Mitchell of Florida says that he will use every means in his power to stop the Corbett-MitchHl light. Prendergast. the murderer of mayor Ilarrison. of ('hicago. has been found guilty and sentenced to be hanged. A hard light will be. made in the United States senate, by the republic ans. against the admission of l tah to statehood. The Great Divide, that peer of west ern journalism, has found its way to our table where it received a most hearty welcome. Jurors will be harder to get than ever now that it is discovered that the strain of close attention promotes insanity. New York Journal. Congress re convened yesterday, after the holiday recess. It is exp>ected that the tariff bill will be about the first thing on the program. According to the United Press dis patch, a boom is in progress to make ex President Harrison the republicai standard-bearer in 181H5. The Le Mars, (Iowa) Globe came out during the holidays in a gorgeous attire of red, white and blue. I >id our brother in misery think it was the Fourth of July? The saloons of New York and-Brook lyn, announced that on account of the financial stringency, they would not set up free drinks this Christmas and New Year's. “It’s an ill wind, that blows no body good.’’ 'thieves recently entered a farmer’s hen roost, near Grand Haven, Mich., and stole one hundred chickens, but in their hurry to get away, they dropped a pocketbook containing 875.00 which the farmer found. It pays to raise chickens in Michigan. The latest from Governor Waite is to the effect that he is afraid of sticking his finger in his ear. lest it might get caught in the wheels.—St. Paul Daily News. A man named Crank is a canidate for Attorney-General of Texas. A state that has had a Hogg for governor should not object to a (Tank for attorney-gen eral.— Raw's Mouth. President Cleveland received an im posing looking package directed to him at the White House, “from a friend m the mines.*’ < >n being cautiously opened it disclosed dangerous explosives.— Stillwater Messenger. Gov. Waite, of Colorado, called an extra session of the legislature to meet December 25 —Christmas day. As this is a legal holiday in that and other states, a question has arisen as to the legality of the governor's action. Senator Vorhees is named as a candi date for the presidential nomination; in reference to which.fact, the Detroit Journal very pertinently remarks: “It is well to speak of it now, as the mat ter may never be referred to again." The Republican Editorial Association of the United States will meet at Peoria 111., on the 30th and 31st of January. As Peoria is the largest whisky-produc ing city in the world, the editors will not lack for inspiration.- -St Paul Globe. Judge Caldwell, of the federal court, last week issued an injunction to re strain the employees of the Northern Pacific railway, whose wages had been reduced, from going on a strike. Great indignation is felt among the employees and others at the judge’s action. The Logan (Utah) Nation advises all newspaper men to form an organization for the purpose of visiting the San Francisco, Cal., Midwinter Fair. We heartily endorse the scheme Pro. Rosen baum; however, our editorial labors are too confining to admit of us taking active part. B. T. Kemerer, formerly editor and publisher of the Hector Mirror, has severed his connection with that paper and abandoned the pursuit of journalis tic honors. The name of E. E. Cook, who was previously interested in the Hector Mirror, will in the future, adorn the head of its editorial page. John N. Reynolds, who, some six years ago. while serving a term of two years in the Kansas State Prison, was elected to the State Senate, has become a raving maniac. Reynolds, while in prison wrote a book, descriptive of the institution, which, after his release he published under the title of the “Kansas Hell.’* The Western Guard, of Madison, Lac Qui Parle county, says: “There ought to be a law in this state, as in some other states, giving the editors and publishers of newspapers a holiday va cation.” We are with you, brother: force the issue, we'll stand by you to the end. A vacation is just what we're looking for. One half of the police force of Iron wood. Mich., were placed under arrest for stealing goods sent to the starving Gogebic miners. Make a note of this fact, and compare it with the act of George Handler, the man serving a life sentence, in the Waupun, Wis., State Prison, who sent these self-same starv ing miners the last and only dollar he had in the world. It is now doubtful if the Corbett- Mitchell tight will ever take place, not because of the alleged interference of Florida’s executive, but because of Mitchell’s “erawlish” tactics to crawl out of the scrap. Corbett will force him to fight, if possible. Dr. D. Frank Powell, (White Beaver> partner of Buffalo Bill, says the later would not accept the gubernatorial nomination of Nebraska, if it was of fered him. No. oh no. not a bit sooner than we would accept a pardon from Governor Nelson. No. 1, Yol. 1, of The Hospital Echo, edited and published by the inmates of the Rochester State Hospital, has reached our table. It is an interesting and very creditable little sheet, lively and pithy. We wish this journalistic venture unbounded success, and gladly place it upon our exchange list. The attorney for Prendergast, the slayer of mayor Harrison, of Chicago, says he believes that if Prendergast could have gone to W ashington at the time of the great interest in the silver legislation, during the special session of congress last summer, that he would have killed President Cleveland. Edward S. Stokes, of New Y ork, who was once sentenced to be hanged for the murder of Jim Fisk, has been ap pointed receiver of the Hoffman House, in an action, brought by the Farmers' Loan and Trust Company to foreclose a mortage of $500,000 on the property. He gave bonds in the sum of SSO,(MX). The Populists of Kansas