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SUPT. LEE'S ADDRESS DELIVERED BEFORE THE STATE BOARD OF CORRECTIONS AND CHARITIES AT ST. PAUL, JANUARY 16.1895. Society’s Duty Toward the Ex-Convict Clearly Defined. Supt. W. E. Lee, of the Minne sota State Reformatory, read the following paper before the confer ence of charities and corrections Jan. 16. at St. Paul. We publish the paper in full and trust it will have a careful reading by all The Mirror’s readers. Coming from such an authority it should have the widest circulation among all those who have the elevation of fallen humanity at heart. SUPT. UUE’S AWDKESS, Some one lias said: “‘An insti tution is the embodiment of an idea, and it is important according to the value of the idea it repre sents. Its success is conditioned by the clearness with which it sees the object for which it exists, and the skill with which it adapts means to the realization of its conscious purpose." The reform atory exists to aid in re-attacliing to society its detached members. Man’s normal condition is to be a willing member of society. Stand ing alone, he is helpless, hedged about in every direction, forced to subsist upon the limited products of his own labor in his own imme diate vicinity. In fact, the limi tali ons that would be placed upon a man, if he were denied the privi leges of organized society would The Prison Mirror. reduce him to a mere animal, in becoming a member of society he emancipates himself from nature. Instead of being her slave, as he was compelled to be so long as he lived an isolated individual, united with his fellows, man acquires a dominion over nature and compels her forces to serve him. Instead of the limited product of his own labor he has an interest in a joint stock company whose estate is 25. 000 miles in circumference and which extends from pole to pole. He brings his little product, the fruits of his garden, the grain from his field, a sheep from his Hock, a case of shoes from his factory, to the world market, and receives in return the larger gift which his fellows bring to him from the ends of the earth across deserts and over the sea. In response to his feeble effort, when united with his fellows in the co-partnership of so ciety, trains speed across conti nents, the ocean vessels plough the deep; every fibre of human activity in every country and every land contributes to his welfare and his comforts. In this great combina tion in which each is for all, and all are for each, is presented a spectacle more marvelous than the miracle of the loaves and lishes.