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Edited and Published by the Inmates of the Minnesota State Prison. Entered at the Post Office at Stillwater, Minn., as Second Class Mail Matter. This paper will be forwarded to subscribers until ordered discontinued and all arrears are paid. Should THE MIRROR fail to reach a subscriber each week, notice should be sent to this office, when the matter will be attended to at once. Contributions solicited from any and all sour ces. Rejected manuscript will not be returned. THE MIRROR is issued every Thursday at the following rates: One Year ______ SI.OO Six Months - - ' - - .50 Three Months ------ ,25 Address all communications, Editor, The MIRROR. Stillwater, Minn. THE MIRROR is a weekly paper published in the Minnesota State Prison. It was founded ih 1887 by the prisoners and is edited and man aged by them. Its objects are to be a home newspaper; to encourage moral and intellectual improvement among the prisoners; to acquaint the public with the true status of the prisoner; to disseminate penological information and to aid in dispelling that prejudice w hich lias ever been the bar sinister to a fallen man’s self-redemption. The paper is entirely dependent on the public for its financial support. If at any time there should accrue a surplus of funds, the money would be expended in the interests of the prison library. “ME TOO” ME\. This world is full of “me too’' men, says the Kansas City, Mo., Kaw's Mouth, and their legs are hanging out of the second story windows of perdition, be cause they didn’t have industry enough to do right, or moral courage to be right. The “me too’’ men are standing in the winter’s blast, with their hats gone to seed, soil in their whiskers, and their pants chewed off up to their boot tops, because they didn’t have the nerve to take the problems of life by the shoul der blades and solve them. The “me too” man is the one who hasn’t any sand, and the world will walk a block out of its way to kick a man who hasn't any sand in his craw; while it will touch its hat across the block to a man who has success blown in the bottle on his forehead. Many men have their shoes run over because they undertake to walk around the hill, instead of climbing over it. Lots of “me too” men spend their dimes and their time in the barrel houses while their wives are rubbing blisters on their knuckles on the wash board, and their children are eating cold crusts and cheese parings in the back alleys. No man in his senses will choose such a lot as this for the woman he has vow ed to heaven to love, honor and protect, and for the babes she has borne him, unless he is a “me too” man. He grad ually drifts into this by following others who are further into sin, folly and iniquity than he, and thinking they live easy, the question gradually comes to him then: “Why not me?” lie gradual ly drifts from the moderate spendthrift, under the tunnel, until he becomes the barrel house vagrant. His wife does without butter and beef-steak, and his little children without respectable cloth ing, all to gratify the appetite and lazi ness of a “me too” man. He drags them on down the grade of depravity, until the entire family haven't enough in the house to feed a poodle dog, or enough clothes on their backs to flag a freight train. The preacher who thinks more of the salary of his congregation than he does of the Lowly One, who called him to preach the riches of eternal life, is a “me too” man. The politition who isn't a “me too” man, is generally out of office. The man who likes the cigar stubs and sawdust of a bar room better than he does the well carpeted, cosy fireside of his wife and children, has the “me too” rabies in their worst form. The man who agrees with everything you say to your face, and goes behind your back and tells your neighbor that you are an old gold idiot, is a “me too” man, who would trade a balky mule for Nancy Hanks and give a hundred dollars to boot, if that neighbor would say so. What we need to twist the cogs out of the spinal column of this panic, is sand. A backbone of public opinion that will take a dollar by the tips of its ears and put it in circulation. Then we need a spinal column put into the laboring man that will make him re solve to fight the battle of life for his humble home, by laying by a little every week to buy his wife and childen corn meal and coffee, instead of soaking his salary in coffin varnish. There are too many men standing around on the street corners, whittling deep incisions in drygoods boxes, mak ing slighting remarks about every lady that passes, and arguing that Breckin ridge only did what any other man would do. We need sand. Sand in our capital, sand in our labor and sand in our morals. We need more men of moral courage, ane fewer men who echo, every time the clock strikes, “me too.” The state prison at Waupun, Wis, has a population of 605. Gov. Nelson has proclaimed Friday, April 27th as Arbor Day for Minne sota. “In the hands of a receiver,” is the way