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THURSDAY, August 1, 1895.
EDWIN DUNN. President. - - - - Eyota.
JOHN F. NORKISH. ------ Hastings.
JAS. S. O'BRIEN. ------ Stillwater.
F w. temple. ----- Blue Earth City.
M. O. HALL. - -- -- -- -- Duluth.
HENRY WOLFER. - - - - - - Warden.
F, H. LEMON. ----- Deputy Warden.
E. A. O'BRIEN. - - -- -- - - Clerk.
B. J. MERRILL. ------- Physician.
MISS MARY MCKINNEY. - - - - Matron.
F, H. ALBERT, - - - Protestant Chaplain.
CHARLES CORCORAN. - - catholic chaplain.
CLARK CHAMBERS ----- owatonna,
Prison Chapel.
Serv’ees in the Prison Chapel at 9:00 o clock
every Sunday morning. Protestant ami
Catholic services every alternate Sunday.
Kev. «T. H. Albert and Rev. Fr. Corcoran
Methodist Episcopal
Third street, opposite Pittman House. Rev. C. A.
Cressy. pastor. Services at 10:30a. m.aiid
7:30 p. in. Sunday School at 12 m. Junior
I ea"ue at 4:00 p. lii. Epworth League at 0:30
P. in. Praver meeting, Wednesday evening
at 7:30. Pastor's class in Bible Study. F riday
evening at 7:30. Ladies’ Bible Circle. 1- relay
at 3:00 p. ill. Mrs. S. B. Slocumb. teacher.
Pastor’s residence, 533 X. Second street.
Grace Congregational
Corner sth and Laurel streets, Rev. J. H.
Ai r.ERT. pastor. Sunday services, preach
ing 10:30 a. in. and 7:45 p. m. Sunday School
11:45 a. m. Junior Endeavor 3:00 p. in.
Christian Endeavor 6:30 p. m. Childrens
Mission Band the second Sunday of each
month at 3:00 p. m. Midweek and Prayer
meetings. Wednesdays 7:45 p. m. Ladies
Aid Society. Thursday afternoons. Ladies
Missionary Society, the last Friday of each
There’s always a bitter for every sweet,
A thorn for every rose;
A rival for every sweetheart.
And corns for the daintiest toes.
It ever we love a fragrant flower
■Tis sure to fade away:
Whenever there’s soup for dinner.
There’s sure to be hash next day.
—Kansas City Journal
Population, males 470; females. 3,
Received during the week. one. Discharged,
one. __
A good way to get up in the world is to take
an elevator.
We have lots of cabbage heads here. A load
of them were received last Saturday.
Grade standing. August Ist. First Grade.
332; Second Grade, 129; Third Grade. 12.
A crew of men under Keeper McFall are laying
pipes to carry off tiie water from the spring at
the west wall.
Mr. Roxey Reber and wife, of St. Paul, and
Mr. Jas. McGregor, of Des Moines. lowa, regis
tered with The Mirror on the 25th.
Mrs. Hoppel and son. of Sedalia. Mo., are
visiting at the home of Capt. W. H. H. Taylor.
Mrs. Hoppel is the aunt of Capt. Taylor’s wife.
‘•When you are dry drink water” advocates a
temperance sheet. We wish to be understood
that we imbibe nothing else while we sojourn at
this stronghold.
"One day is pressed onward by another.” is an
old proverb which may be appropriately applied
to those months and years which, to the impa-
tient. drag along so slowly
Boys, you have had an “Even Chance” for
some time, but you can now prepare yourselves
for the "Battle-ax.” a new brand manufactured
by the American Tobacco Co.
Chaplain ,T. H. Albert is taking a four weeks’
vacation, the greater part of which he will spend
in visiting friends in different parts of lowa. He
also expects to visit Chicago before his return.
A pipe line running from the large oil tank to
the twine shops has been completed, and the oil
will now be pumped by steam direct to the place
where it is used. This is a great labor saving im
It is a pitiful sight to behold the face of that
discouraged man in our midst who is continually
looking for a banana peeling in order that he
might step on it and again experience the liberty
of a cosmopolite.
J. A. Ewing, of Eagie Take. Minn., brother of
Keeper Ewing, visited the prison on tlie 29tli.
Mr. Ewing has been a resident of this State
for twenty-five years, but this was his first
visit to Stillwater.
