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EDITED AND PUBLISHED BY THE INMATES OF THE MINNESOTA STATE PRISON, STILLWATER, MINNESOTA. Entered at the postoffice at Stillwater, Minnesota, as second-class mail matter. Contributions solicited from all sources. The Mirror is issued every Thursday at the following rates: One Year - SI.OO Six Months - $.50 Three Months ... .25 To inmates of all nenal institutions .50 Address ali communications to per year. The Mirror, Stillwater, Minn. The Mirror is a weeklv paper published in the Minnesota State Prison. It was founded in 1887 by the prisoners and is edited and managed by them. It aims 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 the 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 shall accrue a surplus of funds, the money will be expended in the interest of the prison library. For the information of new arrivals and all others desiring to send The Mirror to friends, the privilege will be granted by complying with the following rules: Write vour own name and register number and send same to this office w'ith name and ad dress 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 Fri day night. All inmates are requested to comply with this order whether sending out a copy or not. , Service in the Prison Chapel at nine o’clock every Sunday morning. Protestant and Catholic serviceevery alternate Sunday. Rev. C. E. Benson and Rev. Fr. Corcoran, chaplains. A Blue X in the otherwise blank space to the right signifies that your subscription has expired. If you wish The Mirror sent to you after receiving a copy thus marked, it will be necessary to fill out the accompanying subscription blank and mail it to Henry Wolfer, Warden, with the price of subscription immedi ately. You surely cannot afford to miss an issue of The Mirror! So don’t delay, but send in your renewal at once. You have our thanks and appreciation in ad vance. FREEDOM FOR THE MIIND. William Lloyd Garrison in The Public High walls and huge the body may confine, And iron gates obstruct the prisoner’s gaze, And massive bolts may baffle his design, And viglant keepers watch his devious ways: Yet scorns the immortal mind this base control! No chains can bind it, and no cell inclose: Swifter than light, it flies from pole to pole, And, in a flash, from earth to heaven it goes! It leaps from mount to mount—from vale to vale It wanders, plucking honied fruits and flowers; It visits home to hear the fireside tale, Or in sweet converse pass the joyous hours. ’Tis up before the sun, roaming afar, And, in its watches, wearies every star! Cuba is showing signs of another eruption. It will be her last. There are many of us who have no faith in the saying that “ALL things make for good.” We fain would let our light shine forth from under its bushel, but there be greater than us who sits a-top. It was the Duke of Wellington would said, “Let the first turn in the morniug be a turn out of bed.” Sensible advice! It is a comparatively easy matter for one to conceal wealth, but with poverty it is different. A man may hide a thousand dollars with ease, but not so with a hole in his coat. Growing grain can only yield its twenty, fifty and hundred-fold when nurtured in the bosom of a friendly and bounteous garden, surrounded by pure air and life giving sunshine. The Paris police are complain ing of poor pay. It would seem that the honor of being a member of that famous aggregation of “coppers” would alone suffice for auy inconveniences incurred. The prisoners in a jail down in Oklahoma, seem to be very select in their society. A tramp was recent ly sent there in default of a $5.00 fine and the prisoners disliking his society, clubbed together and paid the fine and so got rid of him. Rejected manuscripts will not be returned. TO INMATES, CHURCH NOTICE TO SUBSCRIBERS Every man in China must pay up his debts at the beginning of the year, and also at a time of religious festival, about the middle of the year. If unable to settle at these times, his business stops until his debts are paid. A writer says: “There is nothing like fun, is there? I haven’t any myself, and I do like it in others. O, we need it —we need all the counter-weights we can muster to balance the sad relations of life. God has made sunny spots in the heart; why should we exclude the light from them?’' An English religious journal has the honor of inventing a new clerical sin. It has made a grave discovery. It appears that certain of the clergy in the country have occasionally been present at archery meets, and the before-mentioned journal designates this as “nothing but a very dangerous form of world liuess —a snaie very cleverly baited and proving very disastrous in its effects upon the younger clergy of the agricultural districts.” The year 2255 was fixed upon by the astronomers of the early part of the last centuries for the destruction of the world. The destroyer was to be a comet. Modern science has, however, proven the contention false and thus our lease has been renew ed. A French scientist has shown that the substance of comets is of such nature as to be