the Red Lodge, Montana, New Pdea, heads its marriage notices. Forty of the leading ladies and gentle men of St. J oseph, Mo., have been in dicted by the grand jury for indulging in progressive euchre. James Clement Ambrose says: “Shut up saloons or prisons; to license the cause and punish the effects is the logic of fools, not statesmen.” The California Family Ledger is the largest and best printed weekly family story paper in the world. Send 10 cents for trial ten weeks. Address Family Ledger, Los Angeles, California. A New York lawyer has secured a verdict of 81,000 against a railroad com pany for the loss of eight teeth. When a man can get a full set of teeth for three dollars and a half, this looks tough. Calumnies which attach themselves to a name in a moment sometimes take a lifetime to remove, because it is an unfortunate truth that many people would rather believe evil than good of their neighbor.—Ex. Secretary H. 11. Hart, Manager Edwin Dunn, and Warden Henry Wolfer are among the delegates ap pointed to attend the convention of the National Prison Association to be held at Nashville, Tenn.. May 17. After May 1, prisoners at the Wau pun Wis., State Prison, will be given a change of employment from boots and shoes to knitting woolen goods. An Ohio firm will put in the machinery and take the entire output at a stip ulated price. There is an interesting article on hunting in strange lands in the San Francisco Argonaut of April 23d. It is made up of extracts from a recent English book on “Shooting Big Game,” and brings together experiences from all parts of the world. By the courtesy of Superintendent D. M. Barrett, we are in receipt of the thirty-eighth annual report of the Board of Trustees of the Boys' Industrial School, of Lancaster, Ohio. The report is complete in every detail and gives the school and its management a brilliant and praiseworthy showing. Never condemn your neighbor un heard, however many the accusations which may be preferred against him. Every story has two ways of being told and justice requires that you should hear the defense as well as the accusa tion. And remember that the malignity of enemies may place you in a like pre dicament. Through the courtesy of Secretary John N. Greer, of the Central High School, of Minneapolis, we are in re ceipt of a copy of School Education, containing the proceedings of the thirty-first annual session of the Min nesota Educational Association. It is a valuable work and of much interest to the educators of our state. The Altruistic Review for April, has reached our desk. This excellent monthly magazine is one of the most original literary productions extant. It is a monthly record of that which is purest, truest and noblest in literature, handsomely illustrated and neatly prin ted. A magazine worthy of a place in every home and library in the land. Chas. Clayton, convicted in 1887 of the crime of murder, and sentenced to fourteen years imprisonment in the Deer Lodge, Montana State Prison, has after serving seven years, been proven innocent, by the appearance of the man Shea, whom it was supposed he had killed. It is needless to say that Clay ton was convicted on circumstantial evidence. Send us the name and addresses of three or more performers on the piano or organ, together with eight cents in postage and we will mail you one copy Popular Music Monthly, containing ten pieces, full sheet music, consisting of popular songs, waltzes, marches, etc., arranged for the piano and organ. Ad dress : Popular Music Monthly, Indian apolis, Ind. “What is more important than re forming criminals”, says the Red Wing Journal, “is to reform that which pro duces them. If one has plucked and eaten fruit from a tree and it poisons him we would of course try to cure the one already poisoned; but we would cut the tree down and destroy its fruit, that others might not be poisoned thefefrom.” The girls of Cromwell, lowa, have formed an organization and pledged themselves “never to marry a man who is not intelligent, honest and industri ous, good natured, cleanly in person and apparel, healthy, sober, a church member and a total abstainer from liquor, tobacco and profanity.” —Ex Ah! girls the men you seek are not of this world, but of heaven. James T. Brown, of Indiana, was once engaged in a case in the circuit court of the state, and was laying down the law with masterly ability, when the judge remarked that he need not argue the law of the case, as the court understood that perfectly. Mr. Brown replied, with much meekness, that he “merely desired to talk about the law as it is in the books, which would be entirely dif ferent law from any his honor was ac quainted with.” There was a good deal of common sense as well as worldly wisdom in the plan resorted to by the managers of a troupe of dancing girls who were arrest ed in San Francisco for giving an im moral exhibition. The girls were brought into court and gave an exhibi tion of their gyrations which so pleased both judge and jury that the prisoners were discharged forthwith. The danse du ventre will not again be interfered with on the Pacific Slope. A woman who was sentenced to a term of imprisonment by a bench of magistrates in England, the presiding justice of which was a well known offi cer of militia whose pride in his regi ment was the subject of public com ment. On receiving her sentence she thus addressed the bench: “Well, your worships, my father was lagged for life and my husband is doing 10 years' ‘hard,’ and I have a brother and a sister that are two out and out bad ones, but I thank the Lord that made me that no body belonging to me was ever con nected wi’ the ‘milishy.’ ” Some of our exchanges designate Coxey as a crank and his followers as hoboes, but the fact remains that the deplorable condition of our country is not due to cranks and hoboes, but to the pernicious legislation and crimin ality of those high in the nation's council. What a pitiful and appalling spectacle our country presents, a country rich in mineral wealth, with bursting granaries; manufactories and artisians which could supply the world with their products, and yet, in this land, teeming with plenty, hunger and wretchedness thus prevails. That $50,000 color press of the Chi cago Inter Ocean is being utilized in a unique and instructive manner by that great newspaper. It is being used to print a “Little Paper for Little Peo ple” with four full pages in colors, and beginning with Sunday, April 20th, this paper will contain the first installment of a Children’s story, written especially for it by a Chicago newspaper man, Sam Clover. A unique feature of this story is that it is to be named by Chi cago school children after reading. This, with the “Musical Supplement,” a new art feature, makes The Sunday Inter Ocean a most interesting and welcome visitor for every member of the family. A young man wrote to an editor to know how to become rich. The reply was full of truth. The formula is simple, certain and we give it: Save all your income; don’t invest your sav ings in anything that will build up the country, but lend it at the highest rate of interest you can get; grind the needy whenever the occasion offers; never make a donation to anything; always remember that a fat chicken means a lean purse; never have any politics or religion. Observe these rules strictly and if you approach any thing like the allotted time for men to live, you will be a rich man; when you die, everybody, including your heirs, will be glad of it.—Ex. Judge Lyons, one of the St. Clair county, Kansas judges, in jail for con tempt of court in refusing to levy an assessment ordered by a United States court, has become violently insane and his wife and daughter have both lost their reason from the shock of his im prisonment and latest greater misfor tune. Thus a once highly honored and noble family are wrecked and cast into a madhouse to gratify or avenge the alleged dignity of an offended judge. Thus does the laws of our land uphold the committing of a thousand-fold greater crime to avenge a lesser one. How long, we ask, will a liberty-loving people tolerate this abuse and gross prostitution of justice ? The editor of a Texas paper takes a common sense view of a very common place subject. He believes in self-ex amination, and writes as follows: “Ask yourself hard questions about yourself. Ascertain from original sources if you are really the manner of m&n you say you are; if you are always honest; if you always tell the square, perfect truth in business deals; if your life is as good and upright at 11 o’clock at night as it is at noon; if you are as good a temper ance man at a fishing excursion as you are at a Sunday school picnic; if you are as good when you are at home; if, in short, you are as good a man as your father hopes you are and your sweet heart believes you to be. Gesa Berga, the well-known actor and newspapsr man, has a picture in his possession, in caligraph, that has a remarkable history. It is, in size, 30 by 42 inches, and is the work of Joseph Loew, the most noted counterfeiter that the Austrian government ever knew. "W hen application is made for a pardon in Austria the red tape policy of that country compels the applicant to ad dress the emperor with all his titles. Loew engraved all the names, with his petition for a pardon, on a cherry stone. The letters were so fine that required the aid of a microscope to decipher them. One day when the emperor visited the prison Loew in per son presented a cherry stone to the em peror and told him what it contained. The emperor made an examination and was so amazed at the work that he gave him an unconditional pardon. Not only did he pardon him but gave him a position as a detective to trail down counterfeiters. Loew was a well in formed man in all the arts and rascali ties of counterfeiters, and in less than two years after his pardon he ran to earth almost every counterfeiter in Austria, and died a few years ago cov ered with detective honors. This pic ture, although made fifty years ago, is in a remarkable state of preservation. Money and religion will cloak a multi tude of sins.