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Fklited and Published by the Inmates of tne Minnesota State Prison. Entered at the Post Ofliee at Stillwater. Minn., as Second Class Mail Matter. This paper will he forwarded to subscribers until ordered discontinued and ail arrears are paid. Should lit K. MIKROR fail to reach a subscriber each week, notice should he sent to this ofliee, when the matter will be attended to at once. Contributions solicited from any and all sour ces. Rejected manuscript will not be returned. THU MIIiHOK is issued every Thursday at the following rates: One Year - SI.OO Bix. Months - ----- ~>o Three Months - - To inmates o| penal institutions. .TO cts. per year. Address all communications. Editor. Thk MIRROR. Stillwater. Minn. THK iIIRKOK is a weekly paper published In the Minnesota State Prison. It was founded in isst 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 which lias ever been the bar sinister to a fallen man's seif-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 ol the prison library. ~ ttjiifliiiittuii* The State Editorial Association opened in St. Paul Wednesday. Tla Ohio P>iiitentiarn Xe/rs says: “Inthe ten years that the parole law has been in operation, nine-hundred and thirty paroles have been granted, and only seventy-eight of this number have been violated." This is certainly a strong endorsement of the system, and conclusively shows that a man who has been in prison can reform and lead an honest upright life if tie but wills to do so. We are pleased to see Up To Date the Illinois state prison “Humorist.” edited and published by the inmates at Joliet, 111., among our exchanges this week. As the present number, the, seventh, and the first, are the only two copies of this, “the Puck" of prison jour nalism, ttiat we have seen, it is quite surprising what rapid strides U. T. D. has made. We greet the new editor and trust that nothing will ever ruttie the exuberance of his “pun cracker." Up To Date would crack a smile in the solitary. Amoxi. the notable features of the Francisco Aryoiicmt for February 18,18H5, are: “The Closed Cabinet; llow the Pure Blood of a Maid Keinovedthe Mervyn Curse," by Lady Gwendolen Cecil; “One of Sarah's Lovers.’’ a letter from Paris on .lean l.ichepin, the eccen tric poet: “The Trade of Letters," a long review, with copious extracts, of James L. Ford's book. “The Literary Shop;" and a letter from New York on the first American production of Verdi’s “Falstafi” and the terrible experience of ocean travelers in the recent storm. Ln oi k capacity of preacher we would ; like to say a word to a number of our ; fellow exiles, who are making the worst I possible use of their sojourn in prison. | We refer to those who brood over their i unhappy lot. To inmates of this class j we would not say you are fools, because ! of our sorrow at your unhappy morbid state: but we cannot compliment you i on the wisdom of the course you are 1 pursuing. Does it benefit you in tha j slightest degree to contrast your own j unlucky turn of fortune's wheel with j that of your whilom neighbor and com-1 panion. who by chance escaped the woe ful fate that is now yours ? What i though he may have been equally guilty, aye even guiltier than yourself, and is j still a free and honored citizen. I)oes| that fact make your punishment an in- j justice? The notion may occur to your j mind that the law was more lenient and : with less reason, in his case than in yours; does this tend to prove that your guilt was absolutely any the less ap parent? (live up these morbid fancies, boys, and you will improve both mental ly and physically. The state stands to ward you in the position of a wise medical practitioner. Your case has been carefully diagnosed and two, live or ten years seclusion from the world indicated as the only medicine lit to cope with your malady. The medico is all powerful, and the patient so feeble that he can offer no resistance to the potion proffered. The only wise thing to do then is to take your medicine gracefully. Don't bother your brains trying to solve the problem of the un utterable injustice of the thing. Even if you do succeed m proving beyond the shadow of a doubt that a handful of misbegotten fools and weaklings like yourself are performing vicarious penance for the thousands who make you their scape-goat—what will it avail V It will neither shorten your term one day, nor make your daily life here a particle more self-satisfying. There is no belter watchword for the convict than that homely ex-hortation of a latter day politician: Say noth Da/, but saie /rood. We are in receipt of the annual re port of the W. C. T. U. of Minnesota for 1894, containing the minutes, reports, addresses and constitution, in fact a complete history of the entire year's work. Speaking of the prison the re port says: On August 12th twenty-six women, representatives from twelve unions of Minneapolis, visited the state prison with flowers and text cards. Warden Wolfer very kindly gave the entire ser vice into the charge of the ladies. As the 502 prisoners inarched into the chapel they were handed bouquets of flowers, each with a scripture card. Mrs. Dafoe and Mrs Xeal talked to them of the salvation of Christ, and Mrs. Denis sang. After the chapel service we visited the hospital, present ed each inmate with a number of bou quets and talked with them of Christ. The service in the women's ward was very precious and helpful. Steward Benner provided a bountiful dinner and luncheon. On the return trip a subscription was taken to send the “I'nion Signal” to the women. William Batman a long time con vict at the Arkansas State lemtenti ary. and an old and valued friend and contributor to Tiie Mirror, lias, we are pleased to learn.