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THURSDAY. JAN. 15, 1908. PRIBON OFFICIALS. BOARD OF OONTROL. S. W. LEAVETT, Chairman - - - Litchfield J. A. MARTIN, St. Cloud O. B. GOULD, - -- -- -- - Winona H. W. WRIGHT, - - - - - Secretary REBIDENT OFFIOIALB. HENRY WOLFER, ------ Warden J. 8. GLENNON, - - - - Deputy Warden M. C. COLLIGAN, - - Asst. Deputy Warden H. W. DAVIS, - Clerk and Accounting Officer F. M. BORDWELL - - - - - - Steward B. J. MERRILL, ------ r Physician MISS MARY MCKINNEY, - - - - Matron S. J. KENNEDY, - - - Protestant Chaplain CHARLES CORCORAN, - Catholic chaplain PRIBGN AGENT. J. Z. BARNCARD, - 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 INITIATES. 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 with name and address of person to whom paper Is to be sent. Each paper must be kept clean and folded In the same manner as it Is when yeu receive H 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 NEWS. NOTICE: — One of the rules OF THIS INSTITUTION IS THAT ALL LETTERS WRITTEN BY INMATES MUST BE SIGNED WITH THE FULL NATKE OF THE WRITER *4 NOTIZ: — Eine von den Regeln IN DIESER AnSTALT IST DASZ ALLE Briefe geschrieben bei den Einwohnern MUESSEN UN ter- ZEICHNET SEIN MIT DEM VOLLEN Namen des Schreibers. KOM IHOG: — Att alla ut- GOENDE BREF MOSTE VARA UNDER- TECKNADE MED FULLA NAMNET. NOTICE:—The Usher has a letter in his possession addressed to Mrs. Mary Gibson, Tenth street, St. Paul, which has no signature. The writer must make his identity known to the authorities before the letter will be posted. Guard Welch was laid up with an attack of grippe for several days last week. Warden Wolfer spent Saturday in St. Paul. Orders for twine are commenc ing to come in. The price will be set about February 20. Guard Smith is away on a vaca tion. During his absence Guard Downs is stationed in shop H. A crew of masons is engaged in building a foundation for the new dynamo whioh will arrive about the first of next month. The new ten horse-power engine was in stalled in engine room No. 2 last week, and the lights now burn in the cellhouse all night. The Board of Control held its January meeting at this institution yesterday. The Mirror will pub lish the list of paroled, men next week. Meeting: of Pardon Those applying Board Postponed. to the Board of Pardons for clemency must re main on the anxious seat awhile longer. No meeting was held Monday, the date set for the regular quarterly meeting. At torney General Douglas, who is a member of the board, is in New York on business connected with the state, and any action taken must be unanimous. X • • \ «• »* Notwithstanding the absence of Mr. Douglas, a short session of the board was held and a few cases considered, all of which were taken under advisement until the board convenes again. This will be January 31. Cole Younger Is among those applying for pardon. Movement of Two prisoners Prison Population. wen t out and two arrived during the week, leav ing the population at th,e same point it was a week ago. Those who were released were C. M., 5554, and E. J., 5555. There are 593 prisoners within the walls, graded as follows: First, 419; second, 157, and seventeen in the third. a creditable A bright and enter- Progrram. taining program was given at the regular bi-weekly meeting of the local Chautauqua circle in the chapel Sunday after noon. The papers read were all on topics of interest to members and consequently the discussion was spirited. The music is in variably good. An essay on “The American Farmer” by a class E man followed the routine business and led the program. In this paper a com parison was drawn between the advantages enjoyed by farmers twenty or thirty years ago and those of today. The member took the ground that the farmer’s lot is improving steadily, and he was not disputed. A solo and chorus by members of the glee club followed, and then came a special paper on fetichism, luck charms, etc., their universal employment by all classes and their origin. After considerable discussion the program was taken up once more and a bass solo was rendered by one of the glee club. This was followed by a paper by a member of class A, discussing the inventions of ancient peoples as compared with some modern ones. It pro voked considerable discussion. But the most thoroughly dis cussed report of the day was by a class A man. The subject was Edgar Allen Poe, and ths opinions called forth were to the point. A solo and chorus by the glee club followed, after which came the report of the critic, bringing the meeting to a close. Four members were absent. The program in full was as fol lows: Class Report—The American Farmer Member of Class E Solo and Chorus Glee Club •‘The Blue and The Gray.” Special Paper—A Universal Possession Member of Class F Solo Member of Glee Club “In the Heart of the Mighty Deep.” Substitute Paper—Ancient Art and Inventions Member of Class A Class Report—An Apostle of Sorrow Member of Class A Critic’s Report Must write negribiy (< H ereafter, And On the Dines. when Writing letters, you will be expected to write on the lines only. Writing between the lines will not be per mitted.” The foregoing notice was sent out from the Usher’s office this week, and in the future will be a rule of the