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1 gs6e Mirror
4 Thursday, Nov. 17.1910.
( [ C- E. VASALY - Litile Falls
J. D. Mills, Secretary
!; 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
CHAS. CORCORAN, Cath. Chaplain
i[ C. E. BENSON, Protestant Chaplain
<! J. Z BARNCARD, - - - St. Paul
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
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
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
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
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
—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
—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
—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
—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
—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
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
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.
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
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
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.

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