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ThMKtoy, Jwntry 83. 1908. PRIBOM OFFICIALS. BOARO OF CONTROL. S. W. LEAVETT - - - Litchfield L. A. ROSING i- Cannon Palls P. M. RINGDAL —_ J. D. Mills, Secretary REBIDENT OFFIOIALB. HENRY WOI.PER, - - - Warden M. C. COLLIGAN, Deputy Warden J. BACKLAND, Asst. Deputy Warden H. W. DAVIS, Clerk and Acct. Officer ROBERT M. COLES. - - Steward B. J. MERRILL, - - - Physician i* MISS MARY McKINNEY, - Matron S. J. KENNEDY, Protestant Chaplain CHAS. CORCORAN, Cath. Chaplain PRIBON AGENT. ; J. 2. BARNCARD, - - - St. Paul TO INAIATEN. For the information of new arrivals i and all others desiriug to send The > Miruob to friends we wish to say that the privilege will be granted by com plying with the following rules: Write out your own name and register num ber and send to this office 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 yon receive it and placed in 1 your door every Kridry night. All m -1 mates are requested to comply with this | order whether seuding out a copy or not. > ’ i OHtIKCH NOTICE. i Service in the Prison Chapel at nine 1 o’clock every Sunday morning. Pro ' testaut and Catholic service every 1 alternate Sunday. Rev. S. J. Ken nedy, and Rev. Fr. Corcoran cliap -1 lains. LOCAL NEWS. Guard Brummet resigned his position at this institution last Thursday. Steward Coles has been Absent several days on accoant of illness He had an attack of la giip. The carpenter was at the library during the past week putting in extra shelves for the new books. Mr. F. M. Bor dwell, formerly steward at this institution, was a visitor at the prison one day last week. The boys who are going to take part in the contemplated show, held their first rehearsal last Thurs day evening. X '- 4 v p There are four prisoners in the repair shop who answer to the name of Jim. ' It is said that the combination is a Jonah and vtry hard to beat. The occupant of cell 152 would like to exchange the Peoples, All Story, Strand, and Hailway maga zines, for McClure’s, Ainslee’s, aud Smith’s magazines. The sentence of thirteen of the inmates of this institution will ex pire during the month of February. This is five more than were dis charged during January. The local Chautanquans are be ginning to learn more about the show business than they ever dreamed of. “Zim” can detect talent as far as he oan see it. Last Friday and Saturday the weather was so beautiful that even the most chronic fault finder held his superior judgment in abeyanoe. However, this weather is hard on the coal man. One of the inmates in shop L came very near having a serious accident last Thursday evening. While attempting to put on a belt he was thrown to the floor with such violence that he was uncon scious when carried to the hospital. On being examined by Dr. O’Brien it was ascertained that the man had suffered no serious injury. Many serious accidents have oc curred in putting on belts and one cannot be too careful while adjust ing them. In fact, none but an expert should be permitted to at tempt it. % v -■ u>* Guard White returns today from iiis ten days’ vacation. •. Superintendent Williams and several friends were visiting the various departments of the insti tution last Saturday afternoon. % «• _ Mr. John Wiudolph, formerly a guard at this institution, was at the prison last Monday. Mr. Wiu dolph is enjoying excellent health and is doing fine The street back of the solitary has a crack iu it that has all the appearance of the result of a small earthquake. The crack is about an inch wide aud is caused by the 6oil freezing.- Sinbad was iu the ceiihotise last Saturday splicing the rope on the elevator that is used to convey food to the diningrooms. Like all of his splicing, the rope looked as good as new when he got thru. Quite a number of new feed boards were made in the repair shop for the breakers and spreaders in the twine department. The boards are lined with castiron col lars and will last many years. The new books which were ordered for the prison library ar rived one day last week. They came from the A. C. McClurg Co., booksellers of Chicago. The books look very handsome in their tasty bindings and general aspect of newness. It would be well for each inmate of this institution to ponder well the remarks made by Chaplain Kennedy last Sunday morning. It was a strong and convincing ser mon and we are sorry that it is his last at this place, at least for some time to come. In sending addresses to this office of those whom you wish to receive The Mirror, it is neces sary to attaoh yonr name and reg ister nnmber. One notice is suf ficient, as the name is enteied on our books and continued until the sender is discharged. There was a second timer came in a short time ago who was here when the band and orchestra were first organized. He was surprised at the wonderful improvement the musicians had made, especially the orchestra. He thought that the latter oompared well with many on the outside. Warden Wolfer, S. W. Leavett, P. M. Hingdal, and Dr. Tomlin son of the St Peter hospital, are now making a tour of the East in vestigating penal institutions so as to gain ideas in connection with the erection of ihe new prison. They will visit New York, Boston, Baltimore, and