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Edited and Published br the Inmstss of the Minnesota State Prison* Stillwater, Mina. Entered at tbe postofSce at Still water, Minn., aa second-class mall matter. Contributions so'Mted from all sources. Rejected manuscripts Will not be returned. THE MIRROR is issued every Thursday at the following rates: One Year ------- - - - SI.OO Six Months - - .50 Three Months - -- -- - - _ __ .25 To inmates of all penal institutions - - - 50 c*s. per year Address all communications to THE MIRROR, Stillwater, Minn. THE MIRROR Is a weekly 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; to acquaint the public with the true status of the prisoner; to disseminate penological information and to aid In dispelling that prejudice which has ever been tbe bar sinister to a fallen man’s self-redemption The paper Is entirely dependent on the public for Its financial support. If at any time there •hall accrue a surplus of funds, the money will be expended In tbe interests of the prison library. TO INMATES. For the information «f new arrivals and 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 person 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. CHURCH NOTICE. 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. S After Oliver. • • 2 • « 0 My sense of sight is very keen • • My sense of hearing weak. • • One time I saw a mountain pass, • 0 But could not hear its peak. • 0 —Oliver Herford. • • s • Why, Ollie, that you failed in this 2 • Is not so very queer. • • To hear its peak you should, you know, • • Have had a mountaineer. • J —Boston Transcript. • • 2 (But, if I saw a mountain pass, ? My eye I’d never drop; \ • I’d keep it turned upon the height, • • And see the mountain’s top. 0 —Philadelphia Public Ledger. ? © I didnt see the mountain pass, 0 • Nor hear its peak, by George; * ? But, when it comes to storing stuff, ? I saw the mountain gorge! \ • —Exchange. 0 : : • The mountain, peaked at this, • \ Frowned dark while Ollie guyed; f 0 A cloud o’erspreau its lofty brow, J 0 And then the mountain side. • • —Transcript. • l i f If Ollie could not hear its peak, f • Or song of any bird, 0 • Of lambs, or cows upon its slope, 2 • Be sure the mountain herd. 2 • —Tips and Tales. 2 • • • • 0 Of tliis no more need be said, J 0 Or given any heed. J 0 One thing sure: Ollie never J 0 Saw the mountain “treed.” J • • • # # # 0 • • • • • Just one thing more: I’d like to see • • A mountain pass me by. 2 • But a mountain pass how can I see 2 • Without a mountain nigh? 2 • —Mirror Comp. 2 Consumption is curable, if the viotim takes hold of the matter in time. Taberenlosis has baf fled the skill of physicians, but at last common sense is combining with scientific knowledge to overcome this dreadful disease. One of the most sensible and practical persons in the field of general usefulness is Mr. Bernarr Macfadden, the wellknown athlete and editor of the popular magazine, Physical Culture. In a recent issue Mr. Macfadden, among other things, had the following to say on the sublect of Exercise versus Disease: “One might say that disease is eternally after us. It is watching for a chance to attack us, and EDITORIAL. whenever we divert from that which is normal we lower our vital resistance or lessen our strength, and are liable to be attached by disease,, and we make this possible simply beoause of the depleted vitality that results from causes within pur own oontrol. Consumption, the terrible scourge, is really caused by inactivity, by the accumulation of dead cells. It is nothing more than a vast quantity of catarrhal poisons in the blood seeking an ontlet. This fear ful disease can be cured in its very first stages, with but little more than muscular exercise. If the com plaint has advanced to any great extent, then more stringent measures are necessary, more careful diet ing, and various other aids, must be used, but at the outset of this complaint, if you will follow what is termed an ordinary wholesome diet, remain out of doors as much as possible, breathe pure air, walk, rnn, and exercise all the various muscles of the body, it will disappear in a remarkably short time. “The forefathers of the present generations of American stock were a raoe of hardy pioneers. These pioneer Americans did not n*ed physical culture exercises. They lived in the open air. Their living rooms were well ventilated—they did not know how to make them otherwise. They were compelled to take all sorts of strenuous outdoor ex ercise. This vigorous muscular activity was essen tial to their health. They knew little or nothing about developing strength. They had to make ac tive'use of their muscles to get food and clothing, and build the houses that were essential to their comfort.” The Mirror has heretofore frequently expressed the opinion that the best cure for consumption is work. A concrete example may be cited