Although the twine season is about over and
only a few small orders are coming in. yet the
twine plant is still working overtime as if it was
the intention of the management to supply the
whole world with twine next season.
The windows in the large brick shop formerly
used as-a blacksmith shop by the Minnesota
Thresher Co., but now used as a warehouse for
the storage of hemp, have been walled up, and
the building is now absolutely fire-proof.
Mrs. H. Goldsmith and Mrs. M. Gomprecht.of
New York City. Miss M. Scharff. of St. Louis,
Mo.. Mrs. I. Rose, of St. Paul, and Mrs. L. B.
Goldsmith and daughter, city, escorted by
Keeper Goldsmith, were visitors at the prison
on the 2Gth.
judge H. R. Brill. Miss Winnifred Brill. Master
Kenneth Brill and Miss Margaret Muir, all of St.
Paul, honored our office by a visit on the 27th.
Judge Brill had a word of praise for our paper,
which, coming from such a source, is a commen
dation to be proud of.
Two little sunbeams brightened our office
for a few minutes on the 25tli. They were the
little Misses Lillian Merrill, daughter of prison
physician B. J. Merrill, and Shirley Morgan, of
St. Paul, who is paying her friend Lillian a visit.
Under the care of Usher Kenyon these demure
little maidens took in the sights of the prison.
A successful surgieal operation for the re
moval of tubercular cervical glands was per
formed in the prison hospital last week. We
once passed through this not altogether pleasant
experience, and having a fellow-feeling for the
patient we visited him the day following the
operation to compare notes. We found him up
and smiling, the only thing that seemed te worry
him was a fear that the Dr. might restrict his
Guard M. A. Powers. In company with his
friend Jerry Sullivan, drove down to Cottage
Grove Sunday afternoon on a brief visit to friends.
Mr. Powers reports a pleasant time. He also
says that the country through which they passed
shows evidence of a large harvest.
The district convention of the \V. C. T. U., to
the number of about 150. visited the prison in a
body on the 25th. After a thorough inspection
of the different departments they were served
with supper in the officers' dining-rooms. The
visitors left at 7 i\ m.. much pleased with their
brief “experience” in the “pen.”
Rev. Ricker, of Faribault. Minn., formerly of
this city, addressed the inmates in the prison
chapel last Sunday, taking for his subject, ’Wis
dom. which, lie held, when acquired by man
will bring unto him riches and happiness. His
discourse was ably delivered, attentively listened
to, and well received by ail present.
Our devil extraordinary for the past eight
months was last week transferred to the tonsorial
department where he will have a larger field in
which to display his satanic genius. The young
man who succeeds him has had some acquaint
ance with the stick and rule so lie will not be so
apt to want to teach the editor his business as
would a man who had never before seen the in
side of a printing office.
For the information of tiie new arrivals who
come here from week to week, we wish to say, if
you want to send The Mirror to relatives or
friends, you will be allowed tiie privilege by
complying with tiie following rule; Send to this
office your name, register and cell numbers, also
full address of the person to whom you desire to
have The Mi rror sent. Do not write address,
cell number or any oilier matter on your paper;
keep them perfectly clean and place them in your
cell door every Friday evening. Those who do
not send The Mirror away will confer a favor
by sending them to this office.
Through the kindness of Deputy Warden
Lemon we were permitted to look over a collec
tion of Knights Templar cards and badges.
There were a number of beautiful specimens of
the printers’ art in the collection, some being in
three and four colors. Of course we could not
understand the cabalistic designs on the cards,
but there was one card which had a familiar
look and reminded us of our sinful past when we
indulged in little games of chance. It was the
five-spot of hearts witli a name written on it. A
gentleman having mislaid his card-case, and
wishing to leave his name with Mr. Lemon, used
the card for that purpose.
0n tiie day the \V. C. T. U. visited us. our fore
man was detailed to wait on table. We knew he
would make an admirable waiter, for he is young,
good-looking, quick and intelligent. We feared,
however, that he would not have the firmness to
resist eatimr the broken bits of toothsome but in
digestible cake and pie which might fall to his
lot. so we took him aside and warned him of the
evil consequences resulting from gluttony, and
succeeded in getting his promise to bring a por
tion of the good tilings he might lay hands on to
us. Alas, for the fraility of human promises!
