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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 25, 1900. PRISON OFFICIALS. MANAQERB. B. F. NELSON, President - - - Minneapolis EDWARD W. WING - - - - Breckenridge F. W. TEMPLE, ----- Blue Earth City A. C. WEISS, - - --_ Duluth DAVID BRONSON, Stillwater REBIDENT OFFICIALB. 0. McC. REEVE, Warden T. W. ALEXANDER, - - - Deputy Warden J. W. LAWRENCE, - - - clerk B. J. MERRILL, - Physician MISS MARY McKINNEY, - - - - Matron 8. J. KENNEDY, - - - 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. S. J. Kennedy, 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 oflk e with name and address of person to whom paper la 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. Total population for the week ending Oct. 24, 461. State Agent Whittier was at the institution last Friday. Apples were again served last Saturday evening for supper. Several more prisoners arrived at the institution during the week. Fourteen prisoners will be dis charged during the month of November. Chaplain S. J. Kennedy was in the prison Tuesday evening inter viewing prisoners. If a man wishes to be miserable, all he has to do is to fret and fume about imaginary evils. When a man loses his reputa tion, he has lost something that no one cares about picking up. Several new bins have been con structed in the caves in order to hold the various kinds of winter vegetables. The flower beds along Main St are now looking rather shoddy. The flowers were all transferred to the greenhouse. An extension to the flooring has been made in the engine room. It was laid around the new founda tion that was recently put in. Mr. E. M. Barrett, Stillwater, and F. Brackett, of Pine City, were visiting the various depart ments of the prison last Friday. The waiters in the front kitchen are taking athletic exercises these days in carrying potatoes into the cave for winter consump tion. Sam Bass is the name of the new runner at the Warden’s office. Jimmy, the old reliable, leaves us Saturday morning for brighter climes. Our local florist was planting tulip bulbs in the flower beds abutting along Main St. last Tues day. They will be in bloom very early next spring. The night and waJl guards are now receiving their meals in brand new dinner pails. They differ considerable in looks from the full dinner pail we read so much about. The convalescent patients in Fairweather park are not quite as numerous as they were some time ago. The mosquitoes are so bad up there that they almost need an attendant to keep them from being eaten alive. Our night guards are now prac ticing a new step in getting along the galleries without being heard. At present, however, they make more noise than a freight train go ing over a bluff. With a little more practice they hope to con form to the new step without awakening everybody in the cell house. The painters are doing a very neat job of work in the solitary department. It matters little how much paint they use in beautify ing that place, things will still look dark for those who have the misfortune to get into the “cooler.” Last Sunday afternoon’s enter tainment was somewhat of a sur prise to many. This was especial ly true of those who were absent from chapel services in the morn ing when Warden Reeve made the announcement that he was going to extend to the prisoners an hour’s holiday in the park, after which they would march to the chapel to listen to an entertain ment volunteered by several ladies and a gentleman from St. Paul. That the men enjoyed this rare treat was fully accentuated by the loud applause that marked the rendition of each piece. The entertainers must have been high ly flattered by the spontaneous applause and profuse encores which greeted them. This gener osity on the part of the prisoners is excusable, because it is very seldom that they have the pleasure of listening to good reading, in strumental music and incompara ble songs that arouses their better nature. The Warden, in his in troductory remarks, said that “their visit was purely of a chari table nature.” Such charity goes a long ways in an institution of this kind, and if they enjoyed half as much pleasure in extending it as we did in receiving it, they were abundantly repaid for their visit. The names of those who so de lightfully entertained us, were Mr. and Mrs. Faraham, Miss Humbird and Miss May Strong. Following is the program: Piano Duet—Country Dance Nevin Miss Strong and Mrs. Farnham. Reading—Knee Deep in June Riley Mr. Farnham. Violin Solo—Andante Rellgioso Thome Miss Humbird. Piano Solo—Prize Song Wagner-Bendal Miss Strong. Reading—The Old Sweetheart Riley Mr. Farnham. Violin Solo—Cavaliria Raff Miss Humbird. Reading—Dooley on Ghosts Dunne Mr. Farnham. Piano Solo—Flight of the Swallows Bohm Miss Strong. Violin Solo—Dances from Henry Vlll...German Miss Humbird. Songs—Selected. Accompanist Mrs. Farnham. Mr. Farnham. Written for The Prison Mirror. A PROPHETIC FORECAST. If a straw vote were taken of the inmates of this prison it would undoubtedly show up two to one in favor of McKinley and Roose velt. It would also show the in gratitude of man, for regardless of