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THURSDAY, March 24, 1898. PRISON OFFICIALS. MANAGERS. JAS. s. O’Brien. President - - Stillwater EDWIN DUNN, - - -- -- - - Evota B. F. NELSON ----- _ Minneapolis F. W. TEMPLE, ----- Blue Earth City M. O. HALL, - - -- -- ___ Duluth RESIDENT OFFICIALS. HENRY WOLFER, - - - - - - Warden F. H. LEMON, ----- Deputy Warden GEO. BIXBY, - - - -- -- - Clerk B. J. MERRILL, ------- physician MISS MARY MCKINNEY, - - - - Matron J. H. ALBERT, - - - Protestant Chaplain CHARLES CORCORAN, - - catholic chaplain PRIBON 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. J. 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 office witli name and address of person to whom paper is to be sent. All papers must be kept clean and folded in ttie 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. Ft j Local, risonettes Ijac “ and ! Logical. SPRING. When the poet sings his lay Of ttie spring and new mown hay, Then look out for wintry weather, gentle Annie, For there'll be the deuce to pay When old John Frost has his say, And the unmown grass refills with snowflakes many. Frank E. Long and Miss Annie Thomas of Chicago, with Joe Sauntry, were callers here yesterday. F. J. Kelly of St. Paul, and Geo. D. Davis, Chicago, with Vince Connelly, were among the sightseers here Tues day. Miss Murphy of St. Paul, and Miss Deragisch of this city, with Harry Wolfer, were among our early visitors on Monday. Mrs. E. F. Swift of Duluth, with Mesdames P. A. Rogers and B. F. Stearns of Minneapolis, passed through the prison last week. A man with a few dollars and a whole lot of sense is a moral capitalist and may feel assured of success in any line of worldly struggle. Rev. 11. A. Risser of St. Paul, con ducted chapel services here last Sun day, having exchanged pulpits for the day with Chaplain Albert. The twine shops are now doing a steady stroke of ten hours a day with an average daily output of twenty thousand pounds of twine. One of our exchanges says: “Mrs. McGinty’s snug little dwelling will soon be ready for plastering.” Can it be possible that the sea is drying up? Speaking to one of our colored breth ren Tuesday night w r hile the electric light was temporarily off watch, he said: “This am now a case ob two in the dark in this vere cell.” W. R. Wylie, a Minneapolis knight of the grip, representing a printers’ stock house, w r as a caller at our print orial bureau on Monday, in company with Tom Connolly Jr. Jas. H. Raleigh, the new foreman engaged to take charge of the opening room and spreaders in the twine shops, arrived here Tuesday and assumed his duties yesterday afternoon. Somebody marched into the central police station in St. Paul on Monday and stole a valuable Colt’s revolver for the return of which the officers have offered a reward. It may become nec essary to chain the station house desks to the floor. Telling of a recent visit he made to St. Cloud, J. Adam Bede says he “vis ited the state normal school in the center of the city and was also a caller at the abnormal school in the suburbs.” This latter institution is better known as the state reformatory. It does not matter whether a man starts out in the world as a preacher or a pugilist, it is noted that you can al ways get a good worldly rating if you are fortunate enough to achieve a suc cess in a financial sense and then know enough not to waste your money. For the benefit of the boys who did not attend chapel services last Sunday we will state that they will hear some thing that will interest them if they will make inquiries of their keeper about what the Warden spoke of last Sunday after chapel services. It is not a matter directly connected with our prison life but it is something that all the boys will gladly respond to when the matter is brought to their atten tion. “Coal Oil” Dick is now busily en gaged on an improved index for bibles, dictionaries and other high-class refer ence works. He expects to create a furore in the publishing world and says that his invention will be the greatest money-maker outside of the United States mint. A number of the residents of this city will receive sample copies of this week’s issue of Tiie Mirror. We hope that each family receiving one will read it carefully and then note our subscription rates. Your reading The Mirror may inspire you with thoughts worth a hundred times the yearly sub scription. Bishop Whipple of this state tells a good story of his early days in Minne sota. Being among the Indians over night he left a number of his belong ings scattered about in a tepee. Upon asking the chief it they were safe, the Indian replied, “Yes, perfectly safe; there is not another white man within a hundred miles.” Mr. C. W. Robinson and Miss A. Alexander, of Minneapolis, were visit ors to the institution Monday after noon. Mr. Robinson is a Minneapolis business man, and will be remembered by the boys here as the gentleman who “brought down the house” by his ren dition of “My Gal’s a Highborn Lady,” at our entertainment last Thanksgiv ing Day. A horse thief in a town near Bir mingham, Ala., who was being chased by the police ran into an undertaker’s warehouse and jumping into a coffin had a negro