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- - Edited and Published by the Inmates of the Minnesota State Prison. Entered at the post office at Stillwater, Minn., as second-class mall 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: (toe 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 and 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 interests of the prison library. ALL PERSONS receiving copies of THE MIRROR who are not on our 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. Poverty is always pessimistic, but seldom courts publicity. An unbridled tongue can always be relied upon to ride roughshod over one’s character. With the current number The Mentor , published at Charleston, Mass., celebrated its fourth anniver sary. The Meritor is one of our most valued institu tional journals, and each year marks a steady im provement in that always bright periodical. The Murdock Voice says: We receive through the mail every Sunday morning a small 4-page, 5 columns to the page paper, which is so full 0/ good things that we sometimee almost forget to attend services at the church. We refer to The Prison Mirror, printed and published in the Stillwater prison. It is worthy of a place in every home in the state. The crusade against the deadly toy pistol in Chicago has been partially successful, the city coun cil having passed an ordinance forbidding the sale of the weapon to children. This will probably not have the effect of entirely divorcing the festive youth of Chicago and the toy pistol, as an ingenious boy will have little difficulty in persuading some fool adult to buy one for him, but it should considerably lessen the number of Fourth of July accidents. The eolons who framed the bill are to be congratulated, but there is still work for them to do. They can now legislate out of existence the ass that rocks the boat, the imbecile that shoots on suspicion when he hears something moving in the woods and the merry wight that disturbs the world’s equilibrium by in venting problems regarding Ann’s age. John Alexander Dowie has again returned to Zion City after passing through one of the most stormy periods in his career. His iDglorious failure in New York C.ity was one of the most ludicrous per formances which have occurred for some time. From prologue to epilogue his mission was one grand comedy, and as far as substantial results are con cerned it was as flat a failure as Coxey’s march to Washington. Whether we believe in Dowie’s abnormal dogmas or not, we must admit that he is an exceptionally extraordinary man who possesses a remarkable ca pacity to accomplish things. He may be a pseudo prophet, a cheat, and a hypocrite, still he commands the world’s attention and is a much talked of person age. The theology which he preaches, and which he represents as the world’s leading exponent, is nothing new. As an organizer and exploiter of hum buggery, he can take a seat beside Mohammed and P. T. Barnum. But Dowie lacks Mohammed’s re sourcful cunning and Barnum’s wonderful nerve. Dowie is more of a promoter than an expounder of monotheism. When he discourses on the building of cities and establishing manufacturies, etc., wherein the poor are aided to gain a livelihood, the world welcomes him as a benefactor; but when he brazenly shouts that he is Elijah 11., it must laugh and rid icule his pretensions. Dowie’s venture to New York was brilliantly conceived, ably managed and successfully launched. Everything appeared auspicious. His followers were K ’ NOTICE. composed of picked men. Dowie himself appeared jubilant and self-confident. But “man proposes and God disposes.” Altho the prophet had reckoned everything down to the smallest detail, he seemed to have overlooked himself. His speeches were erratic, indecent and insulting. They showed a woeful lack of preparation, tact and acumen. It appeared that Dowie lost his reason, and hurled gross vituperations at everybody and everything. No wonder his audi ences melted away! No wonder that his mission failed! Whether this failure marks the downfall of Dowie and what he represents, remains to be seen. At any rate he will have something to ponder over for some time to come. Elbert Hubbard the brilliant and versatile editor of The Philistine , has remarked that man lives too much in the past and future and not enough in the present. The clever sage and philosopher of East Aurora has told the world something which is worth while listening to and remembering. If the time which we devote to worrying about the past was utilized to solve some of the present problems, we would feel a great deal happier, more in accord with the principles governing our every-day life and, perhaps, live a few years longer. We do altogether too much worrying over trivial things inseparably and irreparably connected with the past. The man who lives in the past at the expense of the present, loses most of the joys of life, for his task is one of the most joyless one can