At the Penitentiary.
No where in the city was Christmas more thoroughly enjoyed than at the penitentiary where bars and doors and stalking guards could not prevent Santa from entering. At 10 o'clock a. m. the inmates were released from their cells and permitted to exchange Christmas greetings. There was singing, social chat, and story telling and the prisoners were given an opportunity to look upon the bright side of life, of which they get very few glimpses. Warden Williams was happy in making his charges happy and passed among the convicts distributing presents and tokens of remembrance, carrying the "boys" back in memory to better days and "the old folks at home."
Bismarck Tribune, 12/28/1888