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Edited and Published by the Inmates of the Minnesota State Prison. Entered at tlie Post-office at Stillwater. Minn., as second-class mail matter. This paper wiil be forwarded to subscribers until ordered discontinued and all arrears are paid. Should THE MIKHOK fail to reach a subscriber each week, notice should be sent to this office, and the matter will be attended to at once. Contributions solicited from any and all sour ces. Rejected manuscript will not be returned. TIIE MIKHOR is issued every Thursday at the following rates: One Year ------ SI.OO Six Months - ----- .50 Three Months ------ .‘25 To inmates of penal institutions. 00 cts. per year. Address all communications. Editor. THE PRISON MIUKOK. Stillwater. Minn. THE MIKHOK Is a weekly paper published in the Minnesota State Prison. It was founded in 18S7 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 disj>elliug that prejudice which has ever been the bar 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 the prison library. NOTICE. THOSE receiving copies of The Mir ror who are not subscribers will please consider them as sample cop ies. If, after reading them, you should conclude that Tiie Mirror is worthy of your patronage, send one dollar to this ollice and we will enter your name on our books for a year's subscription. A good name is better than great riches, but great riches come in handy when you want to make a good name as a philanthropist. If truth prevailed, a great deal of what passes for philosophy in Ihis world would be classed under the head of ingenious excuses for not doing what ought to be done. Tact is the guide of good man ners. The faculty of being able to determine with nicety the needs of circumstances, without embar rassing the situation, is rare, but whoever possesses it has the trump card of popularity. The man who goes through life with the mistaken notion that suc cess means going through friends and relatives, may be lucky enough to have someone write his obitu ary notice when lie dies, but there will lx* no one to buy a tombstone upon which to display it. Hon esty would die of neglect if it depended upon the support of what loose virtue there is in ways that are simply legitimate. De fending a course of action with no letter plea than that it is lawful, betrays a natural bent for what needs but courage to follow the course There is always hope for the one who is willing to listen to the advice of a mother or sister. They are the mentors whose advice is the wisest and best, whose love follows the erring one when father and brother have abandoned hope and care and whose belief in his final redemption ceases only with life. That man who scorns to listen to their pleading, has in him the full measure of human depravity. Sighing for opportunities that are wished for, but never come, re veals a character fatally weak and one that has all the elements of failure. The opportunities within reach are what gives entrance to the avenue of success. By im proving what we have that which is out of reach is brought nearer and the chances of being able to grasp it increased. Whining at the superior opportunities of some one whose position we envy, but magnifies their value and narrows our own view of what is in*reach. One great trouble with the poli- ties of this country is that too many young men entertain the idea that the right to vote implies the right to copy the bad habits of the people whom they vote for. The value of regular habits can not be too strongly impressed upon the mind of a young man entering the years comprised within the critical age. By regular habits is not meant simply retiring and ris ing from bed at precise moments of time, but that order of living that sets aside certain hours for certain duties and attends to them without deferring until necessity forces attention to them. The mind can be so trained that it will turn to any particular duty to the exclusion of all others. Knowing what to do at certain times contri butes largely to ease and comfort, is conducive to that feeling of freshness that comes from diver sity and gives greater capacity for work because method is employed. Irregular and confused habits mul tiply the cares of labor and cause vexatious delays in what orderly methods would accomplish with dispatch. Those who have experienced the ups and downs of life, who have rubbed up against the rough side of the world and who have known the miseries of adversity, are usually the ones most respon sive to the cries of the unfortu nate. But, quite often, someone is found, who by some fortunate circumstances is enjoying a meas ure of prosperity, that assumes superiority over the friends and as sociates of less prosperous days. This is the stinging adder of human kind that combine in one nature the worst qualities of the ingrate and the vain parvenu. From those who never knew wretchedness, little sympathy is expected, hut from its rescued vic tims aid is looked for, and when it is not forthcoming the feeling of bitterness is far more intense than that felt for the person or tiling that may have caused the wretch edness. WEALTH AND AMBITION. The desire to be wealthy is natural to all men. and if it were not a component part of human nature, mankind would still be groping in the first stages of civili zation. This desire creates the ambition for engaging in eider prises which, while they enrich the promoters, are of common benefit to all men. Every exten tion of commerce, every industrial enterprise and every work specula tive in its character originates in the desire to increase fortune and add to tin- power its possession gives. In this age of wealth-getting, its acquisition has come to be looked upon as the sum total of all earthly desires, as the one thing that am bition should strive for and as the full measure of its reward. But