incapable of producing the slightest effect in our planetary system, and that one of these long-tailed meteors striking the earth would present no more of an obsticle than a cloud of mist to a baloou. Holland’s Magazine, of Dallas Texas, is conducting a contest in which a prize of SIOOO is to be di vided among the three towns of that state of 1,000 to 10,000 population who show the best record for clean liness in 1912. The purpose is “to encourage better sanitary measures; thereby lessening the danger of disease and the spread of epidem ics.” On May 14th forty-seve’n en tries had been made, which number has since undoubtedly increased, considerable. The idea is a commendable one and might be worked out in our own state, with good results. * The old scribes who wrote the sacred books of the Hindoos were seemingly not in favor of woman sufferage. “When in the presence of her husband,” says'one, “ a wom an must keep her eyes upon her master and be ready to receive his commands. When he speaks, she must be quiet and listen to nothing besides. When he calls, she must leave everything else, and attend to him alone. A woman has no other god on earth than her husband. The most excellent of all good works she can perform, is to gratify him with the strictest abidence. This should be her only devotion. Though he be aged, infirm, dissipated, drunk ard, or a debauchee, she still must regard him as her god”. Have you seen tall stately trees growing forth from the midst of a plum thicket, raising their wide spread, shady branches* above their puny, tangled neighbors? It is one of life’s lessons. The trees repre sent the great ones of earth, standing forth, sturdy and strong from among their weaker neighbors. Good trees they are, and useful in a manner. We need them; we could not well do without them. They are a part of our existence. We are always proud of them. The plum thicket repre sents the gieat mass of humanity. Not very strong, individually, but so woven and tangled together, that collectively they form a strong unit and a formidable barrier. They do nut appear good for much except a refuge for birds and worn and wounded animals, and for their fruit bearing qualities. Yet who is there that would not forsake the shade of the mightiest forest monarch to eat of the luscious red fruit of the lowly plum thicket? A very small incident sometimes serves to turn from his purpose, one who is conlemplating suicide. A kind word, a little sympathy, is the best diverter in the world. It is said that no one is sane when bent upon self-destruction. Great sor row or trouble often unbalances the mind. This seems reasonable from the fact that persons who have brought themselves to the brink of suicide, but who have, in some man ner, gained time for reflection, rare ly carry out their original purpose. Reflection brings reason and reason says that nothing is to be gained by suicide, but on the contrary, there is ever}thing to be lost. Some of the world’s greatest men, in time of deep trouble, thought of suicide —Napoleon did, —but it has rarely happened that they allowed their troubles to overshadow their reason. Among the mass of human ity, however, there are those who are weak, those who, when trouble comes, are borne d«wn by its seem ingly overwhelming waves, and if a helping hand is not reached to them, they are lost. It is not often that we know who they are until they are beyond our reach, and yet, if every one of us made it a point to see that a brother or sister in trou ble was encouraged and cheered to fight on, against all odds, what a dif ference there would be in the na tion’s suicide records. A kind word, a little sympathy to one who is down, may save that one from a suicides’ grave. Reflect up on this, friends, and see if you can not afford to spend a few minutes each day helping some overburdened brother or sister safely through the breakers of adversity. Odds and Ends AS THE GURTAIN RINGS DOWN. W. C. Van. D. When the play, called life, is near ly over and one is about to leave the mortal play house and step out into uncertain regions that he has never knowingly trod before, it is well for him to pause and cast up in his mind the various parts that he has played in, and the many more, that his being in the play house at all, caused to be played, was it well or ill done? and some he will thin!