The legislature also
passed a law providing for payment of earnings to the prisoners; but again
they forgot to appropriate funds for such a purpose; and again the prisoners
get nothing, not even a credit memorandum. If this, their just dues, was paid
them, they could send this money to their wives and children who now live
in poverty and misery. Will not some one start the ball rolling
by calling on the governor or on the board, to have this wrong rectified?
I wish to appeal to you who employ labor, and call your attention
to the paroled men. Of these men, ninety out of each hundred make
good; they cannot quit just when they please, but are under the supervision
of the warden and the board. You assume no financial responsibility
when you employ such a man, and you perform indeed a Christian and
Several associations work to better the outgoing men. The Nebraska
Prison Association has its office in the Little Building,
Lincoln. Its members are men of the highest standing.
Its superintendents are Captain Gifford and Rev. Doctor Bullock.
Then there is the Helping Hand Prison Association. Its officers are
James Barrett, President; G. E. Hamlin, Secretary; V. A. Williamson,
Vice-President; and P. R. Burling, Treasurer. Its members are G.
A. Spangler, M. Persley, W. 0. Kester, Sheriff Hyers, John Farrier,
L. L. Burd, J. E. Jewel, W. S. Loftin, A. Rumbaugh, R. Bancroft,
0. Rumbaugh, W. M. Ferrier, R. Opper, A. E. Adams, A. L. Berry, and
William Styne. I know all the officers of these two associations
and I have found them to be men, real men, who are working without
remuneration to aid their fallen brothers. If you, my reader, wish
to contribute a little for the benefit of the outgoing prisoner,
then contribute to either one of these two associations, and shun
all others. Give no aid to the others, although they sail under the
title of "Reverend" or "Doctor" and have the