are having a mid-winter picnic. Populist Gov. Lewelling has bounced Populist Mary Lease from her seat as a meniber of the State Board of Charities, and now her Populist friends are throwing popular though uncomplimentary epithets at the head of their Populist executive. If you know of any coal deposits of any kind, or any coal mines that are being worked in vour country or neigh borhood, please send all the information you can to this oflice, stating the kind and quality of coal, thickness of veins and number of veins, and as far as pos sible how large a tract of land the coal deposit underlies. —The New (’barter. Holy Moses! who is Bro. Wilkins go ing to roast now ? The Minneapolis Journal almanac for 181)4 has reached our table. It is a beautiful work, profusely illustrated by celebrated artists, and is filled full to the brim with interesting and useful information: it also contains portraits and biographical sketches of the best known and most famous editors of our day, which adds greatly to its value. We thank the Journal for this courtesy. The Missouri State Prison contains 1,850 inmates. Gov. Stone. Christmas day, in accordance with an old custom, presented two of the boys with a pardon. The lucky ones were Thomas Craig, a Kansas City negro, who had served fifteen years in the prison, and Thomas Brownfield of Henry county, who had served eight years. Both w'ere serving life sentences. One of the state exchanges advertises as follows: Wanted -A supply of beans, corned beef, pork and potatoes. Parties having such articles to spare for charitable purposes should forward them to Joe Wheelock, editor of the P. I\, St Paul, w r ho will distribute them to the cadaverous looking individuals whose pictures are being published in that paper and purporting to be Minne sota editors. Minneapolis Journal. Mnemosynean, a very neat and ably edited magazine, published by the Mnemosynean Literary Society of the Agnes Scott Institute. Decatur, Georgia, has reached our editorial table, and greets us thus: “I gave thee all I can, no more; Though poor the offering be. My heart and tithes are all the store That I can bring to thee.” From the fact that the four editors and business managers of the Mnemosynean are all young ladies, the above offer is mighty tempting. We are sorry for you, girls, and it grieves us to dissa point you. but we are married. Money, not merit, is the passport to office under modern political methods. —The New Charter. Aye, and the same fact may apply to freedom as well.—Prison Mirror. Good, we see the point, but if the big rascals who have their freedom through the influence of their money were in prison, what chance would the other prisoners have to reform while forced into such associations ? —The New ('bar ter. We are receiving the Prison Mirror in exchange, and find many good things in it, which proves that men may be criminals and yet not be bad in all re spects. The ‘ Mirror" is edited and printed by the convicts at Stillwater. Its editorials are all written by the con vict editor and nearly all its correspond ence is from the convicts. Many of the communications written by these men would do credit to persons of extended reputation as authors. -Warren Begis ter. We quote the following from the Alliance Advocate, of Henning, Minn., under date of I >ee. 29. ‘ The Prison Mirror of Stillwater, is one of the several newspapers edited and published in the penitentiaries, but this paper is probably the first one ever ed ited from an insane asylum." We have tried to make ourself believe that Bro. Hoskins was a much wronged man. and like us, a dupe of misfortune: but after reading the above paragraph we have come to the conclusion that one of us is a little off . The Columbia desk calender, which is issued annually by the Pope Manu facturing Company, of Columbia Bv cycle fame is out for isst, much im proved in appearance. It is a pad calender of the same size and shape as those of previous years, having a leaf for each day. but its attractiveness has been heightened by the work of a clever artist, who has scattered a series of bright pen-drawings through its pages. It also contains, as usual, many appro bate and interesting contributions from people both bright and wise. The Prison Trusty quotes three arti cles from Thk Minium, which, in its usual style, the alleged editor of the former proceeds to criticise with a senseless tirade of vulgarity and abuse: using among his other epithets the words “fool" and -‘egotist;" at the same time, and in the self-same tirade he spells “The Trusty" with small caps and “<tod" with a little g. In justice to the prisoners of the Lansing, Kan., State Prison, we will state that the above named sheet is not edited or conducted by them. A convict would be in small business indeed, editing such a sheet as the Prison Trusty. The Weekly Courier-Journal pub lished at Louisville, Ky., delights in keeping its subscribers guessing. In addition to being the greatest Demo cratic newspaper published, it has been a pioneer in enterprises that require thought and figuring on the part of its subscribers. The Weekly's estimating contest on the election in 1892 by which $14,400 in gold coin were distributed among forty-five guessers, is a sample of this. The latest guessing otter of this paper is on the weather the subject on which we all consider our selves prophets. The Weekly Courier- Journal proposes to give SI,OOO in cash to its subscribers who can name the coldest day in the month of February, 1894, at Louisville. Ky., and guess clos est to the lowest temperature on this day. The contest closes January 31, 1894. Every new subscriber who sends $1 can make one guess; and every old subscriber who renews, sending sl, can guess. Send for a sample copy of the paper for full particulars. Write at once, as the time is short. Address; W. B. Haldeman, Mgr. Weekly Depart ment, Louisville Courier-Journal, Lous ville. Ky.