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4 Thursday, Nov. 17.1910. j! PRISON OFFICIALS. <[ BOARD OF CONTROL. '! CHARLES HALVORSON - - Dawson P. M. RINGDA L ( [ C- E. VASALY - Litile Falls J. D. Mills, Secretary >\ RESIDENT OFFICIALS. !; HENRY WOT,PER, - - - Warden '! J.BACKLAND, - - Deputy Warden !' J. J. SULLIVAN, Asst. Deputy Warden <[ H. W. DAVIS, Clerk and Acct. Officer T. W. ALEXANDER, - - Steward i[ G. .NEWMAN, - - - Physician '! MISS MARY McKINNEY, - Matron CHAS. CORCORAN, Cath. Chaplain i[ C. E. BENSON, Protestant Chaplain j> PRISON AGENT. <! J. Z BARNCARD, - - - St. Paul MIRRORETCES JAKE, POOR JAKE! Webb makes a grab for the taters. Old Brown he dives after the cake, Young Steady he gloms all the biscuits, And there’s nothing but pickles for Jake JAKE. POOR JAKE! Rail for Minnesota! Some foot ball, that. Mr. , who resides in coinpart -232, third elevation of the Whelan Fiats, recently donated about fif teen valuable books to the local library. While filling the office of Assist ant Deputy last Saturdaj 7 , Guard Hustings called at The Mirror of fice with a “Hello, how are you? Well, I must keep moving,” and vanished. Mr. D. L R , cell 504, presented the library with three good books the other day: Candles in the Wind, by Maud Diver; Seekers in Sicily, by Bisland and Hoyt; and Scenes From Every Land, by Gil bert H. Grosvenor. To inmates who want The Mir ror sent to friends, we wish to state that it is only necessary to send in the name and address once, togeth er with your own name and number. Some have been send ing in the addresses each week; this is not necessary. Assistant. Deputy Warden Sulli van was acting Deputy Warden last Saturday, during the absence of Deputy Warden Backland, who attended llie Minnesota-Wisconsin football game, which, by the way, resulted in a glorious victory tor Minnesota. Score: 28 to 0. Deputy Warden Backland has a letter addressed to Angus Robert son, from Rice Lake, Wis. The salutation is Dear Brother and the signature T. B. Mitchell. If there is anyone here who has reason to expect mail in that name, iie should see the Deputy Warden at once. Mass was held in the chapel on Sunday morning last. After the service, Father Corcoran announced that Christmas Confessions will be held this year during the second week in December and general Communion would take place on Sunday, Dec. 11. Those wishing to attend will be notified in ample time. The Mentor, that excellent mag azine written, edited, stencilled by hand and reproduced by mimeo graph process by the inmates of the Massachusetts state prison, at Charlestown, says: The Mirror, a weekly paper pub lished at Stillwater, Minn., can pride itself on a staff of contribu tors hardly excelled anywhere. The ink they use is “Carter’s ink,” glossy, intense, indelible and —but ’nufsaid! “Good stuph,” as the Fra would say and—read, more over. We can express only the best opiuion on such a publication, and wish its makers and support ers all good things. A letter has been received here addressed to Mr. Frank Leslie. Anyone expecting mail in that name should see the Deputy Ward eu immediately, as it is a very im portant letter. Rev C. E. Benson brought sev eral Finnish newspapers to the library the other day, and he says he will endeavor to send in some each week hereafter. Inmates desiring papers printed in the Fin nish language may have the same by making their wants known to the Cellhou.se Captain. The announcement, “T o In mates,” on the editorial page, which states that each inmate is permit ted to send out one copy of The Mirror each week free of charge, does not prohibit you from eend out as many additional copies as you are willing to pay for at the rate of one dollar a year. If you have a friend or relative to whom you would like to give a Christ mas present that would be at once enjoyed and appreciated by the recipient and inexpensive to your self, a year's subscription to The Mirror will fill the bill to a T. Fifty-two evenings of pleasing en tertainment —all for one little old dollar. Talk about your bargius! Oue afternoon last week, in our never-ceasing quest of news, we sauutered into the Steward’s de partment, where we were most pleasantly received by Captain Alexander. The Captain, not hav ing any suffragette manoeuvres, divorce cases or e’ection returns to give us, very kind y conducted ns through the entire place, pointing out an d explaining everything down to the smallest detail. The most interesting thing we observed in our tour was when we came to a room off by itself, where we no ticed a large object stationed in front of a large desk; we were about to inquire when the balloon was going up but desisted, asking in stead, “what’s that?” We were in formed, “Oh, that’s one of the fig ureheads.” Well, we assured our informant that it was the largest figure we had seen for some time, head and all. Still, there it was, and figures don’t lie, at least this one didn’t. Had it been lying, we might have taken it for a barrel of molasses and asked no questions. After being told by the Captain that the “figurehead” was “the boy for the job; always able and will ing whenever there is a difficult task to be performed,” we departed, taking with us a kindly