ambition, to be noble and of use to the world, must aim higher than the acquisition of wealth. Riches alone can not bring honor, power and the grateful remembrance of fellowmen. Every name in history that appeals to sentiment, gratitude or the reverence of mankind gained eminence in fields of endeavor far removed from the avenues of wealth-seeking. Croesus lives in history because of the wealth he possessed, but around his memory there is clustered no virtue, no at tribute of manhood, of inherent worth or of nobility of character and no lesson that can be drawn from his life other than monitory. Every name that adorns literature, the arts and the sciences is there by virtue of the services they have rendered in their respective fields, and in all the factor of wealth sel dom appears. Prof. Agassiz ex pressed the true spirit of ambition well-directed when lie said that lie had no time to fritter away in making money. Ambition that is actuated by the sordid motive of acquiring wealth for the pleasure it gives, or is supposed to give, has no value to mankind, nor can it bring happiness or contentment to the one who centers his desires on attaining it. Ambition that is noble and gen erous and which aims to accom plish something that will reflect honor and a good purpose fulfilled, has little regard for riches, or tile vulgar adulation it brings. What ever is done well, conscientiously and with unselfish motives is al ways rewarded with a sufficiency, and whatever exceeds that is a temptation to misuse the whole. OHIUINALITY. Every person is possessed of the element of originality, weak in some, but strong in others. In na ture. in individuality and in in tellectual endowments, no two per sons are exactly alike. All have a degree of originality that influences opinion, action and personal char acter and gives a distinct point of difference between any one indi vidual and everybody else. First in importance, and withal the most valuable and worthy of cul tivation. is intellectual originality. Generally speaking, a man's every action is largely influenced by the good will or opinion of someone else. His natural inclination is to follow beaten tracks, to imitate methods that have proved success ful before and in this he must lx* guided by tin* advice which ex perience teaches is safest. If he follows this advice habitually, without striving to improve what it suggests, lie becomes mentally dependent upon the conclusions of others, grows irresolute in his thinking and expression of opinion and sacrifices his will-power to a stronger and more energetic men tality. But. on the other hand, if a personal opinion is formed on every affair of interest, the inher ent originality of the man is re flected in his thoughts. Mental independence and force of char acter, together with the pride their possession impart. follow the habit of forming one s own opin ions and draw out what is distinct, peculiar and original in intellectu al ability. No great mind ever became so without the gift of orig inality. In fact, all genius may be said to be originality highly devel oped, in which some truth lias been presented in a new and attractive form, free from the mouldy flavor of worn-out theories and the same ness of crude methods. To be guided in matters of minor importance by the opinions of others is perhaps wisest for those of light mental calibre, but in the graver concerns of life where the interest of self and those depend ent upon self are affected, the en ergy of the man must be aroused to originate his own way out of difficulty. Originality develops best under difficulty. It is then the full mental activities are en gaged in the task of devising methods for regaining what is lost and safeguarding what is threat ened. By drawing out what is original in thought, action is in fluenced and with it the general character. When you find a man denounc ing every one who disagrees with him politically as a traitor, mark him well, for ten to one he is a scoundrel. He cries “stop thief,” in order to divert the attention of his contemporaries from his own devilisliment. Such fellows need watching.—Progressive Age. Exactly so. They need some thing more than watching: they need handling that is the reverse of gentle. The hypocrite, the ca lumniator, the carping critic, who never did anything but malign the deserving and conscientious, and the fraudulent flotsam and jetsam of humanity in general that drift in the way of earnest effort and tries to blacken the character of people by the smudge of their own low moral standard, are fully entitled to the watching, the con tempt and the kicks of every lover of justice, of decency and of the sense of propriety that demands that the low, the base and the lying remain beneath the waves of their own vileness. <s£§EEBES|i o The current number of the Home Magazine opens with an ar ticle on “The First Commercial Travelers’ Fair" by Allen S. Will iams, in which the fair recently held under the auspices of the Commercial Travelers' Home As sociation of America at Madison Square Harden, New York, is elab orately reviewed. The article is finely illustrated. •‘Night in the Andes" by Hezekiah Butterworth, is a poem, the merit of which tie serves more than passing attention. The “Nomad" by Elia W. Peattie, “Woman in the South" by J. Zit ella Cocke and “Forty Years Be hind a Camera" by Abraham Bo gardus are among the many other attractive features. Arthur T. Vance has succeeded William Mill Butler in the editorial manage ment of the Home Magazine and his recognized ability is a guaran tee that it will be kept up to the high standard of excellence it has now attained. Tin* Home Maga zine, Binghamton. N - Y.. 82 per year. The February Ladies' Home Journal opens with a striking arti cle—“ When Kossuth Rode t T p Broadway"— the fourth of its “Great Personal Events" series. In it Parke