screw on the lid for fur ther safety. The negro did so but failed to return in time to open it after the police left. The coffin was on skids and the entombed man in his efforts to open the lid for air tumbled it face downwards on the floor. The man was found smothered to death when the coffin was opened within an hour after he had entered it. A session of the Washington County Teachers’lnstitute is being held in this city the present week under the conduct of Mrs. Jaques of St. Paul and Prof. Koehler of Mankato Nor mal school, state institute instructors. The members of the institute, under the lead of County Superintendent Mclntosh, visited the prison in a body yesterday afternoon, and also inspected the workings of our night school in the evening. Mrs. Jaques, Prof. Koeh ler and W. G. Smith, editor of “School Education,” were the guests of Prof. Weld in the evening, and spent the greater part of the time in our school rooms. One of the single-spindle machines in the spinning room of the twine shops attempted an extra stroke of business Tuesday afternoon that al most put a white face on one of our darkest residents. By the breaking of a burr on the capstan roller on which the twine is stretched, the bolt was thrown with indescribable velocity against the partition door between shops and within a foot of the back of Keeper Kenyon’s head. A small wheel of the roller passed with like speed in front of his face and struck the side of a machine tended by a colored man. The latter turned so pale he did not recognize himself in the glass when he came in for dinner. The only damage was the scare received by Keeper Ken yon and the colored inmate. To the men who have reached this vale of tears within the past six months and to all inmates in general who take any interest in their own or the general welfare, we wish to again state that they have the privilege of contributing original articles to the columns of The Mirror. The front page of this paper is always open for that purpose. Many of the men here possess ability in ex pressing their thoughts in black and white, and it is to their individual in terest to improve the opportunity they now have. Being able to write a well rounded article or letter is an accom plishment that anyone may justly be proud of. If you make the effort we will undertake to do the necessary chipping and trimming down. By this means the results will be mutually beneficial to the contributor and The Mirror. The Deputy’s dog “Duke” caused considerable consternation in the ranks of a twine-shop gang as they plodded their weary way cellward on Monday night. “Duke” has always been known as a remarkably gentlemanly dog who loves to take his ease and enjoy life as well as his two-legged contemporaries of swelldom who wear a coronet. His only failing is that like all other ca nines he can not overcome an aversion for cats. While watching the gangs Monday night he espied a tabby on the other side of the line. This so aroused his ducal ire that he forgot his manners; instead of going around the gang he made a bee-line through it with the result that an auburn-haired gentle man who was meditating on a “school night” supper was landed on the cedar paving in a jiffy. “Duke” regained his usual politeness as soon as tabby was cleared from the yard. Ann Arbor, Mich., may boast of hav ing the most remarkable lunatic ever heard of. He is a young man of sev enteen and imagines that he is a steam locomotive with train of cars attached. He spends nearly all his time imitating the noise of a locomotive. Every sound and movement is produced with such startling fidelity that the strangers passing the jail where the young man was confined, mistook the building for the railroad depot. When arrested he was on the railroad track in the act of getting up steam. He ordered the fire man to fill the tank with water and the tender with coal. Every act and noise was so true to the actual that the on looking officers were compelled to watch further proceedings. Then he went through the motion of pulling the lever, started with the customary “choo-a-choo” of the engine, and when speed was up he ran so fast it was nec essary to procure a horse to head him off. It is said that his whistle for “down brakes” is a remarkable imita tion of the engine and can be heard a mile. If a sane man could go through the same forms with as much accuracy as this poor lunatic his fortune would be assured. HOMESPUN JOSHLETS Ilixon—There goes a man I hate to transact personal business with. Dixon—What is he, a bore? Ilixon—Worse, my boy; he’s an un dertaker. Horsethief’s testimonial. Dear Judge: Two years ago I began taking your favorite remedy known as “Kliptomania Five Spots,” and I have not clipped a mane since. Yours Truly, II orson Mee. “Restful” has since recovered. Restful Whiskers—l’se jus’ readin’ in dis paper where dhey say dat nearly all de kings an’ dooks in England dies on Saturday. Ain’t dat funny? Erudite Willie—Say, my uncultured friend, you misapprehend that they could not pick out a sadder day in the week. Kindly pass that link of luetgert. Clubs were trumps. S. C. Ologist (to prisoner)—What are you convicted of, my man? Prisoner—Gambling, sir. S. C. O. —What! In prison for play ing cards! Prisoner—You see, l held a tray of diamonds but the police played the deuce of clubs on me and the jury said I lost. A transposition. Johnny (the burglar’s only son.)