the McKinley good times and that we ail have a full dinner pail, also a bed, electric light, doctor, preacher and free washing. One third of the inmates are for Bryan and freedom, even if they would be compelled to live on bread and water. I ask is the old adage true that “there is honor among thieves?” Nemrod. CHAUTAUQUA. Owing to the special exercises held in the chapel on Sunday afternoon the Pierian Circle did not hold its regular meeting on that date. The secretary has re ceived a letter from Miss Kimball, executive secretary of the C. L. S. C. informing him that our de cennial exercises held last June are to receive special prominence in the December number of the Chautauquan. This is gratifying to all the members as it shows that our efforts are watched and our advancement noted by those who are at the head of the Chautauqua movement. The December Chau tauquan will be watched for with interest by all members. G. W. L., Secretary. England and Germany have entered into an alliance in regard to China. As Germany has been cultivating a taste for seizing territory, there can be no question but what this alliance will prove highly profit able to both countries. General Weyler, the erstwhile butcher that came near wiping out the Cubans several years ago, has received the appointment of captain general of Madrid. His new position gives him un limited powers, but past experiences ought to teach him to use them wisely. Henry E. Youtsey, the third person that has been tried for the assassination of William Goebel, has been found guilty. The jury fixed his punishment at imprisonment for life. An appeal will probably be granted, as Youtsey was in an imbecile condition through out the whole trial. Some of the campaign literature that is being sent out this fall is of such a disreputable nature that it disgusts and arouses hatred instead of convincing the intelligent reader that discrepancies exist. Outrageous and malicious lies are the stock in trade of the hypocrite and bum, and such statements can’t help but possess boomerang pro clivities. News from Paris states that the Turkish troops are again mas sacring the Armenians, and that eight villages were entirely de stroyed. As the Sultan was unable to pay the indemnities for his former pastime in slaughtering these inoffensive Christians, it looks as though this latest outrage has been committed in order to pay for the former ones. It has recently been announced from England that all her war ships in reserve at Portsmouth have been provisioned and ordered to be ready to sail at a moment’s notice. This startling bit of news is unprecedented and looks as though England was expecting big game. It is also possible that this action is intended as a precaution to guard against any complications that President Kruger may have in view in his forthcoming visit to Europe. Written for The Prison Mirror. The chief wiseacres and village dignitaries of Greenville as usual had formed their social evening group at the general store to dis cuss in solemn conclave the weigh ty problems of the hour and on this special evening the gathering was more aristocratic than ever, as they had enrolled among them the village parson and schoolmaster and Si Squash the most prominent citizen of Cucumberton. The political situation in China was engrossing their profound at tention and they were just begin ning to get very heated in the enunciation of their several indi vidual opinions when suddenly the front door of the store flew violently open with a loud bang and in rushed Lightning Swift, the New York commercial travel er, all in a flurry of excitement with his clothes twisted awry and great beads of perspiration pour ing down his face, indicating that he had been performing some strenuous sudorific exercise. In stantly the conversation ceased and all eyes were focussed on the new comer, and then a dozen inquiring voices chorused out, “Hello Light, what in creation has happened to you?” or rather a dozen different ejaculated inquiries to that effect. “For gracious sake give me a seat,” gasped Light who was puff ing like a steam engine from his exertions. Every one had sprung to their feet at the drummer’s rude appearance among them and the parson quickly moved his chair forward for him to sit down in. When he had rested sufficiently to restore his normal breathing, the crowd now raised to the highest pitch of curiosity called again for Light to allay their high strung mental perturbation by informing them of the cause of his wild in trusion into their throng. Where upon Light cleared his throat and began in a husky, sepulchral tone: “You fellows are sure to give me the horse-laugh when you hear what has befallen me tonight, but it’s gospel and here goes. It has just been one year today since I was in this place before and it was just such a night as this that I took ipy grip and walked down to Pumpkin Hollow to catch the MIRROR PEEPLETS. THE VILLAGERS GETTING WISE. Empire State Express, for you know I always walk the short dis tance between these two places.” “‘Yes, yes, we know,’ chimed in every voice. ‘Go on, go on.’ “And I had just reached Wazel creek midway between here and Hollow and being in an abstracted mood, I was so preoccupied with my thoughts that I came within an ace of stepping square on top of a big rattlesnake fully three feet long, curled up in the middle of the road, and would surely have done so but he began to clack his rattles at a furious rate. The sud denness of his challenge sent a tremor as cold as ice shooting up my chine and completely dumb founded me with horrified amaze ment for a second or two. But you are aware of my valorous dis position too well and know my fear was only momentary, and so recovering my senses hastily, I picked up a large stone and smashed that rattler into jelly, and it being nighttime with no sun up to vitalize his carcass, he was in stantly killed.” “ ‘Exactly, exactly, just so,’ broke in several of the group, ‘but what has that to do with your present disordered appearance ?’ “Just hold your horses and you will see,” continued Light with a starey look in his eyes. “I threw the snake off of the road and pro ceeded on my way, never expect ing that the miserable viper would cross mine or any one else’s path again. Shortly afterward the oc currence had slipped from my mind, but as I left the train at the Hollow tonight and began to walk over here, that nasty viper re curred to me and I was keeping a wary watch so as not to be sur prised by any more of his tribe. As I neared the bridge over Wazel creek my mind became oppressed with a feeling of im pending danger, but I attributed it to the loneliness of the road and as well as I could I pushed the feeling to one side as being childish. I passed over the bridge and just got by the place where I had killed that snake when some thing tempted me to look back over my shoulder, and horrors, I distinctly beheld over a dozen snaky forms gliding after me and they had an unearthly, writhey appearance and were a ghostly white the same as a human ap parition. In a jiffy I knew what it all ment. The snake I had slain had come back in ghost form with a lot of his companions from ghostland and were intent upon doing me some harm. On the instant a craven fear came over me. I tried to cry out, but my vocal organ would not work. I tried to run, but my limbs refused to operate. I was simply rooted to the spot. The suspense was becoming awful when a change took place, the vipers began to shake their rattles and that broke the spell. With one terrified scream I bounded off down the road as tight as I could go and that is all I remember until I en tered here.” When the commercial traveler had finished his tale there was a quizical expression overspreading every face in the store and an ominous silence ensued. The par son was the first one to find his voice and he asked in a slightly shocked tone: “Light have you been indulging in strong bever ages lately?” “No sir,” came the prompt re ply with emphasis. “Then,” continued the parson, “you must have been down to the Aquarium viewing the ichthyo logical display before you left New York.” “Yes,” asserted the schoolmas ter, “it does sound a little pisca torial.” “Wall,” remarked Si Squash, meditatively, stroking his chin whiskers, “I dunno whether there’s anything ’thyological or ’torial (or what you call them words) about it, but it seems to me to be mighty fishy, sort of smacks of the cod kind.” And with the comment that the latter day facilities for education were spoiling his business, the drum mer wilted. Zoll. r I | MAIL BOX. | I No. 4808:—The familiar name Bedlam is a corruption of Bethle hem, formerly a hospital founded by Simon Fitz-Mary in Bishops gate Street Without, London, in 1246, as “a privy of canons, with brethren and sisters.” When the religious houses were suppressed by Henry VIII. the corporation converted it into a lunatic asylum for six lunatics, but in 1641, the funds being insufficient, partly convalescent patients were turned out to beg, and wore a badge. These were the “Bedlam Beggars,” generally called “Tom-o’-Bedlams.” In 1675 the old building was taken down and a new one was erected in Moorfieids. In 1814 this build ing was also pulled down, and a. new hospital built in St. George’s Fields. No. 4874:—The theory of gravi tation is the law by which all atoms of matter are attracted one to another with a force directly proportional to the product of the two masses, and inversely as the square of their distances. The power of gravitation was noticed and speculated upon by the Greeks, and Seneca noticed the attractive power of the moon over the ocean. Kepler investigated the subject of: gravitation in 1615. Galileo (c. 1633) demonstrated the theory of gravitation. A system of gravita tion was also projected by Hooke at the latter part of the seventeenth century. To Newton, however, is ascribed the honor of proving mathematically the truth of the theory in his great work the “Principia,” published 1687. New ton’s laws have since been carried out to great perfection in their ap plication to complicated problems of astronomical and physical science. irn i| AfiTo PATENT Good Iditt il[l s3l sftSrssaE Ll II I ■ ■ THE PATENT RECORD, Baltimore, Ml Subscriptions to The Patent Record 11.00 per o o o