imagine. Such a man’s life must be a rayless one, for no smile or beam of hap piness pierces his horizon. The present is nothing to him, nor does his existence have any bearing on the present, not even as much as an oilless lamp affects the darkness about it. Just consider the time, money and labor spent in vain efforts to unravel the future; the thousands of books which have been written on the subject, the thousands of great intellects which have tottered while struggling with this marvelous but elusive idea, and the other thousands who have despaired of reaching any definite conclusion and have snuffed out life’s torch. If all this enormous energy, talent and wealth was devoted toward adding to the happi ness of the present mankind would have occasion to rejoice. We may not agree with the present govern ment, the habits of the people and the theories we listen to, nevertheless the present is worthy of any man’s sincere admiration. Various writers of international celebrity have often reiterated the statement that posterity will un questionably pronounce the present era as being the materialistic age—the age in which the quest of the almighty dollar had superseded all other ideals. While it is true that this is the age of great fortunes, great exploitations and great achievements in all lines of human endeavor, it is impossible to conceive why posterity should select these incidents as a criterion by which to estimate the thought and aspirations of the present era. The accumulation of millions is only a means by which certain ends are attained. These ends differ from eaoh other in proportion to the emotional capacity of those possessing wealth. Very frequently the owner of millions only affects a small coterie of individuals who otherwise contribute nothing to enlighten the world or be worth one’s while to remember. The Augustian and Elizabethian Ages are noted principally for the great progress made in literature. No doubt men of great wealth existed in those days as they did in other periods of the world’s history, but no mention is made of them. Outside of amass ing a fortune they accomplished nothing worthy of the attention of the chronicler of events, unless it was to mention the corrupt uses to which their wealth was put. However, the pages of history are replete with the achievements of those who have contributed in many ways toward the betterment of the human race. Pre-eminent among them are to be found the names of statesmen, philosophers, sci entists, generals and men of learning. These are the men who shape the destinies of nations. These are the men whom - the historian selects in compiling history, and these are the men whom the average reader delights to read about, and not the men who devote their lives in building up private fortunes. When posterity estimates the ideals of the pres ent generation, then, and not until then, shall we know whether we are going to be called a material istic, scientific and inventive age, or the age of phi losophy, literature and culture. Perhaps an hundred or five hundred years from now the people will hold in greater esteem the writ ings of Spencer, the discoveries of Darwin, the in ventions of Edison, Morse and Roentgen, than they will the manipulations by which Morgan, Rockefeller and others have accumulated collossal fortunes. We are inclined to think that our so-called materialists are worshipping at the shrine of an ephemeral god. Five hundred years hence our present aggregation of rich men will be forgotten, while the story of the noble struggle which Booker T. Washington is mak ing to uplift his fellow countrymen, will be handed down from generation to generation. \ *7- . .3 ODDS AND ENDS. An exchange suggests that early icicles will soon be ripe. 9 9 9 The oftener a story is told and the farther it spreads the bigger it grows. 9 9 9 There is an old saying that kings oan do no wrong; but this maxim doubtless grew out of the fact that most of them do so little that it might be difficult to discover ei ther a wrong or right act performed by them. 9 9 9 * According to the Four-track News, the Pan-American railway is more than talk. It is being sur veyed and will run from Winnipeg to Buenos Ayres—and the north ern end may be extended to North poleville, Peary County. 9 9 9 Skeletons of animals with heads feet in length and 5£ feet wide have been found in r . Montana and they are said to be ten million years old. Discoveries of things millions of years old.occur so fre quently nowadays we may soon have a history of the world as it was several million years ago. 9 9 9 It most always happens that where doctors render services the patients either get well or die. If they recover the doctors cured them and if they die the doctors were called too late, or some block head or numbskull permitted an accident to occur, or their time has oome, or an all-vise providence has seen fit to remove them from fields of usefulness. 