institution. Many in mates have been in the habit of crowding several lines into the space allotted to one on the letter paper, making it, in some cases, difficult to decipher the writing. Usher Johnson also requests inmates to sign their letters with their register numbers as well as their full names. This will pre vent confusion in entering the mail in the ledger. There are a num ber of prisoners having the same, or very similar, names—for in stance, there are several Johnsons, Andersons, Ryans, etc., and where the register number is omitted it is often hard to tell just who the writer is. In regard to those having busi ness to write about which cannot be expressed on a single sheet without crowding, the Deputy says he will see that they get an extra sheet of paper if they apply to him for it. The Usher was compelled to have this rule framed and adopted, as the work of his department is increasing steadily. The average outgoing mail each week is in the neighborhood of 300 letters, all of which have to be read and entered in the ledger. In addition to this, he has to look over the papers and packages, conduct visitors through the prison and read about 100 in coming letters each day. of the mail does not get off until the middle of the week, so when letters are not answered promptly it is sometimes due to the fact that the ones written from here have been among the last to leave. A Budding Poet. I hope soon to have the honor (Ha! Ha!) of inditing several poems to members of the fair sex. Just who they all are I haven’t decided. I saw Sarah Bernhardt once, and I think well of the pic ture of the young lady represented in the advertisements of the Ostermoor mattress for sls. I believe I caught the fever from Chowchow, and truly I am ashamed of the disease as well as worried, for they tell me it’s fatal. Now once, long ago, before the bar-sinster, not to mention the other bars, came into my life I could with impunity dedicate a poem to W. I. Nolan or any favor ite that happened to please my fancy, but now it is different, and it’s a wonder to me that a man with the intellectual and linguistic ability of the much traveled Chow chow doesn’t see Dr. Millet and get something to stop so destruc tive a disease, especially as it is catching and dangerous. Immediately after reading Chowchow’s production in last week’s Mirror I was seized with the desire to indite a lovely poem in honor of Sarah Bern hardt, for as I mentioned I saw her once and she suited me to a T. One thing prevented me, and I believe it has stopped the progress of the malady in my case. I was afraid Sarah would show my poem to her friends and spy: “What do you think of the nerve of that lobster inditing poems to me?” It’s more than probable she would say that, if not worse. Change your name Chowchow. Make it Chili-Con-Carne. It would be more appropriate, for verily thou art a warm*, member. Back to the farm in the ice bound regions of arctic Iceland and let the chilly breezes cool thy fevered blood! There you can foist your poetry on the natives without fear of criticism or abuse. But in this glorious country young ladies sometimes have big brothers and always friends who resent poetical or any other kind of ad vances from unknown parties. No doubt exists in my mind but what you have been a whirl wind, and a book from your pen regarding the secrets of the social world would undermine society. But it would be cruelly unkind of you to continue to unload such secrets, for while you not only implicate yourself, you make it look bad for some of the rest of us who, while we may have witnessed many distressing scenes in our life, believe they should rest in obscurity, especially when the sacred name of wife is involved. Now Chowchow, an ode to a shoe or a poem to a ball of twine, would be all right, It is well to re member that at present our world is bounded by walls other than stone and our “boost” doesn’t count. A word to the wise is sufficient. J. H. D. The universities of the Maritime Provinces are sending memorials to the executors of the will of Cecil Rhodes asking that the will be amended so that the other prov inces of Canada, besides Ontario and Quebeo, may be able to get scholarships at Oxford. The will only recognizes two provinces.—Ex. HELIOGRAMS.*- BY A. I. B. AND F. M. It takes the constant labor of 60,000 people to make matches for the world. Yet they say matches are made in heaven. Life may be worth living and it may not—it all depends on whether it’s your life or the other fellow’s. It’s an even bet there’s as much kicking in baseball as there is in football. Of all sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these: “He’s a has-been.” No doubt from some of the rural districts men have been elected to congress who do not know the name of the golf cham pion. Such ignorance is painful. Many a girl doesn’t realize how well off she was until after she gets a husband. Matrimony is A school in which women unlearn most of the things they knew about men. There are 48 different species of the house fly, and each one of them uses the polished pate of the baldheaded man for a skating rink. When a native of South Africa has the snakes where does he keep them ? He wears no boots. Women are pessimists; men are optimists. When a