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THURSDAY* JANUARY 4* 1906. PRISON OFFICIALS. BOARD OF CONTROL. 0. B. GOULD, Chairman - - - - Winona S. W. LEAVETT ----- ■ Litchfield L. A. ROSING ----- - Cannon Falls M. C. CUTTER - ------ Secretary REBIDENT OFFIOIALB. HENRY WOLFER, - - - 9 - - Warden J. S. GLENNON, - - - - Deputy Warden M. C. COLLIGAN, - - Asst. Deputy Warden H. W. DAVIB, - Clerk and Accounting Officer ROBERT M. COLES, - - - - - - Steward B. J. MERRILL, - Physician MISS MARY McKINNEY, - - - - Matron S. J. KENNEDY, - - - Protestant Chaplain CHARLES CORCORAN, - Catholic Chaplain PRIBON AGENT. J. Z. BARNCARD. St. Paul TO INMATES. 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 offlc e 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 you receive it 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. CHURCH NOTICE. Services In the Prison Chapel at nine o’clock every Sunday morning. Protestant and Catholic services every alternate Sunday. Rev. S. J. Kennedy, and Rev. Fr. Corcoran chaplains. LOCAL NEWS. There are now nine females in the matron’s department, one being received last Tuesday. Twenty-four new benches are being made for the use of those prisoners who will ocoupy cots in the cellhouse corridors. To the occupant of cell 374: You can get the desired infor mation by consulting your library catalogue, page seventeen. Dr. Chambers and Bandmaster Hewitt returned from Owatonna last Friday where they went to spend Christmas. Willis F. Biggerstoff, of St. Cloud, Minn., sent us one dollar for which he will receive The Mirror during the year of 1906. One of the band bo3 7 s has pre pared a sitology for himself which he will attempt to follow during the coming year. We wish him luck. The Board of Pardons will meet next Monday at the Capitol. A number of applioations from this institution were placed on file for consideration. Mr. and Mrs. F. C. Wolfer re turned from Pinckney, Michigan, last Monday where they spent Christmas with Mrs. Wolfer’s parents. No doubt but many of the men here have made resolutions to the effect that they will spend their evenings “at home” instead of down town during the coming year. A powerful hand screw with a pressing capacity of twenty tons, is being made for the new tobacco press. The old method was too inconvenient. It is expected that the press will be completed in a few days. Several gear shields were made and placed on the most exposed spinners in shop C. This added protection will help to insure the safety of those operating the maohines and those who are pass ing through the shop. The twine factory is now manu facturing Standard Manila and 600-foot Manila twine. The for mer runs five hundred and fifty feet to the pound and sells for 9f cents perpound,and thelatter runs six hundred feet to the pound and sells for 10f cents per pound. The prison fire department was called out last Friday morning for an experiment run. The call was for shop Q, and notwithstanding the snow and ice, the boys made the run in two minutes. The Deputy Warden commended the laddies for their quick work by saying that it was a record breaker. State Parole Agent Barnoard visited the prison last Tuesday. He was here interviewing the seventeen prisoners who will be discharged during this month. An unusual large number of visitors passed through the prison during last week. Many of them were in attendance at the conven tion of the farmers of Washington County held in Stillwater last week. Ten tool boxes were made dur ing the past week for the spinners in shops B and E. There is noth ing so i convenient as having a place for everything and then keeping everything in its place. The Usher has received a letter addressed to Jno B. Hedrick, and one to J. S. Hentz, from Mrs. J. P. Rosar, Milwaukee. For further particulars see the Deputy Ward en. Some kind-hearted person sent two hundred and twenty-five War Cries to the prison library to be distributed among the inmates. They were the Christmas number, and therefor appreciated by those who received them. Warden and Mrs. Henry Wol fer and Miss Gertrude Wolfer will start for Florida Jan. 7th, expect ing to spend two months in that state. The trip is taken in hopes of improving their daughter’s health. —Stillwater Gazette. Mr. John Downs, ofvMenomonie, Wisconsin, and Mr. D.T. McComb and Miss Mildred McComb, of Stillwater, were shown about the prison one day last week by Fore man Downs of the twine depart ment. The librarian had a slight ao oident befall him one day last week. As he was passing down the stairway leading from gallery three to two, he miscalculated the distance and received a good jolt as his head came in contact with the iron railing. The librarian’s respect for iron is somewhat great er than heretofore, and he ac knowledged that it is a trifle harder than his head. The tinsmith is now employed in filling Steward Anderson’s or der for the coming quarter. It consists of one sprinkler, seven bread pans eighteen inches square, seventy-five cups, six roast pans, two three-gallon tea pots, six tin pails, one large bread pan twenty inohes square, eighteen hospital diet pans, one meat tray, and one egg beater. For the benefit of the new ar rivals, we wish to say, that the