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STATE PRISON, STILLWATER, MINNESOTA. Entered at the postoffice at Stillwater, Minnesota, as second-class mail matter. Contributions solicited from all sources. Rejected manuscripts will not be returned. The Mirror is issued every Thursday at the following rates: One Year ... - SI.OO Six Months - - - $-50 Three Months ... .25 To inmates of all oenal institutions .50 Address all 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 with 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. Our quivering lances shaking in the air. And bullets, like Jove’s dreadful thunderbolts. Enrolled in flames and fiery smouldering mists. Shall treat the gods more than Cyclopian wars; And with our sun-bright armor as we march We’ll chase the stars from heaven, and dim their That stand and muse at our admired arms. “Do you profess religion?” “No, sir, I profess my faith and practice my religion.” Reader, go thou and do likewise. The very best men have their slanderers, and the very worst their eulogists, and these two things ought to teach us to think but meanly of human glory. The people who are most calcu to laied adorn society, are the ones who can most easily dispense with it; they are only dependent on it who possess no mental resources, for they bring nothing to the general mart. Someone remarks that bugs gen erally must lead a jolly life, and talks about the fun of being tucked up amongst rose petals for the night. But how would he like to be snaked out of his snug bed in a hollow apple tree by a wood-pecker’s bill? Say! We have secured a new contribu tor for The Mirror, whose stories will appear under the caption “Sun beams and Shadows.” These rays of sunshine, while doing duty to point a moral as well as £9brn a tale, may, we trust, be the means of bringing a bit of comfort to our brothers of the silent world. It is stated that 300 prisoners from the Missouri penitentiary at Jefferson City are soon to be with drawn from contract work and set to making good roads for the state. Under the law passed at the last session of the Missouri Legislature, the contract system is to be gradu ally abolished by the withdrawal of 300 prisoners a year from the con tractors until the system is done away with. The original “cop,” according to the St. Louis Republic, resides at Ft. Worth, Texas. His name is Thomas Copp, and he has been in harness on the Ft. Worth force for the past nineteen years. Officer Copp says he has “run down and captured some pretty bad men,” in his time, yet has never been com pelled to shed blood, nor has he himself suffered bodily injury. UAe MIRROR TO INMATES. CHURCH NOTICE TO SUBSCRIBERS War Marlowe There seems to be something in a name after all. This season’s output of binder twine from the various prison plants has been immense. Warden Ilell strom states that a total of 3,119,400 lbs., output of the North Dakota plant was sold this season. The Penitentiary Bulletin uf Lansing Kansas, sayS that “Since April 14th of this year there have been 3,500, 230 lbs of twine shipped from the prison.” Fi*om the Minnesota pri son plant the output for the season 1912 totaled 18,813,000, lbs. At least.3so prisoners will be put to work outside the Ohio peniten tiary next summer, according to Allen W. Thurman, president of the state board of administration, who expressed himself recently as well pleased with the condition brought about by taking prisoners from be hind the "walls and placing them on state farms or in the state quarry this summer. —The Review. Emerson, in one of his public ad dresses, once gave his defination of “men of the world;” not ttie men we read of in newspapers and novels, men of stocks and cuopons, men who were deep in the mysteries of the wine glass, men of cheap politics and rotten business methods —not these but men who’s sympathies were with all that was good and noble —which were deep and wide and related to every bright thought and every good work goiug on in the universe —these were Emerson’s men of the world. “Shakespeare, Scott, Bunyon, Dickens and Cer vants are among the stars which shine for all of us to admire,” said he, “and others, so numerous that they never get included in any peer age, nor even named in any news paper.” An ancient mummy, 18 inches high, in a good state of preserva tion has been found in a cliff in up per N. M. The mummy confirmee the idea of many scientists that the cliff dwellers were of a dwarf race. —Vesta Censor. One who has had the opportun ity of making a personal study of the ruined cities of the cliff dwellers will be inclined to differ with the above theory. That the cliff dwel lers were a small race qf people is certain, but to say that they were dwarfs is making the statement a little too broad. It may be safely said that the average height of these people ranged close around five feet. This conclusion has been arrived at after an exhaustive study of the rela tive heights of the rooms and door ways of the cliff dwellings, and by the size and weight of the