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A Remarkable Narrative of an
Inmate's Dream in Which he
is Guided by the Three Graces
to the Abiding Place.
By W. A. L
As I walked along the road of
life I came to a shaded highway and
under the shade of the trees were
placed benches upon which the
weary and footsore could sit down
and rest. As I was very tired I sat
down and must have fallen asleep,
but while sleeping I saw very clear
that which I am about to write.
The youth I shall call “The Soul
That Was Nearly Lost,” was one I
had known from childhood and the
way in which he found that which
be sought you will learn if you read
this record of the vision that was
shown to me that day.
“The soul that was nearly lost”
was fast traveling on the road that
leads to destruction, and when I
first saw him he was with a crowd
of gay companions. All about him
was the glare of white lights and
on the air floated the sound of hap
py song and vyitty stories. 'The
Soul That was Nearly Lost” was
one of the gayest of this crowd of
“jolly good fellows,” and still he
seemed to be in search of something.
His eyes were constantly shifted
from one face or object to another.
The* scene changed. “The Soul
That was Nearly Lost” had traveled
far on the road that leads to de
struction; his gay companions were
no longer near and the look on his
face was one of hopelessness. In
front of him the road was dark
while over his head hovered black
clouds; all seemed lost.
But as I watched, there came out
of the darkness a white robed figure,
and it spoke to “the Soul That was
nearly Lost” and asked, “For whom
do you seek?” and “the soul” an
swered, “I seek the place where
lives one called “Happiness” And
the white robed one then, said “I
am one of three sisters called Faith,
Hope and Charity. My name is
Charity, and if you will follow me
I will show you the home of the
true one called “Happiness”, for
there are many false roads but only
one that leads to the true one. But
before we start I must tell you that
the way is very rough. You will
have to suffer many things; ridicule,
trials, temptations and even scorn;
but if you are steadfast, and will
persevere, in the end you will find
‘Happiness,’ as I promise”
Aud as “the soul” had long sought
for “Happiness,” he was overjoyed
to find one who knew where the
true home was; so they started out
together, “the soul” apd Charity.
After many days during which “the
soul” had fought many battles, and
with the aid of Charity won them,
they came to a cross road aud as
they drew closer another white
robed figure came near and Charity
said, “this is my sister Hope, she
will now guide you for I must leave
for a time” so it came about that
‘the soul” and Hope journeyed on
together toward the “true happi
ness.” And, it was as Charity had
said, ‘the soul” was met on every
hand by ridicule aud scorn. His
former companions would gather
along the road and jeer and tempt
him, but always Hope was near and
he would reply “I am on ray way
to the home of “True Happiness.”
Then many times doubt would
beset him, that the home of happi
ness could not be on such a rough
and dark road as the one he was
traveling, but Hope was always
near to encourage him, and one day
there came another white robed fig
gure and spoke to him saying “my
name is Faith,” and in a short time
Charity will again join us as
we are nearing the home of true
happiness, and even as Faith spoke
Charity appeared, so Faith, Hope,
Charity and “the soul that was
nearly lost” went on together, and
as the day was closing they came in
sight of a high hill upon which was
a mansion of gold; and pointing to
the mausion Faith said, “that is the
home of “True Happiness” and
while Faith was still speakiug the
mansion faded, and in its place
stood a cross, to which was nailed
the figure of a man on whose head
was a crown of thorns, and there
was a superscription which read,
“The King of the Jews.” The face
of “the soul” lighted up with joy
and understanding, and turning to
Faith asked, “what is the name of
this road we journeyed by,” and the
answer was written in letters of
tire in the sky “SERVICE” and
then as the sun went down for “the
soul that was nearly lost” there
came a voice so sad and sweet sav
ing, “well done thou good and
faithful servant.”
Soon I was awakened but the
vision was still clear and perhaps
it wasjgiven to me as a guide, but I
cannot say, for noue knows but
'Tis Only You
By Governor A. O. Eberhart
When in the twilight of a perfect day
My Jpnging thoughts will wander far away.
To seek the beautiful and good and true.
Not wealth nor power they seek, but you.
If sorrows come and tears should dim the eye.
Obscuring visions of the realms that lie
Beyond the shadows in the azure blue,
There is still one beacon light—'tis only you
Should sweetest joys and pleasures still my soul.
And in life's struggles I should reach the goal
Of my ambition, still I’d have in view.
The sweetest joy of all—'tis only you.
