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Thursday, May 81, 1008. 1 1
S. W. LBAVETT - - - Litchfield 11
L. A. ROSING Cannon Palls i [
J. D. Mills, Secretary \ 1
HENRY WOI.FER, - - - Warden «!
M. C. COLLIGAN, Deputy Warden
J.BACKLAND, Asst. Deputy Warden
H. W. DAVIS, Clerk and Acct. Officer /
ROBERT M. COLBS, - - Steward < J
B. MERRILL, - - - Physician Ji
CHAS. CORCORAN, Cath. Chaplain ',
C. E. BENSON, Protestant Chaplain ]>
J. 2. BARNCARD, - - - St. Paul '!
For the information of new arrivals <•
and all others desiring to send The <'
Mirkob to friends we wish to say that (
the privilege wiU be granted by com- (
plying with the following rules: Write <
out you* own name ana register num- <
ber and send to this office with name i
and address of person to whom paper Is i
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 1
your door every Fridry night. All in- '
mates are requested to comply with this 1
order whether sending out a copy or not. j
Service In the Prison Chapel at nine <
o’clock every Sunday morning. Pro- i
testant and Catholic service every 1
alternate Sunday. Rev. C. E. Ben- '
son, and Rev. Fr. Corcorau chap
” •' '#
Matron McKinney has been on
the sick list for the past few days.
Mr. W. M. Boon, of Utica, Neb.,
was shown about the prison last
Saturday by Supt. Williams.
The greenhouse man was about
the lawns during the past few days
putting potted plants in the flower
beds. The sailor has a beautiful
eye for ornamenting flower beds.
All kinds of birds can be seen
again in the trees in the park.
Their singing is always welcomed
by the sick patients in the park,
who delight to watch them as they
hop from tree to tree.
Guard McFall has been granted
a leave of absence on account of
ill health. Guard Nelson is
the former’s position, and as he
walks to and fro he ponders on his
recent experiment in a “liquid
mustache wax.”
/The rain of the past few days
has helped wonderfully to brighten
the color of the grass on the lawns
and the leaves on the trees. The
rich green puts one in mind of the
good old summer time when the
fish are biting hard.
The following are the titles of
the papers to be read at next Sun
day’s meeting of the Chautauqua
Circle: “The Grand Duche of
Luxembourg,” “The English Chan
nel and London to Liverpool via
Rail,” “A Century of the Labor
Question,” and “James Jeffrey
Roche —Poet, Scholar and Philos
The blind prisoner who had his
quarters at the solitary annex for
the past few years, left on expira
tion of sentence during the past
week. He brought a phonograph
with him when he arrived and it
helped to pass the dreary years
while here. He is the only blind
prisoner that had ever been re
ceived at this prison..
The following was handed us the
other day for solution: “Does a
cow-stall beoause a cow-slips, or is
it because the corn-stalks around
the barn? Does the milk-pail be
oause the water-can? If a lawyer
should win an egg case, would it
be right for the hens to lay for
him?” We have turned the ques
tions over to our agriculture editor
for solution and expeot to hear
from him in the near future.
The following transfers were
made during the past week: 480 to
hosp.; 582 to 50; 106 to 582; 257
to hosp.; 102 to 262; 613 to 399;
272 to 533.
The people of Stillwater are
making preparations for a monster
parade on Decoration Day in com
memoration of the departed soldiers
of the Grand Army of the Republic.
It won’t be many more days be
fore we will have an outdoor holi
day, providing the weather per
mits. Let us hope that the Depu
ty has a few outdoor games up his
sleeve in order to enliven the day.
Last Monday morning the pa
pers and magazines -passing thrn
the exchange box were counted and
it was discovered that there were
1700 newspapers and over 200
magazines in circulation on that
day. This is oertamly going some
in the reading line.
A beautiful parrakeet was seen
near the hospital last Monday.
The green honse boys made a stren
uous effort to catch it but failed.
The bird is quite tame and it is
quite evident that it belongs to
some one living near the prison
grounds. Tuesday afternoon ye ed
itor grabbed a bag of salt and took
up the trail, but he failed to get
sight of it—fortunately for the
We wish to call attention to the
fact that quite a few of the maga
zines catalogued are not yet bound.
For instances, if the date reads
Jan. to June, 190 S, or to July, 1908,
it will be useless to place the num
ber of those magazines on your
list until a month after the date of
their publication. These maga
zines were included in the cata
logue so as to bring them as near
up-to-date as possible. Those who
have placed such numbers with
the foregoing dates, would do well
to revise their list, because it is
impossible to issue them before
they are published.
It would be well if the prisoners
exercised the utmost care in han
dling the new library books, especi
ally in regard to writing on the
margins of the leaves. In some of
the old books where the readers
found an exceptionally interesting
passage, could be found such com
ments as these: “This is great;”
“don’t miss it;” “great head,” etc.
