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ii ■ S«- i'i . ' . Edited end Published toy the Inmates of the Minnesota State'Prison, Stillwater* Minn. Entered at the jwstoffice at Stillwat'et, Minn., as second-class mail matter. Gontribntions solicited from all sources. Rejected manuscripts Will not be returned. ‘ . THE MIRROR is issued every Thursday at the following rates: „ _ SI.OO One Year ------ Six Months - ... - - . Thvee Months - -- -- - - " - To inmates of all penal institutions - - - 50 c+s. per year Address all communications to THE MIRROR, Stillwater, Minn. THE MIRROR is a weakly paper published in the Minnesota State Prison. It was founded in 1887 by the prisoners and is edited and man aged by them! It alms to be a home newspaper; to encourage moral and intellectual improvement among the prisoners; toacqualntthe public with the true status of the prisoner; to disseminate penological information and to aid In dispelling that prejudice which has ever been the bar sinister to a fallen man’s seif-redemption. The paper is entirely dependent on the public for Its financial support. If at any time there ■ball accrue a surplus of funds, tlie money wil be expended in the Interests of the prison library. TO INiMTATKS. For the information cf new arrivals ax J all others desiring to send The Mirror to friends we wish to sav that the privilege will be granted by complying with the following rules: Write your own name and register number and send same to this office with name and address of perse n to whom paper is to be sent. Each paper must be kept clean and folded in the same manner in which it is received and placed in your door every Friday night. All inmates-are requested to comply with this order whether sending out a copy or not. Service in the Prison Chapel at nine o’clock every Sunday morning. Protestant and Catholic service every alternate Sunday. Rev. C. E. Benson and Rev. Fr. Corcoran chaplains. 1 E Christmas Song. | p] ffi [}j Where once the glade was green, Jjj Cj No green is now, jjl jjj Save for the berry sheen Cj m Where gleams the holly bough. m pj White —all a glistening white, K ru Save that one bough JQ S That in the Christmas light j 3 K Glimmers and shimmers now! jjj G Glow’s like the love of Him! jjj jjj ( J .ennial bough! m jO Y o ’mid the seraphim jjj g Sapreme sits throned now 3 —Clinton Scollard in Ainslee’s. jjj William Loeb, junior, Collector of the Port of New York, is the one Federal official of Taft’s admin istration who 6tands out conspicuously in the lime light as a faithful public servant. He is hated and despised by those who have been in the habit of beat ing the Government out of its just duties on imports. Mr. Loeb has collected several millions of d oil are from corporations and individuals which should have been paid under revious administrations. He has brought the Sugar Trust to time. Likewise he is making the tourism Day import duties on whatever they bring in from Europe that is properly dutiable. Government tugs are no longer loaned t o private par ties to meet returning actresses and prominent citi zens “down the Bay,” thus enabling them to slip in without making a declaration of their dutiable per sonal importations. Mr. Loeb has been roundly and soundly abused by the press and pilferers, but he deserves praise instead of censure for his public conduct. Rich Americans have been going to Europe where they could live cheaply and where one dollar goes as far as five dollars reach here. They would purchase jewelry, fine gowns, furs, paintings, laces and other highclass commodities and then get them through the custom house in New York duty free. Mr. Loeb has stopped this business of rich Americans practic ally carrying on a smuggling business under the guise of being tourists abroad for health, recreation or “culcliaw.” Recently, Miss Mary Garden, the famous prima donna returned from France with thirty trunks of wearing apparel and was highly indignant when ask ed to declare what she had in those Saratogas. She was compelled to pay one thousand dollars in duties and it is reported she cursed and swore dear up the scale to high C. Why should not Miss Garden, whose season’s salary is probably $40,000.00, be compelled tojpay her just proportion of taxes? She goes to Paris to have her gowns and hats and linge rie made, where a franc (twenty cents in Americas money) goes as far as a dollar does here. She savei fourfifths'on the purchase of her wardrobe abroac and then begrudges paying a small import tax Shame upon'such business! CHURCH NOTICE. EDITORIAL. I ■ Not long ago a young lady was caught bringing in valuable furs a.s personal attire. It waedificovered * she was making regular! trips Jo "Europe Returning hotne each time with a valaaTolie sable ! worth $5,000.00 or more and npqn which paid no duty. Upon being closely fSfiowed it Vfcaii found she j was one of a number of wealthy young-women regu | larly employed by rich importing furriers to run the blockade. She was fined $3,000 00 Vncl had! probably defrauded the Government out of $50,000-00 in im port