various tools, weapons, etc., used by these people. Also, from time to time, skeletons have been discovered, practically all of which have meas ured close up to the five foot mark. Among the Yaqui Indians of Mex ico, at the present time, there are numerous dwarfs measuring under thirty inches in height. The aver age Yaqui, however, measures some what over five feet. “An interesting study of crime and its causes has been undertaken in Indiana, where an experimental psy chologist has been appointed assist ant superintendent of the state re formatory at Jeffersonville, especial ly to conduct investigations among the inmates. The psychologist is Prof. Rufus Bernard Von Klein- Smid, recently of DePauw univer sity, who preferred the opportunities for study and public service at the reformatory to remaining a member of the university faculty. “It should not be inferred that the investigation will shortly enlighten the w r orld on the causes and remedies for crime. It will be a long time before results are obtaiued. The social history of the inmates will be studied. While the investigation may be of value in advising and di recting young men now in the insti tution, its chief worth is expected to be in showing the state how crime may be prevented. “The experiment is approved by such authorities as Dr. Charles Hen derson of the University of Chicago, Z. R. Brockway of New York, who originated the indeterminate sen tence and parole system, R. M. Mc- Claughry of the federal prison at Leavenworth, Kans., and Maud Bal lington Booth. “The Indiana reformatory is an institution similar to the Washing ton reformatory at Monroe. It deals with young men offenders, not with old and hardened criminals. Prof. VonKleinSmid thinks techni cal schools for boys and girls be tween 13 and 19 are sovereign pre ventives of crime, and, of course, he believes in trade and technical schools in reformatories. “The old saying about Satan find ing something for idle hands to do still holds true, though it might be inferred from the movement against child labor that employment is a greater evil than idleness. The aim should be to provide young people with healthful occupation for a length of time daily that will not overtax their strength, but will yet keep them from expending their energies in making trouble. Lack of occupation accounts for a great deal of crime. “A man who will resign from a university faculty, as did Prof. Von KleinSmid, in order to become as sistant superintendent and experi mental psychologist of a reforma tory institution, surely has the mind and the heart that will make for success in such an investigation as is to be undertaken.’’-Tacoma Ledger. OUR EXGHANGES Reviewed by Beau Esprita. Have you heard of the “portrait parle?” If not you are extremly liable to unless you mend your ways for it is the latest detective “sys tem,” fresh from Paris, the home of detective “systems” and gambling “systems;” of dress fads and “sys tems” for obtaining the necessary coin with which to dress; of revolu tion-engendering, chorus girls and monarchist plots. Paris seems to have an unholy knack of creating a demand for what it has to supply or, perhaps, of accumulating a sup ply for which it has the demand tucked snugly up its cuff. But that is neither here nor there; what I started out to say was, if you want to get some pointers on the “por trait parle” watch the Character Studies of Footlight Favorites de partment in the Strand Magazine. Dr. Annie Isabella Openheim, the famous physiognomist, is in charge of the department and by keeping tab on her interpretations of faces one can become quite proficient in the art of reading faces. Also one can pick up not a few pointers on “portrait parle” indentification —or evasion thereof, for that matter. Not that I would insinuate that any Mirror reader might ever have cause to use pointers in that direction. Oh dear me, no! Well, it would seem that the chorus man was coming into his own at last —in fiction at least. I have run across half a dozen short stories and one novel in the past six months, in all of which a chorus man was a prominent character. In most of them it was the old story of under studying a principle who failed to show up, thus giving the recruit from the chorus a chance to demonstrate unparalleled genius; simply a re-sex ing of the chorus lady story which had become worn beyond possibility of further use as it was; but in a couple of instances there appeared a slight effort toward originality. One of these is “The Part,” by Bart Kennedy, which appears in Strand Magazine for September. Mr. Ken nedy gives his chorus man gumption enough to ask for a leading part rather than wait for a chance as understudy to one of the principles. Aside from this Mr. Kennedy goes deeper into the motives understudy ing actions and the emotions actu ating his character’s conduct than is usual with short story writers when dealing with the stage. Ilis story is very interesting and makes it well worth one’s while to watch for further developments along this