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Vol. XXV—No. 31.
Sonnet—Prisoned Light. A desert barren all about me lies. Vast fruitless stretches meet the inquiring gaze On every hand, until, as in a maze. Comes no relief e’en to the closed eyes: About all hangs the dead gray of the skies. Softened a little by a wavering haze That from no source spreads out to all the Where sky on earth in dim horizon lies. A place wherein despair might well abide: Where Hope but all too soon might find in death Release from struggling for a labored breath. Were it not bound to life for evermore. By words that echo from a far sea’s shore, The voice of43ne Who, that it live, has died. AS YE SOW, SO SHALL YE REAP. General Stonewall. Paver Head Before the ChaulauQua Circle The subject 1 have selected, While short, I trust that you will find it concise and to the point — “As ye sow, so shall ye reap,” is self evident and no doubt true in each of our individual lives up to this date, and it may be true and no doubt is, that many of u s are reaping where we have not sown; however, in the main all reaping is done after the sowiug; therefore, by one’s fruits we may know them —in other words right sowing or right living, always brings right reaping or rewards. Thus, I have only to point to a few instances in which “As ye sow, so shall ye reap,” has proven true. Some years ago a young woman met an elderly lady while travelling by rail. The old lady being without escort, the young wo/nan looked af ter her welfare, got her a cup of tea and helped to make her journey pleasant. For these little kindnesses the elderly lady left her by will, several thousand dollars. Recently a man was left a large fortune because he and Ins -father had taken in a sick and apparently friendless man —had cared for him some weeks until he got well and departed, with thanks only for pay ment. The good Samaritans soon forgot their guest but the guest did not forget the unselfish kindness and left a fortune in payment therefor. Some twenty years ago, Everett \V. Marlowe, of New York, surrend ered a sleeping car ticket to Mrs. Helen Amelia Marsh. Afterward she learned that young Everett was ambitious to go to Harvard and in sisted that his education be com pleted at her expense. He graduated at Harvard and later from the Colum bia law- school. Recently she left him the bulk of her estate of £llO,- 000, and made him executor of her will. Remember, every one who extends an act of kindness to the cripple, the sick, the destitute, the old or the young; who by a kindly word or a cheery smile carries a new hope into a desolate life may diot in inherit a fortune in this world, but the con sciousness of having done a good act carries with it an immediate com pensation, and, in the record of those who love and respect the right kind of sowing such a kindly soul may find its name, like Ben Adham’s, leading all the rest. Some years ago a well know Tuan lived in St. Paul, and also spent much time in Minneapolis. On the side, he was a gambler and won and lost much m9ney in his day. But §l l|o jHHtthtltf list: ■ I MCtUtt I EDITED ANi> PUBLISHED WEEKLY BY THE INMATES OF THE MINNESOTA STATE PRISON. he was not totally depraved. A man that was sick or hungry or suf fering for raiment he was never known to turn away empty handed. He has gone to his reward. Perhaps in the Book of Remembrance he was surprised to find a goodly balance to his credit. This w orld is largely dominated by selfishness —and w r e are creatures of habit. Industry, frugality and saving are virtues that may easily be nurtured into vices. When one has enough and to spare, why toil on to premature death simply to accumu late more wealth? If one has mass ed a large fortune why plan and scheme for more merely to gratify the miserlv habit of getting? When one becomes a millionaire why con tinue to oppress and drive eompeti orß out of business? Why debauch legislators, public officials and courts to obtain unjust advantage? Why plan for monopoly in order to rob the masses, to pile up w'ealth one does not need and cannot use? Simply because the “getting” habit becomes a passion and dominates a man men tally, as thoroughly as liquors, opium and cocaine do physically. A young man inherited a large estate but he was a spendthrift. He lived rioutously and soon dissipated his fortune. As he was turned out of his ancestral home he took a sud den resolve! “I w ill get it all back again.” With this object in view he chauged the course of his life. He became industrious and saving and even penurious. It was slow, uphill work but he toiled on and saved the uttermost penny. In time he regained his fortune, and the broad acres left him by his father. But he did not stop there. Getting and possessing had become the dom inant note in his life. He lived meanly, dressed but poorly and con stantly added to his fortune and died the miser he so long had lived. All his life this man had been a victim of habit. The first part of his life he contracted the habit of the spend thrift, the latter part the habit of the miser. Then Jin truth; “As ye sow\ so shall ye reap,” take for instance Ex- President Diaz