duties before being detected. Rich Americans go abroad to reside because liv ing is cheaper there than it is here. A wealthy American whose income is $25,000.00 a year can live in Europe at the same rate as one who spends $125,- 000.00 per annum over here. Where they could af ' ford but one automobile here and a retinue of three ' servants, upon an income of $25,000 00 per annum | in Europe, they can live in great style and 1 maintain a chateau with six automobiles, private \ chauffeurs, a small army of maids, butlers, lackeys, > stablemen and servants —and a yacht. That’s why rich Americans live in Europe—and when they re turn to America it is generally for the purpose of smuggling in twenty or thirty trunkfuls of foreign 5 goods, including articles of household and personal r adornment under the guise of declaration that they 5 are ‘“private property” and not imported for barter r or gain—which statement is generally false. r William Uoeb, junior, is the right man in the ; right place at the right time. The navies of the world, in strength now stand as follows: England, United States, Germany, France, Japan, Russia, Italy. Next year Germany will advance to second place and the United States will be third in strength. France and Japan will probably soon be superseded by Russia. Aeroplanes are now being advertised to the public the same as automobiles. The aeroplane manufacturers furnish instructors. Within a few years no doubt there will be laws and ordinances governing aviators. Another source of license reve nue will fructify from the business. Mr. Eugene N. Foss, late Democrate candidate for Lieutenant Governor of old Massachusetts cer tified he spent more than tliirtvniue thousand dollars in chasing the office. He came within 5,000 votes of being elected. However, “a miss is as good as a mile.” President Taft says he will be in favor of Wo man Sutfrage when the people demaud it. Wives of great statesmen are generally opposed to granting the ballot to women. And the aforesaid wives seem to influence their distinguished husbands. Doctor Cook now says the reaching of the North Pole was not such a great stunt after all and that Peary could have gotten there eleven years ago if he had made an earnest effort to do so. A dispatch says Postmaster General Hitchcook is reorganizing the postoffice department. The de ficit last year was twenty million dollars —a mere trifle —to Uncle Sam. The incompetent ma 4 rembles before the cash ier’s desk burthe man ot competence makes the cashier’s desk tremble, figuratively speaking. That’s the difference. The hookworm —lazy bug —must go. Mr. John D. Rockefeller is after him. When Mr. Hookworm learns that fact he will skedaddle. Playwriting is a proßtable business for some. A play that lasts through two metropolitan seasons nowadays is a marvel. An aviation face is as hard as adamantine, judg ing from illustrations—but higbflying will go on just the same. President Taft has “Congress on his hands, including a few other administration troubles. Russia is welcoming American Jews. Russia has finally had a little sense pounded into her. The Jewish population in New York is now more than one million —and owns the town. Temperate and regular habits of individuals put the pill foundries on the greased incline. The theatrical business is reported to be good this season —a sure sign of prosperity. AJjoyful Christmas to all. Under the lash. BY ANGLIC US. When a man goesoutof his way to do a kindness, for which be can i expect no return, there iasomeiliing good in him the* he may be unpopu- j lar in the extreme,’more especially with those whom he has not ap preciably harmed. But the fact remains and should be recognized —by none more than the recipient of the kindness. It is not always in the latter’s power to make a re turn in kiud; indeed, such a return would savor of insincerity, might even arouse most unfounded sus picions of collusion. But the least that can be done is to thank the giv er for the gift on every suitable oc casion, in any possible manner. At times the recipient is so situated that kind deeds of this nature may not be looked for in the natural course of events, may appear more than usually vivid against a dark background. It is not al way s a background of dislike, but veiy frequently one of misunderstand ing. There is not so much a wall of prejudice to be scaled as an alien world, which seems not worth the conquering. These remarks con cern the editorial which appeared in last week’s issue of The Mirror, and are the little I can say, in all sincerity, in return. Uncle John’s puper concerning the advantages of the local Chau tauqua Circle should be carefully read by those who believe that or ganization t,o be a cross between a Browning Club and Sunday School Annex. The little hammers are very busy with the Chautauqua Circle, but it will stand a great deal of knocking. There are always in dividuals, of reputed intelligence, who do not gee with any idea of the kind which emanates from an institutional source. They are too all-fired wise to contaminate their minds by