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with these people; remember they
are not up to the average man m many particulars; that they meet the rebuffs measured out to the ex-convict by the “Holier-than thou” of this world; that they get out of employment and out of money; that they dislike to return to the reformatory, and have no means to do so if they wished; that then the old chum of former days puts in an appearance, and the good resolutions go down and are forgot ten, and what is saddest of all they are not likely to be again re newed. The reformatory did its work, and did it well; it followed the man as far as the law or the means at its command would per mit, but the result is too often a failure; all the effort, all the caie, all the anxiety, all money has been lost, wasted, uselessly thrown away. But, you ask, is there no rem edy? Is there no way of saving these men now that a desire for reformation has been kindled in their minds, and their habits have been disciplined for better things? I believe there is a remedy; that primarily it lies in strengthening the state agent with sufficient means and help, so that he can give to every paroled prisoner suf ficient oversight, care and en couragement. to ensure him an equal chance with others in his struggle for bread. The agent of 4, tlie reformatory should be attached to the institution; he should study the men during their imprison ment, and learn their characteris tics, their strength and their weak ness. and become sufficiently ac quainted with their abilities to en able him to intelligently place them at work which they are adapted to do. Reformatories are in advance ot public opinion in many localities, and as the latter improves, the former will become more helpful to the unfortunates who are com mitted to their charge. Christian men and women all over the state must take up this question, and learn what their duties are toward the paroled prisoner, aqd there must be earnest people in e\ eiy community upon whom the re formatory* can depend for assist ance and co-operation, and v. ho are willing to lend a helping hand ; and a Godspeed to the prisoner • who will try to reform. It is not enough that the prodigal repent and retrace h is steps; societ y must be willing to receive him and respond to every honest effort he puts forth; the paroled man needs sympathy—not that which is a cheap gift, but that which comes from one who is able to enter within the shadow in which the prisoner stands, wiio can feel as lie feels, and see the world from his point of view.