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Entered at the postoffice at Stillwater, Minne sota, as second-class mail matter. The Mirror is issued every Thursday at the following rates: One Year SI.OO Six Mouths .50 Three Months -25 To inmates of penal institutions per yr. .50 Address all communications to The Mirror, Stillwater, Minn. The Mirror is a weekly 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 news paper; to encourage moral and intellectual im provement 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. NOTICE TO INMATES Each inmate is accorded the privilege of sending one paper home, or to friends free of charge. To do this you should write your own name and register number and the name and address of the person you wish to send the paper to, and hand same to your officer. If you desire to send more than one paper, each additional copy will be for at the rate of 50 cents a year. The paper delivered to your cell each week must be kept clean, and should be folded in the same manner as you receive it, placing it at the foot of your bed on the morning fol lowing the day on which it is delivered to your cell. CHURCH NOTICE Services in the Prison Chapel at nine o’clock every Sunday morning, Protestant and Catho lic service every alternate Sunday. Rev. C. E. Benson and Rev. Pr. Corcoran, Chaplains. LETTERS TO BOARD OP CONTROL All inmates desiring to write to the State Board of Control will notify their officer, who in turn is requested to send your notification to the Deputy Warden’s office Friday noon in order that special paper for that purpose may be furnished you. Letters written on regula tion sire paper will not be permitted to go. J. J. Sullivan, Warden. NOTICE —Contributions submitted to The Mirror for publication must be absolutely original; if not original, proper credit must be given, if known; if writer’s name is not known, it should be so specified by said con tributor. Should contributor fail to comply with this request he will henceforth be dropped from The Mirror’s contributing staff. Approved by Warden. —Editor. Behavior is an image in which everyone displays his image.— Goethe. You may fail to shine in the opinion of others, both in your conversation and ac- tions, from being superior, as well as in ferior to them.— Greville. Common sense is, of all kinds, the most uncommon —it implies good judgment, sound discretion, and true and practical wisdom applied to common life. —Tryott Edwards. Pres. McC., in calling the meeting to order, gave a lucid, extemporaneous ad dress covering various subjects, for the benefit of the Circle as a whole, and its members as individuals. For the ensuing term as critic Mr. M. I. was appointed and an expression of thanks given to Mr. M. G. for his splendid criticisms during the term just ended. A handsome oil painting was presented to him, by Mr. C. H. S., as an extra token of the Circle’s LETTER OF APPRECIATION esteem. Give a boy address and accomplish- ments and you give him the mastery of palaces and fortune where he goes. He has not the trouble of coming to own them; tjiey solicit him to enter and pos sess.—Emerson. As a token of appreciation of the pleas ure given us on several Thanksgiving Days, by little Miss Zola Bohn, Mr. C. H. S., an inmate artist of unusual ability, painted a very handsome landscape and presented it to the young lady. The fol lowing letter acknowledging the gift speaks for itself: St. Paul, Minn. Nov. 27, 1921 Mr. C. H. S. Dear Friend: I truly do not know' how to tell you how grateful I feel for the dear painting you so sweetly sent me. My thanks to you are thousand-fold. I am so glad you liked my little entertain ment and I send you my love, trusting to sing again for you and all the boys as I feel I have a place in everyone’s heart. The painting will be treasured along with a beautiful letter I received two years ago from one of the boys, also the tender memories of my reception on each occasion tendered me. Again my thanks go out, with best wishes and health to you. Truly, GOVERNOR PREUS ENDORSES SALE OF CHRISTMAS SEALS Governor J. A. O. Preus in a letter to the Minnesota Public Health Association strongly urges the people to purchase Christmas Seals. The Governor’s letter is as follows: Dr. William F. Wild, Executive Secy. Minnesota Public Health Assn., 300 Shubert Building, St. Paul, Minn. My Dear Mr. Wild: When we stop to consider the progress that has been made in the fight against Tuberculosis in the last few years, we should consider it not only a privilege but an obligation to do everything within our power to bring this fight to a successful conclusion. In view of the fact that the death rate in Minneso ta from Tuberculosis last year was lower than it has ever been in the history of the State, I cannot too strongly urge the people to aid the Minnesota Public Health Asso ciation