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Thursday, November 24.1908- PRISON OFFICIALS. BOARD OF CONTROL. S. W. LBAVKTT - - - Litchfield L. A. ROSING Cannon Palls P. M. RINGDAL J. D. Mills, Secretary RESIDENT OFFICIALS. HENRY WOLFER, - - - 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 MISS MARY McKINNEY, - Matron CHAS. CORCORAN, Cath. Chaplain C. E. BENSON, Protestant Chaplain PRIBON AGENT. J. Z. BARNCARD, - - - St. Paul TO IMHATGM. For the Information of new arrivals and all others desiring to send The Mirkob to friends we wish to say that the privilege will be granted by com plying with the following rules; Write out your own name ana 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 your door every Krldry night. All in mates are requested to comply with this order whether sending out a copy or not. CHURCH NOTICE. Service In the Prison Chapel at nine o’clock every Sunday morning. Pro testant and Catholic service every alternate Sunday. Rev. C. E. Ben son, and Rev. Fr. Corcoran chap lains. LOCAL NEWS. Visitors were quite numerous about the prison during the past week. Guard Reno returned from his visit to Joliet, 111., last Friday morning Supt. Williams and a party of friends were about the institution last Saturday. Warden Wolfer returned last Sanday from his visit to Rich mond, Va., where he attended the National Prison Congress. A German Lutheran service was conducted in the prison chap el early last Sunday morning by Rev. Mr. Schafnitt, of Stillwater. The plumber is a very busy man these days in repairing the steam pipes. He is a hustler and seems to have the science of pipeology down to perfection. In the near future the paint and plumbing shops will be moved from the repair shop so as to make additional room for the manufac ture of binders and mowers in that department. Several new cutting machines have been added to the shoe shop. These machines are something entirely new and will perform the work of several cutters under the skillful handling of a good opera tor. We asked little David if there was anything he was thankful for. "Bless your eyes, white man, I’se indeed very thankful. I’d a fine fat drum stick for dinner, an’ den I got a wing while de cook wasn’t lookin’. Thankful! Why, sure Mike.” •** The weather was so beautiful during the latter part of last week that the boys in the park occa sionally looked in the trees to see if there were any robins. Sunny Italy! Why, Minnesota has that country beat to a standstill—and then some. Only nine prsoners will be dis charged on expiration of sentence from this institution during the month of December. Two of this number will be here for Christ mas, and*the others will leave be fore that date. This is the small est number to leave during a sin gle month for some time. The Washington Co. grand jury visited the prison Monday morn ing. - The Deputy Warden has in his possession letters addressed to Harry Moake, from Columbus, Mont.; Mark Herrin, Pocatello, Idaho; and F. H. Hazer, St. Paul, Minn. If there are any of the in mates expecting such letters they should see the Deputy for further partioulars. Inmates m seuding slips to this office to have the address of The Mirror changed that they are sending to friendß, should not place them inside of the paper. When this is done it is very like ly that it will be lost. Put the address on a slip of paper and then place it on the crossbar of your door. Our local plumber has a fine head of golden hair and is very proud of it. He takes great pains in seeing that it is oombed just right, and always gives it a good brushing just before leaving the shop to do a job of work. He says he would rather have red hair than no head at all, at all, as the Irish proverb has it. A sad accident took place at the solitary last Friday morning when one of the men iu the insane ward killed one of his fellow inmates by stabbing him with a sharp instru ment. The unfortunate man who was so suddenly stricken down was the picture of good health, cheer ful, and well liked by the many prisoners who knew him. The news of bis death was a shock to the entire community. Work at the site for -the new prison is progressing rapidly. The remaining factory building is nearing completion, and the work men are now busy putting in the big iron tanks snd constructing a bridge between the two factory buildings. These two structures are models in every respect and are entirely fireproof thruont, as the roof and even the window frames are made of concrete and iron. Undoubtedly most of us were thankful on the anniversary of Thanksgiving Day. Allho in pris on we can sincerely say we had a good dinner, a fine show, and an opportunity to converse with each other. This is more than many people enjoyed on the outside, and even in a good many other prisons they fared worse than we did. Our surroundings may not be to our liking, but we must can didly admit that they might be a great deal worse. So let us smile and let the other fellow do the worrying. minstrel Show. Thanksgiving Day was observed at the prison by the presentation of a show conducted entirely by the