library slips are taken up by the night guards on the following evenings: On galleries one and two, Wednesday and Saturday. On number three gallery, Monday and Thursday. On number four, five and six galleries, Tuesday and Friday. The slips should be placed on the crossbar of your door each evening before the gong rings to retire. Sunday’s Concert. In lieu of the regular services last Sunday morning there was held a sacred song concert. Few of the prisoners were aware of the fact that there was going to be an entertainment until Warden Wol fer made the announcement in introducing Miss Evers, of Stanley Hall, Minneapolis, who conducts a seminary college for young ladies. Miss Evers had with her a number of her talented pupils and entertained the prisoners for almost two hours. The concert consisted throughout of sacred songs, and were sung with a noh- ness of melody seldom heard in our chapel. The inmates listened with profound attention, and al tho it was the Sabbath day, they showed their appreciation by ap plauding the singers. There was also on the program two recitations, both of a tragical nature. The first was entitled “Handcar 412,” and the reader graphically and with considerable dramatio fervor told of the thril ling experience of Mr. Murphy, who saved the lives of two hun dred people on a passenger train that was rushing to instant de struction upon a bridge that had been weakened by a prairie fire. The second recitation was ren dered equally as well as the first one. It was entitled “Meroy,” and the scene was laid in the amphitheatre of Rome. Those who have read of this dark chapter that deals with the persecution of the Christians during the reign of Nero, vividly recalled the horrors that the young lady elocutionist mentioned in telling of the ro mance of “Mercy.” The concert was an exception ally good one, it being instructive as well as entertaining. At the close, Miss Evers thanked the pris oners for their kind attention and announced that she would be pleased to again have the oppor tunity to contribute towards our happiness. The young clerk in the repair shop said he was thinking of in venting a machine that will enable one to ascertain to the secdnd the psychological moment. He says that such an instrument could be used profitably in many ways. To speculators, it would be worth many thousands of dollars. It al so would help the man who is looking for a parole. There ought to be a good market for such a machine. Dew Year’s Day. As is customary on holidays, the prison discipline was relaxed on New Year’s Day and the pris oners allowed to converse with one another in the cellhouse cor ridors. The men were given about two hours’ freedom and they enjoyed every minute of it. Dur ing the time they were having their outing the band helped to enliven the occasion by playing several selections of timely inter est. In the afternoon each man was allowed to write a special letter. The following pieces were played by the band: March—“ Charge of the Battalion.”.. .E. B. Hall March—“ Greeting to Bangor.” E. B. Hall March—“ Pride of the Nation.”.. Kichard Stanley March—“ The Empire State”....Frank Wlnsteln March—“Eadetzky” J. Strauss, Op. 228 March—“ Germany Forever.” Emil Asher March—“War—Song of the Boys In Blue.” L. P. Lauren dean March—“ Washington Post.” J. P. Sousa March—“lmpassioned Dream.” J. Eosas Two-step—“lts Name Is Maud” Arnold Hlrsch The number of books drawn from the library during the month of December was in excess of the number drawn the previous month. The total number drawn for De cember was 2,372. The books read during the month were classified as follows: Fiction, 1,389; Magazines, 375; History, 178; Science, 253; Bi ography, 49; Travels, 73; Poetry, 29; and Beligion, 26. During the week there were few changes in the population of the prison, there being seven arrivals and six discharges. Those dis charged were: G. 8., 1399; J. S., 1546; A. H., 1402; H. J., 763; and A. A., 774. The population of the prison is 718, distributed as follows: First grade, 528, second grade, 172 and third grade 18. The last register number is 1785. librarian’s Register. Prison Population. Board of Control. The State Board of Control met at the prison yesterday. Hon. O. B. Gould, Hon. S. W. Leavett, and Hon. L. A. Rosing, constitu ting the Board, were present. The members arrived at the institution quite early, and by half past nine they were at work listening to applicants for parole. After transacting the usual routine business and examining the accounts for the month of December, the Board granted in terviews to those inmates who had in applications for parole. There were a large number of men up to see the Board, and after consider ing all the cases, there were one paroles granted. The financial statement for the month of December, was submitted to the Board by Warden Wolfer and shows receipts from the twine department on collections on notes, interests, etc., amounting to $49,- 916.03. The miscellaneous receipts amounted to $8,187.44. Of this sum $3,624.00 was received from labor in the twine shop, and $4,330.76 was received from labor in the shoe shop. The visitors’ fees for the month amounted to $190.00. School Report. The following school