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THURSDAY, December 2, 1897. PRISON OFFICIALS. MANAGERB. JAS. S. O'BRIEN. President - - Stillwater EDWIN DUNN, - - -- -- - - Eyota B. F. NELSON ----- - Miuneapolis F. w. TEMPLE, ----- Blue Earth City M. O. HALL, - ----- - - - Dulutll RESIDENT OFFICIALS. HENRY WOLFER, - - - - - - Warden F, H. LEMON, ----- Deputy Warden 6EO. BIXBY, - - - -- -- - Clerk B. J. MERRILL, ------- physician MISS MARY MCKINNEY, - - - - Matron 3. H. ALBERT, - - - Protestant Chaplain Charles CORCORAN, - - Catholic chaplain PRISON AGENT. F. A. WHITTIER - ----- St. Paul. CHURCH NOTICE. Services in the Prison Chapel at 9:00 o’clock every Sunday morning. Protestant and Catholic services every alternate Sunday. Rev. .T. H. Albert and Rev. Fr. Corcoran chaplains. TO INMATES. For the information of new arrivals and all others desiring to send The Mirror to friends we wish to say that the privilege will be granted by complying with the following rules: Write out your own name, register and cell number and send to this otti< s with name and address of person to whom paper is to be sent. All papers must be kept clean and folded in the same manner as it is when you receive it and placed in your door every Friday night. All in mates are requested to comply with this order whether sending out a copy or not. _ Local, Y risonettes , ' Logical. The only way to conceal a fault is to hide it by a virtue. .John C. Wagner, of Racine, Wis., was a recent caller here. The regular monthly meeting of the Hoard of Managers will be held Decem ber 10. It is strange, but true, that a man often linds it easier to deceive himself than to hoodwink others. H. R. Hardick and W. P. Snow, of St. Paul, were shown through the in stitution on Saturday by Clerk Bixby. Miss Diefenbach of Red Wing, and Miss Murphy of this city, were callers here Saturday, accompanied by Harry Wolfer. It may be that such a large number of people are bad through fear of com ing under the dictum that “The good die young.” If the actual realization of pleasure was as intense as its anticipation, grave yards would virtually yawn with myriads of surfeited Cacuses. Look out for the simpering hypocrite with the long face and perennial tale of woe; such as he would steal the feathers from a lame chicken. Two weeks ago the pedestrian moved along tremblingly keeping a sharp look out for bicycles. Now he has to take the middle of the street to avoid icicles. The man who wears out the knees of his breeches praying for what he is too lazy to work for, should try how hard it is to bunko a simple hoosier before attempting such a threadbare game on the Almighty. Warden Wolfer and Manager O’Brien have gone to Austin, Texas, to attend the annual convocation of the National Prison Congress which convenes there today. The session will continue until Monday the fith, inclusive. The inmates of the Ohio prison at Columbus are preparing an entertain ment by “home” talent for Christmas, as we note an ad. in the O. P. News re questing local actors, acrobats and con tortionists to make themselves known for the occasion. Second grade inmate (in checker board suit)—My career has been a con stant move from place to place but I never expected it to end in this check ered style. Third Grader—Humph! that’s noth ing. How'd you like to be a man of my stripe? If there are any of the late arrivals to the prison who think they have some thought that might interest the readers of this paper we shall be glad to hear from them. All you have to do is to make yourself known to the editor through the night keepers and he will furnish material for the reception of your inspiration. If all was smooth sailing in this world, if success and happiness did not to a great extent depend upon individ ual effort, mankind would sadly degen erate. Let the human race feel con tent in the same sense as does the browsing quadruped and we would very soon have a world filled with silly nincompoops of the cane-sucking variety. Geo. M. Bennett, of Minneapolis, was a caller at our office yesterday. Mr. Bennett is interested in philan thropic prison work and may soon contribute interesting reading to our columns. A prison is a favorable place in which to work out the truth of the wise man’s maxim about turning the tongue seven times before speaking. You may turn it seventy times seven times—yes, seven hundred times seven times —and still have to conclude that the time is not yet ripe to speak. We are sadly deficient in a knowl edge of football, but as its name and newspaper accounts clearly indicate that an advanced quality of ‘‘kicking’’ is the star accomplishment of the players, we will guarantee that a matchless professional team could be organized among the occupants of a well tilled county jail just after a grand jury’s report has been published. Mr. George Byron Browne, an oper atic singer from New York, who was visiting with friends in this city the past week, ,vas present at our chapel service last Sunday and favored the attending inmates with two baritone solos. Mr. Brown has a splendid ad dress, and a voice of remarkable depth and flexibility. As one of the inmates afterwards remarked: “His was singin’ as is singin’.” You may fail time and again in efforts wherein you have used good thought and foresight. If you look deep into the matter you will find the cause of failure was due to your heart not. being in the work. The best brain power and good intent will sometimes be unsuccessful. But where the heart as well as the brain enters into a pro ject, success is practically assured. Many a person who is sincere and honest at heart in making a good reso lution becomes a back-slider through some slight unforseen disappointment that he should have been able to com bat. We pity such individual, but cannot excuse him—even though that one was ourself. The fact that mat ters do not go just as we would have them is no reason why the dilemma should be made worse by “sorrow drowning.” If you stub the big toe of the right foot it will not alleviate the pain to drop a weight upon the big toe of the left one. And yet that is what a good many of us have done, when disheartened. The Mirrok is willing at all times to give space to its contributors on all reasonable subjects; sometimes it is good politics to stretch the sense of t.he word“ reasonable” in this regard. This week we publish a “get back” on “Does Crime Pay ?’’ The author of it is un doubtedly correct in summarizing it as a threadbare subject. But he must also recollect that occasionally it takes some of us more than one term to convince ourselves that it does not pay. We therefore surmise that the more a fool’s folly is dinned into his head the sooner he will become persuaded. If there are any more men who have an original thought on the same subject a part of our front page is always at their disposal. It would pay any novelist in search of character studies to put in about six months in a prison where he would have a chance to pick out his material. And he would find his most interest ing “model’’ in the enforced resigna tion and suppressed feeling of the “fresh fish.’’ When one has been here some time it is hard to remember—or rather, to give expression to —what were his real feelings on entering this tomb as an animate nonentity. Judg ing from what we have seen and heard fresh from new arrivals it is safe to aver that the state would increase its population of good citizens by turning one-third of the new arrivals out again while the memory of the never-to be forgotten “first day’’ was the dominat ing thought of the evil-doer—before familiarity with prison life could breed indifference. The little things in life are the ones we do not count, though they are the ones that cut such a whoopla in the ag gregate. A story is told about a retired Manchester merchant who purchased a house and estate from an embarrassed aristocrat. The bill of sale minutely included every article of furniture. On taking possession the merchant noticed one cabinet marked in the in ventory that was not then in the house. He notified the seller, who frankly ad mitted having taken it away in the supposition that such a small article would not be missed in such a large deal. The merchant replied: “Pardon me, sir, but it was such attention to details that today enables me to make this purchase. For your benefit I may add that if you had been careful in small things you would not now be compelled to sell your property. ” Frank Keating, an inmate working in the lasting department of the shoe shops has made for himself a record as one of the most expert lasters in the Northwest. Foreman Zimmer felt that he himself had a record that was not to be easily beaten, he having, in 1893, lasted 268 pairs in ten hours. Know ing Keating to be a rapid worker, Mr. Zimmer had many an argument with him about fast work until finally Keating told his foreman that he could beat the star record made by him. The result was that Keating was given a fair opportunity to test his skill and succeeded in lasting 246 pairs in eight hours and twenty minutes. Keating did not know the first principle of lasting when he came to prison four years ago, but he is now eager to chal lenge any laster in the state and will back up his record at any time or place in or out of prison. Foreman Zimmer is proud of the record made by Keating, even though it beats his own; he says that this man is competent to accept a position in any factory as a first class laster. As this work is usually paid for by the piece, the price being one cent and a quarter a pair, Keating would have earned $3.08 for his eight hours’ work, if free. It is not likely that a man competent to do such work will again resort to crooked methods when free. Movements of Our Population School attendance, 138 Patients undergoing treatment in hospital, 8. Prison population Dec. 2: Males. 499; females, 10; total, 509. Prisoners received during the week ending Dec. 2,6: Discharged, 2. Grade standing Dec. 2: First grade, 366; second grade, 135; third grade, 8. Prisoners received during the week: John McKee, Renville Co., grand larceny second degree, one year. Charles Bass, Hennepin Co., assault second degree, five years. Mabel Werrick, Ramsey Co., grand larceny first degree, two years and three months. James Coney, Clay Co., grand larceny second degree, six months. Harry Brett, Clay Co., grand larceny first degree, three years. Isaac Reed, Polk Co., manslaughter first degree, eight years. Written for The Prison Mirror Paragraphed Philosophy Friendship receives a severe test when one passes the portals of a peni tentiary. Most people take the sulfix part of the word and sail away, so to speak, and leave the unfortunate one to paddle his own canoe. When you harbor a feeling of dis trust toward others, believing that they are only awaiting an opportunity to betray and injure you, don’t feel surprised when you find them looking at you with a critical eye and act in a reticent manner. * * Heredity may play an important part in the increase of crime; but it is of minor importance when compared with the “red stuff” that man puts into his interior department. He who starts out to commit a dis honest act, is on a par with the person who takes a leap in the dark. There is no telling how long it will take either of them to get back to their former position. * * * Time and circumstances are what decide our destiny. He who so bitterly condemns our actions today, may, in the future, lind himself in the same position we are in. There is no telling what a man will do until the crisis appears. * * The individual who lets others do his thinking, having the impression that if he follows them he will wear diamonds, is more liable to be wear ing a convict suit some day. * * When one member of a community commits a crime some people are nar row-minded enough to judge the whole for this man’s action. Such bigotry of judgment only testifies to one’s own littleness and miscomprehension of human nature. si: * * Justice, in a great many instances, is deliberately made blind and speech less by a golden gag. * * “Should prisoners be put at building roads?” is a question that is agitating the minds of a great many persons. They should be by all means; but let it be on the road that leads to success A A A Well Dressed Id an jb> A 1 Has an Option on Success. I 1., ‘ I i( Jj My Fall and Winter Stock of Woolens are all (I || in and open for yonr inspection. 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