and the County Public Health As sociations by purchasing Christmas Seals, which is the sole means of financing these organizations. Permit me to take this opportunity of congratulating you on your splendid work in the past in Public Health Education, and extend to you my best wishes for a successful sale of the Christmas Seals! Very truly yours, J. A. O. Preus. CHAUTAUQUA CIRCLE A regular meeting of the Pierian Chau tauqua Circle was held in the school room, Sunday afternoon, December 4th, Pres. W. J. McC., presiding. Attendance thirteen, absent three. The usual routine of opening a meeting; roll call, reading and approval of minutes and exchange of library books, etc., was somewhat delayed owing to the stupidity of “the custodian of the cabinet keys” which necessitated a trip down the corri dor for the missing keys. With apologies to the Circle, and to Deputy Utecht, as surance is given that such negligence will not occur again. Owing to the absence of some members and the unpreparedness of others, the de bate arranged for was postponed and the three following papers were read before, and discussed by, the Circle: “The Val ley of Scenic Beauty,” by Mr. E. A. L.; “Gold—One way to get it,” by Mr. H. H. M.; “What Qualifications are Essential to the Successful Farmer f ” by Mr. P. J. B. Each of these papers showed careful preparation and readers of The Mirror will find them interesting and instructive when they appear. The critic’s report being called for Mr. M. I. gave such an ideal summary of the session that the President’s wisdom in making the appointment became instantly apparent —“we all” didn’t know it was in him. Announcement that a victrola concert had been arranged for the Dec. 18th meet ing, was followed by adjournment. * —F. T. P., Secy. amenities of our life in country home? Commercially, our outlook should be wider. It is in the big undeveloped lands, and in long journeys over countries now regarded as almost inaccessible that the aircraft will show their supremacy. Pic ture mail leaving San Francisco, making Los Angels, New Orleans and Atlanta, by the Southern route, and arriving in New York in some 90 or a 100 hours, with the route lights reflected in the waters of the Atlantic, and the Godess of Liberty re garding with untroubled gaze, this defiance of the ancient laws. Picture again the group of New York millionaires whose urgent business in London, or Paris, calls for a sudden flight across the Atlantic. The huge aeroplane shoots forward with its human cargo, just before sunrise, to pick up the Western Irish lights an hour or two after sunset, awaking the waste of Atlantic waters w-ith the long-drawn drone of its triple engines, and sighting maybe, one or two of its slower rivals laboriously plowing the sea. This may, or may not, become a reality, but it is just a glimpse of a possibility, in the very near future. Zola M. Bohn. At any rate, to whom do we owe these possibilities? In the first instance to men of the type of Lilienthal, Langley and the Wright brothers, whose experiments in theory and practice of flight, gave such fruitful results, secondly to that band of German, English and French pioneers whose performances in the early flying contests before the war filled us with won der, thirdly to the host of scientific engi neers and designers who have been to evolve, not only the marvelous efficient wing-section of the modern aeroplane, but also a powerplant of extreme lightness, without which flying at least in heavier than-air machines, could scarcely have passed the experimental stage. But if an attempt is made to allocate fairly the praise which is due, to those whose work will have insured the final success of aerial transportation, we must not omit from our regard the airmen of the Ger man, and the Allied fighting forces. These men held their lives cheaply in carrying on a military service, both over land and sea, and had it not been for them, the whole theory of flight, the strength of machine, and the power of engines would have been unknown. The problem of aerial navigation has been tested by stan dards of performance unknown to any peace condition. To them, the promoters of commercial aerial transportation we owe a debt, the magnitude of which, it is hoped will be duly paid in the near future. Note: Read before the Pierian Chau tauqua Circle, in behalf of Class B, at their regular meeting, Sunday afternoon, Nov. 6, 1921. I once asked a great scholar of a famous university his idea of happiness. He ans wered: “A good read.” But scholars are like the stars, lonely and inscrutable, and in God’s holy keeping. I myself like best those rare moments when congenial peo ple meet and there is good conversation, each man doing his best to say exactly what he thinks. Is there anything so de lightful, and at times so beautiful, and at all times so beguiling, as good conversa