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THURSDAY, MARCH 9,1905 PRISON OFFICIALS. BOARD OF CONTROL. J. F. JACOBSON, Chairman - - - Madison S. w. LEAVETT, ------- Litchfield O. B. GOULD, - -- -- -- - Winona REBIDENT OFFIOIALB. HENRY WOLFER, Warden J. S. GLENNON, - - - - Deputy Warden M. C. COLLIGAN, - - Asst. Deputy Warden H. W. DAVIS, - Clerk and Accounting Officer F. M. BORDWELL, - - - - - - Steward B. J. MERRILL, ------- Physician MISS MARY McKINNEY, - - - - Matron 8. J. KENNEDY, - - - Protestant Chaplain OH ARLES CORCORAN, - Catholic Chaplain prison 'aqent.V J. Z. BARNCARD, - St. Paul. LOCAL NEWS Two olarinets and a snare drum have been added to the band. Guard Bloom returned from his vacation Sunday. Guard Husting is now stationed between the gates as day turnkey. Twenty-one cars of raw ma terial for the twine factory arrived at the institution during the past week. Our local street commissioner is again seen on our main thor oughfare with his “auto.” It looks like a 1905 model. Sinbad has been potting a large number of plants during the past week. He is getting ready for the flower beds on the lawns, etc. Supt. Connelly of the shoe company was confined to his home a few days last week with a slight attaok of la grippe. Supt. Mahler and a party of friends were about the place Wednesday viewing the ins and outs of institutional life. Sinbad and his assistant visited our sanctum Friday and replen ished our stock of potted plants. They look much better than the old ones. The sailor has our thanks. The plumbers were at work re pairing the pump in the cellhouse on Monday. While fixing the same they shut the steam off leading to The Mirror office, and as a re sult our office cat froze to death. The extra machinery which will be added to the twine department, will be installed in shop C. The Chief Engineer is now at work drawing up plans for the putting in of shafting, pulleys, belting, etc. Miss Agnes Munsey, of Min neapolis; W. W. Wier, of St. Paul; Wm. Wichman, of Morton, Minn., and G. R. Hinds, of Hubbard, Minn., were shown the industries of the prison last Saturday by Mr. McMillan. The printer who runs the shoe company’s press pied a whole font of type last Saturday. The fair-haired olerk hints that the accident was due to the fact that he was poking around for type lice. The carpenters are busy at work on another letter-file cabinet. The first one was such a neat piece of work and answered the purpose so satisfactorily, that the “front offioe” people thought they oould use another one just like it. Mr. J. F. Sullivan who used to be foreman of the sheetiron de partment for the Minnesota Thresher Manufacturing Go., was appointed boiler inspector of the twenty-third district. A few of the old timers who worked for the company at that time will rejoice to hear of “Jerry's” success. Mr. and Mrs. W. W. Gowen, of Minneapolis; Dr. F. A. JBordwell, of St. Paul; Mr. and Mrs. George Barnes, of Fargo, N. D.; Mr. and Mrs. R. D. Hevrick, of Minneapolis, and Miss Sanderson, of Paris, France, were escorted about the institution Saturday by Deputy Warden Glennon. Chaplain S. J. Kennedy will leave for the state of Washington during the week. He expects to be gone about three weeks, and will return with his wife who has been spending the winter in that state with friends. During Mr. Kennedy’s absence, Rev. A. S. Hale of the Methodist Church of Stillwater will occupy his position in our pulpit. Our Band. We have a big brass band In here, Manned by our prettiest boys; They make for us on Sundays A rather pleasing noise. We also have an orchestra, The finest in this land; Between the two ’tis hard to tell Which has the upper hand. But both have inconsistencies, That if explained might tell Us why, while under lock and key They play “The Liberty Bell.” Or when around the shops we tramp, Just shortly after dawn. That “Good-night Old Kentucky” Should make us stretch and yawn. Or when our sermon’s ended with A plea to cease the vile, That orchestra invites us all to go To “Dear Little Coney Isle.” We do not like these bars In front, Yet the orchestra will grind And ask us why not stay in here, And always be “The Man Behind.” So when we lift our rusty cup To drown our past; our woes; Be thankful that the band don’t play “Down where the Budweiser flows.” E. W. M. Will Enlarge Twine Plant. Within sixty days the output of the twine plant at the state prison will be increased from' 10,000,000 pounds to 12,000,000 pounds per annum. Warden Henry Wolfer has left for the East to purchase the additional machinery which will be necessary to increase the capacity of the plant. For the past week the Board of Control has been conferring with Warden Wolfer as to the advisability of using a portion of the revolving fund to increase the capacity of the plant. Each year the profits from the sale of twine are turned into the fund and used for the maintenance of the plant. It is thought that the enlarge ment ot the twine plant will cost between $50,000 and SIOO,OOO. The Board of Control hopes to get the machinery in place within two