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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
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charge. To do this you should write your
own name and register number and the name
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If you desire to send more than one paper,
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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
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,
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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
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
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.
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
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.
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,
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
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
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
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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
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
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
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