in The Mirror offioe: The press in the printshop is run by hand power. Most of the printers seek to avoid be ing compelled to pump it because their “strength will not stand it.” The reply was often made to this excuse, “if you will take a little of that physical culture you will soon have the strength to stand it.” That is about the best illustration that can be given. Take a thoroughbred racer or pacer and look him up in a stable without exercise and lie will soon be out of commission as a track animal and finally fade away and die of a hundred complaints. Many men and women do not take as good care of themselves as they do of their animal pets—hence the decline in their health. In addition to the ex ercise recommended by Mr. Macfadden. men and women must keep their bodies clean—on the inside as well as the outside. Eating too much is worse than not eating enough, but to come back to the original proposition: Deep breathing, plenty of work or exercise, careful diet, pure air and general cleanliness will knock tuberculosis in its incipient stages sky high. There is no doubt about it be cause the results are certain in all indicated cases where the above rules have been followed. A lazy liver is usually the result of a lazy life. A lazy life produces lazy lungs and lazy lungs lead to the worst of diseases—Consumption. No one need be the victim of that dreaded disease without inviting it —and that fact is becoming generally inown. Out in Wyoming —the Sagebrush country— women have been granted full political rights for the past ten years and in a recent number of his wellknown monthly magazine, Bill Barlow among other things upon the subject of women has the fol owing to say: “Female suffrage does not cheapen or degrade her [woman] nor lower her standard as the best God made. It does not detract from her every charm as sweetheart, wife and mother—does not rob her of one rose of her winsome womanhood—never yet has taken from her one whit of her refinement, estranged real friends, nor broken up a family—and insofar as chivalry concerns, we who vote with her are as ready to vouch for Wyoming women as ladies ooe and all, as ever belted knight cast a glove into the arena in token of valorous confidence and respect. But—if the fearsome prophecies made by many equal suf frage leaders were like to be verified—if right to vote carries with it license to disgrace womanhood and raise hell—if the franchise were calculated to transform wives and daughters into collar-and-elbow political plug-uglies, ripe any old time for a vote— ready to wrestle with every sort of fanaticism, from rum to religion, including the wanton and the man who made her immoral—if rowdyism and open de fiance of law and decency such as obtains among wenches of the militant typo must be the rule—man and God both forbid.” Bill says the women, as a rule, pay very little attention to voting at general elections in Wyoming and none whatever to the primaries—that families usually vote as a unit and that Woman Suffrage has made Wyoming no better or no worse than it would be without it. Just so. And that’s enough. And since Wo man Suffrage does no harm it might as well be in universal vogue as not. That dear Elbert Hubbard is a perennial de light. Home and Happiness A Happy Home is the Nearest Ap proach to Heaven in this Vale of Tears. There is a great deal of talk now adays about women’s “rights,” but I dont care to enter upon a dis cussion of the merits of that sub ject. I only say that if women, from the highest to the lowest, were systematically educated to wield the great power they possess, a power which can be made to move the secret springs of business and success, they would then have little reason to complain of the want of influence. If they were trained so as to enter actively and energetically into home and do mestic affairs, that none could deem it a pursuit unworthy of them, they would then find ample scope for daily faculties. I would not have domestic economy and home duties vaunted or made the constant theme of conversation or “gossip.” They are the private employments of a woman. Those who talk most of their duties are generally those who perform them the most imperfectly. When we think of happiness we usually think of home. It seems to me that a happy home is the nearest approach to Heaven that we are likely to find here on this earth. Where happiness and love are there is heaven. The most beautiful mansions in the world, magnified in proportion, with fur nishings bej oud the ordinary pow er of description, are not happy homes unless the inmates are filled with the spirit of loving and giv ing. It seems to me and I actual ly believe that the palaces of the wealthy are not always happy homes. I believe the greatest number of happy homes will be found among the middle and low er classes of people. In such homes the members are more unit ed. They are