At other places where the senti
ment was at variance with his
opinions, the reader would write:
“What mush;” “the man must be
bughouse;” “all rot,” etc. Any
man with common sense would not
deface a book by such flippant re
marks. He would reason that
there are others besides himself
who are desirous of reading these
books, and he would keep them neat
and clean.
Prison Population.
were five incoming pris
oners during the past week and six
to leave on expiration of sentence.
The population of the prison is
663, distributed as follows: First
grade 488, second grade 162, and
third grade 13.
The last register number is 2410.
gbapel Service.
The following i§. the program of
the service held in the chapel, Sun
day, May 17th, Father Corcoran
March—“ Canebrake” Orchestra
Waltze—“Hypatia” Orchestra
Hymn—“ Crown Him” Congregation
Scripture Father Corcoran
Cornet Solo—“ Hosanna.” Granler.
Member of Orchestra
Prayer Father Corcoran and Congregation
Gospel Heading Father Corcoran
Sermon Father Corcoran
Hymn—“ Bock of Ages” Congregation
March—“ Dreamy Eyes” Orchestra
March—“ Japanese Brigade” Nlrella
Intermezzo—“ Garden of Boses” W. A. Pratt
Overture—“ Pastime on the Yukon” Oorvers
Waltzes—“ Dream Girl” Harlem
The weary, aged wanderer slowly pauses,
Climbs twenty steps, drops one and carries three,
Explains the law of jocund Law of Final causes
(A thing, I must admit, which puzzles me.)
“If this is so,” he said, “it- follows dearly
That all the magic that the depot yields
Is but a sham—you apprehend me nearly?
A blatant mockery of th’ Elysian Fields.”
“Not so!” I dried, “Who plants the hasty pudding
Which rides hot-footed on the blast of Fate?
Who shines the stars? Who sets the embers budding?
And when Arcturus drinks, who scores the slate?”
“Young map!” he said, “the Path is to the Seeker,
And myriad troubles his the Cup who fills;
1 see your ruin!”—here his voice grew weaker—
“ Unless you take McCracken’s Liver Pills.
These pills are sold in special air-tight cases,
Lumbago, Gout, Sciatica they core;
Neuralgia, Housemaid’s Knee, all Painful Places —
Best take a dozen cases to be snre.
With every case a booklet (eighty pages)
Tells of the friends our remedy has made.
Physicians, ploughmen, schoolboys, matrons, sages,
People of every oountry, every grade
Alike endorse it; it cures every evil
(Tho flesh is heir to ma|y thousand ills)
’Tis said, in fact, that even the very Devil
Is powerless against McCracken’s Pills.
But ah! beware of spurious imitations,
Be sure the name (McCracken) that you see.
One dollar buys the Elixir of the Nations,
Insures you all but immortality.”
Guards vs. Cutters.
The guards and shoe cutters of
the prison engaged in a hotly con
tested game of baseball at Parents
Crossing last Sunday afternoon.
“The stake consisted ol a small keg
of Mrs. Winslow’s Soothing Syrup.
The battery for the guards con
sisted of such redoubtable sports
as Dr. O’Brien and Rutherford,
while that of the shoe cutters was
Block and Bergeron, both clever
experts on high balls, inshoots, and
double curves. Mr. E. C. Wil
liams was umpire. The latter ap
pointed Bob Henderson as his
bodyguard and to keep one eye on
the soothing syrup. The game
was a spirited one from the start.
In the third inning there was a de
lay of twenty minutes, as one of
the guards swatted the ball so hard
that the cutters had great difficulty
in keeping up with it as it sped
across the fields. Altlio the cut
ters stepped on the diamond with
fine reputations as fans, they left
it looking rather disgusted swear
ing that the doctor doped their
water cooler, thus preventing them
from seeing the ball as it crossed
the plate. Score, 9to 8 in favor
of the guards. The line-up was
as follows:
Rutherford C. Bergeron
O'Brien P. Block
Husting S-S. Stewart
Alexander, W. T. 1-B. Alexander, Chas.
Whelan 2-B. Blanchett
Jenks 3-B. Harvey
White, J. C. R-F. Moore
Binker C-F. White, Kid
Clapperton L-F. Foss
Game called 2:30 Attendance 903%.
Mascot, O’Rlely’s billy goat.
“Cbe miniKSOta.”
One of the most aotive places
in this institution at the present
time, is the Agricultural Depart
ment where the twenty-four ex
perimental machines are under
construction. Less than ten
months ago (or to be accurate, on
Aug. 19, 1907,) the first pattern
was begun for the Minnesota Har
vester, and today there are some
thing like three hundred wood pat
terns made, from which are made
the master patterns of white metal
or brass.
