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Established 1887 HAVE YOU HAD YOUR MONEY'S WORTH? Have Proceeds of Wrongdo ing Benefited You? Just a Few Instances Mentioned To Show That Crime Does Not, Cannot, And Never Will Begin To Pay You For What You Have Lost During the past few months we have spent many hours iu reviewing seenes of the past. Old acquaintan ces have been recalled to mind, and we have endeavored to fix a certain value upon the words wide** we re member having heard them speak. These acquaintances have come from every walk m life, the high, ihe low, tlie rich, the poor, the hon est. the dishonest, the prisoner, the exprisoner, and the man who would lie a prisoner if he received his just deserts. It is in regard to matters dealing with, and of interest to the prisoner and ex prisoner that we wish to write, therefore, we will eliminate all the others. The subject that we are going to bring i»efore you, is oft written about, but there are always a few more thoughts and observa tions which may be added without detracting from, or injuring, the value of previous deductions. We have learned by bitter experience that crime does not pay, aud we are familiar with the stones of a large number of others who are, or have been, situated in circumstances identical to those that surround us today, and, omitting their names, we are gomg to cite a few instances of men who have found that there is nothing iu the life of crime. Mauy of them have settled down and are regarded and respected as honest citizens, the history of their past has been forgotten; some of them have gone over the way from which there is no returning; but they, one aud all, have realized that crime does not pay. There was “King,” with whom we were very well acquainted. We tiist met him something like ten or eleven years ago. At that time he was oue of the most expert safe blowers that ever worried the police of a civilized community. No safe or ban'- vault bail been built which would keep him from getting at the golden harvest therein contained. He was a very cautious mau, uever drank to excess, and uever cracked a crib” unless be was reasonably certain ilia; a getaway was possible, and that tbe sum of money involved was sufficient to justify tbe risk he bad to take to get it. To him the banks owe tbe loss of thousands of dollars, more than enough to put a conservaiive man iu independent circumstances, ami yet he told us that he had fouud that crime did uot pay. We recall a conversation we once had with him and he said: “No. sonny, crime doesn’t pay. Money obtained by dishonesty uev er brings tbe joy and satisfaction ibat tbe bard earned dollar brings to us, and, as the old adage says, ‘easy come, easy go,’ and I am broke two-thirds of the tune despite the rich hauls that I make. Here I am just out of stir after a ten year bit, fifty-nine years of age and uot one dollar to show for these long years of worry aud toil. Son, do you know that out of my fifty-nine years I have spent nearly twenty-five in prison, ami I think it about time f<»r me to settle down aud let the young bloods have all tbe glory--if they can find any glory iu the crimiual life. lam very much afraid that they will be disappointed iu the glory part. for. after all, the glory is but an illusion. As for me, I am going after a job, go to work, and enjoy the rest of my days at liberty.” Poor old “King” did uot enjoy much of life, however, for iu com pauy with a friend he started for Oregon, beating the way by riding the rods, the blinds, or ‘decking’ the diers, aud wheu we met his friend several mouths later we were in formed that he had beeu killed in a railroad u reck in Moutana. and so was brought to an end the life of oue who had great experience in all that appertained to crime, and one who kuew that it did not pay. Then there was a young fellow who was called ‘Pick,” partly be cause he never could rtsist putting his bauds into the other fellow’s pockets, and partly because he had By H. S. McD the habit of picking up everything that wasu’t bolted down aud the bolt heads riveted. # He got salted down iu stir several times before he came to the realization that he was on the wrong side of the fence. It was during the serving of his last period behind the bars that he swore to follow the path of rectitude. He was in for getting caught with his hand iu the wrong pocket trying to remove the contents of said pocket wiihout the owner’s knowledge or cousent. Shortly after he was in carcerated he attempted to make his escape, with the result that he was shot in the leg and consequently the leg had to be amputated. Pick, the last we beard of him, was enjoy ing freedom, and as he has made good for several years, the probabil ity is that he not ouly realizes that crime does not pay, but is putting his knowledge in practical operation aud we earnestly hope he will con tinue to do so. Another instance we recall to mind 18 % of a young man who left his home and went to the city to make his fortune. He had not been long in the city before he fouud out. that fortune was a very elusive god dess, aud his aspirations aud supply of ready cash bee an to rapidly fade away aud lie soon began to miss the regularity of his three square meals per day. He had left home with so many bright expectatione that he could not bring himself to the poiut of writing back and informing them of his failures. At the hotel where he was staying lie roomed with a mau who ran a gambling establish ment