interested in one another and in home life. They learn the lesson of appreciation, to show their love iu words and deeds and by so doing they find real liHp piness in a home. Tbia is certainly a large and beautiful world. In spite of wlmt grumblers may say, there are hun dreds, yea thousands of people who would find it a much happier one if they studied more what they ought to do, or indulged their fan cies less. Every human being ex ercises some influence in the char acters, happiness and destinies of others, and is accountable for op portunities wasted and blessings negleoted or transformed. This is especially true of women. Every sensible woman is, or may be, a blessing to many; if not by great deeds or achievements the world calls heroic, nevertheless by a simple, qniet, forward performance of the duties which lie before her and are therefore given her to do. When a man returns home from his day’s labor, he is, perhaps, tired and disappointed from the day’s business. He naturally does not care to be annoyed by the de tails of domestic affairs. He has probably had his worries during the day, and with that pride, or reserve, or want of confidence which is peculiar in most men, he perhaps keeps them to himself. This example should be followed in all cases, where advice or as sistance is not necessary. Some pleasant, cheerful theme shonld be chosen or some amusement be se lected which would render the evening and leisure hours those of relaxation and enjoyment and tend to give a charm to a borne which no other place can possess. Men are free to go and come at will. They have so much liberty of ac tion and so many outdoor resources if worried with indoor affairs that it is good policy, if nothing else, to make home attractive as well as comfortable. Sadness and worries should al ways be avoided. There is na more poisonous weed in the gar den of life than worry. Another bad habit that one should avoid and still it’is very contracting and that is “borrowing trouble.” Peo ple who do this are never the ones* who do the best work or are pre pared to meet real trouble when it comes. It is always best to have a sunny disposition. Why? Be cause it is sure to bring happiness- Money alone will not give happi ness, while the mind which is free and content, which sees beauty in the common things of life, is a source of joy always; the reflected warmth and brightness of a snnny disposition is sure to make glad, its possessor. At the] present writing I can hear the merryjlaughter of boys and girls in the distance. Of all the delightful sounds of the earth,, there is none more pleasing to the ear than the merry laughter of boys and girls, and nothing will dissipate gloom and sadness quick er than a good hearty laugh. When a[man returns home after a necessary absence he does not think of it as simply a domicile, ora place to stop at; the word means to him far more. His af fections, his aspirations and his whole being are wrought up in the visions of thissimple word “home. ” And in the center of it all is a figure called “Mother.” Without her it is almost impossible for a home to exist. Hot Weather Hints. The moie you bother and worry about an uncomfortable tempera ture, the hotter you will beoome. The principal discomfort incident to hot weather comes from wet, sticky underwear. If you build up a satisfactory functional condition you should not perspire to excess, and if you wear underclothing, use a material that will not adhere to the skin like glue when damp. If the body has become excessively heated, either through exercise or from being in the sun too long,, plunge the hands and arms in cold water. You will really be amazed at the almost immediate cooling influence of this simple act. The temperature of the body will be perceptibly reduced in a few mo ments. Overeating at any time is the source of much ill health and dis comfort, but itseffects are especial ly disastrous during hot weather. Remember to avoid the habit of stuffing one’s self with unnecessary food. Green salads and vegetables are ideal summerfoods,andoneshould confine the diet as nearly as pos sible to these dishes. Peas, beans, lentils and cereals furnish as much nourishment as will meat and will be found more satisfactory forms of food. A salad dressing of one third vinegar and twothirds oil, seasoned to taste, makes a salad so appetizing as to encourage the use of other healthful dishes of a sim ilar sort. Dont wear starched shirts and collars if you eau dispense with them. The day of the stiff starched shirts seems to have reached its end—in most instances at least. May it rest in peace. An un starched shirt, with a soft rolling oollar, is the best form of this gar ment for midsummer use. If cir cumstances make it necessary to wear a linen oollar, let it be of a height suited to your comfort and not to the dictates of style or cus tom.—Pbysioal Culture. R. S.