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Friends: Happy Thanksgiving! This HELPER issue is
out of sequence but if
you've been collecting these transcriptions for
years, you'll find this
one missing from the cache.
Some exciting upcoming program notes - if you're
in the greater
Washington DC / Carlisle area, N. Scott Momaday
will be reading at the
NMAI Wednesday of next week, Nov. 28th at the
Rasmusson Theatre. Dr.
Momaday just recently published *Three Plays,*
one of which is about
Carlisle. If you're not in the area, you can
still catch his talk via
LIVE WEBCAST. Go to
http://www.nmai.si.edu/nw07/webcast.html for more
Thursday, Nov. 29th Lars Anderson, author of the
book, "Carlisle vs. Army," will be speaking in
Carlisle at Dickinson
College in the evening. If you're in the area,
I'll see you there! For
more info, to
http://cfserv.dickinson.edu/compass/eve … p;dID=5387
Also, Jackie Fear-Segal will be giving a program
in Carlisle December
4th at the Cumberland County Historical Society,
and she'll be signing
her new book, *White Man's Club.* Her topic will
include the story of
Kesetta, Lipan Apache. For more info about Dr.
Fear-Segal's book, go to
http://nebraskapress.unl.edu/product/Wh … 73397.aspx
THE INDIAN HELPER
A WEEKLY LETTER
Indian Industrial School, Carlisle, Pa.
VOL. VIII. FRIDAY, November 25, 1892 NUMBER 11
LET US GIVE THANKS.
FOR all that God in mercy sends:
For health and children, home and friends,
For comfort in the time of need,
For every kindly word and deed,
For happy thoughts and holy talk,
For guidance in our daily walk--
For everything give thanks!
For beauty in this world of ours,
For verdant grass and lovely flowers,
For song of birds, for hum of bees,
For the refreshing summer breeze,
For hill and plain, for streams and wood,
For the great ocean's mighty flood --
In everything give thanks!
For the sweet sleep which comes with night.
For the returning morning's light
For the bright sun that shines on high,
For the stars glittering in the sky;
For these and everything we see,
O Lord! our hearts we lift to Thee,
For everything give thanks!
A BREAKFAST STORY FOR THANKSGIVING.
It was the special privilege of Alice to carry
the tray that morning
to the bed side of sweetfaced, invalid mamma,
that she might eat at the
same time with the family who were seated at the
table, but Frank and
Harold must each give a finishing touch to the
preparations to prove
that Mamma dear was not forgotten by them if it
was Alice's turn to
carry her tray to her.
When seated at the table and all were served,
it became evident by
little uneasy movements and side glances that the
morning programme was
This was continued for some moments and at
last the little maiden
Alice bent gracefully toward me and with a
matronly air said, "Please
could you tell us something about your Indian
"Oh, yes!" was the ready response, "I
always like to talk about them and it shall be
about those who were
really mine in my thought, made so by my having
gathered them from their
village homes, cleansing, dressing, feeding and
teaching them without
any aid from others.
"They always appeared so nicely at the table,
never coming noisily to
it and so carefully noting our manner of
receiving and eating our food,
and imitating so closely you would never have
thought they were not
trained from infancy to sit in their high chairs
and eat with knife and
"They retained for some time one custom of
their own, which was very
pleasing to me.
"We were all one family in that little school
so long ago and sat at
one table, and I often noticed a spoonful of
soup, a piece of meat or
bread being passed from one to another.
"When I asked the meaning, they said it was to
show they loved the
person to whom it was sent.
"It was such a beautiful thought, I never
forbade its expression in
"They were fond of serving each other and felt
injured if they were
not asked to serve their elders.
"Having always been accustomed to wait upon
myself I continued to
supply all my little wants, till one day after
having arisen to get a
drink of water, one of the girls who had been
longest with me said:
"Why do you not ask us wait upon you? When you
do that way, it seems
to us you do not love us that we have done wrong
and you have not
"Were those the Indians your grandma ran away
from, when she took the
iron pot with her you have been scouring and
polishing?" asked Harold.
