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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
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,
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
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
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
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

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
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
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.
H. J. B.

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