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Edited and Published by the Inmates of the Minnesota State Prison. Entered at the Post Ottice at Stillwater, Minn as Second Class Mail Matter. This paper will he forwarded to subscribers until ordered discontinued and all arrears are paid. Should THE MIRROR fail to reach a subscriber each week, notice should be sent to this ottice, when the matter will be attended to at once. Contributions solicited from any and all sour ces. Rejected manuscript will not be returned. THE MIRROR is issued every Thursday at the following rates: One Year ------ SI.OO Six Months - - - .50 Three Months ------ .25 To inmates of penal institutions, 50 cts. per year. Address all communications, Editor, The MIRROR. Stillwater, Minn. THE IIIRKOR is a weekly paper published in the Minnesota State Prison. It was founded in ISS7 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 tiie prisoners; to acquaint the public with the true status of the prisoner; to disseminate penological information and to aid in dispelling that prejudice which has ever been the liar sinister to a fallen man's self-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 of tire prison library. The Hills Crescent is now being is sued twice a week. James A. Wiiauton has assumed editorial control of the Delano Eagle. We may now expect to hear that Col. Ingersoll has become a believer in the orthodox hell—for pickpockets. The man who owns the skunk farm near Baraboo, Wisconsin, has no fear of thieves carrying off the little animals. It would be a sweet scented thief that would attempt it. In the recent lire which destroyed the greater portion of Alden, the Al den Aden nee lost everything but one press and a cutter, and in consequence came out this week reduced in size. A contemporary says: “When men are taken to prison they are treated like clothes in a laundry—they are washed and then ironed.” Why not carry the simile a little further and say they are sometimes mangled and hung up? The Prison Mirror is just now re ceiving many complimentary notices through the press in different parts of the state, and we are glad to say that they are not unmerited. The editor of The Mirror edits as clean a sheet as is to be found anywhere.—Kenyon Leader. Messrs. King and Moore, of the Adrian Democrat, showed enterprise by getting out a neat, newsy daily paper during the three days' race meeting at Adrian. These gentlemen have dem onstrated their ability to get out a good daily if the patronage would warrant the undertaking. The Prison Mirror has an editorial on the brotherhood of man, and it is true that the convict is a brother, as truly as the man outside, who thanks his cunning that he has never been caught, and the other brother who thanks Heaven that he is not as other men.—Fargo (X. D.) Argus. We ii ave received an invitation from the Colorado Press Committee to visit Canon City on “Fruit Day” to witness the exercises of the day, and to enjoy the lucious fruits produced there. We regret to say that we are kept so busy “doing time” that it will be impossible for us to accept the invitation. The coming glove contest between Corbett and Fitzsimmons may turn out to be a serious matter if it takes place on Texas soil. Governor Culbert son says he will stop the fight despite the supreme court's decision, and when a Texan says he will shoot it can be depended on that he will make good his word. The Prison Mirror, published by the inmates of the Minnesota State pris on, has entered upon its ninth year. This paper is ably edited by those who have fallen. There is a moral tone to The Mirror which shows to the world that although prison walls encase their bodies pure and good thoughts come from their hearts, and each week a warning goes out to the world through the columns of The Prison Mirror. We value this exchange highly and hope it will live long in its mission of good.—Minot (X. D.) Mirror. Edward Bok, the editor of the Ladies' Home Journal, has written a book for young men called “Success ward: A young Man's Book for Young Men,” which the Bevels will publish in a fortnight. The book aims to cover all the important phases of a young man's life; his business life, social life, his amusements, religious life, dress, his attitude toward women and the question of his marriage. This is Mr. Bok's first book. The prison congress held at Denver elected the following officers for the ensuing year: President, Boeliff Brin kerhoff, Mansfield, Ohio; vice-presi dents. C. E. Felton, Chicago; C. T. Lewis, Morristown, N. .T.; Capt. J. W. Pope, Leavenworth, Kan.; Kev. George H. Hickox, Jackson, Mich.;secretary, Bev. Jno. L.Milligan, Allegheny, Pa.;assist ant secretaries, J. L. Byers, Columbus, Ohio; 11. 