"Oh no, dear, it was away off in New England
during the French and
Indian war that
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Dear old Thanksgiving! how the hallowed word
Restores, as in a moment, vanished years!
Jolly! Jolly! Thanksgiving, that o'er all the
To-day a nation's benison thou art.
Thanksgiving Day as annually observed in the
United States is
peculiarly an American institution. The first
Thanksgiving service held
in North America was observed by religious
ceremonies conducted by an
English minister by the name of Wolfall in the
year 1578 on the shores
of New Foundland.
Allie Mullen has entered the contest for the
prize. She may win, as there have not been many
long lists sent in yet.
The Sibley army tent, which is extensively
used in the west by the
United States troops, shows that useful lessons
may still be learned
from the Indians. The tent is constructed on a
plan borrowed from their
Ambrose Chatchu was enlisted in the army a few
months since and went
to Mt Vernon Barracks has been heard from. He
describes the drill he has
been learning and how he likes it, but does not
forget to praise
Carlisle for what it has done for him.
Mrs. Platt, so long a worker among the
Indians, again comes to the
readers of the HELPER with an interesting
Thanksgiving story. She did
not know she was writing a Thanksgiving story,
but it was such a
round-the-table, happy-family talk that we
thought it very appropriate
for the occasion.
There is plenty time yet to enter the contest
for the twenty-five
dollar prize to the person sending in the most
subscriptions before the
first of January. Ask everybody who says they
already take it, to make a
Christmas present of the little paper to some
friend. We want ten
thousand subscribers before the new year begins.
Will not our friends
all turn in and send us names? Postage stamps or
money in any form is
A few of the boys may be curious to know the name
of the Champion
Football Team of their School. They are known as
the Pirates. Their
positions are as follows: Martinez Johns, left
end; Felix I. E. Feather
[Iron Eagle Feather], left tackle; Anthony
Austin, left guard; J. G.
Morrison, center; Joseph Irvine, right guard;
Stanley Edge, right
tackle; Stailey Norcross, right end; Frank
Everett, quarterback; Jas.
Waldo, right half-back; Ed. Campeau, full back;
Louis Caswell, left
half-back; substitutes, Henry Warren, Laban
Locojim, Julius Brown,
Benjamin Caswell has been chosen as their trainer
and Arthur Johnson as
manager. The Pirates won the game with the
Rovers, and also the game
with the School Team on Saturday, by a score of
16 to 10. The lightest
man on the School Team weighs 150 pounds, and the
rest run in weight
from that up to 200. The heaviest man of the
Pirates is J.G. Morrison,
who weighs 165 pounds, but the rest are made of
the kind of material
that wins. Their yell is "Rah! Rah! Rah! Sis Boom
Rah, Pirates!" ONE OF
Let us try not to make our teacher twice glad
in the following sense:
She may be very glad, for instance, to have her
pupils call upon her of
an evening, but when we stay and *stay* and STAY
and STAY she becomes
twice glad, that is, she is glad to have us go. A
CALL should not be
longer than twenty minutes. If invited to spend
the evening we should
not THINK of staying longer than nine o'clock,
even if we do not have to
go when the bugle calls, and are asked to stay
longer, when it is done
for politeness sake. These few remarks have been
called out by the
Man-on-the-band-stand overhearing a long drawn
sigh of exhaustion the
other evening when one of the boys who had called
upon his teacher
stayed so long that she was all tired out. We
hope that those
gentlemanly boys who never make such mistakes
will take not offense, but
continue to call when so disposed, feeling sure
they will always be
welcome, because they know when to go.
A writer of Anadarko Items for the *Chickasha
Express,* published at
Chickasha, Chickasaw Nation says:
"We are sorry to learn that Joshua Given is
lying very low with
consumption at his home near Anadarko. Rev. Given
is the ablest Indian
of the Kiowa tribe and exerted great influence
for good among his people."
