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Vol. XXV— No. 26.
MAYZIE. J ean Exprita Slender little face, Laughing, blue gray eyes; But to look is Paradise! Swaying, graceful form. Twinkling little little feet Hastening with love to greet. Mayzie. Curving cheery lips, Straying red-gold hair; Was there ever maid so fair? Voice so silver true, Heart of molten gold; Can her virtues e’er be told? Mayzie. Think of me. Oh Sweet, Waft to me a kiss; Love me and all life is bliss. THE PAROLE LAW A. N. APACHE. Paver Read Before the Chautauqua Circle: la a debate of this kind all argu ments should be constructive, en couraging and helpful. We are ar guing a problem, supposedly, not as yet solved. We, the affirmative, claim the problem as solved. You, our opponents, claim the opposite. Is the present “Indeterminate Sen tence Law” beneficial to the convict? Does our “Parole Law” give results? I answer yes, to both questions for in them is nothing but benefit; the working remedy, and the treat ment of same is and will be, pro ductive of excellent results. The men who advocated our Pa role Law are Soldiers of Progress, Soldiers of the Common Good. Genu ine reformers always put hope in a man, and our Parole Law is a ban ner whereon is printed HOP'S. For almost 2,000 years, Christian civilization has asked: “flow shall Ave reform our criminals?” Today, you have before you THE WAY. Minnesota has awakened at last to the true and only method. The State vv ill be the better for the method aud will show, to other states, a grand example in the Reformation of the sodden. The proposition put before us seems to me to be an indisputable It starts us out on a new ca reer, and it keeps over us a safe guard which helps us to maintain our new foothold. We are given the eliauce to work out our destiny, to establish our claim on society, we must reverse ourselves, turn about, and with true determination, rise to the opportunity presented to us. What does the Parold Board ask of us? Nothing more than the best in us asks of the worst in us. They ask us to show our capability of self-support by honest labor, to have a higher estimate of our duty to so ciety, to have a squarer consideration for the other fellow’s interests. * We will }>e under obligation to the State for its consideration and that obligation must be a vital factor in our new life, for appreciation is always found in even the worst of men. The first thing we must assume on gaining liberty will be individual responsibility, we cannot rise to any height by continually throwing part of cur load upon anothers shoulder; only by our acknowledgement of re sponsibility will we bring home to Minnesota the tremendous import ance of the Indeterminate Sentence Law. EDITED AND PUBLISHED WEEKLY BY THE INMATES OF THE MINNESOTA STATE PRISON The ; old method of dealing with law-breakers had but one tendency and that, to increase the criminal world. The law-breaker went into prison with a flat sentence. Noth ing was offered to spur him. He had no ambition, his only thought whs to get in his time. They releas ed him —his inclinations were the same as when he entered; they turn-, ed him loose a clad, a nonentity. He went back to his <sld stamping grounds to be hounded anew by men who depended on his kind for their reputation. In a recent issue of The Mirror I stated that a good fisherman always throws part of his catch back into the water to be caught again when they were larger grown. That is just exactly what our civilization has been doing to the convict, catching them and let ting them go to be caught again. Thank God, under the new dis pensation, we need not fear the man with a reputation to make, for, the Parole Law will revolutionize the whole former brutish system. Mayzie Mayzie Mayzie. Call it the Great Eraser, for it blots out; call it the New Thought, because it is a new feature. “St Croix,” in The Mirror lately, gave us four lines of inspired poetry; listen: — “For if there’s a will there’s a way, If we but endeavor today. And a help and a lift and a gleam in the rift Of the blackest of clouds over way.” A gleam in the rift, thats the Pa role Law, the clouds have always been black to the dispondent con vict’s gaze, now the help and the lift has come, and we last see a gleam in the rift. And this new thought is a living thing, for we are acting it. It is the spur that will send us to the heights; the candle-light in our dark ness, the oasis in our desert of neg lect, for in a slang phraseof the day, “It’s up to us.” If I have said nothing else worth remembering I w r ant you to think of this in connection wdth the Parole Law: “A help an’ a lift then the gleam in the rift Of the