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time. The new indeterminate sentence law has gone into effect, and half of the population have indeterminate sentences. It is up to them to be good and their sentence will be a short one. About one hundred and fifty have sentences from between one and three years. Eight have five years, seven have seven years, etc. Six have fifteen years, three have twenty years, two have twenty-two years, and there were fifteen received during the biennium with life sentences, making forty-eight life time prisoners altogether. One, the murderer of our beloved deputy warden is under a death sentence.

As stated before there are men of all occupations at Lancaster; and is it not strange that one-third of the boys are farmers? There are one hundred and six laborers and twenty-five cooks. The latter, might be wrong, for many of the prisoners state that they are cooks in order to get to work in the kitchen. There are sixteen barbers, nine bakers, six bookkeepers, eighteen paint



ers, sixteen teamsters, one acrobat and one sailor, the latter doing but little sailing at this time. There is one doctor, one veterinary surgeon, and mechanics of all kinds. There are no bankers in the prison now. And, speaking of bankers, there are less crimes committed against the banks in Nebraska at the present time than ever before, for the bankers are well organized, and, like the old safeblower said to me, "It is just impossible for an honest saleblower to work in Nebraska since that man Johnson became chief of the bankers' secret service; and since they got the law passed to sentence us from twenty years to life for blowing a safe, it is another state for me." Surely did Joe kept his word, for a week after he left Lancaster he was caught blowing a safe in Minnesota, and being old and having served in seven pens in his day it looks as if he will spend the remainder of his life at Stillwater.

Of the four hundred and fifty received, three hundred and sixty were first offenders,


while fifty-one were second timers and five were third timers. One came back for the fourth time. The latter is still a young man, not yet thirty. When I asked: "Well Jim, I looked for you back over a year ago, where have you been this long?" "Oh! just being entertained by Warden Sanders of Fort Madison, for nine or ten months," said Jim.



When you are taken sick while in prison you remain in your cell in the morning after the other men have gone to their work. About nine o'clock the sick men fall in line and march to the dispensary where Doctor Williams looks you over and in nine cases out of ten prescribes for you his favorite prescription, castor oil. You may have a broken leg, a pimple on your eye, or a corn on your foot, castor oil cures them all. When the doctor first came to the prison, there was for several mornings a long line of sick men, but as the doctor administered to them the castor oil treatment the line grew smaller and smaller. The doctor is also an expert in appendicitis cases and has a ready cure for all imaginary sickness. For instance an old negro came wobbling up to his office. He was so weak and delicate that he could hardly walk and he had to stop