of Mexico. He sowed a wind some twenty odd years ago, which as we all know brought him a whirlwind. The wind he sowed w T as even commended by some of the very best people of ev ery nation in the w orld that claimed to be civilized. But let us see how this sowing turned out. Diaz being at heart a man of but little princi ple, he sought for his own selfish ends to coerce and place at his mer cy the majority of the best, the most enlightened and independent people living in Mexico. The scheme on its face looked to one at first glance as the most powerful and damaging blow ever struck against the crimi nal classes in any country. It w’as a shrew-ed piece of w ork. He is sued an edict asking all bandits and desperadoes to join forces with him in putting down lawlessness, and thus stop filling up Mexican prisons with cititzen who' would be an hon or to any c«_ antry. Of course this said edict pointed out-that all who applied by a certain time would be pardoned of all past offenses and put on the government pay roll as mounted police. It is said that ninety-nine per cent, of all the*ban- IT IS NEVER TOO LATE TO MENU. STILLWATER, MINNESOTA, THURSDAY, MARCH 7, 1912. dits, w ere soon in the saddle in Diaz pay. Let us now see how the Diaz Bandit Mounted Police force work ed. Each of these mounted police bandits had, before joining hands with the Diaz government, made from ten to one-hundred enemies, these too were mostly of the best people in the country. The bandits now in the saddle, pro tected by law and paid and equip ped by the government must be re venged. Their enemies must suffer. The jails and penitentiaries began to fill up! The question arises, who with? Remember, ninety-nine per cent, of the desperate criminals were on the mounted police force and were being paid by the government. The inference is plain. Each mounted policeman had an axe to grind, and w r ith the aid of Diaz they began to grind all at once, and kept it up until it became so outrageous that a secret commission represent ing all the advanced world’s power’s of reformation was sent there to se cretly investigate the conditions; and in one State in Mexico, in one prison, (to say nothing of the other states and prisons), there was found to be over nine-hundred women, and they were not all Mexican women either. To say nothing of the thous ands of men of every nationality w r ho had been committed to prison even without the semblance of a trial. This sowing placed more wom en behind the bars in Mexico alone than w 7 ere in prison in all the rest of the civilized world put together. Thus the whirlwind began which ended the Diaz rule in Mexico; for the better,*or the worse, it is yet to be seen, As he sow r ed he also had to reap. In conclusion let me say, to you fellow-members, that in th e prep aration of this paper I had but little time to devote to it —and hav ing no ready statistics at hand, what I have here written is merely a tel egraphic flash of the memory of some of the things I have learned in the past, and I have put them on pa per because none can gainsay the subject: “As ye sow*, so shall ye reap.” Then Oh! for the golden mean! “Give me neither Droverty nor riches” but give me a mind to grasp the good in all persons, in all condi tions of life, the better desire and kindly sentiments towards unfortu nate fellows; doing kindly acts for all in need, “as far as possible, as much as it lieth in us,” giving the cup of tea, or surrendering sleeping car tickets if the occasion demands, without the expectation of reward. Such acts will become a goodly hab it 'and though one leaves little wealth behind, his memory will be embalm ed in ifiany hearts and the good in fluences he leaves behind will flow on and on until they touch the Far ther Shore.* “For life is the mirror of king and slave, ’Tis just what you are and do; Then give the world the best you havp And the best will come back to you.” Education is a capital to a poor man and an interest to a rich man. —Horace Mann. Polish on the heels of shoes is a truer test of thoroughness than shine on the toes. The time is never lost that is de voted to work. —Emerson THE MORSE CONTROVERSY Chuzzelwit. A few weeks ago President Taft commuted the sentence of Chas W. Morse who was convicted of misuse of the funds of the institution which he was president during the panic of 1907. His sentence was fifteen years in the federal prison at Atlanta Ga. There seems to be'a question in the minds of many editors over the country whether President Taft has done the right thing in liberating this banker from prison. Several newspaper articles have bitterly objected to Morse’s release, basing their objections on the foun dation, mainly, that Morse mis appropriated the savings of other people. Second: That it Morse had been a poor man who had embezzled a few dollars instead of thousands there would never have been the prolong ed effort to obtain his release. Third: That day after day the pa pers published columns telling how Morse w 7 as lying at the point of death, and urging that he should be pardon ed so that he might die outside of prison. And that these newspapers were paid for