blackest of clouds over way.” Let me, in closing, try to illus trate my conception of the Parole Law: A man fell into the river and, as usual, cried out for help. A son of Erin passing by heard his cries, and picking up a cobble stone he threw it into the water with, “hold on to this till I get a plank.” That is what the world has done to the “first offender.” When he found himself in the river (in jail) he cried aloud for help and the Law threw him a stone (the straight sen tence.) In other words they gave him no chance; no effort was put*forth to wards his rescue —his reformation. The straight sentence done him just the amount of good that the rock done the drowning man. We have held on to the stone for many a day, now the plank has been thrown to us. It makes no difference how it is constructed, if you disre gard it, there are other ship wreck ed souls that will be saved by it. IT IS NEVER TOO LATE TO MEND. STILLWATER, MINNESOTA, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 1,1912. It can bring you to shore, to the heights; if you let loose of it, blame not the men who made it, blame not the plank tbo’ it sends you hack blindly thro a red hell, stand up a man and say: “I ONLY AM RE SPONSIBLE.” Banish Glooms For Your Stomach's Sake. That the emotions are closely con nected with digestion we all know. But we do not always act as if we knew it. We may select the hour immediately following luncheon to interview a fat man, of whom we crave a favor. But at the same time entertain a whole brood of dyspepsia producing thoughts. In one of his numerous books Horace Fletcher describes an inter esting laboratory experiment with a tabby cat. When the cat was an noyed and teased immediately after a full meal the process of digestion was completely stopped. When the teasing was discontinued and the cat gently stroked and talked to in soothing tones, digestion was at once resumed in a normal manner. Nietzsche is reported to have said of himself: “No invalid has the right to be a pessimist. * * * The years in which my vitality sank to its minimum were those in which I ceased to be an optimist. 7 ’ To keep healthy and happy the will must be invoked to arouse the mind from those pessimistic musings and absurd, unreasoning forebod ings, into which most minds drift at some time or other. Pessimism is largely a form of self-indulgence and is a luxury that few can afford if they desire health. Resentment and hatred are emo tions which should be w r ell subdued if one would have his food agree with him. —William E. Towne in February Nautilus. The Bad Effects of Education. When Allen Chandler was mak ing a fight for the governorship of Georgia, the race question was one of the big issue, and all the candi dates were delivering speeches on the advantages or disadvantages of the higher education for the colored people. One day he ended his argument against the proposition by getting off this outburst: “I don’t believe in the higher education for colored men, because, as soon as you teach them how to say ‘hic-haec-hoc,’ they forget how to yell ‘ge e-b a w-b u c k.’ ” —The Twice- a month Popular Magazine. Dinner Pail Philosphy. Put sincerity and excellence into your art. The main ingredient good sale manship is good digest!, j. If the nose of Cleopatra had been shorter, the whole face of the world would have been changed. There are some on whom their faults sit well and others who are made ungraceful by their good quali ties. No man deserves to be praised for his goodness unless he has strength of character to be wicked. All other goodness is geperally nothing but indolence or importence of will. —Technics World. HOME_RULE NIL DESPERAN^UM. This momentuous question seems to have resolved itself into a fight beteen the Protestants and Catholics in the United Kingdom. In the first place Mr. Redmond’s party, the Nationalists, consist of seventy-five members all of w hom are pledged to a full Measure of Home Rub l , to be obtained by means of a majority vote in the House of Commons. In opposition to Mr. Redmond’s party, in Ireland itself, are the small O’Brienite band of eight members, who desire Home Rule only when it can be obtained with the unani mous consent of England and Scot land and Ireland; they are the avow ed opponents of any measure ob tained by the use of a majority. There are also in Ireland the twenty Unionist Members from Dublin and Ulster, who are opposed to the prin ciple of Home Rule altogether. In t h e House of Commons there are two hundred and seventy-four members pledged to resist Home Rule by every legitimate device; and in England there is a clear majority against the measure. It may there fore be stated that