report for the month of December was sub mitted to Warden Wolfer by the Deputy Warden on the first of the month: The number of sessions held during the month was 12. The school attendance at the opening session, December Ist, 1905, was 171; average attendance during month, 170; highest, 173; lowest 165. The average com pulsory attendance for the month was 46, and 124 attended volun tarily. During the month eight pupils were enrolled, three were dis charged from the institution, and four were excused. Only two were reported for breach of institutional rules, while not one of the schol ars were reported for lack of in terest in their studies. Be Hikes “lfluldoon.” Some of the brainest men in Minnesota are inmates of the Stillwater penitentiary. “Mul doon’s” Irish dialect articles in The Prison Mirror are equal or superior to the famous Dooley let ters tho comparatively few people have ever heard of them. We do not know who the author is or for what crime he is serviDg time, but it is certainly unfortunate that it should be necessary to restrain such a talented individual within the stone walls of the state’s pris on. —Appleton (Minn.) Tribune. not Jill Bad. That there is more good in bad men and more bad in good men than the average mortal believes, was once more confirmed the other day down on Blackwell’s Island, N. Y., where scores of convicts, for getting that they were prisoners and remembering only that they were men, risked their lives by rushing into the burning work house and rescuing 594 women from the flames while better men stood and watched the heroes who wore the convicts’ stripes.— Mora (Minn.) Enterprise. “Before marriage he told her that everything she cooked was angel food.” “What does he call it now?” “Chuck.” By measuring the heat received from the sun on a certain portion of the earth’s surface a scientist has announced that the temper ature of that glowing ball is 11,. 250 degrees Fahrenheit, which is eight times as far removed from the freezing point as is a bright red furnace. Wise and Otherwise. One never knows just how well fixed he is in this world’s goods un til he is called on unexpectedly to change cells. Alcohol, says Rene Bach, is re sponsible for sixty-three per cent of the inmates of the penal insti tutions of the United States. this writing there are 720 inmates in this institution. Were it not for whisky, 454 of these men would be out in the world, respeot ed producers of wealth, and hon ored citizens of the community. Just think of it! The courts of New York have deoided that it “is within the re serve power of the state” so to regulate the internal affairs of one of its own creations that the creature may be compelled to carry out in good faith pur poses for which it was created; that what is necessary to do this is within the discrimination of the legislature. This decision sounds the deathknell of those who con tended that it was unconstitutional to mutualize mutual life insurance companies by legislative enact ment. Little by little, the common people are coming to their own. An attempt is to be made to stamp out hazing at the naval aoademy at Annapolis, Maryland, The conditions existing there are certainly disgraceful, and should speedly be changed. It is to be expected that students will go be yond strait-laced restrictions, but ruffians, male or female, should be suppressed. It is a shame that this historic old institution should! be so disgraced, and when one reflects that all naval officers, the Porters, Dahlgrens, Farraguts, Schleys and Deweys are its alumni, one feels a rising indignation that these grand patriots should be so disgraced. There is much activity in base ball circles, both in the National and American Leagues, and the coming season’s line-up promisee to overshadow anything yet pro duced. Many promising calls,, developed by the smaller leagues, are being signed by the big teams. This, I suppose, is the way of the world, but it seems a shame that the people who have watched and encouraged a promising young player should be deprived of the pleasure of seeing him play after he shall have burst into full power;, but so long as the big teams wilL overmatch in point of salaries*, the fans in the smaller cities must continue to endure this seeming injustice. It is interesting to note the gradual leaning of expert penolo gists to the “Reformatory Plan’” of sentencing lawbreakers, as against the fixed term sentence which has for years been in vogue. Many strong arguments can be advanced favoring the reformatory plan. One is that the parole sys tem, which is part of the plan, enables a prisoner without means, to secure, at the expiration of one year, a review of his case by an un prejudiced board; and if there be extenuating circumstances, and his record both prior to his arrest and subsequently in prison, be good, his chance for release is most excellent. If, on the other 1 hand, he is denied a parole, the incentive on his part to make a good record is twofold, because his release before the expiration of" his sentence rests wholly witß himself, and he may at proper periods again apply for release on parole. I believe the most of us will live to see the reformatory plan almost supersede the fixed term.