Joshua is an ex-student of Carlisle. We
sincerely trust that the
report of his illness is a mistake, but if true,
there are those among
us who deeply sympathize with him in this his
Mrs. Jennie T. Stars, [Jennie Three Stars], of
Pine Ridge, renews her
subscription and sends another name along showing
that she does not
allow her many interesting duties in her own
little school to cause her
to forget her Carlisle life. She wants to keep
abreast of the times.
Stiya Kowacura, after whom the heroine of the
little book "Stiya" is
named is now going to school at the Ramona
School, in Sante Fe, New
Mexico. She writes a very nice letter and says
she is getting along
well. Barbara and her sister are thinking of
going there to school.
Which part will you take?
Ah! And oyster, too?
Please pass the cranberry sauce.
Snow is still seen on the mountains.
Malpass Cloud has returned from his visit home
Miss Sarah S. Tyler, of Baltimore, Md. is
visiting her cousin, Miss Lord.
Jamison Schanadore left for his home, Oneida,
Wisconsin, Thursday night.
George Eels' mother, Mrs. Amelia Eels, of
Gowanda, N.Y., has been
visiting her son.
Found - a collar button. The owner may have
the same by calling at
the printing office and proving property.
Mrs. Mason Pratt, little Sarah and Richard of
Steelton, Pa., are
spending Thanksgiving at their Carlisle School
The twenty-five dollar prize is offered to
white and Indian, old and
young. Send for regulations governing the same.
Miss Shaffner has returned from her vacation
and is again down to
duty as manager *d'affaires* in the girls'
Isaac Williams, an ex-student of Carlisle, and
now brakemen on the
Reading Railroad, made the school a visit last
While we are happily feasting let us not
forget the poor starving
thousands, and wish that we could do something
Don Campbell has been very ill with Pneumonia,
but we are pleased at
this writing to report him on the fair way to
Miss Gaither, of Elizabethtown, Kentucky, and a
teacher at the Crow
Creek Agency for six years is with us to take
temporary charge of the
The Indian cause has a warm little friend in
Bertha Lakins, of N.Y.
who writes encouragingly of the progress they are
making, as is
evidenced by the HELPER.
Mr. James Stuart, husband of our Harriet
Elder, writes from their
Idaho home that he wishes the HELPER sent, as he
has relatives going to
school here, and feels a great interest in our
A letter from the Pawnee Agency says, "The
Commissioners are here
treating with the Pawnees and it looks very much
as though they would
make a trade."
Jack Standing is showing a spirit which if he
keeps up will make him
a good thrifty business man. He has a bank in
which he puts every ten
cent piece he can get and when once in the bank
it is fast. That is the
way for us to do when it is hard for us to keep
our money. Fasten it in
some safe place so that we cannot get it. It
takes a wise person to save
Almo Cotton Wood and Dexter Loco have gone to
their Apache homes, at
San Carlos, Arizona. Almo's eyes have been
troubling him for some time,
and he hopes the change will do them good. We
shall miss his quick step
and ever smiling countenance. He is one who
always had a cheerful word
wherever he met you. Dexter, too, has been a
good, faithful student and
"Hurrah for the fun!
Is the pudding done?
Hurrah for the pumpkin pie!"
Thomas Barnett ex-student of Carlisle, who has
been working for
himself for over a year at his trade in this
valley is visiting the
school. Thomas looks well and happy. He is going
to try to get work at
Dr. Dixon's picture, last Saturday night, of
the country store around
which tobacco chewers sit of a winter's evening
and expectorate was very
vivid and should disgust us so that we would
never want to touch the
vile stuff. The poison in the cigarette wrapper
and the effect it has on
the heart is well to consider. If we wish our
little brothers at Home to
grow up to be healthy men let us write strong
letters to them
discouraging their smoking the deadly cigarette.