tion? Talk is man’s sowing-time, and as he sows, so shall he reap. Literature is the harvest of talk. If Elizabethan literature is the best in the world, it is because con versation at the Court of Elizabeth and in the London cafes was the best in the world. Elizabethan literature is nobly ex travagant and musical, scarcely touched at all with the spirit of contention; and so, no doubt, was their talk. If Ben John son, who was a Scotchman, had had his way, no doubt, the conversation would AERIAL TRANSPORTATION (■Continued from page 1) TALK AND TALKERS have been as contentious as the speeches of lawyers or the sermons of theologians or the talk of a man out of Belfast. You can’t read Shakespeare without feeling that he was shy of contention, disliking to contradict or be contradicted. Images to him were dear for their own sake, as one loves little children or pretty girls, with out vexing ourselves as to whether they are good little children or good girls. And now let me add a caution. If the desire be for conversation, the room in which the talkers assemble must be well lighted. Men will not talk and they can- , not properly listen where they do not clearly see each others’ faces, and this fact, true of all men, is especially so of the shy> and diffident talker, unless his attention be fully occupied in watching the changing expression on the face of the man with whom he talks—he listens to his own voice, his voice comes back upon him, and he is embarrassed. Why is it that modern ladies, especially in New York, like to show themselves in darkened drawing-rooms and at darkened dinner-tables, so that they seem as phan toms prettily appareled and no longer as real women ? My old friend York Powell used to say that the only education proper to a woman was to know French and how to dance. The fact is that education is a good thing, but it is carried too far if the real woman—or for that matter the real man—is submerged in any kind of in tellectualism. The grandmothers of these phantom ladies were women first and last. One of them might be only an old maid or a happy wife, or one unhappy, or, best of all, a pretty girl, filled with the poetry of her own happiness, but she had a self, and out of that self she talked, when she did talk. She is no longer a self: she has become a student of this or that idealism imparted to her by some professor or lec turer, or by her college. She has become unreal, and her one idea is to shine like an ambitious young university undergrad uate not yet acquired his sense of life.— J. B. Yeats, in The North American Review. QUERIES NOTICE TO INMATES For the benefit of any inmates who appre ciate and see the opportunity that their spare hours give toward a means of self education through correspondence school courses, study of good literature, acquiring an education in our Night Schools, or, who need helpful informa tion in connection with their work in our var ious departments, will herewith be privileged to use the “Query” column. You are wel come to send in any queries of serious interest to yourself, The Mirror with the kind col laboration of Miss Miriam E. Cary, Super visor of Institutional Libraries, will gladly endeavor to supply the requested information. NOTICE—In order to regulate the conduct of this column inmates must sign their name, register number and lock number to all queries' submitted for publication. Inmates names, of course, will not be published, only the initials of each querist being used. —Editor. Q: —Is there a seedless apple?—H. S. A:—A seedless apple resembling a ba nana in form has been produced by an Oregon fruit grower. It is said to have a delicious flavor. Q: —Is Alaska a territory? Can it be come a state?—H. O. A:—Alaska, although usually spoken of as a territory, is not one in a legal sense. It is an adinistrative and judicial district, and not fully organized according to the customary form of territorial government. Its government is at present of a tentative character and all of its officieals are ap pointed by the president. The general laws of Oregon are administered in Alas ka. Territories are subject to congressional control and are usually admitted as states upon attaining a sufficient population. Al though there is some difference in the status of Alaska in comparison with other territories, there is no reason why she can not become a state like the others at any time that congress may elect to admit her. NOTICE —All inmates using the Query Col umn and desiring more detailed information to their queries are invited to use the splendid reference books in our library to be had on request. The International Text Books are especially complete in their information on technical subjects. Consult the Reference, Use ful Arts, Literature, Chemistry, Biography and Science divisions of our library catalogue for diversified subjects.