11. llart, St. 1 aul; Lyceus C. Stone, Lansing, Mich.; Ernest Bicknell, Indianapolis; treasurer, Charles M. Jes sup, New York. It is easy to pick out the wealthy newspaper men in Stillwater. Fred Xeumeier and wife, of the Post: N. A. Nelson, of the Journal and Ed O'Brien of The Prison Mirror expect to take in the Atlanta exposition with the editorial fraternity, leaving here on Saturday, September 28, and being ab sent about eight days—Stillwater Ga zette. If Ed O'Brien is editor of Tiie Mir ror—and he must be else the Ga zette would not make the assertion— we would respectfully suggest that it is about time for him to furnish some copy. Tiie case of Frog Davis, a young man hung on the 13th inst. at Coowees coowee. I. T., for the murder of Sheriff James Musgrove, should be a warning to all young men who think it manly to be “tough,” and who have ambitious longings to emulate the sanguinary deeds of the Daltons, Cooks, and others of like ilk. Davis, who was a half breed Cherokee Indian, served a two years' sentence here for an assault com mitted in the Indian Territory, being sentenced by the United States court at Fort Smith, Ark. He was discharged on expiration of sentence March 13th of the present year, it being just six months from the date of his release to the day of his ignominious death on the scaffold. Perverted ideas of the duties of life, and an ambition to become celebrated as a “bad man” cost Davis his life. The country press of Minnesota seems to be rolling along on the tide of prosperity this year. The Adrian Guardian has come out in a new dress and changed to a six-column quarto, and the Freeborn Co. Standard an nounces a change from its old home to large and commodious quarters with all the modern improvements and conveniences of an up-to-date printing establishment. Almost every paper has gotten out a handsome special edi tion, some of the weeklies have changed to twice a week, and such general im provement is noted all along the line of country journalism that we feel that The Mirror is left completely in the rear. If the prison manage ment would consent to give us more roomy quarters—centrally located on a large prairie where our thoughts would have room to expand—we might yet be able to catch up with the rear column of the journalistic procession. THE KEWAHf> OF HOXESTY. Why will men follow dishonest methods when there are so many ex amples to prove the truth of the old saying that “honesty is the best policy?” Of course men who are honest only through motives of policy— and there are a great many of this class in the world—are not on a much higher moral plane than the convicted thief, but if one is not possessed of innate honesty and the high sense of honor which makes him scorn to do a base deed, let him at least be honest for policy's sake. The latest example which has come to our notice of a small capital of honesty yielding large pecun iary returns, is that of an Indiana merchant. While sweeping out his store he found a nickel on the floor. Most men would have tossed the nickel into the till and eased their conscience with the thought that the amount was so small it was not worth bothering about trying to find the owner, but this honest merchant did not reason thus, and he straightway went and inserted an advertisement in a paper stating that “A sum of money had been found in his store which the owner would receive by calling and stating the amount.” Peo ple rushed to the store to announce the loss of money ranging in amounts from one dollar up to thousands. The merchant blandly informed each claim ant that the amount said to have been lost did not correspond with the sum which he had found, and he then called their attention to the superior stock of goods that he carried, and great was the reward of this honest man's policy from the profits made on the merchan dise sold that day. Don’t by evil trickery plan How you can “do” your fellow man; If in tiie world you would rise lie strictly honest—and advertise. Hope Deferred —Torture. In spite of the advancement of our modern civilization, pertaining to the law and the administration thereof, there are some who declare, and possi bly with reason, that in this we are not so advanced after all; that the modern method of criminal procedure—the punishment of crime—the extreme deference to meaningless technicali ties, resulting in hope deferred, is but in a sense satirical, and legalized tor ture. Several centuries ago, refined inquis itors, learned in the administration of torture, grew weary of ordinary phys ical torment to their victims—such as disemboweling, quartering, etc., and sought for a keener and more prolonged punishment—a punishment adminis tered without the shedding of blood—so they introduced one of the most terrible of all tortures, mind torture, or the pro longation of hope. While the old idea of punishment was a “life for a life,” we now have a new theory. The ancients found that the immediate taking of life was not so se vere as the punishment of suspense, or deferred hopes, and law today, while it may not, and perhaps does not prescribe so refined a means of torture, certainly sanctions it by allowing the decisions of courts, which ought to be above ques tion, to be set aside on the slightest technicality, and the execution of its sentence deferred, time after time. Cutting a man's head off at the block, before a crowd of depraved wretches, was the old form of execution, making of him a storage battery to the extent of a couple of thousand volts, is one of our most modern methods, although for company he has a few refined scientists and physicians, but what difference does it make to the victim himself, so long as the end comes quick? But does it come quick? The man in the ancient dungeon found the door of his cell left open, and the sentinel asleep—all of which had been carefully planned to torture him with the hope of escape—a delusion. But today the convict under a death sentence is led to believe he will get a new trial,a reprieve