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©he Itlivror. i
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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For unknown wealth in fabulously
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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. Also, true
stories of love and adventure. This
big family paper, containing eight
large pages, fifty-six columns, will be
sent on trial three months (thirteen
weeks) for only ten two-cent stamps;
club of six for a dollar bill. Hand
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Rocky mountain gems are given free
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