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i' ~\ .."-—-I The Board of Parole met at both insti tutions Friday. Christian Science service in the chaple next Sunday morning. The choir boys did exceptionally well at chapel Sunday morning. Ex-Gov. Van Sant was the guest of Warden Wolfer Thursday. Granny used to say: “ Saturday s flit short sit.” Let us hope so. Guard F. Mosher resigned his position and left for other parts Saturday. The chief engineer has some of his men busy laying the steam pipes to greenhouse. Supt. of Construction Robertson passed through with a party of friends this week. Guard Plante, of the old prison, was a business visitor at the institution Friday. Warden Wolfer conducted a party of friends through the institution Friday after noon. Guard Buckley, of the old prison force, was transferred to this institution the|first of the week. Several loads of scrap iron, etc., were hauled away from between twine factory and engine room this week. Contractors Lindstrom & Anderson have commenced building operations on the Deputy Warden’s residence. Guard Strandberg is away on his annual ten days' vacation. Guard Judkins in shop B. during his absence. Supt. Graham of the Hanley-Casey Co., escorted a number of lady and gentlemen friends through the new prison Saturday. Several song books, known as “Best Hymns,” are missing from the chapel. If you have one of these, turn it in to cell house captain. The regular Sunday religious services were cut short last Sunday in order to pre mit the showing of the Stereopticon of Alas ka and the lecture by Prof. Sawyer. Rev. McCoy, our chaplin, however made his brief remarks impressive, and the lesson pointed out through his chosen text was attentively listened to by the large congre gation present. N* Foreman Newman of Mill No. 1 of the Twine factory acted as guide to a few per sonal friends Saturday and pointed out the wonders of the silent city to his guests with the grace and dignity of a Chester held. (. Never mind, you boys at the old prison, just console yourselves in the knowledge that there are two or three things you enjoy up there that are just a little better than we have with all our finery and upishness— and that is no jolly. Sanitary drinking fountains are to be placed on all floors of the twine factory, with constantly running fresh, cool water for the workmen. Bids have been made for their construction by several firms and no time will be lost in their construction. The false work has been erected on the fourth floor of the new farm machinery building and work is being pushed forward rapidly. On the new foundry building the steel construction has been completed and brick layers are making the mortar fly in the erection of the walls. Guard Buckley with a squad of mighty good diggers and levelers, is busily en gaged in grading a portion of the south east enclosure preparatory to parking and beautifying that section. Thus it will be seen that even in December we are prepar ing for the sunny months that are just around the corner. The boys at the new prison missed their usual exercise drill around the grounds Sunday, but were quite willing to forego that pleasure in order to hear so good and interesting a lecture and see the steroptican views of Alaska. NEWMAN TAKES FIRST $25 PRIZE. The management of the twine factory has hung up a cash prize of $25 to be com peted for each month by the foremen of the four mills composing the plant. The mill showing the greatest saving in opera- ting expenses captures the prize. Each of the mills is similarly equipped with 125 machines identical in construction and ca pacity. The quality of the twine produced is also carefully taken into consideration, and each mill’s product is carefully tested and inspected each day by experts who are transferred from one mill to the other every other day. Last month the bonus was captured by Foreman Chas. T. Newman of mill No. 1, and the operatives of his mill naturally feel proud of the distinction. The factory is now turning out an average of 67,000 pounds of twine daily. An Interesting Meeting of the Circle Held at the Old Prison. The meetings of the Chautauqua Circle are always full of interest and the exer cises most instructive to its members, all o whom are enthusiastic in their efforts to maintain an organization that has done so much to dispell gloom and lend an up lifting influence through the exchange of views on various topics of the day as in corporated in the papers prepared and read each alternate Sunday afternoon. The present officers of the organization, headed by the prison librarian Mr. M., who is the energetic president, and Mr. H., the secretary, are using every means with in their power to bring the circle up to even a higher standard of excellence; and their efforts have been most successful. /1 the last meeting, the circle adopted by a unamious rising vote resolutions in which the members extended their sincere and hearty falicitations to Deputy Warden Sullivan and Assistant Deputy Whelan up on their