inmates. It was entitled “Zim’s Minstrels,” and it was to “Zim’s” untiring energy that the success of the play is due. Nearly all the men who participated in the show given about a year ago took part in the present one, and it was a complete success from every standpoint. As in the former show Messrs. Webb and Ford played the star parts—and played them well. Their little comedy sketch almost caused the steel columns support ing the chapel roof to nudge each other as each witticism was let loose. The jokes perpetrated by the interlocutor and the two end mum* mere more than tickled the risi bilities of the inmates and kept them constantly going into roars of laughter. Mr. W. C., the ac robat, and Mr. S., who gave an interpretation of the yellow jour nal were both entertaining and re ceived the applause of the audi- euce. • The singing, which took up a large portion of the play, was ex tremely good, and each of them received a very flattering oall for an encore. The chap who sang “Nobody” made the hit of the play, and had to answer to two encores. The entertainment was ably supported by Prof. Burchard’s trained musicians, and much of its success is due to the excellent co operation the show received from the orchestra. At the conclusion of the per formance in the chapel the pris oners were extended the freedom of the cell house corridors where they were permitted to converse until noon, and they did it merrily and decorously without a singly breach of discipline. When the gong sounded 'for dinner the men formed in line and marched to the dining rooms, and partook of the following menu: Roast turkey with dressing, cran berry sauce, mashed potatoes, parsnips, gravy, mince pie, cheese, cake, coffee with milk and sugar. In the afternoon the inmates were in their cells, each being given permission to write a special letter. The following transfers were made during the past week: 452 to 370; 106 to 580: 324 to 152; 152 to 50; 228 to 395; 662 to 253; 250 to 662. According to the secular press Christian Science is enjoying the greatest increase in membership in its history. As usual, a woman is at the bottom of it. The eDgine room at the site for the new prison is completed and the tall smoke stack is almost ready. The engine has been mov ed down and put in place and will be ready by the time the shafting and machinery are adjusted. At this writing it is difficult to say whether or not some of the boys will eat their Christmas dinner at the new place. The brick work on the new factory is still unfin ished, but little remains to be done and it is likely that the ma chinery will be running near the first of the year. Prison Population. During the past week there were seven arrivals and two dis charges. The population of the prison is 689, distributed as follows: First grade 505; second grade 171, and third grade 13. The last register number is 2562. gbautauwa meeting. The members of the Pierian Circle met in the chapel Sunday afternoon. After roll call, which disclosed three absentees, three new members were assigned to classes. Mr. W., the ex-president, was appointed critio for the fol lowing two months. A motion was passed to drop the mode of criticism which has been on trial for some time and return .to the old system. The program was opened by “Reminiscences of the Antipodes,” by Mr. F. D. This paper dealt with the social and economic con ditions of Australia and showed careful preparation of facts glean ed from statistics and personal ob servation. “European Nimrods and American Ladies,'” by Mr. C. C. R., was an article on the title hunting American women, deliv ered in the author’s inimitable but not unamusing manner. Next a piano solo by Mr. C. The Circle’s pianist, who always has a musical treat in store, sur passed even his heretofore delight ful contributions, and in response to an enthusiastic shower of ap plause, played a catchy little se lection in good old familiar rag time. More power to Mr. C. and more ragtime. The concluding number was a paper entitled, “Servia and Bulgaria,” by Mr. F. concerning the recent disturb ances between those two countries. The author no doubt spent much time in careful and logical ar rangement of the facts in this pa per, and was complimented by the critic. The few minutes that were left were spent in a general discussion as to whether or not Morse was the original inventor of telegraphy and the different meanings of the word billion in the French and English languages. After the newly appointed critic read bis fair and just review of the program came adjournment. R. P., Secretary. The Fate of the Old Oobbler. On a barn yard fence, with a mournful mien, Sat a turkey gobbler, whose youth had past; His meat was tough, and his bones were lean, But his fate was decided—he must go at last. Many years he had strutted, both proud and bold; He had wobbled past destiny, and gobbled in . scorn, At the terrible tales his friends had told, Of the blood that was shed, on each Thanks giving morn. He told his associates, with a lordly air. That they were but a part of the common herd; ’Twas their fate to be served for