Aud in the greatest battle of my life,
For human rights, 'mid envy, greed and strife.
I’ll fight courageously to carry through
Whate’er is right, and win—because of you
Come, then, whatever may; why should I care,
If all my joys and sorrows you will share?
My love, my life itself I pledge anew,
It’s only worth the while, when lived for you
So here’s to you, my little bit o’ me.
From cares and sorrows, may you e’er be free,
All earthly joys be yours, and heaven’s too.
For they’ll be mine if 1 have only you.
(Continued from page 1)
the desire to break the law of socie
ty —a good example is better than
volumes of theories. We are in
deed fortunate that the disciplinary
administration of this famous insti
tution is in the hands of a gentleman
who holds the scale of even banded
justice to all, and by his sturdy man
liness, square dealing and rectitude
of purpose our Deputy Warden, Mr.
Sullivan, has elevated the moral and
mental life of each of us to a higher
It is evident that in order to reach
a higher plane of life and have the
power to stay there, to reap the ben
efits accruing from the exercise of
brain power, we must possess an
earnest desire for the best things in
life, we must have faith in the eter
nal goodness of men and of women,
and having set a high standard of
living, live up to it to our uttermost.
Make the brain the servant of our
will, concentrate its power to con
trol our thoughts and actions that
we shall continually think of cheer
fulness, kindness and honesty.
Mr. Arnold Bennett, in his essay
on “The Human Machine” states
that, “He will back himself to con
duct all intercourse as becomes a ra
tional creature simply by having a
disciplined brain, that he can cram
correct principles by force of will
into his brain, and by dint of repeat
ing them often enough, arrive at the
supreme virtues of reason that there
is no patent dodge about it, and no
complicated function, which a plain
person may not comprehend. It is
simply a question of I will, I will
and I will.”
Live* of Famous Me*
As a stimulent for our efforts for
Successsful Achievement there is
nothing equal to the study of the
lives of famous men who won honor,
glory and fame under adverse condi
tions, and surraouuted obstacles that
would frighten any person minus a
disciplined brain.
Demothenes, running along the
seashore with his mouth full of peb
bles to overcome and impediment of
speech, became a great orator.
Caesar was a physical weakling, but
his military campaigns were the per
formances of a mental giant. Alex
ander Pope was a cripple all his life,
but in spite of this handicap became
one of the greatest poets that ever liv
ed. Heine, the German poet, was al
so physically weak, but during the
eight years he laid in bed, produced
some of his noblest works. Ralph
Waldo Emerson, who had one of the
greatest, if not the greatest, minds
that America has yet produced, was
always in poor health. Milton wrote
the greatest epic poem in the Eng
lish language after he was stricken
blind. Prescott and Parkraau have
also left us imperishable works ac
complished with closed eyes, while
Helen Keller’s accomplishments are
enough to make most of us, who
have the use of all our faculties,
slink back to work vith shamed
faces. These examples show that
Strong men and women do not sur
render to obstacles but by using
their brains have made the world bet
ter by their works.
Giv* Ua a Chance.
The world is moving rapidly iu
all directions —life is a battle and
he who wishes to be a member of the
victorious army must use his brain
prower to the last degree, and we
who are contiued within the gray
walls of this prison desire the world
to know that we do not live by bread
alone. Our thoughts and occupations
are like those of any one who occu
pies an honorable place in the social
and business world, and, having paid
the debt to society which we owed
through transgressing its laws we ask
that society meet us half way and
give us the chance to retrieve the
past, to blot out our disgrace by a
future of honest, faithful work.
In coaclusion, I desire to inspire
my brother Chautauquians with the
message of Successful Achievement.
Make it your supreme desire to use
..Post Impressions..
A* Presented From the View Point of Marco Polo
We are “jperking up,” and a new hope is
born within us. Our new superinten-
A Silver Lining in dent’s visit to this institution on Monday,
the Cloud. February 23rd, was brief, but neverthe
less it has left a trail of lingering hopes,
and, from all accounts, we have reasons
to assume that, at last, the silver lining to our cloud of dispair is
to become de facto. It has been a trying and disheartening ex
perience to us U. S. ’uus, as we have observed the precision and
smoothness of the working of the State Board of Parole; the quick
and thorough methods which they emply in their deliberations,
and, I confess, many of us have sighed with envy, and wished that
our lot had been cast w ith that of the State’s wards. We desire
to especially congratulate those others of Uncle Sam’s wards scat
tered over the various state’s institutions, and we trust that, as it
has proven in our case here, even if their expectations proved fu
tile and their hopes long deferred, the enjoyment of other features
of the liberal management of the institution in which their lot hap
pens to be cast, has in manner proved compensating. As to
Leavenworth, Atlanta and other Federal institutions —BANZAI!