and who finally persuaded him to accept a job serviug out drinks to the habitues of the gambling tables. Ou the night that he went to work the place was raided by the police and he ua* one of the buuch that was gathered in. When he appear ed before the court ou the iollowiug tnoruiug he was heavily tiued and not having sufficient cash to pay the tiue, he was sent to the workhouse. When be left the “works” he aud a mau with whom he had become acquainted with in the “worsk,” left for the harvest fields of Dakota. They were several days in making the trip, for they were compelled to make a number of stopovers due to beiug unable to couviuce the rail way “shacks” that they were ruil liouares iu disguise aud had in some unaccountable manner been separ ated from their ready cash supply. When they finally reached the har vest fields they found that there were ten meu for every job that came to their notice, and so they spent their time in a “bliud pig” that they bad located. One night while the young fellow was pretty much under the influence of liquor his companion persuaded him to go along with him aud help to blow a safe iu one of the bauks of the town. They made a good job of it while they were at it, and not ouly did they succeed in blowiug open the safe but ihey wrecked the eutire building and blew all the paper currency to bits, so they got very little for their trouble and barely escaped capture at the hands of the aroused inhabitants. They fiually eluded their pursuers, and several days later fouud them iu Montana where they again undertook to eu ter a safe by the use of explosives, which resulted iu their apprehen sion, aud they bad a long spell in Deer Lodge to recuperate aud figure out how it happened. The youug mau was twenty-three when he was sent there and before he got out he was over thirty-two years of age. Niue years of his life had come and gone aud ne had nothing to show for them. He bad had enough of crime, however, aud immediately set out for his home. The proceeds of his short crimiual career had beeu practically uothiug, aud he bad spent over nine years in prison. Is it any wonder that he decided that crime did cot pay? How many of the boys who are now in prison cau figure the cost and subtract it from the proceeds aud strike a balauoe? Mighty few of them. Most of them know that crime does not pay. Then, you ask, why do they coutinue to commit crime? Some of them like the ex citement of the game; others think there is nothing else left for them to do; and some of them are bugging the delusion of the “One Last Big Stake” on which they intend to set tle down and enjoy life. ’I here is nothing in it, boys, and we know that we will, bv a few years of per severing labor, be far ahead in fin ancial and other standing, for we know that crime does not pay and the way of the transgressor is hard. OUR MOTTOs—“It IsTNever Too Late to Mend.” Stillwater. Minnesota. Thursday, October 1, 1914. AN INMATE OFFERS SOME GOOD ADVICE Sets Forth Several Rules For Us To Follow. Says it Is Not Necessary To Become Man Of 6reat Piety And Go About With A Sanctimonious Expression But Religion is An Asset By J. M., 4519. This article is not intended as a lecture but simply to furnish a little food for thought for us, who uuder the existiugcircumstances, must piau our future so wheu the limes comes for our discharge to be hauded to us that we may be better fit and able to go forth and start at the beginning, aud battle our way to the position in society which rightly belongs to us. Firstly, don’t go from here with the idea that society will greet you with opeu arms. We must bear in mind that some event has takeu place iu our lives that must be re adicated before we can get back to (Inscription on the old prison of Edinberg ) Prison is a bouse of care A place where none can thrive A touchstone true to try a friend A grave for men alive Sometimes a place of right. Sometimes a place ox Wrong, Sometimes a place of rogues and tkieves And konest men among. our former place in life. Remem ber, that if a ebampiou tighter los es a battle, oi a champion racer los es a race, that before he is again accepted by society he must regain his lost laurels; aud the same applies tous who have been so unfortunate to slip iu our race of life, aud we must make that our goal to win back, in the eyes of the public, our former standing. I will humbly set forth three rules which I believe if faithfully applied will aid us in getting away from the barrier to a good start in our grinding race. First, let us look to our moral na ture and see how we can develop it to as uearly perfect as possible. The moiai nature of man supplies him both with the motive power and the power to regulate —iu fact moral nature is the governor and legiti mate master of that intricate mach ine, our body; therefore 1 will state that a high degree of morality is absolutely indispensable in the greatness of man, and is the great standard of success. We may be brilliant, clever, strong and as broad as it is possible for man to be, aud yet without the proper stand ard of morality we are still looked upon as a pitiful worthless creature. Let us taxe tor example, lord Byron. People say he was a great thinker, a brilliant mau, and yet they will add that big *ord ‘but’ and say he was no gentleman and was lackiug in character, which iu short means he had no developed morality. So we say, let ns build up our character so that the world cannot add a clause with that word ‘but’ at the out-set. I do Dot want to imply that in building up a good moral condition of our body and mind, that you must necessarily become a man of great piety and go about with a sanctimonious expression on your continanoe. We must admit, how* ever, that to divorce piety and a certaiu amount of religiou from morality would be too great a trans gression of the truth; but ou tbe other band, it is a fact that oue does uot uecessarily ueed become ex tremely pi 3uß to obtain morality which simply expressed, is charac ter. The first object lesson to cultivate in our reconstruction of ourselves is “Obedience.” Our one great thought while in carcerated here is about our liberty. Do we fully understand what liberty means? Let us see just what tbe word liberty imparts. Liberty is a graud aud wonderful gift. The word implies to me that iu the ex ercise of all uatural energies that we should be free from every sort of artificial and paiuful restriction. When we Lave liberty we are merely at the startiug point or faciug the mau with the starters flag in the great race of life and with liberty alone, we do not get very far. The world is a great stage and we are the actors, aud so liberty places the great stage for us to play upon but does uot designate the part we are to play. Beyond this startiug point that is given us by liberty, is only a series of limitations, and regula- SI mill ape tion is limitation. We have not the limitations to submit lo that, we ourselves lay down, but ones that are made by others for the general welfare of society: therefore if we wish to be a member in good stand ing in any social life we must first learn to obey. We must not ouly learu to obey the laws made by out legislatures, but the laws of society. Bear this iu mind boys, when that great and glorious day comes aud we regain that most wonderful liber- ty, that you will be judged by so ciety aud uo higher recommendation can be given you than that you are accurate, puuctual and obedient. Let your employer say, “this is a man who always does what is re quired of him and who always ap pears at the hour wheu he is expect ed to appear.” The next virtue we must cultivate is truthfulness. lam sure there is nothing more hateful than a lie or a liar. We need not go into this phase of morality in detail for you, dear reader, know that a liar is the most distrusted we can tbiuk of, aud remember, that one lie always re quires a multitude of lies to cover it, and then you are discovered and the paiuful thing happens. Wheu you are telling the truth you think iu your own mind that your listener does not believe you. A few words, before I close, about tbe third important part of moral construction which to us iu our little world is important be fore we go to the next planet where liberty is ours for the taking; and that is, avoid idleness. No truer proverb can I think of than “an idle brain is the devils work shop.” 1 would suggest that when you leave here regulate yourself. Have a cer tain time for work and a time for rest and pleasure. Gain that won derful trait of tbe little postage stamp of work while yon work, and play while yon AS TO THE DISCONTENTED The Parole Law From the View-point of Inmates Long Term Men Are More in Favor of Parole Law than Short Termers. A Few Believe in no Law at Ail And Oppose Everything - By Buck Among the inmates on Saturday afternoon there is heard a great deal of comment on the indetermin ate law, as it is inforced in the state of Minnesota both favorable and unfavorable. Some seem to thiuk that the law works a great hardship on the man who commits some offense that puts him just be yond the pale of the workhouse or county jail. Others —aud these are the ones who have committed the more serious crimes aud who are in for perhaps the second or third time —seem to think that the law is an improvement over the old straight sentence idea, in that it gives him a chance to again redeem himself if he has the inclination iu him to do so. Then again there are others who seem to thiuk that there is no good iu the state of Minnesota at all and curse the state aud all its laws ac cordingly. They have an idea that ibey shouldn’t have been arrested aud coutined in prison at all. Sev eral of them even go so far as to claim that in any other state they could commit the crimes for which they are confined in here and they would have received only light sen tences or no sentences at all. To such let it be known that they are very much mistaken. Every state iu the Uuiou has laws agaiust the act of appropriating other people's goods aud chattels aud agaiust the personal rights of others, more or less s rict; but you will find them practically all the same iu every state; aud as sure as you break one of these laws so sure will youliud yourself behind prison bars sooner or later. A tew of the states have adopted the indeterminate pJau of sentenc ing convicted men to prison, and as yet that plan is in its infancy and it will be hard to tell for a while yet how successful the law will be both for the benefit of society and the welfare of the convicted man. Rut, perhaps, with a few improvements here and there it will workout with a great measure of success—a great deal more so, it is believed, than the old plau of sentencing men to pris on on a straight seuttuce. There is no reason why the law should not be successful, if it is properly and impartially enforced —giviug every man the same chance regardless of his influence or who or what he