Seveial filers and finishers have
been added to the force the past
week to finish up these master
patterns, which are sent to the
foundry as fast as completed where
malleable and cast iron pieces are
made from them. These are arriv
ing almost daily, and are being
assembled in the pattern machines.
The steel bars and sheets used in
the construction of the harvesters
are being fashioned and drilled,
while in another part of the shop
are being made the jigs and dies
for facing, boring or bending the
various parts, according to their
respective needs.
Very little wood will be used in
the Minnesota Harvester, and for
that purpose the finest white elm,
maple and basswood obtainable has
been purchased, and is being
worked up into the proper form
and leugths as required. No al
lowance for shrinkage has been
made, as the mateiial is thoroughly
seasoned, thereby adding to its
No little trouble has attended the
phenominal progress made during
the past ten months, foremost of
which has been the patent rights,
owned by individuals or machine
manufacturers. These have been
overcome by outright purchase or
of paying royalty rights. Where
this were not possible, the de
sired result was obtained by hard
thinking, called inventions. These
inventions of Supt. Downing are
practical and will be used for the
first time in the new 1908 Minne
sota machines. No other machines
in the United States or Canada
possesses them.
Thru the untiring assiduity of
Supt. Downing and his able as
sistants it is confidently expected
to have several trial machines ready
for use by July Ist next, and all
this in less than a year, something
never before accomplished. The
Minnesota will be a model as well
as the most modern machine on
the market, and we predict for it a
future surpassed only by the
famous twine made in the same
If you have looked within another’s eyes,
And in their depths read that which most you
If in your mutual converse, thought and tone,
You recognize his heart-tongue as your own;
If with the hearty grasp of hand and band,
You two can walk as one and understand,
Be thankful—’tis this joy the angels share;
Be thankful—of the gift take holy care;
Full many a hungry heart has hoped In vain,
For that which you so easily obtain;
Among his fellowmen has groped and striven
For joy like yours—and would have called it
—Mary Gow Walsworth.
A live hayseed who recently
took a trip to Chicago proved to
be a beautiful attraction for a lot
of dead beats.
Money is not the medinm of
success, neither is the lack of it a
sign of failnre, but unfortunate in
deed is the man who has not one
real friend. »
Anglious expresses himself as
being skeptical concerning the
story of a cat that walked from
Lincoln, Nebraska, to Washington,
D. C. Now, that story doesn’t
sound at all extraordinary to me,
because I know there are lots of
gay cats that are capable of doing
worse things than that.
Modern science—l say “modern”
because of that word’s palatable
supersuggestiveness of the pin
nacle of progress to the superficial
mind—finds small mystery in the
various phases of nature, but when
it essays a mental dissection of the
psychological momentara of pub
lic bigotry it must throw up its
task in despair. It is deplored by
many thinkers that such great in
tellects and philanthropists as
Hume, Voltaire, Paine and others
of the same school, who have done
much for their countries and more
for humanity en masse, should
have their names stigmatized and
resigned to oblivion thru narrow
prejudice and detestable envy.
Their universal worth is discredit
ed and misrepresented by an illib
eral people that either cannot or
will not tolerate any opinion which
is not restricted to the confines of
their own limited perceptions. It
reminds me of the time, when as a
kid, I stuck my head into the rain
barrel and yelled for the sake of
hearing the exaggerated sound of
my own voice.
Americans who feel proud, not
to say boastful of our superior form
of government, should try to prove
worthy of its protection and the
rights and freedom it guarantees
to each individual, by honoring
with simple recognition, if noth
ing more, all those who courage
ously lifted their voices aud ex
pended their energies toward the
primary cause of, and ultimate
liberty. Conspicuous among these
—it may truly be said the one who
stood foremost as an advocate of
American independence—was the
name of Thomas Paine. His fear
less pen fired the hearts of the col
onists to heroic valor; he uttered
truths with a clearness of insight
that amounted to prophetic vision;
who, in short, did more for this
country during its baptism of fire
than any man, or set of men, dog
mas, creeds and institutions that
existed in this fair land of ours.
Tom Paine today is not forgotten,
but what is shamefully worse, his
name is pronounced with ungrate
ful ridicule. The cause is not that
he esteemed every man his brother
and defended all mankind with
selfless devotion, but because he
loved truth and dared to proclaim
it at the very threshold of precep
torial superstition and fling it in
the faces of kings.
During the" Frenoh Revolution
Paine was in France where he ap
peared before the tribunal that
was determined upon the execu
tion of King Louis, and offered an
impassioned plea for the life of the
doomed monarch that almost oost
him his own. He said in his
speeoh, and the words make him
deserving of the applause of all'
humanity: “Kill the office but not
the man.” All honor to him.
By 6. R. «P.'

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