woman feels blue she sits down and has a good cry. A man in the same condi tion goes around the corner and takes a smile. The reason some women nurse their husbands so tenderly when the latter are sick is because they know if hubby dies society will compel them to wear mourning and black is not becoming to their complexion. At the present time Chowchow is stopping at a hotel that is run on the quiet. The kitchen maid doesn’t spend her savings on cats and dogs, be cause she kneads the dough in order to drive the wolf from the door. It is said that the undertakers throughout the country have raised a large sum of money with which to fight anti-cigarette legislation. In a four round bout the other night at Butte, Mont., a big miner by the name of Monroe landed a soaker on the point of champion Jeffries’ jaw that nearly finished him. That’s just what will happen to Billy the war lord and King Ed. if they ever bump up against the Monroe Doctrine. A Milwaukee man has sued his wife for divorce on the ground that she caused him great bodily pain by filling his underwear with pins and needles. He ought to have hit back and filled hers with mice. The greatest obstacle in the way of justice is the great, big, almighty dollar. Carrie Nation says that when she dies she wants to be cremated, as the thought of being conveyed to the grave in a bier is just too horrible. A news item from Manila says that a young Filipino was recently arrested for using the mails to defraud. All the little brown man wants is to be given the opportu nity and he will climb the ladder of civilization with the alacrity that a tomoat scales a back fence. * CHOWCHOW. * By I. D. When thou doest thine aims, do not sound a trumpet before thee as the hypocrites in the synagogues and in the temples, 1 hat they may have glory of men. (Scriptures) •••• She Changed her mind. Lout, the smiler, decided one day To take his good wife to the show, So he hustled up passes, and then hiked away To spring his surprise, you know. He showed her the tickets and asked her to go. She was very fond of the play, As she smiled her censent, but quite apropos, She modestly managed to say: “How do I look?’’ While turning her head In front of the glass, (she was already wed), “If you feel half as bad as you look,” he said, “I think you are sick-a-bed.” •••• Answer to last week’s Bible puzzler Artaxerxes, king of Persia, Ezra, son of Aaron unto the fifteenth generation. •••• We were glad to see a couple of poems from our neighborly con temporaries, as we have missed such delicacies as Mulligan’s Pipe Dream and the tin cup dcoop. Heliograms are like ice cream on a hot summer day—delicious and to the point. As there is no gate, jump over the fence some day. Will be glad to. see you. •••• Bible puzzle: Let the dead bury their dead. •••• Going towards the hospital the other day, we saw Sinbad vainly calling a small dog, who was barking furiously at a man pulling a barrel of garbage on a small sled in that aristocratic neighborhood. But doggie wouldn’t budge for the captain and the mate and the whole crew, too, so Sinbad gave it up, muttering: “Shiver my brogans!” •••• midnight murmurs. Where ignorance is bliss, ’tie folly to> disturb it. Absinthe makes the heart grow callous. “ ’Tis a long lane without turns.” Just go and ask Burns How goodly the country does tax him. But the laboring man, He goes shootin’ the can, “’Tisan ill wind”—but you know that maxim. •••• Heaven or Hell, or in the words of the earth, earthly: The Little Church Around the Corner, or The Hole In the Wall. Ehbien! •••• We remember how particular Wee Willie used to be about his calogantiz water. Nothing would suit him but crab apple blossom. Now he is gladt* get a whiff of musk every day! Schmells. I •••• Every man should go to see “Every man” and so he will, if it comes west. It is sure to wake up that kindergarten felling we all try to hide behind the curtain. Let your Adam’s-apple work occasionally, tho it’s rusty, as it helps to poke conscience in the ribs. •••• The beauty of living, really, is to be satisfied with your lot—rich or poor, old or young, free or otherwise. Fate never changes, so why not make the best of it as it comes ? •••• In here, everybody’s pay envelope con tains the same amount, regardless of time book or workmanship, when “the ghost walks!” We are making about 4 cents a day and better work men are not getting one-tenth of that. Who’s grumbling? •••• We overheard an ex-spieler spring his bally-hooly act in the hall on New Year’s Day and this much we caught:. “Here you are, here yen are! Any way to come up, tumble up, roll up; if you can’t come up, put your money up and see the great show of the Mississ ippi Valley. The great rhinoceros evsry time he steps he sweats blood and the earth trembles. The fat wom an and the skeleton boy; the Circassian beauty and the human leopard! One ticket for a dime, three for a quarter, one for yourself, your wife and your daughter! And still they come!” By the great spoon we certainly have talent fit for the gods. •••• Looking at things in general through Sinbad’s glasses, would give us th» blues. It appears he sleeps with them —but that’s nothing! He can go to sleep standing up. Sail ahead 1 Sinbad. We hope that’s your ship coming in!