He forgot us and the fatherly advice and care
we have bestowed on him all these years, and
the result was that we had a sick, moaning and
groaning foreman the next day to dose with the
bitterest drugs we have in our medicine chest.
Moral: Be temperate in all things.
As our reporter returned from St. Paul on the
evening of the 25th, he overheard the following
conversation on the train between Deputy War
den Lemon and a prisoner he was bringing back
to the penitentiary for violating the terms of his
conditional pardon. The prisoner had been tak
ing an antidote against mosquito poisoning and
his speecli was somewhat thick.
Prisoner— "l shay. Deb—hie, Deppity is that
little pap—hie, er running yet?”
Deputy—“lf you refer to The Prison Mir
ror. I can assure you it is still running—running
so vigorously that the editor has been annoying
me to death by his persistence in asking for more
clerks in the subscription department.”
Prisoner— " We—hie—ell, do you think he’ll
shay anything about me?”
Deputy—"Oh, he’s a pretty obliging fellow; he
will probably announce your arrival.”
Prisoner—“Thansks, awfully.”
Secretary Hart, of the state board of correc
tions and charities, has completed his semi-an
nual prison census of the state, and the result
is in harmony witli the statement that the section
of the country comprising Minnesota and the
surrounding states lias a smaller percentage of
criminal population than any other district in
the world. The total number of prisoners in all
prisons of the state June 30 was 1,0G3, an increase
of only 4.4 per cent since 1889. when the total
number was 1,013. The number of prisoners
awaiting trial throughout the state has steadily
diminished during the past three years. June
30,1893, the number was 193; in 1894,180; in 1895,
169. The number of felons in the state prison
and reformatory, on the other hand, has shown
a steady increase of 5 per cent a year since June
30,1890, when the number was 444, as against 565
for the present year. The number of prisoners
in jails and workhouses has diminished since
June 30,1589, when the number was 309. This
year the number was 329, and last year it was
but 243. but the highest point in the six years
was reached in 1593, when the number was SOS.
The big decrease since June 30. 1893. shows just
the opposite result from what might have been
expected of the hard times. The decrease, how
ever, has been in the cities.' where they had 435
prisoners in 1893, and but 230 in 1595. On the
outside the number in 1893 was 73, and in 1895 it
had increased to 93. or 20. Another fact is that
during the two preceding years Ramsey county
had 20 more prisoners than Hennepin and this
year this is reversed, Hennepin having 20 more
than Ramsey in her jail and workhouse.
One day last week as we passed through the
twine factory in quest of the local we never find,
we received an order to report to the Deputy
Warden’s office. This summons made us tremble.
We knew the court over which Judge Lemon
presides was then in session, so the peremptory
summons could mean but one thing—we were to
be arraigned for the infraction of some of the
rules by which our model institution is governed.
We recalled every incident of the day, but could
not remember an act not in strict accordance
with the established rules of our home govern
ment. We could say in all truth that we had
done nothing-absolutely nothing—the whole day.
Now, on the day before, we—but, no matter, that
has nothing to do with the present case. We
walked to tne solitary and stood with folded
arms and face to the wall awaiting our turn to be
called to account for the deed we had not com
mitted. How wretchedly shameful we felt at
the thought of our ignoble position. An editor
of a reform paper in the criminal doek! Could
we ever again look our brother recluse in the
face and exhort him to abandon his evil ways?
Would not our brethren in sin point at us the
finger of scorn and say, “go heal thyself” when
ever we should attempt to instill in their minds
and hearts moral precepts and the duty of obe
dience we owed to those in power over us?
’Twas a sad thought to think that our influence
for good was gone, that henceforth our com
rades would ldok upon us with distrust. Ah. why
should the pure and good be so persecuted in this
sinful world! In the midst of these reflections
the Chief Turnkey of tiie Bastile turned to us and
said: A mistake has been made; you are not the
man wanted,” We lost no time in getting from
that place, and we hope never to be called up
again—either innocent or guilty.
Riding- a Bucking Bull
The boys are talking about the grit displayed
by a colored lad named Douglass, who, at the
Wild West show, when the offer of S2OO was
made by the manager to any one who would
ride the bucking bull around the ring, went for
ward and said he would undertake it. The bull
was led in, the manager explained to Douglass
that the proprietor of the show would not be
responsible for any injury to him, and asked him
to state plainly to the audience that he would
not hold any one responsible but himself if he
got hurt. The promise was made.