-been pardoned by Governor J. P. Clark, at Little Rock. For many years Wm Bauman has been employed in the hospital at the prison, and by his faithfulness has endeared himself to all connected with the in stitution, officials and convicts alike, and will be retained as a free man. under a handsome salary, in the posi tion he has so long held as a convict. We trust he will ever continue to hold the respect and confidence of his fel low-men, and convince the skeptical that there is some good left in a man after a term in prison. The governor of Arkansas, and especially the officers of the prison, have demonstrated their willingness to assist the unfortunate if they but show an inclination to be worthv of assistance. Toirn Tojtf.es, always spicy, always interesting, and with a capacity for eulogizing or roasting men, society, or things generally, as no other journal in the country can do. contains one of the most caustic, and in a manner, de served criticisms of an advertisement of tflie late editor of ‘‘Up To that we have read in many a day. It is not so much the manner in which the ex-editor is handled personally, as in the fact that it attempts to show the tendency of the average daily paper toward the employment of any thing that is sensational. It is not the news, but the tilth and stench that surrounds the telling of it that the people seem to demand, and the editor thinks that anyone connected with prison journalism would be the proper kind of material to write up this sen sational matter. Yet he does not stop to consider that all vulgar minds are not behind stone walls, or that no one, perhaps, as to many convicts, is this sensational matter more repellant. It is the settled policy of all true refor matory institutions, to keep the sensa tional crimes, that frequent repetition of sensational murders, divorces, etc, from the convict, and to that end de bar the daily paper from the prison. Therefore, in this connection, the con vict's morals are better protected than his more fortunate brother in lib erty. I lis mind is fed by reading only that which is pure ;and in his comparison of the livefe of those good and lofty char acters that have left their impress on the world, with his own past wicked life, he becomes imbued with a desire to conform his future along the line of right and manly principles, and it is along the highest form of reformation to furnish him an opportunity to place his best thoughts on paper, and in that way encourage his unfortunate, per haps still hardened brother, to look up ward and onward toward the pure and healthy things of life, and to feel and know that the prison degrades only him who will be degraded: but that with an honest, earnest purpose and determination, even the ex-convict can become a man. Ex-convict, is not the best of recommendations to carry into the newspaper otlice. or any other line of business we are well aware, and it never will be. ‘‘The way of the trails gressor is hard" will be written across the face of such a recommendation till the end of time, but we hope the day will come, when man will show human ity toward man, and regardless of the past, give him the hand of fellowship and help him up the rugged and thorny path towards that place in the world and society, that a misstep, in an unguarded moment, mayhap, had dragged him from. And whether it is journalism, or any other business or profession, the true, manly, Christian spirit is never push down; rather, prop, support, and help build up the weak and unfortunate. A few years ago we stood by the side of a monument; and gazing up to its top, marveled at its great height, and at the skill of man in placing stone up on stone in such perfect order that each but added strength to the other. It was Washington's Monument; the highest in the world erected to the memory of man. As we approach the day when every village and hamlet, every city and town throughout the United States will do honor to the memory of the immortal Washington, by laying aside the cares of business, and participating in some demonstration wherein the life, struggles, and victories of the great patriot and statesman will be re-told as they have been during the past three quarters of a century, we ask ourselves, is not this monument, we gazed at so idly, through curiosity, but a reflex of the man V Grand, mag nificent, sublime: first in war. iirst in peace, and lirst. in the hearts of his countrymen; towering above the ordi nary man, even as his monument towers above that of the lowly shaft in the church yard. What an incentive to the young American; what a guide in life's battles is the character and life of Washington. A character embodied in thought and deed, that will dwell in the minds of man down the centuries till time is no more. Yet it is the history ; of all great men. that they began in the humbler walks of life; and ever keeping j in the paths of duty and honor; with a j persevering energy to overcome all I obstacles, and with an undying faith in Almighty God, won their place in the world and left a history of iives and characters that will inspire and guide i mankind throughout all the coming j ages. While strictly speaking Wash- ; ington was not of so humble parentage j as Lincoln or Grant, he was. neverthe-j less, at the time he lived, in what is now I designated the middle class. Left at 1 an early age, with a widowed mother; the eldest of live children, he was edu cated and reared surrounded with all those Christian virtues, with which a fond mother encompasses her orphan children, and perhaps, all those great attributes of tenderness, industry and vigilance that marked his life, were the result of the solicitude and care that mother bestowed upon him. She it was who guided the principles, conduct