this work. Fourth: Tkat this continual clamor seemed to have persuaded the Pres ident to release Morse, and this alone. Fifth: That this is the reason wby people lose faith in our system of justice, resort to lynch law and de mand recall when w ealth and position often secure immunity for the worst crimes. The last point brought out by some of these editors has interwoven through it threads of truth but in this case of Chas. W. Morse, it has absolutely no bearing whatever. Newspapers over the country scor ed the President for his humanita rian act not once realizing that they were not only knocking a man that was down,(a man who if reports are true has only a few months to live, in his new freedom), but striking, yes striking at one, a helpless woman who alone is responsible for the freedom of Chas. W. Morse. Not once have they mentioned this plucky little woman whose loy alty has been responsible for the President’s action. Not once have the editors thought of the little girl with curly hair and laughing blue eyes which at times filled with tears, wondering - when her father would come and take her in his arms again as he used to do. ' Have not these men the intelli gence and gumption enough to know that when the Federal Court sen tenced Morse to prison, that the people were not punishing Chas. W. Morse one-half as much as his wife and child? Only the other day in the middle west two men fought in a drunken quarrel. The result was that one man was killed in the struggle. It hap pened that the man that was killed had a wife and five little children. The other, a single man was tried and convicted of manslaughter. And now comes the remarkable feature in this case. The Judge realizing the help less condition of the victim’s family, did not sentence the man to the pen itentiary, but paroled him on condi , ( VI. OO a. Vean I EHM-9.q Months FiftyCts*. tion that he would contribute one half of his weekly wages- toward their support - and education until the children wore grown and able to support their'mother. 'The man was an iion molder earning thirty dollars a week. The-Jtidge realized thegreat injustice that would be-done to this family if this-man was-sent to prison, and he followed the dictates of his own sense of justioe and which; every fair minded and intellectual person will agree was not only a just but a humanitarian decision as well. In reviewing the various newspa pers objections made regarding the release of Morse,, their first objection was that be should not have been released because of the* amount of money misapplied,, but they have neglected to state that Morse made restitution for every dollar that he misused. In their second objection, it is sufficient to state that even .if Morse had been a poor man, the noble little woman, bis wife,, would have still persisted, and prolonged her unceas ing efforts to obtain bis release. Regarding the newspaper articles; there may have been editors who were payed for their columns regard ing the physicial condition of Morse, but upon analyzing their motives we find through it all that these newspaper men were in reality not thinking of Morse himself but of his wife and child, who were paying" the penalty of his crime and disgrace as well, and that her noble efforts were the underlying motive for the eo-operation of the various news papers in obtaining his release. Regarding the President’s action, we only can admire his sense of right and justice as the Chief Executive of our nation,for everyone knows or ought know that his leniency is due to the striving and persevering ef forts and devotion of Mrs. Morse. No President could have utterly ignored her pleading for her hus band’s release. Now, regarding the people’s losing faith in our system of justice; is it any wonder they lose faith? The law is not punishing the offender one-half as much as his family. It is the women that have to bear the burden of dis grace over the toilsome uphill road of poverty and despair. It is justice is it, to send a man to prison, where he is fed, clothed, sheltered and fares much better than the average laborer even if he is deprived of his freedom, for the law is not only punishing him but the mothers, wives and chil dren as well, depriving them of his support, with-drawingfrom them the physical necessities of life? The time lfas certainly arrived when our na tion should recognize the punishment that is being inflicted upon the fami lies of the transgressor of the law. Many of us here have read Long fellow’s “Tale of Evangeline,” but it is not to be compared to the devo tion of Mrs. C. W. Morse, who in spite of the overwhelming protests encountered at every turn, not once did she pause in her prolonged mis sion; not once did she cease striving for her husband’s freedom; not once did she falter in her loyalty and devotion, and to her alone Chas. W. Morse owes his freedom. In the words of Longfellow: “And if our faith has given us nothing more Than this example of all womanhood, So mild, so merciful, so strong, so good. So patient, peaceful, loyal, loving pure. This were enough to prove it higher and truer- Than all the creeds the world has known before.”