—it will be possible for you hereafter to get a tooth pulled with
out a special act of Congress!
—oo —
But the new era of things promised, as
0 ., „ , . above recited, is not all of the plethora
of ffood that the past two weeks
fon”bie have brought to us. The Mirror itself is
responsible for the announcement that
the department of justice has instructed
the various United States district attorneys that, hereafter, the
Federal prisoner seeking a writ of habeas corpus, is to be fur
nished with legal counsel at the expense of the government, when
they lack the financial means of obtaining same. Of course you
are to accept this announcement Cum Granum (with a pinch of
salt) —for it isn’t to be expected that the department of justice
will dovote its energies and time, to the detriment of its trust
busting program, merely to furnish counsel ad libitum et ad in
finitum to all who hold imaginary feelings that they are being un
justly held in quod. Thus: “Sliver’s” plea that juror number
three was asleep while his counsel surnmtd up in his behalf, be
cause the juror’s eye appeared closed, will be but poor ground on
which to petition for a writ. People have the habit of closing
their eyes when they concentrate their thoughts. Hiller’s appeal
that the judge deliberately reached for the water pitcher, poured
himself out a glass of water, and quaffed it with evident enjoy
ment just before charging the jury, will be but of little avail.
Judges have the privilege of refreshing their vocal chords, in or
der that they may make themselves heard with all the more re
sonance. No, no —let’s be reasonable.
The recent decision of the United States
Dictum —of court o{ appeals .' 10 ‘ he that, where
the U. S. Court oi a “.' n P' ctme “ t m ' ,olves "f parate counts
. . which constitute practically the same of
fense, sentence can be imposed on only
one count, will no doubt prove a wel
come relief to those whose term of detention come within the
provinces of the ruling. Take it all in all, the signs of the times
clearly point out that we are upon the eve of an awakening on the
part of those arbiters of our present status, to a realization of a
doctrine bidding fair to place the treatment of the social offender
on a broader humane basis. This doctrine, in effect, says: “Put
your wrong-doer where he belongs, but leave him the hope that —
if he shows a willingness to subscribe to the mandates of orderly
society —you are willing to forgive.”
—oo —
You can quote, if you wish, the palmy
¥ . days of diplomacy; the days of Talley
. i. • rand, Richelieu. Thiers, Bismarck, etc.,
dent in the Mexi- , , , . 1
x but you have to concede that there is as
can Imbroglio. .. , . . . ,
pretty a game being played on ihe dip
lomatic chess board —its directing genius
being the President, ably seconded by Secretary Bryan—as there
ever was. It is doubtful whether history can parallel the out
rageous acts that have closely trod upon one another’s heels since
the beginning of Mexico’s present upheaval; deeds which in them
selves constitute overt acts, and, under the heretofore measure of
judgment of the chancelleries of the powers, have been adjudged
casus belli. Yet, when we have held our breath in suspense at
some further fresh and more fragrant overt act on the part of the
belligerants; reasoning to ourselves that surely the point bad been
reached when, opposed as humanity feels to the task, the com
mand of forward! across the Rio Grande,must be given. While our
marines blazed the road from Vera Cruz to the capital, those mas
ter strategists at Washington have jumped into the breach and
staved off what appeared to us to be the inevitable, aud a further
impulse was giveu to the “waiting and watchful” policy. It must
be patent to all that the present administration shall be judged
by the eons of history as one shining resplendently in the fields of
diplomacy. How long would the present stato quo iu Mexican
affairs have been allowed to exist iu Europe, without touching off
the train of powder winch leads to the bulging magazines of the
military powers?
your brains for a good purpose.
Make the most of the opportunity
given you for self improvement and
the acquisition of a disciplined brain
—concentrate your efforts toward
making yourself a gentleman in the
very highest sense of the word. I)o
not deceive yourself with the falla
cious reasoning of ancient philoso
phy that teaches the world that hu
man nature does not change. It
does change and the best evidence
that I can produce to you is the
presence of our honored guests in
our meeting today and when the
time shall have arrived for you to
leave this institution to once more
assume the duties and responsibili
ties of a citizen of this great state,
let it be a matter of pride with you
that it was your good fortune to have
been a member of the Pierian Chau
tauqua Circle, that there your good
resolution became confirmed —that
there you consecrated yourself to a
life of usefulness, and by concentra
ting your brain power on good reso
lutions, kept faith with your employ
er and with those officials who have
shown their faith iu you and your
good intentions by giving you an
other chance to travel along the
path to a better, higher and nobler I
life. '
—oo —
The First Fire Alarm.