9 9 9 It is interesting to know that the science of plant grafting has reached such an advanced state that maple trees and buckwheat trees can be successfully grafted to gether, and by the injection of a flash of a few thousand hot volts of elec tricity, delicious hot buckwheat cakes with maple syrup may be produced instantaneously, not while you wait, but without a wait. 9 9 9 After many months of exhaust ive debating while the editorial pages of the newspapers of Mani toba and the Northwest Territories were continually filled with its dis cussion, the bill providing for the new Grand Trunk Pacific railroad has been favorably acted upon; and Canada will in all probability, in course of a few years, have a second transcontinental railroad paralleling the Canadian Pacific, but, except where it is to touch at Winnipeg and Montreal its course will be some hundreds of miles to the north of the Canadian Pacific. A cold winter proposition, but hot air machines may, possibly, in the near future annihilate frosty at mosphere, snow and ice, producing tropical weather in any latitude at will. Who knows? 9 9 9 Reverend John L. Scudder, a former pastor of the First Congre gational church of Minneapolis and now of the First Congrega tional church of Jersey City, has conceived and is about to put into operation a new kind of practical every-day religion. Through the generosity of Mr. Joseph Milbank of New York, hehassecured SIOO,- 000 with which to erect what he terms a temple of humanity. It is to be a palace of delight which will be healthful and uplifting. It is to furnish a home for lectures, conoerts, dramatic entertainments, civic gatherings, etc., and will be provided with & bowling alley, bil liards, roof garden, gymnasium, kindergarten, instruction in sew ing, cooking, etc. It wifi be a refuge from many of the move de moralizing temptations, keeping; some of the people off the street* at night and prevent many from frequenting pernicious resorts. 9 9 9 To the optimist it would seem that the politics of this country, tho still somewhat corrupt in spots, is, on the whole, undergoing c change for the better. The inde pendent movement for the right man, irrespective of party affilia tion, seems justly to be gaining recognition among thinking, broad minded men. There has always been too much of a deep-rooted inclination among voters to vote sort of mechanically, like a ma chine that runs in a certain man ner and can never change its course. Machine politics and pol iticians are with the machine first, last and all the time, whether right or wrong. But it is gratifying to note that a rapidly growing per centage of the voters will not be ruled by machine methods; they are coming more and more to a realization of the importance of voting for men for public office exactly as they choose men to con duct their private affairs, basing their selections on personal merit, personal fitness, personal integrity. This independent movement is growing steadily and is confined to no state, to no section, to no city. 9 9 9 With the natural increase in the freight and passenger business of railroads in this country as a re sult of the country’s forward strides industrially and commercially, tho number of accidents and terrible disasters is increasing with fright ful rapidity. The great volume of business handled by most railroads of any importance shows that two tracks are needed to handle tho traffic properly. As most of the serious accidents are collisions it would seem that the time has ar rived when all roads of importance should be compelled to have doa ble tracks. In many cases the damages arising as the results of repeated collisions and the heavy expenditures in other directions, resulting from the numerous de vices for expediting the movements of traffic, together with the inev itable delays, etc., railroads lose in a few years more money than would be the cost of a second track. Then again, in view of the won derful progress electricity is mak ing it would seem that Mr. Edison or some one might produce an in vention whereby incandescent lights attached to the telegraph poles along the railroads could be illumined for a given number of minutes after the passage of a train, thereby giving signals of warning to following trains, in case two trains going in the same direction should get dangerously close to each other. One of the railways that converge at Chicago is about to introduce steel passen ger cars for its suburban traine. Steel freight cars have for some time been rapidly superseding the wooden kind and I believe most of the big roads will soon be using steel passenger coaches. Ways and means might be devised where by they could be made as light and handsome as are the wooden ones which are now in vogoa, They would be less likely to de struction in case of accident, there- by saving lives as well as effecting* saving in property loss. With steel passenger oars provided with a lev side doors as well as theend-dooni derailments would be less serkma. ...BY*.. H. J. B.