and habits of his youth; and the crown ing glory of his life was the love and veneration he held toward that mother. But the greatest lesson for us today, in the life of Washington, was his great sense of duty; his upright course through life in which he never faltered. What he concieved to be his duty, he would conscientiously perform, and nothing could dissuade him. lie valued his conscience above all else. Ambition, popularity, power, influence, all were | insignificant compared with the sense ! of duty well performed: obeying the I dictates of his conscience. We have I all to do our duty in that sphere of life in which we are placed, and the greatest pleasure in life is a consciousness of duty performed. Let us, therefore, in our humble way, endeavor to do our duty towards each other, pur friends, our superiors, and toward ourselves; and while we may never rise to fame; while we may never perform great acts of heroism, or call forth the plaudits of the world, we will find peace, con tentment and happiness in better and purer lives: and a consciousness of having done our whole duty. 77/c Polk County Journal says: The j Prison Mirror, a paper published by the inmates of the penitentiary at Stillwater, contains an editorial on the moral and religious training, or education, as they choose to call it, of children. Whether they are competent to speak on such a subject may be a ' matter of opinion, but that many of , them are reaping the results of such j neglect there can be no doubt. The j instance of the two boys recently hung in St. Paul is cited thus: “Take the j case of the two young boys, just enter- 1 ing upon the threshold of man's estate, who were executed in St. Paul a few days ago, and w r hat do we rind; simply that they were ignorant of all that which goes to make the man, a moral education. It is not enough that man should know t how to read and write; | that he should be versed in science; art, or the many accomplishments that en ter into life’s employments, but he should be educated in spiritual things, through which a mighty Providence points out our destiny.” Parents can not be too careful as to where their children spend their leisure time, and especially evenings. It is only a short step from the street corner to the sa loon, to the penitentiary. If you don't know where your children are evenings, it is high time you found out. A new carpet for the Waterloo chamber at Windsor castle, said to be the largest ever manufactured, lias been woven in the jail of Agra, India, by prisoners undergoing penal servitude. They hope to obtain a remission of sentence for their dilligence in complet ing the task, which has taken them fourteen months. Twenty-eight con victs where engaged on the work, the carpet measuring 77 feet by 40, and contains 58,840,000 stitches. — Mapleton Enterprise. THE I.OKD'S PRAYER. The following interesting anecdote is told of Mr. Booth, the American Trag edian Booth and several friends had been invited to dine with an old gent leman in Baltimore, of distinguished kindness, urbanity, and piety. The host. though disapproving of theatres and theatre going, had heard so much of Booth's remarkable powers that curios ity to see the man had, in this instance, overcome all his scruples.' After dinner was over, lamps lighted, and the coni pany reseated in the drawingroom, some one requested Booth as a particular favor, and one which all present would, doubtless, appreciate, to read aloud '■'The Lord's Prayer." Booth expressed his ready willingness to afford them this gratification, and all eyes were turned expectantly upon him. Booth rose slowly and reverently from his chair. It was wonderful to watch the play of emotion that convulsed his countenance, lie became deathly pale, and his eyes turned tremblingly upwards, were wet with tears. As yet he had not spoken. The silence could be felt. It became absolutely painful, until at last the spell was broken as if by an electric shock, as the rich-toned voice, from white syllabled forth, '* <>nr Father adrith art in lan nn," Ac., with a pathos and fervid solemnity that thrilled all hearts. He finished. The silence continued, Not a voice was heard nor a muscle moved in his astonished audience, until, from the corner of the room a subdued sob was heard, and the old gentleman j (their host) stepped forth with stream ing eyes and tottering frame, and seiz ing Booth by the hand. “Sir,” said be, in broken accents, “you have afforded me a pleasure for which my whole future life will feel grateful, iam an I old man, and every day from boyhood ito the present time, I thought I had : repeated the Lord's Prayer: but I never ! heard it before never!" <>ar hand) I A nimals. 1- ifrT.U'U jNotes. Lady Aberdeen tried a novel so lution of the ever vexing servant-girl problem in her homes in Scotland and Canada, and in the April number of The Ladies' Home Journal she will, in an article, explain the method she adopted. Mi;. <»i.adstonk lias just written an article on "The Lord's Day," wherein he considers, with the fervor of con viction and the breadth of learning for which he is famous, the grounds for keeping as the Christian Sabbath the first instead of the seventh day of the week, and the proper measure and spirit of Christian Sabbath observance. The article will appear in Met'ln res Mayaziue for March, along with a se ries of portraits of Gladstone covering a period of eighty years and showing him at every important epoch of his life. Tm-: Roston Pilot has entered upon the r>Bth year of its existence. There is no truer test of the wide influence of the Pilot, than the variety and volume of its advertising, the best bus iness houses liberally patronizing its columns. It has special correspond ents from all parts of Europe