government by force and preferred and promoted
government by peace and kindness.
A democratic governor had been elected. No sooner did this become
known at Lancaster than the boys circulated a petition among
themselves and addressed it to Governor Morehead asking that
he not take Warden Melick away from them. The petition was, however,
never mailed, as the warden held it back.
the end of the biennium and the warden made his report to the governor and
the legislature. The deficiency which former Warden Smith predicted to be about
ten thousand dollars was, however, thirteen thousand dollars; and considering
that the state institutions in Lincoln owed the prison nearly ten thousand
dollars for electric light, the actual deficiency was about four
thousand dollars. At every place where there was a chance to
save a penny - that penny was saved. The coal bill was given
close attention and several thousand dollars were
saved on that item. In his report the warden said
that he had managed the prison by open and aboveboard methods.
There is not one receipt nor disbursement but what can be explained.
The books are open and the public may come and see for themselves.
He closes the report with a few words of cheer for the inmates,
bids them dispense with despair, and with hope in their hearts
look forward to better days to come.
Now Christmas is the greatest holiday at the prison! Usually
the boys commence to make a lot of noise early in the morning
but this morning everything was quiet; they were too downhearted
to cheer for they had learned that their best friend was to leave
them. When Chief Justice Reese of the supreme court, speaking
to the prisoners at the chapel service, made a kind mention of
Warden Melick, this sentiment was cheered by the prisoners. One
a colored man, the same one that I mentioned at the beginning
of this chapter; violated the rules