Gedwin recalls the un precedented demonstration and en thusiasm with which the Hunga rian exile was welcomed to New York: also his patriotic but vain mission to this country. Charles Dana Gibson's second drawing of Dickens’ people— portraying Dick Swiveller and The Marchioness worthily occupies a prominent place in the excellent magazine. The splendor and sumptuousness which marked the festivities inci dent to a double Royal wedding in the Imperial Palace of tin* German capital is glowingly reflected in "A Page at the Berlin Court." In a delightful vein Edward Page (fas ten writes of the winsome belles of Mexico, and the restraining bar riers that social customs of that land interpose between lovers dur ing courtship. An article that will appeal to women is Mrs. Tal cott Williams' sketch of "The Most Famous Cook in America." The February Journal also presents the first of Mrs. S. T. Rorer's Cooking Lessons: "Ideal Cooking" and “How to Make Soups." These are the initial contributions to the de partment she will hereafter conduct. "Cast your bread upon the waters and ye shall find it after many days." That is scripture but if any such remark is made to a nineteenth century man he would ask: "How much interest can you pay'." The greed for money is wrecking more men at tin* present time than almost anything that can be named. The love of money is honey-combing the very vitality of the nation and ruining both morals and business to a great extent.—New Hampton (Iowa) Courier. Down at Aurora. 111., for live years an interesting lawsuit has been on. A man was drowned and it is alleged he was intoxicated at the time. His widow brought suit against a saloonkeeper charging him with selling the liquor, which was a contributory cause, at least, of his death. Judgment was se cured for $5,000. The saloon man skipped. Suit was commenced against his bondsmen: they put their property out of their hands, but the transfers were set aside and the verdict is finally collected. The case was bitterly fought by the State Liquor Dealers Associa tion and has been through all the courts. It is a precedent which is liable to make much trouble.—Ben son Times. The songs which people cherish most Are the ones which are never snug: The church chimes loved by the sleeping host Are those which are never rung. There is one consolation, that if revolutions never go backward, the. women folks will always put their clothes on over their heads.—Bede's Budget. Never call a man a liar. Tell him that he is fully capable of holding the position of war corre spondent in Cuba.—Orange (Va.) (Observer. Give your air castles a solid foundation of earnest endeavor and you will find them to be quite, stable and inhabitable. Freeport (111.) Santa Maria. Somehow a man feels much worse the day after lie has lost ai; hour's sleep on account of tin* baby than he does the day after he has lost five hours sleep at cards. S* Louis Humorist. A Milwaukee man drank ten glasses of beer while a clock was striking ten on a wager of 810 This could have been done no where else in the world except Milwaukee. St. Paul Globe. Talking about other people's faults shows that we are a kind of chronic grumblers with narrow views. The readers and liberal thinkers as a rule have something else to think of besides finding fault with his neighl*>rs. Shell Lake (Wis.) Watchman. A lawyer in a courtroom may call a man a liar, scoundrel, villain or thief, and no one makes a com plaint when court adjourns. If a newspaper prints such a reflection on a man’s character there is <♦ libel suit or a dead editor. This i.s_ owing to the fact that the people, believe what an editor says, what the lawyer says cuts no figure. Mandan (N. D.) Pioneer. Stiff preachers make empty pews The preacher should prove himself the friend of mankind. He should descend from his pomp and higli platform of empty dignity and come among the people, and show them lie is a friend of mankind at large. We want warm hearts, warm greetings, warm handshakings in all our churches. South Superior (Wis.) Sun. What poor people need most is work- work that will bring them in the means to live on. Frequently giving them money as alms has a tendency to pauperize them. Don’t put them off by giving them tracts and religious pa pci’s: they will throw them away, and be likely t<> use bad language while doing so See that they have something to eat first, and how to get more, and then they may accept good advice, and moral lessons. Jamesburg (N. J.) Advance. How often, says an exchange, do we hear people say. "where in the world do all the flies come from?’ It is simple enough. The toper makes the bottle fly. the cyclone makes the house fly, the carpenter makes the saw flv. the boarder makes the butter fly. the dancer makes the heel fly, the jockey makes the horse tiy. the Cubans make the Spanish fly, and the tin can makes the dog fly. Lake Ben ton News. One of our county candidates, while addressing an assemblage <>t farmers and trying to illustrate the advantage of electing competent men to office and paying them good salaries, said: "Now you can buy a cow for S2O. but you (’an get. a better one for SSO. You can hire a school unarm' for S4O pei month, but it pays to pay $65 for a good one. Your cheap cow won’t give much milk, and it is the same with your school unarm.’ This brought the house down. Chum busco (Ind.) Truth. Washington newsboys are mak ing a great howl because the min isters have succeeded in having them prohibited from selling pa pers in the streets on Sundays. It. would be a God’s blessing to the public and the boys themselves if they were driven off the streets all the time. From the ranks of the newsboy's and bootblacks the crim inal classes are recruited, and also a class of business men who are no credit to the community in which they live. Such is the generai rule.—Kansas City Mail. —Up-To-Date.