Thanksgiving fair; While He, was a superior kind of a Gobbler bird. Like others, be had constantly cherished the thought, That his gobbler individuality had carried him thru, He reckoned not, that ’twas his particular breed they had bought; While as a gobbler, he was simply one of the barn yard crew. Finally those that be, had calmly talked it e’er, For there had been many a complaint regard ing this vile old sinner. So they decided at last, that he was a useless bore, And should be served on Thanksgiving for the preacher’s dinner. MORAL: You will find Old Pard, In this world’s big yard, That you may wobble with a gobble just as loud; And you may strut like a mut, just as proud, As this old fool gobbler did; But they will tell you without grace, That they have given your place, To an up-to-date gobbler kid. G. ChapelJ>emce. The following is the program of the service held in the chapel Sunday, Nov. 22nd, Rev. C. E. Benson officiating: March—“ Pretzel Pete” Orchestra Waltz—“ Smart Set” Orchestra Dexology Congregation Invocation Chaplain Gloria Congregation Scripture Chaplain Hymn—“ Holy is the Lord” Congregation Prayer Chaplain Clarinet Solo—“Auld Lang Syne” Member of Choir Sextette—“Thanksgiving” Pieyer Orchestra Sermon Chaplain Hymn—“ What a Friend We Have in Jesus” Benediction Chaplain March—“ Rising Sun” .Orchestra football Scores. Minnesota defeated Carlisle in last Saturday’s game of football. The game was a hot one from the beginning, but the Minnesota boys outgeneraled their husky oppo nents at every move, and even sur prised their many rooters by their brilliant playing. The following are the scores of the various games that took place last Saturday af ternoon: Minnesota, 31; Carlisle, 6. Chicago, 18; Wisconsin, 12. Kansas, 10; lowa, 5. Illinois, 64; Northwestern, 8. Harvard, 4; Yale, 0. Syracuse, 28; Michigan, 4. Cornell, 18; Trinity, 6. Navy, 15; Virginia Poly, 4. Army, 25; Villa Nova, 0. Amherst, 4; Williams, 0. 9 9 9 9 9 9 \9lW\U\Ui9\ " DIVERSE REFLECTIONS - - - ERID - - - I«I9Im I 9 I 9 I 9imi9 i i m T u Tmimiu i 9 i v i IT ■ I 1 : I A man can never excel at any thing unless he goes about it earnestly and full of enthusiasm. Remorse is worry with a venge ance. A young man deserted a wife and two young children to flee to another part of the big woild with another woman. The result was in a very short time, commitment to prison. He be came remorseful. “Surely,” he wrote to his deserted wife, “you cannot forgive me.” Her reply was lengthy but the chief senti ment was: Love can forgive tho stray Bteps of mortals. The young couple are now re-united and what the reader may infer is tended to show that the vows for better or worse should [be broad enough to enable straying ones to return to the family roof when remorse has caused an awakening of their soul. “All that glitters is not gold.’’ This quotation is one of those sentences that contain a sermon. Other metals may be polished so they will glitter. The same may be said of human beings; but the “dross” is easily detected perforce of habits, associations and general conduct. A human being may have descended into the pit of dis grace and realizing that personal effort will enable others to note the “gold” in him he may proceed to rid himself of the “dross” and by patienoe attain to a pure stand ard of character. Right living is a sign of personal worth. No matter what the conditions are,the possibility to develop the “gold” in man is ever apparent. A per son may be tempted astray by the “glitter” of what appears to them as the “gold” of another. If their better nature enables them to realize that it was but the “glitter” of temptation that lured, they are not deprived, while life lasts, of the opportunity to develop the “gold” of human nature and pro fit by knowledge which is, as said, power. A young couple were married some thirty years ago. A son, now past twenty-five, strayed from the family roof and into prison. Pride kept him from informing his relatives of his predioaraent. However, one of his family learned the truth and wrote to him. His reply was terse. “I have proved a disgrace to all my kin; the black sheep of a proud family. For yoursake I did the best I could, I changed my name, and the prison records do not contain our family name. Forgive me, all of you, and—forget me.” But alas! the proud family would not desert the boy. Scriptural texts were quoted, regrets, sympathy, extended; but he answered none of their letters until months later a little cousin, of memory’s childhood days, sent him a “funny” postal with the words: “Why don’t you write home? Been a coon’s age since your first, only, letter came. Wake up and remember lad, ‘blood is thicker than water.’” Upon his release from prison he returned to the parental roof. The cousin whose jolly nature had overcome his de termination to live “alone” greeted him—not as a child, but a young woman. She said: “So a little child, of memory, lead you home.” He replied: “Yes; the Good Book saith, ‘a child shall lead us’—but how you have grown.” And the parents? The vowes of marriage include the career of children who may stiay.