and Canada; its editorial columns are free from hypocrisy or race prejudice, and it is one of, it not the best, Catholic journals of the day. Published week ly by Patrick Donahoe, U3O Washing ton street, Hoston, Mass. Subscrip tion $2.50 per year. Mr. David Christie Murray, the well known English writer, is the author of the special novelette entitled “Why? Says Giady," contained in the March number of “Tales from Town Topics." With great felicity of style and refresh ing wit Mr. Murray relates a story of love that results in marriage and sepa ration. Gladys, the heroine, is a strangely constituted American girl that marries a reformed English rake, and brings unhappiness upon herself through her own perversity. The story, which is in dialogue, forms a delightful introduction to a volume that is other wise made up of the best stories, sketches, poems and that have appeared from time to time In the regular issues of Town Topics. Town Topics Publishing Co., 508 Fifth avenue, New York City. AROUND THE WORLD, FREEZE TO HEATH IK FLORIDA- Unprecedented <*ol<l Weather Experienced In tlie Sontli — Reel* Snow. Jacksonville, Fla., Feb. 15. An un precedented thing in Florida was the freezing to death of a man nearCaines ville last night. lie was a negro named Elliott Fletcher. .Inst after dark he started to walk from McCanopy to his home, but was thinly clad, and in order to shelter himself from the cold wind sat down in the rear of i )r. Montgomery's orange-packing house. There he was found this morning frozen still and. nearly dead. He lived only a few min utes after being taken into a warm house. He was a strong, healthy mar and their was no other cause than the | cold. The first instance of death from | freezing on record in Florida. Bii:minoiiam, Ala.. Feb. 15. -Two feet of snow covers the earth here and the flakes are still falling. It is the ■worst snowstorm ever seen m Alabama, and tratlic of all kinds is delayed. Tattle are dying on all sides, ami much suffering by poor people is reported. So far no deaths from exposure have been reported, although the charity societies have seventy families under their care and no funds on hand, for the first time in years. Atlanta, La.. Feb. 15. The worst snowstorm in the memory of the pres ent' generation is now prevailing throughout Georgia. In Vtianta it has fallen heavily since early morning and the ground is now covered with five inches of fresh snow on four inches of the frozen remains of Sunday night's storm. At Darien, on the coast, the people awoke this morning to find the ground covered with snow four inches deep, 'this is the first time in the history of this ancient town that such a thing happened. Twenty years ago there wa it fall of snow, but it was gone in two hours. There has never been such a severe spell of weather as has been ex perienced for the last few weeks. Ali the orange trees and early vegetables are killed. At Augusta a white child, aged *> months, and one colored, aged S» months, died last night from exposure. Helena, Mont., Feb. 15. News has reached here of the total extermination of a herd of 2,500 sheep belonging to Helena men and the death of Eugene Watt, one of the herders, in a blizzard near Oka a few days ago. Minneapolis Minn., Feb. 17. John S, Johnson, the breaker of numerous rec ords on ice. was compelled to lower his colors at the Normania rink today to Peter Otlund. the champion of Europe, in a race of 1,500 metres or 1,040 yards.. A standing start was made and Johnson led until within twenty rods of the finish when Otlund made a wonderful burst of speed and won by less ! ban two feet in 2:55 1-5. The ice was in bad condition owing to the miid weather and the falling snow. The race was,, nevertheless, a pretty one from start to finish and was hotly contested. John son did not seem to he in the best form, lie holds the world's record for one mile and has always been a great linisher. but on this occasion otlund displayed by far the better staying qualities and his friends claim that he could have widened the breach between himself and Johnson at the close had he so desired. Chicago, Feb. IN. A special t<> the Inter Ocean, from Pittsburg, says that, according to Judge Jacob P. Slagle, of the Allegheny county bench, the l nited States government has taken a hand in the intended execution of W. T. Seward, the American implicated in the Hawaii an revolution. >lagle and Seward are brothers-in-law. The former returned from Washington today, where he went to interest Secretary Gresham in the case. After hearing Slagie. the Secre tary telegraphed a message to \ an eoiiver, to catch the steamer leaving that place for Honolulu. He then in formed Judge Slagle that if Seward is not executed before the steamer arrives. President Dole will order a stay of ex ecution until the case can be more fully investigated. Judge Slagle said: "In addition to calling on Secretary Gresham and Minister Thurston. I saw Senators Hawley, Allison. Platt, of Connecticut. Perkins and Eutler. Maj. Seward was Hawley's chief of staff, and is glad to aid him. An address to President Dole was prepared and signed bv the Umteu States senator. I am satisfied it will have considerable weight, as the Hawa iian government wants the good will ot the United States people. THE BEAUTIFUL ROCKIES 'They Contain the Grandest Scenery and the Richest Gold nines in the Known world. For unknown wealth in fabulously rich mines of gold and silver and spark ling precious gemstones, not to men tion the lovely scenery, our own Rocky mountains excel any region on earth. The Illustrated Weekly , of Denver, Colorado, (founded 1890) illustrates the choiest scenery each week and tells all about the wonderful west. 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