is. Influence does not count before the Parole or Pardon boards in granting releases to men in confine ment; neither does the fact that one man can produce a number of offers of positions where another man cannot produce oue. For the man who cannot procure offers of em ployment is most generally without frieuds or relatives in this state to look out for his interests on the out side of prison when the time comes for his eligibility for patole. So the state has iu its employ a man who makes it his business to look out for the friendless man —thj State Agent. work, and play while you play, but remember that random activity, jumping from one position to an other, is little better than absolute idleuess. Iu your earnestness with your work, you will forget all about your past, likewise society will for get, in spile of all the adverse opin ions, and when you are able to say “I have no time for uonsense, no need for unreasonable dissipation, and when you feel that your work is fiuished and that you have put forth your best efforts and have had your alloted rest and then yon can truly feel that you are prepared for auotber boot of action, then and then ouly havp you put yourself iu a position to say those great and wonderful words, ‘"I am a man.” In conclusion, permit me to say that I am of the firm opinion that if we, when the time comes for us to pass through those great front doors of this institution, will make a res- Vol. XXVIII: No. 9 alution, and stick to it, that we will be obedient, truthful and faithful in our work; that we will be able to go forth to the gresU battle we have be fore us and cope wild the enemy in a highly, pleasing and successful manner. ‘ Let us gird up our loins therefore, aud act like men, and having by the golden gift of God the glorious lot of living once for all, let us endeavor to live nobly by being obedieul, truthful and energetic. EDUCATION—AIM AND OBJECT It’s school time and you are en rolling. For what? Are you en rolling that you may be polished to shiue before the footlights of the world? Is it your desire to get in a position that you may have less than formerly to do? Don t mis take yourself my friend, for you are not to get the idea in your head that traiutug means to do le6s, but to do more. It does not matter whether you wear pateut leather pumps or brogaus, whether your hat l>e a Knox or Bullrush, the thing that is to mark your consequence among men,is what can you do? For what are you best fitted? The aim is to gain a certain a mount of knowledge. It means work; it meaus indefatigable energy, iucessaut toil, determination that knows no flagging, aud stopping not, till you mount the platform of success. Like a traveller you must observe the ground over which you tread, so that in turn, you may des cribe the way to others. There is uo royal way, no smooth road; for sometimes the >ath is rugged and passage-way lustnuous; but all the labyrinths of knowledge will be come plaiu walks to your mental vision it you but continue to jour ney on. The object is to instill into your mind a thirst for knowledge, that nothing will conquer or quench. I once met a noted biohop on the train and he told me that be had made it a rule every year since his graduation to master 40 books. The eminent pnysician does not stop at simple graduation, but practices a while aud then attends lectures, con tinues to take post-graduaie courses and with strict attention to his pro fession marks himself as an eminent iu his profession, and a benefactor to society. There is no such a thing as a tiuishiug school, neither is there - a tiuishiug process, for the horizon of educatiou widens aud stretches iuto illimitable space. When you master a certain course or graduae in a particular school, you find that you have really acquired a thirst for lifetime study. A few years ago - the learned Dr. Marsh of Couuecti cut was observed one Saturday af ternoon preparing his lesson for the next morning’s Suuday school class. He had, lying ou the table,2l differ ent authors that he bad been consul ting on that particular chapter; and _ remarked: ‘T wish I had more books for research on tne lesson.” If you fail in your study, to cultivate a pas sion for knowledge, your education is a failure. its a’m is to produce habits of in dustry. If your father or mine should send us to school in order that we might have an easy lime in the world, or that we might discover how to wear an E and VV collar, aud keep the creases smooth in our trousers, he bad far better take his ' gold aud grind it into powder and scatter the .dust on the water we drink rather than we should be pol ished to shine as oruaraeuts for so ciety. Education is to fit a man for service iu the world. He is to be a felt force in the community in which - be resides, a manly man and a civic citizen. The aim is to take the selfishness out of our lives. It takes away sordid ambition, and that disposition that would give - raucor for rancor, aud railing for railing, it takes away the scorpion disposition that would tend to make us feed aud prey upou others. There is nothing surer than this, that you cannot get there, by tryiug to down the other fellow. And it won’t _ work a bit more in the penitentiary than any other place. The educated mau has no time for the petty faults (or grievous for that matter) of other folks, for he is too busy doing things or bis mind is too full of noble, lofty thoughts to take a pass- _ ing notice of the foibles and mis giving of others.