England is polit ically against Home Rule; Scotland and Wales politically are in favor of the measure; and Ireland is divided againts it in the exact proportion of its religious beliefs, the Catholics, with the exception of those repre sented by the O’Brienites, being in favor, and the Protestants univers ally against it. So much for the question regarded in the light of the component parts of the United Kingdom. Numerically, the United King dom consists of some 45,500,000 per sons of whom the 34,000,000 in Eng land are reprsented by a majority in opposition to the measure; 2,000,000 in Wales for the measure; 5,000,000 in Scotland also by a majority in favor; while Leinster, Munster and Connaught in Ireland have a popu lation of approximately 2,800,000 the majority of are pledged to Home Rule; and Ulster has a pop ulation of 1,700,000 the majority of whom are opposed to it, root and branch. If Home Rule could be considered in the light of a question which af fected Ireland alone, we should still be confronted with the difficulty of Ulster. But it is generally agreed that the question is one which deep ly affects the three Kingdoms, and when considered in that light the difficulty of England is added to the difficulty of Ulster. It is also worth while to consider the religious de nominations represented by the va rious political parties. The Home Rule party in Ireland is almost wholly Catholic, the oppo sitionbeingalmost wholly Protestant. In England the opponents are An glicans and such Catholics as the Duke of Norfolk, the Marquess of Bute, and other co-religionists who are not Irish. The English pro moters of the movement are Catho lic Irish, backed by the great num bers of Free Churchmen who belong to the Liberal party. In Wales the opponents are almost all Anglicans, and the promoters, with scarcely an exception, Free Churchmen. In Scotland the opponents and promo era are drawn from the Presbyterian Churches, whose members in Eng land are regarded as united with the Free Churches. Churchmen and Non-Conformist in Irelabd are united in opposition to a measure which they believe to be likely to hand them over to the mercy of the Church of Rome. The promoters of the measure in England are the staunchest of Rome’s foes; in Wales they are its bitterest enemies, in Scotland its avowed opponents. Surely the wiset course for Free Churchmen to adopt is to reflect, as a previous generation of Free Churchmen reflected, before letting their political bias plunge them head long into direct confliction with their religious connections. If the measure passes the House of Commons, which in the writers opinion is- unlikely, the House of Lords have the power to hold up the bill two years before it becomes a law; this they certainly will do, not having forgotten the veto bill yet. The following are the opinions of Mr. Redmond, leader of the Irish Nationalist Party: “We have be fore us today the best chance Ire land has ever had for the last cen tury of tearing up and trampling under foot that infamous Act of Union.” We send this message to England. We tell her that we Wex ford Men today hate her just as bit terly as our forefathers did wheu they shed their blood on this spot. We tell her that we are as much rebels to her rule today as our fore fathers were in 1798.” N. B. —In 1798 Ireland had Home Rule and a Parliament of its own. Well” the deputy inquired, ‘ have you juriers agreed?” “Yes” replied Wilson Reynolds, actor, “we have agreed t o have something to eat.” * “What will you have?” “One nice porter-house stake, lyonnaise potatoes, boiled green peas, a small portion of lobster sal ad, Boston brown bread, a pot of chacolate and some bak&d custard.” Y es, sir; I’ve got/ them down, what else?” Eleven bales of well cured hay and as many portions of oats.” “Why, Mr. Reynolds, that is horse food!” Exactly, but we’ll have to make it do for mules this time. There! are eleven of them in this jury room. They are all hungry and want some thing to eat.” Eleven men were for acquitting the prisoner. Rey nolds, alone stood for conviction — Exchange. Anxious voice over the ’phone: Doctor, please hurry over to our house. One of the family has sud denly been stricken with a fainting fit. Is there anything you want ready when you get here, so that there will be no time lost?” Doctor: “Yea —er —you may have my fee ready.” —February Lippin cotCs. “Father,” inquired the small boy making his first visit to the army post, “what house is that over there?” “That’s the Government Head quarters, Jimmy.” A long: puzzled silence, then: “Father, where are its hindquar ters?” —February Lippiucott’s •J _ J SI.OO a Year TERMB: \ 6 Months Fifty Cts. ■u