the reformatory at Mansfield, Ohio. It is expected that active preparations will take place on the(site for the new prison as soon as spring arrives. The members will also investigate in stitutions in which the criminal insane are confined, as such a building will be erected in the near future, probably on the site for the new prison. We notice that some of the ex changes are*being thrown outside before all the numbers have been erased. It is evident that some of the new men are doing this, they being unaware of the fact that the weeklies are permitted to circulate ten days from the date of issue. Whenever exchanges are withdrawn from circulation before all the num bers are erased, it causes a great deal of irritation among those who are expecting them, fespecially when there are only three or four numbers tljereon. We do not wish to say that anyone is doing this out of pure cuesedness, but are rather inclined to think that it 1 is done unintentionally. The following transfers were made during the"past week: 396 to 560; 51 to 366; 150 to bosp.; 641 to 396; 105 to 234; 250 to 589. The Western Shoe Co. is now' receiving a large consignment of leather. There are ten carloads in the lot and it is all first grade material. At this writing we are unable to say who will be Chaplain Ken nedy’s successor iu the prison chapel. Perhaps by next week we will know more about it than at present. The teams which are hauling edgings to the fireroom find the sleighing rather hard on our main street. A little snow appears to be urgently needed in order to make sleighing possible. At the adjourned meeting of the State Board of Pardons held Tues day the life sentence of P. S. S., 5495, was commuted to 14 years. Favorable action was taken because there are grave doubts as to the man being guilty. The sentence of L. Q., 1913, was commuted from four to three years. Several cases were continued and taken under advisement. 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 aod Saturday. On number three gallery, Monday and Thursday. On number four, five and six galleries, Tuesday and Friday. The slips should be placed upon the crossbar of your doorj on the nights designated, before the gong rings to retire. Prison Population. During the past week four pris oners were received, four dis charged on expiration of sentence, and one paroled. The population of the prison is 660, distributed as follows: First grade 510, second grade, 144, and third grade 6. The last register number is 2317. Our Subscribers. According to a receht law the general has issued an order to the effect that subscribers, to weekly newspapers must pay their subscription practically in advance. The department forbids sending weekly papers to those who are more than a year in arrears. We hope that all those owing The Mirror for back subscription will respond immediately, thus making it possible for us to adhere strictly to the letter of the law. £bautauqua meeting. The-bi-weekly meeting of the Pierian Circle was held in the ohapel hall, Sunday afternoon. Under the head of business three new members were assigned to classes; three resignations, for personal reasons, tendered; two members suspended for failing to report. The following program was rendered: “Review of Character” Member ol Class C “Shelley” Member of Class B Plano Solo Member of Class B "Originality” Member of Class F “Reminiscences of Pierian Circle” • • Member of Class E The first paper was a carefully prepared review of character—in general. The author took occasion to compliment the fair sex—rais ing women to a pinnacle where man doth not ascend. The second number proved to be a paper of unusual merit. Con* cord of vouets were noteworthy, giving a sense of pleasantry to the delivery. The piano solo following needs no special remarks. Mr. C’s musical selections have come io be a pleasing, entertaining feature of the uue< tings. The next paper was a supple ment to a paper recently read before the society. The paper produced merriment—the forte of the author—his writings. The next paper was par-excel lent. The author took occasion to cite the difference between the dignified, silk-halted person, who plncks the biead from the mquths of widows and orphans; who poses as a wronged party when brought to bay, and the man who, thodowu, still remains a man. The discussion was unusually lack. The critic’s report followed —fair and impartial—then ad journment., E. D., Secretary. CDapel Service. The following is the progiam of the service held iu the chapel Sunday, Jan. 19th, Rev. S. J, Kennedy officiating: March—from “The Earl and the Girl” Orchestra Comet Solo—By Loug Orchestra Dox< >logy Congregation Invocation Rev. 8. J. Kennedy Gloria Congregation Scripture.. Rev. 8. J. Kennedy Hymn—“ Onward, Christian Soldiers” Congregation Prayer Rev. S. J. Kennedy Quai tet—“Nearer to Thee”... Members of Choir Sermon Rev. S. J. Kennedy Celectiou—from “The Girl Question.” Howard Orchestra Hymn—“My Redgemev” Congregation Benediction Rev. S. J. Kennedy March—“ The Gray Champion” Orchestra Chaplain Kennedy Leaves. Rev. S. J. Kennedy preached his last sermon in our prison chapel last Sunday morning. Mr. Ken nedy contemplates going to East ernrWashington where he will