—Say, ma, have I got a brudder or am I twins ? Ma—Why, no, Johnny: you’re mama’s only tooten wootens. Johnny—Well, der must be sum'tin wrong, ma, 'cause 1 heard that strange man tell pa to bring his little Jimmy tonight. MOVEMENTS OF OUR POPULATION School attendance, 143, Patients undergoing treatment in hospital, 9. Prison population March 24: Males, 517; females, 7; total, 524. Prisoners received during the week ending March 24, 11; Discharged, 1. Grade standing March 24: First grade, 361; second grade, 153; third grade, 10. Prisoners received during the week: Jacob Becker, Ramsey Co., burglary second degree, six years and six months. Jos. Sterr, Morrison Co., indecent assault, five years. M. Stanton, Hennepin Co., burglary third degree, four years. Geo. Miller, Hennepin Co., burglary second degree, five years and three months. Anton Jacobson, Hennepin Co., swindling, five years. Jas. McDonald, Marshall Co., forgery first degree, two years and four months. O. O. Atneoson, Marshall Co., grand larceny second degree, one year. John Clarke, Carver Co„ burglary third degree, three and one half years. Wm. Hennessy, Carver Co., burglary third degree, three and one-half years. M. Isaacson, St. Louis Co., assault second degree, reformatory plan. John Leader, Ramsey Co., grand lar ceny second degree, three years. f « f (( J ) A Well Dressed Man K> || Has an Option on Success. iif| 1 f(j] My Winter and Spring Stock of Woolens are all ([j] in and open for your inspection. There has Mir never been shown so many beautiful effects in $ CHEVIOT and TWEED SUITINGS • (§ f = f (y) As there is this season. Come in and make your 0) selection early, so as to have your SUIT ready to Ak O put on when the weather changes. : : : : In] f(||j) 287 North Second. M. A. THON. (g) OUR WEEKLY GOSSIP. Happiness in this world may well be called a variable quantity. To a man in prison the sum total of present hap piness is to be landed on the front stoop of the prison building with discharge papers in his hand and twenty-five dollars in his pocket. On such occasion the former unfortunate feels happier than the millionaire with unlimited means at his disposal. The great question is, how long will he re member such happy day ? The aver age prisoner, like other mortals, is prone to forget the past in the enjoy ment of the present. The man going out from here who keeps a mental photograph of the prison ever within reach is not very apt to be returned to such life if he has the slightest chance of making a living honestly. A contented man, that rara avis of our workaday age, is seldom if ever found among the richer classes of money seekers. The search for money in itself is the greatest antidote to con tentment. Though a very pleasant un dertaking under favorable circumstan ces it demands its pound of flesh with a vengeance. No amount of money will ever replace the mental anguish and physical wreck of the nervous sys tem consequent to the continued search for it. Speaking in this line calls to mind the ease with which the example of a good life may be shattered by the thoughtless banter of “syndicate” writ ers whose sole motive in life is to write material that will sell, without any regard to the truth contained in flippant stories. For this purpose they always pick out as their central characters men now deceased whose names will ever be prominent in Amer ican history. A case in point is the story now being circulated among users of “plate” about General Sheridan and Roscoe Conkling in a game of draw i>oker at Washington. The writer of the tale puts himself and an un known as the necessary complement to a four-handed game in which the denouement went to show very plainly that gallant Phil was a party to crooked work in winning from Senator Conkling on a hand that contained two aces of diamonds. It was not di rectly averred that Sheridan cheated, but such was the inference most likely to be drawn by a worldly reader. Nine chances out of ten Sheridan was not in the game at all; the story was prob ably built on the same material as the Mississippi steamboat card stories of old. Fancy the boys who have read of the daring bravery of the hero of Winches ter having their idol of sterling man hood thus ruthlessly besmirched with the stain of a thieving gambler. Any youth who reads and is impressed by the lives of American heroes, is sure to have his confidence in mankind se verely shaken when he meets with such a foul story of his hero later on. The authors of such stories will always make the claim that only the prudish are badly influenced by them. Prudish ness, however, is never charged up to youth. The young believe all they read in the daily and weekly papers and are influenced for good or evil thereby. The mature reader is never benefited and seldom amused by stories that di rectly or indirectly cast a shadow 7 on men whose history should shield them from the avaricious cant of literary hawks. 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