—Alden Advance. Human kindness and human charity is very rare. It seems to be as absent in the religion of some people as in the politics of others—St. Peter Herald. Keep yourself free from everything that will in the least put a blot or smirch on your character. Character once lost is very hard to regain, lloys’ Lantern. We are told that a man in Le Sueur county has applied for a divorce from his wife on the grounds “that she was so homely it made him tired to look at her.’’ —St. Peter ,J ournal. The criminal courts of the country are the only successful competitors of the theaters, Is that why so many ‘stars" graduate from the court to the, “boards Minneapolis Penny Press. At Sing Sing, Me Kane’s working companion is a man sent up for steal ing horses. That's pretty tough luck; but the man had no business to steal horses and get in that fix.—Fargo Argus. Many years ago a horse kicked Peter Baker of Gallatin, Tenn., on the head, denting his skull. Then a big lo£ rolled over him, battening him out a bit. Then he blew himself up while blasting rock. After that he was struck by lightning. All his life he smoked and chewed and sampled moonshine whisky, and the other day he died, aged one hundred and five years.—Gaylord Hub. The country seems in a bad way mor ally and religiously as well as financially. Judging from the tone of the daily papers there seems to be such an epi demic of crime as was never known be fore, especially in the ranks of good people, moral and benevolent associa tions, all seem to be affected with the evil tendency of the times, and one is almost tempted to believe that Satan has been turned loose upon the world. —Bolivar Co. (Miss.) Democrat. Kate Field is endeavoring to have congress stop the work of making this country a penal colony for England—a substitute for Botany Bay. She says there are at present in England a number of so-called charitable societies whose object it is to send men who have served their sentence in jail, or who have been allowed a ticket-of-leave before their term is finished, as a re ward of good conduct while in jail—to send these men to the United States. Miss Field gives the statistics from the report of the Labor commissioners, and suggests that here is a field for legisla tion, or for diplomatic interchanges with England, with a view to making England do her reforming of criminals at home—St. Paul (Minn.) American Citizen. The Rev. Mr. Wrigley, of Springfield, visited the Stillwater prison recently and on last Sunday evening he deliv ered a special and interesting lecture on, “The Minnesota Prison.” He paid The Mirror a high compliment by saying that if any of his church mem bers wanted a clean, decent paper for the family, one which contained noth ing of the Pollard-Breckenridge scandal, they should subscribe for The Mirror! He was very much impressed with the prison and saw a great work there, —St. Peter Journal. The biggest fish are those that get away. It is so with the opportu nities of life. Those most golden and great are always those that get away. The skillful angler for the fishes of op portunity are not those who toy with them until they fall from the hooks but who earnestly and steadily draw them to the boat's side, seize them and land them.—St. Peter Herald. lhis is so in the criminal fishing as well. It might be extended a little further and say, the fish that have plen ty, escape because they will not bite, or because they place the anglers in such a position that they cannot or do not land them. The poor half-starved mortal who steals a loaf of bread, is small in wealth, cannot fiy, or buy off when detected, but Menage or the mighty criminal fish can thumb his nose at the authorities, or with a few paltry dollars close the officials eyes so they cannot see to land him. Must it always be thus?—Lake City Graphic- Sentinel. It is not always just to cite familiar proverbs in estimating experiences of life. For example, the universal appli cation of the old saying: “There is always two sides to every question,” has caused many a man to be “num bered" with the transgressors. This proverb may be construed as referring to a right and a wrong side only, but strangely enough, not one time in a hundred is it used in this most natural sense; on the contrary it is generally synonymous with another misleading proverb. “In all difficulties there is blame on both sides.” So long as envy is harbored in the human breast while selfish pride continues to push ignor ance to the front, just so long tongues will be “set on fire of hell,” just so surely will the “people mourn.” The worst hated people are always those whose honesty and integrity cannot be assailed, or whose talent cannot be subverted to the base uses of the ignor ant, the envious and the selfish.—Grace ville Enterprise. VALUABLE PRESENTS FREE 'We wish to introduce our System Pills into every home. 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