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Edited and Published by Minnesota State Prison. Entered at the post office at Stillwater, Minn., as second-class nail matter. This paper will be forwarded to subscribers until ordered discontinued and all arrears are paid. Should THE MIRROR fall 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 all sources. Rejected manuscript will not be returned. ; THE MIRROR is Issued every Thursday at the following rates: One Year - -- -- -- -- -- - SI.OO Six Months - -- -- -- -- -- -.50 Three Months - -- -- -- -- - - .25 To inmates of penal institutions 50 cts. per year Address all communications, Editor PRISON MIRROR, Stillwater, Minn. THE MIRROR, is a weekly paper published In the Minnesota State Prison. It was founded in 1887 by the prisoners and is edited anti 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 dispelling 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 nterests of the prison library. ALL PERSONS receiving l copies of THE MIRROR who are not on oar regular lists will please consider such as sample copies. If, after reading, you conclude that THE MIRROR is worthy of patronage send your name to this office for a trial subscription at rates as published above. General Booth, who is nothing if not original, has in view a college for the education of philan thropists, a school devoted to the training of men of means and their lieutenants in the most approved methods of dispensing charity. In the course of an interview with William E. Curtis the other day, General Booth outlined his plan. He said: “I have in my mind a university for charity workers. We have training schools for every class of people who would improve the condition and promote the progress of the world; schools for training of clergymen, lawyers, doctors, engineers and teachers; schools for music, art and physical culture; for the training of the mind, and the eyes and the hands, and all this in obedience to the great law that knowledge and experience increase efficien cy. And yet, in God’s great work of rescuing His helpless creatures, we are compelled to depend upon the assistance of volunteers who are without ex perience, without training and have only the heart and the courage to do good. The Salvation Army has several small schools for instructing its officers. They are scattered around in different parts of the earth, but there ought to be an institution some where, and many of them, for teaching those who would learn how to reclaim a drunkard, how to reach a poor family that is full of foolish pride, how to coax a wild boy back into the right path, how to convince a thief that honesty is the best policy, and how to apply with the greatest results the millions of money that the good people of this world are contributing annually for the benefit of the poor and distressed.” It sounds practical enough. If it is necessary to give-money away in charity, there is do reason why it should not be placed where it will do the most good. A department of philanthropy has become as much a part of a rich man’s establishment as his stables, and if it is to be conducted on a business basis a training in the work is necessary. It is a pity General Booth cannot start a school in which all men would be trained to work hard and be satisfied with small profits. If he could do this, there would be no need for a school of philanthropy. Everybody in America is more or less interested in football. The number of its devotees is increas ing each season and now includes many who looked with contempt on the game a few years ago. Con sequently a great many people will re*»d with in terest the circular letter signed by seventy head masters of schools and addressed to the Intercollegi ate Football Rules Committee, petitioning the latter to so modify the rules of the game that it will be less dangerous than it is at present. The plaint is perennial. Every spring the cry goes up that foot ball rules must be changed, but the objectors to the existing rules invariably request that the committee do nothing to alter the characteristics of the game. The question is, can this be done? Can football be made a more open game than it is and still be American foot ball ? Can mass plays be eliminated without stripping the sport of its distinctive features? As it now stands, the game is a generals’ battle. The success ful team is usually the one which develops the best team play, and if a more open game is substituted this feature will be lost. It is true, of course, that interference offers great opportunities for fine team work, but if the game is to be all running the quickest team, not the one with the most strength and endurance and the best training, will be the best team. At present the successful player requiree speed in addition to the above named qualifications. And then it is no certainty that football in NOTICE. which there is no mass plays would be less danger ous than the game of today. To do away with in juries it would be necessary to do away with tackling, for the number of players injured by hard tackles is about in proportion to the number injured in mass plays. The best way to reform the gapie would be to insist on the observance of existing rules. Inculcate the players with the idea that it is unfair and dis honorable to foul their adversaries, whether the referee is looking or not, and work up a public sentiment that will impel the spectators to hiss and hoot the player who does such a thing, and one of the worst features of the game will be eliminated. Football is strenuous at its best and a certain number of players are sure to be injured each