promotion to their respective offi ces, and renewed their determination to lend every assistance at their command to make the duties of these officials less bur densome, by promising close conformity to rules and attention to business. A resolution of thanks for the services of the orchestra rendered at the quarterly meeting were introduced by Mr. S., and adopted as follows: Resolved, That the sincere thanks of the Prison Chautauqua circle be extended to Musical Director L. M. Burchard and the members of the orchestra, as an ex pression of appreciation and gratitude for the excellent services they gave in making the music so important a factor in the suc cess of the last quarterly meeting. An excellent paper—‘‘The Government Clerk” prepared and delivered by Mr. C., commonly known as “Cogy” was the only paper on the program. This was the gen tlemen's first paper and it was one that commanded strict attention of the audience, because it was evident from the beginning that Mr. C. knew what he was talking abom. Every detail brought out in his paper was gained from personal exper ience. It was agreeable to note that there was no “Posing” on Mr. C’s part, on the contrary, individuality was shown both in the composition and in the delivery of this interesting paper. Mr. G. concluded the program by ex ecuting a ragtime melpdy on the piano which was enjoyed by all. LECTURE AND STEROPTICAN EXHIBITION. The inmatesof the new prison were given a real treat last Sunday morning in the way of a lecture by Prof. Sawyer of Min neapolis, who has lately returned from a tour through Alaska where he went as a member of a commission appointed by President Wilson to investigate the condi tions existing in that country. During his trip, Prof. Sawyer took many interesting views of this interesting American possession, and these were shown upon the screen by the steroptican operated by Mrs. Sawyer. As each view was exposed it was eloquent ly explained by the lecturer, whose talk w'as full of instructive interest and was thor oughly appreciated by the inmates who listened with profound attention and fre quently interrupted the speaker with gener ous applause. Prof, and Mrs. Sawyer have our sincere thanks for paying us this visit, and we hope to have them with us soon again. The darkest days, if lived till tomorrow, will fade away. Our local runner Mr. P—, has become an heir to a runner's coat. Mr. Whittier escorted a party of visitors through our shop last Saturday p. m. Who said system No. 1 would not get first prize on October month’s production of twine, eh? Mr. Newman, foreman of our shop, pi loted a party of friends through the twine plant last Saturday. During the week Xmas spirit was floating quite freely in the air hereabouts. And judging from the liberal amount the boys subscribed, our Xmas this year promises to exceed all others heretofore spent in exile. A side entrance door to our shop became somewhat out of order early last week. However, Dr. F. K. was promptly on the scene and after performing a successful operation, the door was restored to its form er eploribum. Our local editor, who has so successfully managed our home sheet during the past few months, will soon be leaving us. In consequence of the same he was introduc ing our new editor to the various contribu tors last Sunday. CHAUTAUQUA SHOP A. By R. S SHOP 6. By Rustv. Merry Xmas friends. Everybody is busy as bees in this shoff. Our Carouso, J. G., has been transferred to shop A. to test twine. Guard Judkins is taking the place of Guard Strandberg in this shop. Smiling Slim, Windy B. and Silent P. are decorating the grand jury squad. I tried to make the word “denied” look like “granted” in the letter I received last month, but it would'nt work. Crash! Our affable oiler, Alex, has been granted a parole. We all extend our best wishes and may good luck go with you, Alex. There is nothing in the world a man gets used to so quickly when he once starts as making a fool of himself. Speaking of clean shops, B claims to be the cleanest shop in the factory and further more, the hoys are ready to back their claim. We are glad to hear that our editor has been paroled; all of us will miss him I know. We all extend best wishes and hope he does not forget the boys he leaves behind. SHOP 0 Frank Who put the lock on Sherlock? System one again carried off the honors last month. Shop F tried hard enough, but they will have to be content with 3rd place. “Life is short,” says our runner. “If you gazinks want water, get lined up when you see me coming.” We did’nt think Jess had it in him; but he certainly did operate on the bailers last week. Speed? well I guess so! The dynamiter is getting to be quite an expert in tieing sacks. Oh well, he is built close to the floor anyway, which helps some. Mr. B.'s mustache is rapidly assuming the pioportions of a whisk-broom. With careful training, however, it might amount to something after all. Everything in the shop is tunning finer than a cats eye-winker, but news is a scarce article. SHOP E By Sully Well