invitation to call again and pleasaut remem brances of a half hour most inter estingly spent. Some few years ago, just before Christmas time, The Mirror pub lished a squib stating that on Christmas Eve the old, time-hon ored custom of filling the stocking would be observed here and cau tioned local readers not to fail to hang their footwear in some con spicuous place before retiring. Of course, the “old timer” only smiled, but some of the “fresh fish” bit hard. Among those was the well known local comedian, Prof. Webb. The Professor, being oppressed by the loneliness of his first Christ mas in durance, welcomed the man ifest generosity which the notice appeared to portray. According ly, on the night in question he very carefully suspended his stock ing from the cross bar of his cell aud laid down to wait results. The hours dragged slowly by, but still the Professor was patient and wakeful. It was not until near morning that the truth of the situ ation dawned upon him and he re alized it was all a joke. As to whether the Professor will hang up his stocking this year, he re fuses to say, but frankly admits he will never forget the ljng hours spent in watching “that dog-gone sock.” Never mind, Professor, you were not alone; Jack was here at the time, too, and he didn’t sleep much that night, either. Caught in the Act By A.F.B —Mr. Langdou is now back on day duly again. —A run about wagon is better to own than a run about wife. —Uncle John had the overcoats on the instruments last Sunday. —Positions not advertised: Men wanted to pick blossoms off of century plants. —About thirty dive cords of wood are being used daily at this place in order to keep things warm. —ln all departments of the state shops the men are kept very busy. The machinery department espe cially. —Mr. Myers, who has been acting as Chief Engineer during the ab sence of Mr. Schatz, has returned to night duty. —All of the fine flowers that bloomed along the main street have been removed and the sum mer boarders have almost deserted the park. —Enough vegetables have been raised this year at the new prison to almost provide for both institu tions. This speaks well for those who chose the site for the new pri son. —lt costs something over $20,000 a year to pay for the slabs now used in thefirerooin. Quite a bunch to go up in smoke and make steam, which is only water gone crazy with the heat. —Butch is putting up lots of kraut this year. He says there is plenty of cabbage and he wants the boys to have plenty of it. The men all assure Butch that there will be none left over. —Sinbad raised some large lemons, but we have one amongst us who has succeeded in raising an almost seedless tomato; a peach and lem on tree growing as one is another result of this man’s patience and care. —Mr. D., a former colored member of the band and orchestra, was seen on the main street Sunday, headed for the hospital. Mr. D. is on parole and his visit here indicates that his health is not the best. —lt is the intention of the manag ers of the machinery department to have about twenty-six of the Minnesota Binders and Mowers run into the paint shop each day. At this rate the biys will be kept busy. —The flowers over at the green house never looked better than at the present time. Mr. King sure ly is keeping the flowers in the very finest of shape, and the blos soms will compare with any in the State for size and beauty. —Pat R., the nurse and de-tailer of dogs, said h e thought the tower on the hospital was station ary until it flew up and struck him between the eyes. Same here, Pat, but I am now thoroughly con vinced that we were both wrong, in fact I am in possession of incon trovertible evidence to that effect. —After the band had finished its first march at last Sunday’s out ing, Prof. Burchard remarked: “That’s enough to stampede the whole bunch. Such noise would cause Indians to go on the war paib. Those sqaak stioks are the limit.” Another favorite expres sion of the Professor’s: “The quartette will now go upon the platform and poison the air.” Financial Statement The State Board of Control held; its November meeting at the pris on Thursday, Nov. 10, There were thirty inmates before them, asking for paroles and to be heard on oth er matters. Three paroles aud one discharge were authorized. The financial statement for Oc tober shows that there was col lected last month on account of binder twine sales $414,410.57. This includes a portion of the notes given to an amount exceeding a million dollars. Since the first of this month large additional pay ments have been made so that practically all the notes have been paid. The miscellaneous receipts for last month amounted to $11,321.- 09. This includes $3,955.88 charg ed to the Warden for convict labor in the twine factories, $3,821 for shoe factory labor, $732.23 for labor in the farm machinery factory, in mates’ fund $2,185.32 and $147.50 collected by the ushers for visitors. Says Uncle John: I had a surprise the other day; I was writing some news for The Mirror, when who should come in but the editor. He said, “Hallo, Uncle, what are you doing ?” “Oh,” I said, “not much, Mr. Yens Yen son, just writing a few lines for The Mirror.’