ora commu tation of sentence. What is the differ ence in the two cases ? About the same as that of the guillotine and electric chair, simply a difference in the times. The torture suffered by the condemned in hope deferred, is about the same to day as it was three centuries ago. It is right, of course, that a man charged with a crime should have every possi ble chance to establish his innocence while he is on trial. Humanity demands it and the law’s intent is to allow it. But the trial over, his guilt once established to the satisfaction of the law and sen tence having been pronounced, the hope of escape should be withdrawn. Such is the law's intent, but the letter and intent of the law are often confused, and in the tangle, the torture of hope creeps in and our enlightened modern methods find their parallel in the bar barity of medievial times.—Minneapolis Weekly Mirror. Any man who has been four times married and three times divorced and is anxious to try it again must be play ing for a front seat in the heavenly choir.—St. Paul Dispatch. Take the* enemies that a good news paper makes in the course of business, and stand them up in a row and we will venture to say that the balance of the community will unite in asserting that the editor ought to feel proud that they are his enemies, and should honor him for it.—St. Peter Herald. Very little is known of prison life by the world at large, even by the most intelligent, because only those who have borne its rigors are competent to speak of it, and they are usually loth to refer to it after they have regained their lib erty. They wish to forget it, to throw it oft as a nightmare from which they have awakened to pleasant freedom. —Ohio Penitentiary News. The sun, setting in a blaze of glory in our antipodes, and watching as he goes some Chinese mother binding up the feet of her baby girl that she may escape in marriageable youth the taunt of degeneracy from well-established usage, is simultaneously sending the earliest spikes of dawn into occidental homes where the un-night-capped babies of our day are helplessly squeezing their little ears into peculiar angles which a Lombroso and a Nordauhavesapiently hit upon as a token of moral and in tellectual degeneracy.-—Northwestern Chronicle. The government ownership of saloons is making considerable headway in Europe. In France, Germany, Austria and Russia laws have already been en acted greatly curtailing the duties of private saloons. In Russia an ukase has recently been issued entirely abolishing private saloons and placing the whole traffic in the hands of the government. This is done with the view of lessening drunkenness among the people. These laws will be enforced by those govern ments and the people will not dare to complain much about it either. They come over here to do their kicking against the regulation of tne liquor traffic.—Slayton Gazette. In many or our exchanges we notice editorial matter clipped from some city daily and run as original. This is some thing that should be condemned, and really there is no necessity for it. If you have not the ability to write an edi torial, why not credit what you clip? People will then respect you. When you do otherwise it takes a very short time for them to find out that you are a journalistic pirate and they lose faith in you and laugh at your editorial pre tensions. A poor original editorial is preferable to a good stolen one every time. And again, if you are not able to present your views on public matters in a reasonably intelligent manner, you should retire and make way for some one who can—Wabasha Herald. Many an unwise parent works hard and lives sparingly all his life for the purpose of giving his children a good start in the world as it is called. Start ing a young man out with money left him by His relatives is like tying a blad der under the arm of one who cannot swim. Ten to one he will lose the blad der and goto the bottom. Teach him to swim and he won’t need the bladder. Give your child a good education. See that the morals are pure, his mind cul tivated and his whole nature subservi ent to the laws that govern man, and you will give what will be of more value than the Indies. You have given him a start no misfortune can deprive him of. The earlier you teach him to de pend upon himself the better.—Luverne News. Reverence is to be cultivated and ir reverence to be avoided. All our aspi rations after what is pure and exalted have their root in reverence; if we have little reverence for holy things we shall have but little desire for them, and there will be in us no upbuilding of a noble character. I have small hope of one who does not profoundly respect all that is exalted in thought, in sentiment, in the nature of its being. The greatest of all thoughts is the thought of God to whom we are responsible in every word and deed of our lives. If, then, you will take the name of God out of all holy associations, bring it into your conver sation upon ordinary and vulgar topics, use it upon all sorts of trivial occa sions, treat it as a common and unclean thing, you are smothering within you the sentiment of reverence and making it unlikely that you will rise to any con siderable intellectual, moral or religious height.