The New Indian Fire Department Had Its First
Hurry-up Call Monday Night.
About 8:30 Monday evening the
new fire department was called
upon to make a run to shop Cof
the twine department. The elec
tric gong in the guard’s quarters
started ringing and seemed never
to tire. Officer Stoven seized the
idea quickly, and in less time than
it takes to tell it was at the gate.
Being placed in charge of the key,
between the gates. Officer Keene
darted down the corridor, and open
ed the lower door. Officer Seder
berg was in the lead, followed close
iy by Depmy Sullivan, the factory
was soon reached but no tire was
discovered, the automatic sprinkler
having had the nightmare. Cap
tain Hartman arrived last, but not
least with a force of seven Indian
fire fighters from the cell hall ready
to the minute, 'i -e efficiency of
our tire department was thoroughly
shown as Dr. Newman w r as on band
ready to render any medical aid
necessary, When Ihe roll was
called the only memi>ers absent,
were Paddy and Duke and both
were quickly discharged from the
By Edgar A. Guest
Discouraged, eh? The world looks dark.
And all our hopes have gone astray;
Your finest shots have missed the mark.
You’re heartsick and discouraged, eh?
Plans that you built from all went wrong.
You cannot seem to find the way,
And it seems vain to plod along.
You’re heartsick and discouraged, eh?
Take heart! each morning start anew.
Return unto the battle line;
Against far greater odds than you
Brave men have fought with courage fine,
Despite the buffetings of fate
They’ve risen, time and time again.
To stand, face front and shoulders straight.
As leaders of their fellow-men.
And you, now blinded by despair.
Heartsick and weary of the fight,
On every hand beset by care
Can, if you will, attain the light.
Properly Dealing With Them
is a Delicate Task and
Requires Much Patience
and Experience.
Every naan or woman sent to a
penitentiary if not abnormal before
arriving, becomee so at once after
their commitment; for the restraint
of liberties brings about an abnor
mal condition.
The normal man desires to care
for himself, provide his own home,
go and come at his own election,
carry on a business, mingle freely
with his fellows, in fact to do as he
pleases. Now when he is not per
mitted to do these things he is in an
abnormal condition, and if thus
helpless for a number of years be
comes very subnormal.
The condition then is just this in
any prison; if a man is abnormal be
fore he goes to he becomes
more so from his confinement, aud if
normal before the sentence, he be
comee abuorinal after his confine
Seeing that this is true the prisou
should be in the hands of the most
carefully trained men for the work.
No man, no matter who he is, can
be qualified for the job simply be
cause he happens to be Democrat
or a Republican. There must be a
training for it, and by training we
do not mean simply practice in “man
herding”—in the capacity of police
man or sheriff for example. Every
one seeking employment in a prison
should be required to pass a rigid
physical, mental, and moral exam
The dealing with several hundred
abnormal folks is no small task.
The object should be in every case
to build up if possible, and uot to
irritate, tor the more an abnormal
man is irritated the more abnormal
he will become. No normal man
will take a cursing from another
without auger at least showing it in
the face, and in most instances in a
most puguacious manner. What
must be the turbulency of soul in
an already abnormal man when he
has to endure profanity delivered at
him and he has no chance back.
This is not done very often in prison
for most guards would scorn to do
such a cowardly thing, but once in
any place is too often.
Prisoner* are Nervous
The average prisoner is more or
lees nervous, and is not by any means
equal in services to a normal man.
Many prisoners are sorely iu need of
nerve rest, and medical treatment
in most cases is greatly needed.
The time is not far distant when
each case will be carefully studied
by a competent neurologist, and
treatment given accordingly.
An abnormal person is usually not
only nervous but very sensitive.
Also with sensitiveness ther is more
or less of suspiciousness—suspicious
of the actious and words of even
best friends. Therefore too much
care caunot be exercised in paroling
men; for if an injustice is done a
man in prison by any official, the
prisoner is done irreparable harm.