* “Oh,” he said, “that is good.” But I, like a Dig chump, forgot to offer him a chair to sit down. Now, any man who has nerve to climb these red stairs is all light. I say, Mr editor, please call again and I will not make the same mistake the second time. “It is very strange,” said Mr. Goldsmith the other day, “in the summer I could not get my boys out of the shade aud now I can’t keep them out of the sun. Wl at? Oh, me? why I’ve got to follow them—hey? Oh, no, there’s no danger of being sunstruck these days.” Mirror Mail To The Mirror: Having read The Mirror for a number of years, we ought to be able to tell the difference now and in the past years, and we say with out any hesitation thut it could not be better. Our new editor understands his business and ev ery inmate should give him all the encouragement he deserves. He is a man who is more than willing to meet you half way. Try him, boys, and yon will see that he will not disappoint yon. Uncle John. Thinkbinks By R. S. There are no rules for friend ship. It must be left to itself. It cannot be forced any more than we can foroe love. We should not imagine because things are not coming our way in large-sized packages that others are not experiencing the same trouble. There are always plenty of ethers in the same boat and sometimes the boat has more holes in i t than the one we occupy. Keep a brave heart and struggle on with determination and hope of reaching the goal of all undertak ings. Population Total number of inmates 678 Working at New Prison 70 Received during week 0 Discharged during week 12 Number in First Grade.'..... 525 Number in Second Grade.... 148 Number in Third Grade...., 10 Paroled 2 Last serial number 3203 Cell changes: 402 to N. P.; 340 to 358; 175 to 140; 412 to NP.;024 to N. P.; 468 to 182,; 329 to 519; 172 to 196; 173 to 141; 558 to N P.; 465 to 164. Thinks on Things By Young Steady. All the world loves a winner. The greater the victory the more generous is mankind with its words of approval and expressions of ad miration. But for every winner, in every issue of life, there is al ways a loser —who is often more worthy of our admiration and more needful i f our encouragement aud sympathy than he who drinks deep from the cup of victory and suc cess. Victory does not always, at all tiuu s, favor the most deserving. Too often the cuuse of the just, both in the petty trials of every day life and in the great battles that involve the life, happiness and well fare of aU concerned, is lost to one less worthy and deserv ing. Even then the efforts of the vanquished, no matter how noble they may be, too often receive but little of the credit due one who fails in a worthy cause. The man who wins against heavy odds is worthy of admiration. This truth has been recognized and ac cepted since the solution of prim itive man’s first disputes disclosed the winner and loser. In anoient times, when might was the ruling power, the world paid homage to the winner regardless of the right of his cause. Iu this respect the world has changed but little. The man who fails today may receive the sympathy of many, but the ad miration of few. And still, there is none more needful of encouragement than he whose battle of life is yet uu fought—whose cause still remains to be wou. A loser today may be a winner tomorrow, if the proper support is given. There is no en couragement like due credit for worthy efforts —however humble they may be. The failure of many in this life is due, not to the lack of faith in the right of their cause, as they see it; not through lack of ambition to win, or need ot efforts on iheir part, but the lack of that support and encouragement which the world reserves for the winner. Where failure is due to lack of energy, encouragement is needed to create ambition and stimulate effort. Where failure is due to a wrongful position, or the pursu ance of unworthy policies, encour agement is most needed to add moral strength aud stimulate a de sire for further effort. To lend en couragement in such cases is not to encourage wrong, but to create a desire for right. The man who wins is encouraged in his efforts by the applause of au admiring throng, won perhaps by a single effort or au ill-deserved turn of good fortune. Success in his fu ture efforts is practically assured, as being part of the winner’s po tion. Many a member of the down and-out club owes his conidciou largely to the fact that hi 3 first worthy efforts failed, and in failing robbed him of the ambition to per sist further in the struggle of life. To such a man there lacks but recognition of past efforts to stimu late him to future achievements — and eventually make him a win ner. Therefore, when flushed with ad miration for the man who wins, don’t ferget the man who has fail ed; however low his failure has placed him in the estimation of mankind, he is still worthy of your assistance. He needs your sym pathy and encouragement and if his fight was a good one should not be denied them because his ef forts were not wholly successful. No one knows just what they can accomplish until they have tried. Therefore, when confronted with difficulties let us not be dis couraged, as an honest effort may be all that is deeded to accomplish the seemingly impossible.