—Howard Times. We have reserved the right to hate the devil's best friends and those are these: The man who gets drunk, the man who slanders a woman, the man who gloats over another’s misfortune, the man that can tell you all about it, the man who suspects everybody else, an ungrateful woman, a liar and the man who don’t pay his newspaper sub scription. If Christ came to St. Peter he would say the same thing. So many friends tell us that they sincerely wish to see us succeed—that the Journal will favorably correspond with any other good paper. That reminds us of a man whose horse was drowned. His friends gathered about him and ex pressed more sympathy than he knew what to do with. Finally he said: “My friends, you say you pity me—show me how much you pity me.” It didn’t take thirty minutes to raise money enough to get a new horse and the grateful man in parting said: “Now I know you are my friends.” So if you like the Journal, subscribe for it. We will be glad to work for you early and late—just give us a chance to prove it. —St. Peter Journal. No man should fear death any more than he fears life. One is as natural and necessary as the other. We did not select the hour of our coming nor will we the time of our departure. We did not step from nothing into being nor will we from being into nothing. The call-boy summons us upon the stage to play that part which the great Dramatist has assigned us; and when we have spoken our piece we disap pear. By the measureof the geologic periods the individual life is but an electric flash —a dot of light—in a continuous message reaching from everlasting to everlasting. Only one thing is certain—God. And continuity is part of God; and hence immortality is necessary because we are an output of God, and that which is of God cannot terminate. We suffer coming into this world, and we suffer going out of it—but the child remembers not its pangs,—nor will the dead. Teach your children to face death as they face life—with fearless, but reverent spirit; remembering the tre mendousness of the Divine Force and the absolute littleness of everything else. —The Representative. Litepapy jNTotes. William Henry Ilurlbut, who died a fortnight ago, was one of the most noted men of the day. He edited the New York World when it was the mar vel of metropolitan journalism and he disappeared from London, a few years ago, to avoid arrest on a charge of per jury in connection with a noted breach of-promise case. Ilis career is dis cussed at length by the San Francisco Argonaut's New York correspondent in the issue of September 23d. Lincoln’s apprehensive distrust of marriage is revealed in some extremely interesting letters from the great Pres ident in the October Ladies’ Home Journal , in which John Gilmer Speed discusses “Lincoln’s Hesitancy to Marry.” The letters are given publicity for the first time, and are addressed to Lincoln's most intimate friend, Joshua Speed. Edward S. Martin presents a review of the various theories advanced by scientists in the effort to definitely locate the Garden of Eden site, and shows how far from solution is the problem. l)r. Parkhurst’s October article treats of “Religion in the Fam ily," and is one of the most forcible ar guments that has come from his pen, “The Woman Who Most Influenced Me,” series of papers is enriched by a contribution from Thomas Wentworth Iligginson. Edward W. Bok editori ally discusses “Where American Life Really Exists,” and outlines those com munities where its best and purest phases are found. Robert J. Burdette contributes “The Strike in the Choir,” a humorous article in his brightest vein. How to fit up and furnish “A Japanese Room” is told and illustrated by F. Schuyler Mathews, and Nancy Hous ton Banks writes of “A Painter of Miniatures.” Mr. Bangs has another report of “The Paradise Club,” and Elizabeth W. Bellamy’s serial, “The Luck of the Pendennings,” is increasing in interest. “Early Autumn Costumes” are described by Isabel A. Mallon, and “Novelties in Dress Designs” by Emma M. Hooper, Miss Underwood illustrating both. In the same issue are suggestions for evening parties and church festivals, helpful, practicable papers, a guide to scrap-book making, etc. Ruth Ashmore discusses “The Girl and Her Church,” and Maria Par loa “The Science of French Cooking,’ while the usual attractive departments are complete. In its offerings of poetry the October Journal is unusually en gaging. Eugene Field's “Dream-Ship” is, perhaps, his best effort along the more ambitious lines of verse making; W. L. Taylor has exquisitely illustrated the poem. The best works of such ar tists as W. L. Taylor, B. West Cline dinst, Frank O. Small, Alice Barber Stephens, Abbey E. Luiderwood and F. Schuyler Mathews are shown in the current issue. The October Journal blends interest, entertainment, instruc tion, usefulness and artistic excellence, and is the magazine par excellence for the home. THE BEAUTIFUL ROCKIES. They Contain the Grandest Seenery and the Richest Gold Mines 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 Rocky mountains excel any region on earth. The Illustrated Weekly, of Denver, Colorado, (founded 1890) illustrates the choicest 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-sitf columns, will be sent on trial three months (thirteen weeks) for only 12 two-cent stamps; club of six for a dollar bill. Hand some gold rings set with beautiful Rocky mountain gems are given free as premiums. Address as above ancfc mention The Mirror when you write.