associating with intellects of a less remarkable cast. Others there are who are afraid that their efforts will meet with ridicule. Still others there may be who, feel ing utterly down and out, are hon estly unable to lift their minds from their own troubles. To these latter somebody should send the following wireless: “The more you do in this place, the better you feel.” I shall endeavor to prove the truth of this maxim by my own experience, if a little egotism may once again be forgiven me. It was after I had been here a year that I began to realize that, although my book and I were as great friends as ever, time was dragging more than it should. I had joined the Chau tauqua, it is true; but the amount of energetic efFort necessary in the composition of about four papers a year did not seem to make much difference. I accordingly cast my eye around for something else to do. It seemed a pity not to devel op any pedagogical abilities which I might possess. I applied for a post as schoolteacher and got t. I hold that job down yet, in spite of a haunting fear that somebody will find out that I know about as much of teaching as I do of me chanics. I became a candidate for Secretary of the Circle and was elected. At the sametime I began to weary everybody in this column. When I got these three occupations going,'! found that before I could look around it was Saturday. Let me assure you, gentlemen, that I was right, and you are wrong. There i s nothing like a settled occupation to reduce to a minimum your cares and worries. You may not be inclined to do these very things —but d o something. Don’t sit around in utter despair because you aren’t John D. Reading is good and your daily labor is good; but there are other possibities even here. Archbishop J. J. Glennon ap pears to be theright kind of an Arch aishop, if reports are which jredit him with refusing aja auto* mobile as a testimonial from - the. Catholics of his diocese 6 n the twentyfifth anniversary of his ojr lination as a priest. He prefers instead, it is alleged, a bouquet of prayers and masses, which indeed! would seem by any odds whatever to smell more sweet. Although it is possible, by exercising the his toric faculty, to idea, of an Archbishop with that of plen ty to eat, the conceptions of a dig nitary of the church and of a dev ilwagon should surely remain dis tinct. There is an appalling in congruity there somewhere. The reason insists that any mode of progression, the faster the better, should be suitable to the shepherd of a widely scattered flock; but instinctively one distrusts an Arch bishop, who manipulates, however indirectly, a sparking-plug. Sure ly not muchjgood result can be in theological matters,, by explosion. Leaving for a mo ment the conception of an Arch bishop, hs somewhat remote from this everyday let us consider the suitable mode of progression, the proper caper, to speak irre verently, for a Bishop. There be two kinds of Bishops which remain fixed in the memory. One kind is unalterably connected with the carriage and pair—with the fat capon and the surreptitious flagon —with, in short, “the pomps aDd vanities o f this wicked world.’* The other kind is as surely con nected with the idea of Chaucer’s Parish Priest, the ideal of service and, yon have guessed, the “ambling nag.’’ A Bishop on the Lis a dis quieting phenomenon; almost as disturbing as a Bishop in an aero plane. All honor therefore to him who respects the harmony of the centuries. Ghristmas. Christmas i s the day upon which the nativity of the Saviour Christ, is observed. Howthiscus tom originated has never been authoritatively known as the most celebrated Biblicists and historians differ as to the date of the birth of Christ. However, the institution is attributed by the spurious De cretals to Teleephorous, who flour ished in the negn of Antomoua Pius, (138 —161 A. D.,) but the first certain traces of it are found! about the time of the Emperor Commodus, (180 —192 A. D.) In the reign of Diocletian, (284 —305 A. D.,) while that ruler was keeping court at Nicomedia, he learned that a multitude of Chris tians were assembled in the city to celebrate the birthday of Jesus and having ordered the Church doors to be*closed he set fire to the build ing and the worshipers perished in the flames. It does not appear that there was any uniformity in the period of ob serving the nativity among the early churches. Some held the festival in the month of May or April and others in January. It is nevertheless certain, according to the best authorities that the twentyfifth of December cannot be the date of birth of the Saviour for it is then the height of the rainy sea son in Judea and shepherds could hardly be watching their flocks by night on the plains. The twenty fifth of December, however, is cele brated throughout the Christian nations of the world as the date of the birth of Jesus Christ. I n the South in this country it is a great day for fireworks, family gather ings and religious services. In the North it is more of a day of eheer and gladness for children — young and grown up.