months so that there may be placed on the market between 500,- 000 and 600,000 additional pounds of twine to be used for the fall crop. Gov. Johnson said that the action of the Board of Control in decid ing upon the increase in the capac ity of the plant met with his heartiest approval. Movement of Population. There were two arrivals and four discharges during the past week. This has been the smallest num ber of arrivals for some time. The population of the prison is 674, distributed as follows: First grade, 456, second grade, 205 and third grade, 15. , The last register number is 1547. Librarian’s Register. The number of books drawn from the library for the month of February was 2,214, which was an inorease over the preceding month. The books read during the month were divided as follows: Fiction, 1,291; Magazines, 844; History, 188; Soience, 286; Biog raphy, 66; Travels, 49; Poetry, 31, and Religion, 14. The month of February shows a marked inorease in history and biography over last month. In January the poets drew 24 books, but, for the month just closed there were 31 books on poetry se lected from the library. This looks as tho the spring poets are getting busy. Chapel Services. The following is the program of the services held in the chapel Sunday, March sth, Father Cor coran officiating: March—“ Victorious Harvard” Orchestra Hymn—“ln Heavenly Pastures”...Congregation Scripture Fr. Corcoran Anthem—“ Come Unto Me” .Choir Prayer Fr. Corcoran and Congregation Gospel Reading Fr. Corcoran Sermon Fr. Corcoran Hymn—“ We’re Marching to Zion” Congregation March—“Maydee” ’....■ Orchestra Steward Bordwell Resigns. Mr. F. M. Bordwell who has been connected with this institu tion since 1878, has sent in his resignation, which will take ef fect April Ist. During Mr. Bord well’s twenty-seven years as an officer of thi6 institution he has always performed his duties in a oreditable manner. For many years he held the position of store keeper. Three years ago he was promoted to the trusted position which he now holds, that of Chief Steward of the prison. In his de parture the institution loses a valuable officer. In accepting his resignation Warden Wolfer ex pressed himself as follows: Mr. F. M. Bordwell, Steward, Minn. State Prison. Dear Sir: —“Your resignation of your position as Steward, under date of February 28th, with request that it take effect and you be re lieved of the duties of said position on April Ist, 1905, received. In reply beg to say I am sorry to hear that you have decided to sev er your connections with the institution where you have been so long employed. As your object in resigning is for the purpose of engaging in business on your own account I have no doubt that you have every encouragement in the belief that the change will be for the best. This being the case, I accept your resignation to take effect on April Ist, 1905, as you have requested. “With the best of wishes for your future success and happiness, 1 am, Very Truly Yours, Henry Wolfer, Warden.” Mr. Bordwell has established himself in the grocery business, and will devote himself to that trade after leaving here. His store being located in this city. His successor, as Steward, is Mr. Robert M. Coles, day turnkey between the gates. Mr. Coles as sumed his new duties on the 2nd of March. Chautauqua Meeting. The regular fortnightly meeting of the local Chautauquans occurred in Chapel Hall last Sunday with the president in the chair and one absentee. The members listened to the customary number of papers, three of which were of more than usual interest and this is praise superlative. The initial number —a report by a member of class D—had Pasteur and his work for its subject, and the spirited discussion that follow ed its delivery attested the fact that, by his originality of concep tion, the author had treated a technical subject in an interest ing manner. The ensuing num ber, by a member of class B, was a rambling expatiation on the Rights of Man and provoked some discus sion notwithstanding that the pa per itself was a veritable exposition of Webster’s unabridged. If this member appreciated the sarcasm that tinctured the critic’s remarks concerning his paper he will, in his future reports, confine himself to topios capable of being under stood and assimilated by individ uals of ordinary intelligence. The third number was a special paper by the leader of class A and dealt with the city of Chicago: “A monument to western enterprise,” as the author phrased it. Replete with historical data this paper was keen and incisive m its thrusts anent oertain conditions peculiar to the Windy City, and the ensu ing discussion was not devoid of humorous interest—particularly the Heliogram man’s characteristic discourse relative to the stock yards as a health resort. The concluding number, by a class E man, was an excellent trea tise on Banking. A mo ( del of good English, clear and concise in its treatment of the subject mat ter, the paper proved to be both enteresting and instructive. The critic voiced the belief that such papers should be welcomed