re side, as fie believes a change of climate will be beneficial to his health, which has declined some what of late years. Mr. Kennedy hns been one of the chaplains of this institution for the past ten years, and during that period he has devoted a great deal of his time toward administer ing to the spiritual welfare of the inmates of this institution. He not only helped many men while herewith kindly advise, but helped them on their discharge to secure suitable situations. He made many warm friends in the city of Stillwater who will regret to hear of his departure, as much so as the inmates who are confined behind the walls of this institution. Chaplain Kennedy was a forcible speaker and was always profoundly listened to by the inmates. We join in him godspeed in his new field of endeavor. Cbe Passing years. From out the depths of time, behind the screen That veils Eternity from mortal g*ze. The fleeting years pass swiftly like a dream, Then fade within the past’s dim, mystic haze. Once moi e the old year leaves with, aged feet The world of strife and weariness behind. Again the New Year comes to blithely greet, With all its hopes and fears still undefined. Each, buoyant comes with new resolve to all, Their boundless blessings eager to bestow; But ere they leave, to many, there will fall A deeper share of bitterness and woe. All swiftly pass the tardy as they stand. The while they linger o’er some better plan; But pause for effort, and, with lavish hand, , Their gifts adorn the course of Life’s brief span Of every year each day is the counterpart. With promise glows the dawn to wakeful eyes; The twilight deepens ere the laggards start. And ready hands have gathered in the prize. Each winged moment of the golden hours That throng the days of all the passing years, Is fraught with music and the bloom of flowers, If thru it all the inetydy appears. And shows wherein the somber folds, that hide The splendor of achievement far beneath The grave of buried hopes and woundedDride; TJjere dwells the magic of the turning leaf^ That is the story thru the ages told When e’er the years come gliding Into view; This message theirs as onward they have rolled: “The old is ever followed by the new.” B. | Stray Items, i $ ■■■= BY E. J. C. •$ Canadian Sundays would hardly appeal to us. Not even a street car is allowed to ran. It is very peaceful—very calm—and very un- American. A few short months bring many changes. In New York, for in stance, the question, “Where did yon get it?” has given way to, “Have you still got it?” Cities that never heard of a Sunday law, now know by the widespread enforcement that such things exist. Like other things a law must be tried before its value can be determined. The present activity will have good results, ob noxious Jaws will be repealed and the beneficial laws will be enforced. This is as it should be. Better no laws at all than laws that are reg ulated by “pull.” The “Ladies’ Home Journal” and “Woman’s Home Companion” occasionally circulate within these walls. Typogiaphically they lead . magazines of any other class and evidently they wield great influ ence. It is a significant fact that they have several milliou readers. Such journals are a credit to the country and,a powerful tribute to the good taste and good sense of the average American woman whose active support make them possible. The traditional hatred existing between the different nationalities who have come to America has always been a bar to the making of good Americans. To eradicate racial prejudices has not been the least of the vital work done by Hull House. Here the foreign born of many countries meet on common ground. Each has found much good in the other and petty race wars are giving away to broader feelings. Chicago’s debt to Jane Adams increases daily; truly she is the “best citizen” of that great city. The correspondence school con tinues to flourish and widely ad vertises the one man who succeeds in bettering his position thru their course of study, but remains silent in regard to the 9,999 who fail, but whose fees have enriched the school. A person with exceptional ability and untiring perseverance can by hard work master a study without personal instruction, but it is far from the easy game de scribed in the advertisement. That most of these “schools” ap peals to a man’s avarice and not his love of learning, stamp them as money-making concerns, who may benefit one person only at the expense of many who pay the fees without dbttrining results. A late writer says: “Not one in ten thousand comes across a com plex fraction during a business career. Then why so much atten tion to mathematics in our schools ?” His statement may be correct, but the fact remains that mathematics is the best ground upon which to base a general education. Noth ing so disciplines the mind, devel ops the power of reason, or gives the student such a grasp of cause and effect. In most students math- ematics stimulates the interest more than do other studies, as the results are more apparent. The cramming of grammar and history gives results in time, but when a snm of arithmetic iB forked out and the answer is at hand he has the immediate result of his work to encourage his fnture efforts.