line which the management of Strand promises. What is your idea of a comprehen sive cartoon-sketch containing a fly iug machine, an Egyptian mummy, a pretty girl, a swell, a dog, Sher lock Holmes, a shadow, a nurse, a one-legged beggar, a cow, a barrel organ and a copy of Strand Maga zine? Perhaps that “comprehen sive” is a bit superfluous, but I use it after studying the nine object pictures given in September Strand to show what could be done with such a conglomeration of articles. The article in which this appears is entitled “A Puzzle For Artists” and there are several ingenious solutions worked out. The world’s busiest spots, according to statistics gather ed together for Strand readers, are London (royal exchange) where 500,000, persons pass in a day; New York (Broadway) where nearly as many pass in that time; Paris ( Place De L’ Opera) 450,000, persons pass in a day; Madrid (Puerto Del Sol) 350,000, persons pass in a day; Chi cago (State Street) nearly 400,000, persons pass in a day; Tokio (O- Dori Street) obout 300,000, persons pass daily; St. Petersburg (Vladim irsky Prospekt) 300,000, persons pass daily; Berlin (Friedrichstrasse) nearly 300,000, persons pass daily; Vienna (TheGraben) about 275,000 persons pass daily. “The Rebel Nightingale” by Har old Mac Grath, is the complete nov el in September Ainslee’s, and is fully up to the high standard which one always expects of Action appear ing in this magazine. Nora Harring ton, the daughter of an ex-pugilist, and a successful prima-donna is the heroine. She certainly has all the “temperament” usually associated with the grand opera star m Action and plays it to the limit through eighteen fascinating chapters. The life she leads, her society-clamoring mama, her ex-pug papa, her Ameri can millionaire husband of long though anything but intimate stand ing, and a few incidental grande dukes, famous artists, royal princes and jealous rivals is sure a caution, if Mr. Mac Grath will pardon the phrase. But in the nineteenth and final chapter the Irish that is in her comes uppermost —she bids the G. D’o.. R. Ps., F. As., etc, a merry ta ta and elopes with her own husband. Which is not so strange after all, considering that he is a multimil lionaire and she a foot-light favorite. It is a story of alluring adventure from the moment that “Eleanora Da Toscana” takes a pot shot at hubby to the closing scene. It will be one of the “six best sellers” when it comes out in book form, as are most of Ainslee’s complete novels. The October number of this maga zine will contain a complete novel by Marie Van Vorst whose stories have been mentioned in this column several times in the past. Sunbeams and Shadows By Blackstone. Man is by nature optimistic. To believe the best things and have faith in the ultimate triumph of Right as applied to the rules under w 7 hich are fought the battles of life.. We all hope for better days when the sunbeams of prosperity and happiness will chase away the shad ows now darkening our pathway in life. It is much easier to be a Bull on the market and buy stocks for a rise than to become a Bear with pessimistic inclinations for a decline in values. Were it not for hope the heart would break, for hope springs eter nal in the human breast; this thought is cleverly indicated by Ella Wheel er Wilcox in the poem ending “And the Man Worth While is the Man With a Smile When Everything Goes Dead Wrong.” This is a thought we would do well to in corporate in those unwritten rules that govern our daily life. If you have had a dent put into your philosophy, smile it away. If some one has struck a staggering blow at your vanity, come up smil ing for another wollop; a little van ity is a good thing to help along your self-respect. If the Boss rips things up and the sulpherous fumes of Hades concentrate their fury about your desk, dont let him think that you are stirred even if your knejs are shaking and your teeth chattering. Smile on, the sun will shine tomorrow. In this world of ours everything is comparative —health and happi ness, poverty and riches. One of the happiest and most cheerful men I ever met was a patient in the city hospital of Minneapolis. For nearly seven years he has lain on his back unable to move, even his arms and fingers are partially stiff ened by his malady —rheumatism* yet he is one of the most useful men in the hospital, outside the employ- All the sharp and delicate surgical tools are kept in proper condition bv this patient and most marvelous to say he shaves and cuts the hair of his fellow patients while they lie in their cots. How? He passes from ward to ward lying fiat on a narrow hospital truck which he skillfully and rapidly manouvres himself. By using our eyes to see and our ears to hear while passing along the highways and byways of life it is possible to acquire an individual philosophy that will carry us over the shadows and into the sunshine of a contented life. So “as we journey tnrough life let us live by the way,” making sure that the path ie straight even if narrow. Jfo.