The animal, even in repose, with ropes around
his nose and horns, held by three cowboys,
looked something like a live earthquake. The
saddle was put on. and young Douglass mounted
thebuli. He did not stay on half a minute.
First there was a wriggling motion, as if the
bull sought to ascertain exactly what he had to
deal with. Even this wriggle must have made
Douglass feel as if he were on top of a volcano.
Then the bull pluuged to the right, and bendiug
his spine to the shape of a drawn bow almost as
quich as lightning he shot the colored boy six
feet into the air. The lad landed on his shoul
ders and considered himself fortunate to come
out alive.
The cowboys howled themselves hoarse at the
spectacle, while the audience gave visible signs
of relief, for it looked as if the young fellow was
in imminent danger of a fatal accident. It is
seldom that anyone offers to ride the bucking
bull. It Is a foolhardy act. Only one of the
cowboys connected with the show can stick on
the animal a minute.—Cincinnati Times-Star.
Some Lies of History
The African King, Prester John had no exis
There never was such a person as Pope Joan
the so-called female pontiff.
William Tell did not found the Swiss confed
eration, and the story of Gessler has no historic
There is no historic authority for the state
ment that little George Washington cut down the
cherry tree.
Charlemagne’s paladins had no existence, ant
the history of Charlemagne himself is so cloudec
by myth as to be utterly unreliable.
Wellington, at Waterloo, did not say. “Up
guards, and at’em!” The words were put into
his mouth by an imaginative writer.
The mother of Coriolanus did not intercede
with her son to spare Rome, The story has no
better foundation than that of Horatius.
There is no reason to believe that Tarquin in
sulted Lucretia. His power was overthrown by
a popular tumult, which is the only basis for the
Pocahontas did not save the life of John Smith.
It has been ascertained that this worthy man
was the most able-bodied prevaricator of his
The story of King Arthur and his round table
is a myth, although what purports to be the round
table is still to be seen in a south of England
Alfred the Great did not visit the Danish camp
disguised as a minstrel. There is no good reason
to believe that he could either play the harp or
speak Danish.
The maelstrom is not a whirlpool which sucks
ships down into the depths ot the ocean. It is
an eddy, whicli in fair weather can be crossed in
safety by any vessel.
Queen Eleanor did not suck the poisoD from
her husband’s wounds, as she did not accompany
him on the expedition during which the incident
is alleged to have taken place.
Cromwell and Hampden did not attemptto sail
to America just before the outbreak of the Eng
lish revolution. A number of their friends did,
but they had no thought of going.
The “Man in the Iron Mask” did not wear a
mask of iron. It was black velvet secured by
stetl springs.
The wonderful Damascus blades that cut bars
of iron in two were not superior to the Toledo
blades made to-day.
Seneca was not a half-Christian philosopher,
but a grasping money-lender and usurer, who
died worth over $3,000,000.
Caesar did not say, "Ettu, Brute!” Eye-wit
nesses to ihe assassination devised that "he died
fighting, but silent like a wolf.
Richard 111. was not a hunchback, but a sol
dier of fine form, some pretensions of good
looks, and great personal strength and cour
Augustus was not the public benefactor he is
represented. He was the most exacting tax col
lector the Roman world had up to his time ever
Mucius Scmyola never put his hand in the fire.
The story was a fabrication of a Roman historian
hundreds of years after the supposed time.
Blondel, the harper, did not discover the prison
of King Richard. Richard paid his ransom, and
the receipt for it is among the Austrian archives.
Horatius never defended the bridge. The
story was manufactured by the same gifted author
who gave the world the account of Scmvola’s
General Cambronne did not say, "The guard
dies, but does not surrender.” The words were
the invention of a Baris journalist and attributed
to him.
Ctesar did not cross the Rubicon. It lay on the
opposite side of the Italian peninsula from the
point where he left his own possessions and en
tered Italy.
The bridge of sighs at Venice has no romance
worthy the name. Most of the unfortunates who
cross it are petty thieves who are sent to the
The blood of Rizzio, Mary Stuart’s favorite,
cannot be seen on the floor where he was mur
dered by Darnley and the other conspirators.
What is seen there is a daub of red paint, annu
ally renewed for the benefit of gaping tourists.
St. Louis (Mo.) Globe-Democrat.
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