year, but for all that it is the game of games, both to watch and to play, and it would be a pity to relegate it to limbo by “modifying” it into something else. President Roosevelt’s recent philippic against Malthusianism and plea for larger families, which appears to have eclipsed in the popular mind all his former utterances, is sometimes spoken of by the papers as a new departure on the part of the President. The fact is that it is nothing of the kind. The raising of large families has always been part of of life—at least so far as it is possible to judge by his writings and published speeches. His celebrated address on “The Strenu ous Life,” delivered before the Hamilton Club, of Chicago, April 10, 1899, contains the following sentences: “The man must be glad to do a man’s work, to dare and endure and to labor, to keep him self, and to keep those dependent upon him. The woman must be the housewife, the helpmeet of the homemaker, the wise and fearless mother of many healthy children. In one of Daudet’s powerful and melancholy books he speaks of the fear of maternity, the haunting terror of the young wife of the present day. When such words can be truthfully written of a nation, that nation is rotten to the heart’s core. When men fear work or righteous war, when women fear motherhood, they tremble on the brink of doom; and well it is that they should vanish from the earth, where they are fit subjects for the scorn of all men and women who are themselves strong and brave and high-minded.” All of which is the recent celebrated letter in another form. The doctrine is 'sound and inspiring, and is cal culated to reach the best class of citizens, but it is the same thing the President has been preaching right along. Druggists assert that the cocaine habit is mak ing enormous strides in America. Ten persons now use the drug where one used it five years ago, and those addicted to it are by no means always of the dregs of society. Last week a 17-year-old girl com mitted suicide in Kansas City because she had become a slave to cocaine and could not do without it, and if the truth were known many others just as unfortunate would be discovered. In many instances cocaine users are deserviDg of nothing but sympathy—not condemnation. They contracted the habit, or disease, without having the least idea what they were doing. The drug has gained mastery over them disguised as a harmless remedy for colds or catarrh. Almost all the so-called catarrh cures contain, chemists say, a considerable percentage of cocaine, while many of them contain little else but the drug. It is this that gives one the feeling of exhileration after using them. It is need less to say that they do not cure; in fact their re action is so great that it is worse than the disease itself. Until a law is passed prohibiting the use of cocaine in patent medicines, it is well to observe the utmost caution in using them, and, where you have even a suspicion of the presence of cocaine, not to use them at all. Because he is lazy and has been lazy for five years, a woman in New Jersey is suing her hueband for divorce. The suit, as it is told in the papers, is a most unusual one. There is no question of non support about it; the case is one of unadulterated laziness and nothing else, if the account of the plaintiff is trustworthy. It seems that the husband just naturally quit work in ’9B and has just naturally stayed away from work ever since. And the wife, being an advocate of the strenuous life, has stood it as long as she can, but now she’s quit and it’s up to the court to do the rest. The lady will have the sympathy of all right-minded people in her struggle for justice, but the court will probably deoide that to grant a divorce on suoh grounds would establish a dangerous precedent It would open a hitherto unexplored field of litigation. It is a mooted ques tion as to where the “tired feeling” ends and laziness commences, and until that becomes definitely settled as a point of law juries will certainly make it a practice to disagree—provided the court rules in favor of the plaintiff ih the pending suit. For instance, could a man be called lazy who refuses to get up in time for church Sunday morning? or would he still be lazy if he goes to ohurch but falls asleep during the sermon? Does he have to do something useful as well as active to be un-lazy ? And can the term be defined in the same maimer when applied to the opposite sex? These are only a few of the questions that are certain to spring up and vex the minds of Jersey jurists if the plea of the Jersey lady is granted. The lady can simplify matters by withdrawing her suit and caressing her sedentary spouse with the business end of an ax. ODDS AND ENDS. Half a dozen lines in a late issue of Success contain six thousand tons of wisdom, for they'-say that men who do things, who achieve results, have strong convictions; they be lieve something in particular and believe it without reservation. A man who is'willing to fight for an idea, to sacrifice everything in order to develop it, has something definite in his life, a specific cer tainty that will bring him out somewhere in the neighborhood of success. A man without a polipy, without a definite purpose, without a strong conviction of any kind, who believes a little of everything and not much of anything, who is easily persuaded to abandon any idea he has conceived, whether feasible or not, who does not hold on to any one thing tenaciously, will not accomplish much in the world. 