He never forgets it 3ud often be
comes more criminal in his ten
Judging from the after affects of
people refused parole, it would be
better to have the prisoner’s case so
well in hand that when he comes be
fore the Board release would be the
Many men are almost unfitted for
work because of being refused
parole. Nothing so grates on the
nerves as to get "’turned down”
when release is expected. If there
is good reason for retaining the
prisoner he should be advised of the
fact before he goes to the Board;
for being in an abnormal condition
mentally, physically and as to en
vironment, he cannot hold his bal
ance like a normal person.
Not being in a normal condition,
the prisoner should be handled ac
cordingly. His mental, physical and
moral surroundings should be such
as to induce reformation where that
is possible. —Kansas Bulletin.
This Writer also Takes Excep
tion to Heredity Idea, and
G'ves Some Good Reasons for
His Views, Based on Facts.
Good Words
There has been more written, and
at the same time less said, in the past
few years on the subject of heredity
than anything we know of —unless
we consider the subject of criminol
Let a man commit murder, and. if
he has the necessary funds, his at
torneys will try to prove that once
upon a time a third cousin of his
first wife's mother had a tooth pull
ed, and the language she used when
said operation was taking place was
something awful. No one but a
crazy person could have been guilty
of such expressions. The lawyers
prepare the hypothetical question,
the wise alienist strikes a pose for
the photographers, smiles and sol
emnly delivers his expert (?) opin
ion in that one good old stock word
heredity;” and the amusing part of
it is, as our lamented friend P. T.
Barnurn would say: “The people
fall for it.”
Did you, gentle reader, ever hear
of a young man, or, for that matter,
a woman either, who was guilty of
a capital crime whose parents had
done the same thing before them?
We can call to mind none in our ex
perience. As a rule they come from
the homes of highly respected and
good law abiding people, but unfor
tunately had drifted away from
home environments. We venture
to say —and this is not expert opin
ion, just the observations of one who
has come in contact with all kinds
aud conditions of people,in his young
and somewhat eventful career —that
ninety per cent, of the people use
the word “heredity” when they mean
We often hear the expression:
“He’s a natural-born criminal.”
That may be right, but the writer is
going to be radical and say that ev
erybody is a natural-born criminal.
We read the Bible in our young
days and still have some faith in
what it says. Take a child of any
family on earth, throw him out in
the world on his own resources,
without any moral training whatever,
aud in time —short at that —you will
have about as “cute’' a little crimi
nal as you want to find. The simple
reason is that he follows the natural
tendencies of humanity. No doubt
you have seen a bubbliug spring
with water in it as clear as a crystal.
Take a glass, till it with this water
and then put a few drops of ink into
it and the result is that the clear
water is spoiled, but throw that glass
of inky water into the spring and
gradually that good water wdll tri
umph over the bad and reclaim its
own. Just so with humanity, but it
is environment and not heredity.
Take the child of feeble-minded,
but otherwise healthy parents, and
let him grow up among such home
surroundings, which naturally fol
low, where he sees and hears noth
ing but the actions, and conversa
tions of such people, and he is bound
to grow up a mental wreck. If you
take the same child away from his
parents, place him among healthy,
moral, intelligent people with good
surroundiugs and he will become as
rational and well-behaved as the
average human being. This state
ment is not hearsay, for we have
seen it demonstrated. Is this result
heredity or environment? It does
not take an expert to answer, cer
tainly environment.”
There are a great many men here
who had never been arrested until
they really ought to have known
better, and of course the expert will
ask: How is it to be accounted for?
As we said before, the natural ten
dency of mankind is to the bad. Let
any youug man get away from good
moral surroundings before he learns
to take life seriously and if he is
thrown io bad surroundings he will
6oon forget all the good he ever
knew. Environment again.
In some states they are trying to
pass a law to sterilize prisoners on
the strength of “Heredity.” Non
seuse! The minute you start doing
that you may as well throw all your
reform methods away, and go back to
the days of the Spanish Inquisition.
You may starve, beat, bulldoze,
shave the head, put in stripes, and all
but murder the man and he might
forget it when his time expires, but
the moment you use the knife on
him, you drive him out with hatred
and malice in his heart. You have
taken away that one gleam of hope
which is in every man’s breast. That
hope of self-reformation, that vision
of some day having a little home of
his own, and having profited by the
mistakes that he made, will know
how to bring up his children to be
good and honorable citizens. By ster
ilizing him you take all that away,
and instead of reforming him you
make a fiend, and the toll that Soci
ety will pay for this foolish piece of
legislation will startle the world.

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