/ were well (alas very few!) and some were monstrous bad. Were some of the other actors influenced for better or for worse because he was on the stage? And again he’ll say: some few perhaps for better and —here he will hesitate long —many of those with whom I came in contact with, for worse. Some, oh reaching this stage, would rail at fate and say it was Destiny and that they themselves were forced to act by powers outside of and unknown to them; that they were mere automata and that the show was gotten up for the amuse ment of the Gods. Wiser ones would say that the real play had not yet begun and that what they had witnessed was but a rehearsal in which the actors were being tried out and the wiser ones would fur ther say that failures were mere ob ject lessons to bring out the weaker points and by their failure cause them e veutually to be successes. Others with, perhaps, a little deeper knowledge, would say that the re hearsal never euds. nor does the real play begin, but that each and ever actor becomes more perfect in his part through failure; he is continual ly being given new parts in new lives and that the progress, though never-ending, is always onward and towards perfection, —for the indi vidual and for the race. But still the pause and in that wait before the curtain’s final drop, the man, whatever trend his theor izing may have taken, is fain to cast up his accounts and try if good will balance evil. In the vast majority of cases he’ll find it won’t and hence we find in men that longing after immortality, that inward cry of the spirit for another chance, or perhaps a better part to play. Perhaps the wisest of all may see dimly in the distance, the time when the spirit, after many lives and many parts differently played on mortal stages, will at last be free to be a spectator and not a player and merged with the-Infinite will be a portion of the source of life. The tideless unending sea —Nir vana. The True Question In Life By E. E, D. Carlysle has said that everywhere in lifa the true question is not what we gain but what we do. Yet how many of us really think very serious ly about many of our acts before committing them? Apparently our one ambition is to gain, regardless of the fact that there may be some one who will possibly suffer as a consequence. It is undoubtedly true that many of our acts are committed in a good spirit, but are not these in the minority? The desire to gain is born from selfishness and it would be hard to find one person who is not endowed with this fault. I know that I have not always con sidered the other fellow in many of the things which I have done in past years and in looking back I find that many times I have done some deed or commited some act, without giv ing due consideration to those who have had as great or greater interest involved. This selfish desire for gain most generally confronts us at a time when it would probably be far bet ter if it did not exist. It would be well for each and every one to re view the acts of his or her past and learn for themselves whether they have always leaned toward doing as much for each gain they have made as they should have done. They would undoubtedly find that they have not always given fall measure and it would help them in many ways to change their tactics in the future and endeavor to do things without that mercenary desire for gain as their chief motive. I do not believe that anyone should pass by an opportunity to gain wealth if they do so in a way that will not be depriving others of their just rights. Wealth has its advantages and it also has its disadvantages and is not a necessity but more of a lux ury. One possessing wealth can un doubtedly do a great deal of good if he so desires, but there are many things that can be done without wealth and the great majority of the people are only in moderate circum stances, therefore it behooves us to endeavor to do things which we may feel will be a benefit to our fellow’ There is not an hour or a day that we dont have at least one opportun ity to do good and we should show in our acts that we are desirous of doing worthy deeds. If we do this we will gain more in self-esteen and in the knowledge that our act has beeo of benefit to another than we w 7 ould were we to gain financially. To do things because one seeks notoriety is doing so in a mercenai’y spirit. The man who cares little for public opinion but does things lie know 7 s will be helpful to others and because he desires to help others and having such desire before him as his chief motive, will gain more than if his deeds be heralded broadcast in the press. Life at best is not very long and there is only a short time in which we can do useful things. To live only for pleasure is not the kind of life we should seek. We should re alize that life is a serious proposition and that there are many things yet remaining undone and we should try in every way to do our share in them. The man of today is judged ac cording to his acts and he that tries conscientiously to do things to bene fit others cannot help but gain the good will and respect oi the major ity of his fellow men. And is not this w r orth trying for? Why then should we not look back upon our past lives and review our many deeds. We would undoubtedly find mistakes and many of them and aft er such a review there is no reason why we should not be able to start a new campaign from which we will gain a greater reward and great er satisfaction than we possibly have ever enjoyed before. We, ourselves, are in a position to better realize what life really means, than thousands of others who have not been quite so unfortunate and it is my sincerest hope that we may ail profit by our past mistakes and in the future demonstrate by our acts our knowledge of the True Question in Life and thereby merit the confi dence and respect of our fellow men..