for, notwithstanding that the members were temporarily doing business with the bank of experience, the subject of banking was one that could not be too well understood. The meeting closed with the orit ic’s report, prior to which the pres ident announced that the several papers, heretofore read, dealing with the immigration question had borne unexpected fruit, and that four weeks hence Pendennis and A. Ksar Ben would formally discuss the matter in a joint de bate. C. E. H. —Secretary. February School Report. The Deputy Warden’s monthly school report to Warden Wolfer shows that there were 10 sessions held during the month. At the opening session 169 pupils were in attendance. The average at tendance during the month was 167; the highest, 170, the lowest, 165. The average compulsory attendance of prisoners on the re formatory plan was 39, and the voluntary attendance 126. During the month four pupils were temporarily excused by the physician; the Deputy Warden temporarily excused two and two were permanently excused from attendance. Six pupils were en rolled. during the month and seven were discharged from the institu tion. The February report shows very gratifying results, not a single pupil being reported for breach of institutional rules or for lack of interest in school work. Convict-Cut Stone Will Be Used. “If the legislature has the ‘sand’ convict-cut stone will be used in constructing the proposed new state prison at Stillwater,” said J. F. Jacobson last Friday, while ap pearing before the House ap propriation committee. “The labor unions may object, and refuse to work on the struc ture if such stone is used, as they did on the new state capitol, but the state Board of Control stands ready to use such stone,” he con tinued. “The state would save considerable money, and the amount that we are asking for could be considerably reduced.” Mr. Jacobson was before the committee to explain as to the amount that will be needed to purchase the land and begin the construction of a prison that is destined to eventually accommo date 1,000 prisoners. He had ex plained that it is the purpose of the Board of Control to first erect wooden walls, following this with the erection of a oellhouse. This, it is estimated, with the cost of the necessary land and machinery, will cost from SBO,OOO to SIOO,OOO. Buildings and cellhonses are to be gradually added until there is suf ficent cell room, when it is plan ned to build the administration building. For the present the Board has only determined that the prison should be in a general location, and is in a position to approximately state what the land will cost. ' QUIPS H. L. P. Even a fool may teach wisdom to a man. A tooth in the mouth is worth two in the dentist’s showcase. The man without ambition is a colossal failure. “The retrospect of life swarma with lost opportunities.” While trouble is non-sinkable it makes a very poor life preserver. Even the camel would not amount to much if it did not get a hump on itself. It is better to be tied to a mother’s apron strings than to view Nature through prison bars. A man never needs the servioes of an interpreter when his con science speaks to him. We believe it would be a diffi cult matter to find an antifreedom ist among our population. If Hoch had been born a few ages earlier he would have ab sconded with the apple of Eden. Now that the festive biddy has gone on a strike actors may do their stunts without fear. Goodness is a valuable quality, but too much goodness will harden the most tender heart. The hash of life would prove a most tasteless edible if it were not seasoned with hope. If we could see ourselves as others see us what great efforts we would make for improvement. The armor of deceit will never prove strong enough to defleot the bullet of truth. The mudslinger will always dis cover at last that his ammunition is a boomerang. The most amusing thing we have discovered in here is a Swede with an Irish brogue. Russia is having as hard a time in trying to hold her possessions as a man would have in holding a pint of sand in his closed hand. If the saying “handsome is as handsome does” be true, what a lot of cross-eyed snub-nose people there are in this institution. A man who never makes a mis take will never make a sucoess. It is in overcoming our errors that we learn to do things better. It is said that the song, “I Don’t Care if I Never Come Back,” is most popular with the debutants from this institution. Listening to the rantings of a chronic fault-finder and the noise created by sawfiling produce simi lar effects upon one’s nerves. Fashion notes say that cheoke will be popular in men’s clothing the coming season, but the in mates of this institution will pre fer plain gray. When a man advertises for & wife in a matrimonial paper it is a sure indication there is something the matter with his home repu tation. When a man leaves this or like institutions he faces the greateet problem of his life, and it is only by the most rigid application of will-power and self denial that he will be abld to make it his fihaF farewell.