9 9 9 Pleasure is what is intended and sought, in all social functions, re ceptions, drawing-rooms, court functions, etc. But can anybody be made to believe there is any pleas ure for the king, queen or any other person who goes through the stiff-necked performance of a king’s reception? After a woman has expended SSOO for her court outfit and undergone months and years of instruction by a lot of flunkies to attain the proper dig nity required in the bow, the kneeling and in the reverential, awe-stricken, scared-to-death ex pression when she gets near the king, when or where or in what part of the performance does she find pleasure? Most sensible people would trade the pleasures of that function for a dog and then shoot the dog and the performance. 9 9 9 “Given a person of a nervous or imaginative temperament not necessarily weak—and it is a well known fact that if several people insist that he looks ill he will actually become ill. Almost any one will be affected if such an assertion is continually reiterated to him. This is hypnotism by means of oral suggestion. It is one of the things illustrating the tremendous power of the mind over the body.” Thus runs an editorial in a lajke issue of The Mirror, and these thoughts supply food for still deeper thought along broader lines. Many people possess the happy faculty of bearing trouble, mis fortune, affliction lightly,'but there are tens of thousands of persons who seem to be utterly unable in their weakness to overcome the tendency to break down to a greater or less extent, under their burdens of grief, and the world either carelessly, thoughtlessly or for deliberate meanness seems to overlook no opportunity to remind them of their misfortune. If a man’s troubles bear down so heavily upon him as •to cause him to age 75 or 100 years in a short time, it is unfair, unchari table, bad form and in every way improper to seek to remind him of it, by insinuation, by thought, by speaking of every man who has reaohed middle life or years of usefulness, as being an old man. There is altogether too much of this kind of hypnotism in the world. A few days ago a man here spoke of a certain individual as being an old man of about fifty, while as a matter of fact the latter is only about 35; but even if he was fifty he would by no means be an old man. Another individual here who is three or four years past forty, has had the misfortune to experience a few hundred years of troubles which have left their mark, but who has so recuperated and re juvenated that mentally and physically he is as young as he was at twenty. But under the hypnotic influence of a few million suggestions by the world that men of his age are old, the probabilities are that in the course of 75 or 100 years he will be forced to yield to this influence and begin to feel that old age i 8 really coming. Every man, woman and child should bear in mind that fifty years roll by in just a few months,' and indeed in a few minutes, and if they would cease trying to hypnotize the world into old age the world would be happier, younger, more industrious and prosperous and thousands of years of usefulness would be added to it. 9 9 9 Again we cannot refrain from taking a shot at Both Sides ; and by the way, Both Sides is a decidedly one-sided paper published in Minneapolis. Mr. “Smiler” of that paper makes; the boast that two million people derive their living through the production and sale of liquor, that about one billion dol lars is the capital invested in the liquor traffic, and the gentleman adds that if a lot of short-sighted ninnies had their wag, millions of dollars would be withdrawn from circulation and thousands of per sons thrown out of employment. Any person who would advocate a measure of that sort is a big fool. So says “Smiler” in Both Sides. Can “Smiler” be so short-sighted as to think the readers are so short-sighted that they will fail to see how illogical, inconsistant, ab surd and foolish are his declara tions? Is the money invested in the liquor traffic so different from other money that it could not find investment in other industries just as profitable and more legitimate? Could not that money find a cir culation as beneficial, as charitable, as legitimate, as productive of goodness in other channels, in other industries as in the liquor traffic? Does the liquor business so degrade men that if thousands of them were thrown out of em ployment they could not make a living in any other walk of life? Is the saloon the last and only resort to which the saloonkeeper must cling to enable him to exist? Are there not a few other occupa tions and industries in the world, and does not the liquor man and the would-be liquor man have an opportunity to find some of them? But “Smiler” is brimful of in consistencies, dishwashy ideas and other things, and very nearly every week they crop out in some very inconsistent, dishwater or fire wa ter form. * 9 9 It is a singular coincidence that two or three persons conceived the idea of putting their solution to the fox, goose and corn puzzle into rhyme. One of them disregarded the poet’s rules governing the use of sharps, flats, meters, measures,, squares and things, but who cares? Let the good work go on. 9 9 9 Owing to the interest manifested by readers in the fox, goose and com puzzle, which recently' ap peared in these columns, The Mir ror has decided to invite queries and replies on any legitimate sub ject, or puzzles that can be pro pounded and anpwered in a short space of print. Questions and answers should be as concise as practicable, but with due regard for explicitness. They should be addressed to Editor Mirror. Ques tions Of a lively or of an instruc tive character preferred. ~.8Y... H. J. 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