we are still grinding out our 17,000 pounds of gilt edged twine, and some days 18,000 pounds. No, “Heavy-weight,” this is no bee hive; this is perpetual motion. We have no drones around this room; they are all work ers. The man that makes money hasn't time to loaf around the room. Did you ever notice how clean our guard keeps things. Just squint your eye down that double row of wash-bowls and you will think that you are looking over the keys of a new piano. Looking down the line of balling ma chines Wednesday afternoon made me think of those words of Shakespeare’s when I saw Sunny Jim throwing science to the wind, “What a piece of work is man; how noble is reason.” TWINE DEPARTMENT. By Hemo. Did you see the smile on Ed. Strebel's face the other day? Well, the ghost walked. Samuel Johnson has said: “Words are the daughters of earth, but things are the sons of heaven.” Bailer foreman, John Sttebel, is planning a European trip in the near future. He will visit Germany, England, France and North Dakota. Our affable foreman. Charles Taft New man, conducted a party of relatives through the twine factory the fore part of the week. W. H. 8., late of the Steward’s depart ment, has assumed the duties of weigher and assistant in the office, taking the place of “Prof. Jack” of choir fame. “Four-double-o-one,” the new helms man of the Mirror, paid the twine office his initative visit the other day. Here’s our hand, Mac, and we wish you a success ful guardianship. System four will change to the manu facture of pure manila twine within the next few days. Foreman Trott says this change assures his system the prize for December. Master Williams and his pal paid the twine office a visit the other day. We are always glad to see the boys and hope they will come again soon. Everybody take off your hats to system 1. It having shown the best general aver age based upon the different points in the competition of the various departments wins the prize for the month of November. The fact that the results were reached in the general office from reports and figures actually correct, leaves no room for com plaint from any source. Moreover, there is a concensus of opinions that the award went to the system duly entitled to it. To the winners and especially to Fore man Newman, we extend our hand in con gratulations. To the losers, we say: go to it boys, you have an equal chance to win this month. Mr Fox, of A. C. Fox i' Co., of New York, dealers in Hemp Fibre, was a busi ness guest of R. j. Henderson the latter part of last week. Mr. Fox was shown through the institution by Mr. Henderson. He was greatly surprised at the magnitude of our factory and at the amount of fibre we have in storage. He spoke highly of the modern and sanitary construction of the plant. “A lot of booze placards show an old man fondling a whiskey bottle with some such inscription as this: Tremens and I have been friends for a life time. This is a touching sentiment, but the thought per sists, that ABEL and CAIN were broth ers until ABEL’S untimely death—and that was no advertisement for CAIN! ” —Colliers. NEW PRISON FARM NOTES By One of the Farmers. Farm notes are getting as scarce as hen's teeth. Foreman Jones of the O'Neil farm is en joying a visit from his mother. The change of weather Sunday puts a stop to plowing for a time at least. The three teams put in a busy week re plowing a forty acre field on the Carlton farm. The Big Chief will gd in the land clear ing business when he gets through here, he thinks grubbing is a snap. Nit! “Stovepipe" is a busy Sioux these days, acting as Bull Cook and runner for the Superintendent. Keeps him on the jump. "Old Stonewall ' took a new partner dur ing the week, had “Stovepipe," helping him put up storm windows on the home farm house. Messrs. Ross and Dowing of farm ma chinery department were out to the O’Neil farm Saturday last, trying out an improved binder truck. Two of the farmers had interviews with the Board of Parole on Friday last and since then one of them wears a smile that won’t come otf. Carrying that lunch box over to the farm these cold mornings is no snap, and all the farmers would >e pleased if other arrange ments were made for their noon meal. Old Prison Notes UNCLE JOHN SAYS What's the matter with the snow man? I’m going to plant another crop of to matoes next week. The editor received his diploma; that’s the best thing that could happen to him at present. Received last Monday Dec. Ist. two hogshead of pure leaf tobacco, weighing about 2500 pounds. Enough to last all winter. Guard Buckley was transferred to the new prison during the week. Warden Wolfer escorted a party of visit ors through the various departments last Saturday. Guard A. L. Strand berg of the new pri son was a visitor here last week while on his vacation State Agent Whittier escorted a party of friends around the institution Saturday after- Father Corcoran heard confessions Sat urday afternoon. Fifty-five inmates went to confession. A new guard was appointed during the week, and is stationed on