The admission for tonight's entertainment is
only ten cents for
pupils. Tickets may be secured of Miss Shaffner,
Mrs. Given and Mr.
Campbell by request of pupils under their
immediate charge. If you have
money in bank they will check off your name from
their list and hand you
a ticket. The check will be the same as ten cents
in cash. All not
pupils will be charged twenty-five cents
admission. The young ladies of
the Endeavor Society are going to give a good
and those who do not go will miss what they may
wish they had not. The
proceeds are to be used to furnish the Society
The reporter is not often allowed in the
regular sessions of the
debating and literary societies, but by chance
had this privilege on
Friday evening of last week. The Endeavors, Miss
presiding, were discussing a business matter of a
good deal of interest,
but it would not be fair to say what it was, for
the girls like to tell
their own secrets and this one will be out
tonight. The Invincibles,
Dennison Wheelock presiding were showing the best
of their minds
politically in a discussion on the respective
benefits received by the
Indians from the Republican and Democratic
parties during the
administration of each. Spirited remarks came out
on each side.
The Embryos next were reached. They kindly
repeated for the benefit
of the visitors some of their speeches on
"Resolved, That the educated
Indian is happier than the uneducated," Joseph
Gordon, presiding. The
Embryos should try for more members.
In No. 7 school-room were the Standards;
president Fred Big Horse.
The much discussed but always interesting subject
was before them - the
comparative benefit to the Indian of schools on
and off the reservation.
The speakers had ideas of their own on the
subject and spoke them out
well. The thoughts of the reporter at the end of
the evening were that
these societies may greatly help the boys and
girls in development of
thoughts of their own; that there should be
sometimes subjects given for
off-hand debates and sometimes for preparation
before hand, with
speakers regularly appointed who should never be
permitted to say that
they had "made no preparation, but would try,
etc."; that care should be
taken that the questions before the house are
expressed in correct English.
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my great grandmother Hull made the little iron
pot historic in our family.
"She was standing by her table ironing when
the news was sent her
that the Indians were coming to the settlement
where she lived.
"She ran and caught her horse, for she was
alone with her two
children, her husband being in the army, took her
saddle bags and
putting the iron pot and corn meal onto the side
that she might make
hasty pudding on her journey, and into the other
side to balance them, a
few articles of clothing with what she thought
was the family Bible.
"Then throwing the bags upon the horse, she
mounted and taking one
child in her lap and placing the other behind
her, she rode for the fort
which was miles away but where she arrived in
"Where is the Bible your great grandma took
with her?" inquired Frank.
"A cousin of mine has that in safe keeping.
"My mother was the oldest daughter in my
grandfather's family and the
historic pot was given her, while the book that
took that hasty ride was
given to the eldest son, but it was not the
family Bible, children.
"In her fear and haste my great grandmother
took the dictionary
instead of the Bible. But my cousin would not
part with his book any
sooner than would I the pot I have packed to take
with me to my Iowa home."
Breakfast was finished and I was not only
rewarded by a "Thank you"
from each of the children, but a tearful embrace
from the invalid mamma
and her saying, "I am so grateful to you for
entertaining my children."
GOOD MANNERS FOR THANKSGIVING AND ALL OTHER
By special request we print the following:
Keep step with any one you walk with.
Never play with knife, fork or spoon.
Always knock at any private-room door.
Use handkerchief unobtrusively always.
Do not take your napkin in a bunch in your
Hat lifted in saying "Good-by!" or "How do you
Rise when ladies leave the room, and stand
till they are out.
In the dining room take your seat after ladies
Let ladies pass through a door first standing
aside for them.
Let a lady pass first always, unless she asks
you to precede her.
Hat lifted when acknowledging a favor.
Eat as fast or as slow as others, and finish
the course when they do.
If all go out together, gentlemen stand by the
door until the ladies
Rise if a lady comes in after you are seated
and stand till she takes