the wall for the present. Guard Reems was transferred from the wall to shop F during the week. He is gone but not forgotten; he will hold a tender spot in our memory. Who? Why turkey of course. Why is a locomotive like a metropolitan street? They always have a cab on ’em. Savy. . The band boys had to do some walking last Sunday morning du *g drill, as it was too cold to play Mr McN. has been appointed editor-in chief at the new prison. We congratulate McN. at his good fortune and assure him that we are doing the same by him, as we have done in the past; it don't amount to much, but every little bit helps. The sunny side of life cannot be found in places where the shadow's are the darkest. We must seek out tne spots where the sun shines through. General Villa is sure kickin’ the Mexican dawg around some. He must be trying to knock the can out of Mexican. Failures and discouragements are small deterrents to the man who is ever ready to try again. The new band instruments are expected most any day, and perhaps will have them before this goes to the press. A gentleman is what, everybody expects you to be: but few are willing to credit you with the honor of being one. Talk about spending the winter at Sum mer resorts; where can you find a better place than here in good old Minnesota? We sure know what is going to happen to that fruit and candy and other good things we will receive Xmas. There wont be enough left to tell about by the time we get through with ’em. The visitors must take advantage of these fine days, as they were quite numerous ar onnd here last week. The board of parole met in the board room at the old prison last Friday, and granted 9 paroles, and 3 conditional discharges. The school report for November shows a very encouraging aspect. Every man is there to learn something that will benefit him in years to come, and seeming to realize the fact that knowledge is better late than never. A sleep walker on the White Star liner Oceanic tried to crawl feet foremost through a porthole of his stateroom. He wouldn’t do it here—there are no portholes in our staterooms. Say, if the patent medicine:, would only cuie one half of the ills that they are claimed to cure, there wouldn't be a sick person in existance. The foliowing is the program rendered in the Chapel Sunday Dec. 7, Father Cor coran officiating: March, Crazy Bone Orchestra La nez Orienta 1 Orchestra Hymn, Nearer My God to Thee... ..Congregation Scripture Chaplain Comet Solo. You’re my First l.ove..Member Orch. Prayer.... Chaplain Gospel Reading Chaplain Sermon Chaplain Hymn, Almost Persuaded Congregation March. That Naughty Melody Orchestra 1.. W. RmciiAKn, Musical Director. FOUNDRY SPARKS. BY A SAND ARTIST Two more weeks, then our big, striped stick of candy. Quite a few new jobs have been started this week. One of the sand-rats joined the order of zebra’s last week. Chief Schatz is getting quite a number of castings turned out in the foundry W arden Wolfer and several gentlemen were interested visitors Saturday evening during casting hour. Uncle John was in our domain with his genial smile Saturday. He came in the capacity of runner for Capt. French. THE PRISON CHEER. A new publication has reached our ex change table, coming from Festus, Mo. called “The Prison Cheer,” and judging from the contents of the initial number and the aims expressed therein by its editor, J. Robert Edgar, the paper will fill a niche in the wheel of worth while prison publica tions, that has been vacant until it came to life. Its motto is, “A monthly paper di rected to contribute to the cheer of prison ers and to excite an interest in the imprison ed’’ and the first issue sets out well toward living up to its motto. The Mirror extends its congratulations to the editor and wishes Prison Cheer the success its good intent merits. POPULATION Number of inmates at Old Prison 620 Number in First Grade 430 Number in Second Grade 166 Third Grade 24 Received during week 8 Discharged 4 Paroled 0 Last Serial Number 4375 Number of Inmates at New Prison 465 Number in First Grade 316 Number in Second Grade .* 137 Number in Third Grade 14 Total Population of both prisons 1090 Cell Changes Old Prison: 498-423; 76- 402; 230-3rd; 423*327; 548-512; 65-133; 644-596; 646-594; 642-597; 501-447; 600- 309, and following to New Prison, 349, 643, 407, 216, 639. 606, 618, 548, 195, 531, 443, 428, 147. Cell changes at New Prison: —300-37; 80-333; 350-445; 193-300; 292-16; 178-o. p.; 48-504; 481-178; 231-435; 333-76; 107- 183; 76-444; 437-o. P .; 16-429; 504-48; 339-80; 103-90. WRITING NOTICE. All inmates are hereby requested, when writing', to place their register number and page number on the up per right hand comer of the envelope, in the space to be covered by the stamp. The page number will be found written with a lead pencil on all incoming letters. Com pliance with this request will cause letters to be mailed at an earlier date. Also, in mates are cautioned against writing between the lines, and be careful to sign your names to letter at its close.