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Carlisle Indian Industrial school newsletter

           A WEEKLY LETTER
               FROM THE
  Indian Industrial School, Carlisle, Pa.
  VOL. XI. FRIDAY, January 3, 1896 NUMBER 13

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   RING out the old, ring in the new.
    Ring happy bells across the snow, _
    The year is going, let him go;
   Ring out the false, ring in the true.
   O year that is going, take with you
   Some evil that dwells in my heart,
   Take selfishness, willfulness, pride:
     The sharp word that slips
     From these too hasty lips,
   I would cast with the old year, aside.

   O year that is coming, bring with you,
   Some virtue of which I have need.
      More patience to bear,
      And more kindness to share,
   And more love that is true love indeed.
   In this new year
   Let every heart God's higher comfort share!
   Climbing to all holier heights above -
   Hiding dark hate beneath the wings of Love!
   And in despite of storm and stress and strife,
   Living the larger and the lovelier life!

   On Monday morning, following Christmas Tim
received this message over
the telegraph wires:
   "Meet me at Carlisle station, 4:30 this
evening. -MAJOR."
   So, as the time neared, a tall, shapely
looking young man might have
been seen walking at a hurried pace down Garrison
Avenue, into North
street and down Pitt to the station on West High.
   The train drew up as he arrived on the scene,
and there stood Major
on the lowest step of the rear car, ready to jump
as soon as down brakes
stopped the train.
   "Hello, Hello! How are you? How's Bucks
County?" cried Tim as he made
a mad rush for his friend's valise and a shake of
his hand.
   "Bucks County is all right. I had a fine time.
How are the folks at
the school?" inquired Major, as the two started
out High street toward
the Garrison. "But I tell you what, there is no
better place on the face of

the earth to go to have a good Christmas time
than to a fellow's farm
home. Why, old boy, look at me! I've gained ten
pounds the way I feel,
and I have eaten enough turkey to make me gobble
for a month."
   "Don't talk!" said Tim. "Turkey! Why we were
enveloped in turkey, and
besides we had all the good things of the season.
I believe our
Christmas dinner was just as good as yours."
   "I should not wonder, for Mr. and Mrs.
Dandridge can't be beaten when
it comes to cooking; Miss Miles - I never saw the
like of her in looking
out for the comfort and happiness of all at the
table. Then there is Mr.
Kensler who does the buying. He gets the best the
market can afford.
Don't I remember the Thanksgiving dinner? That
was a daisy dinner, the
best we ever had, eh, Tim?"
    "Yep, except this Christmas dinner which was
just as good. The
tables looked very pretty, and the flag
decorations made everything so
cheery. The Merry Christmas in large letters high
on the north wall to
welcome us as we entered made us feel good. But
tell me, what did you do
in Bucks County?"
   "Never mind Bucks County. I've told you about
that. I had the best
time in the world, but what I want to know is ALL
about your doings at
the school," said Major as he walked sort of side
ways in his earnest
manner of looking his friend in the face.
   "Let's see! When did you leave?" inquired Tim
throwing his eyes up in
the effort to recall the day.
   "Friday night after school, don't you
remember? I took the six
o'clock train, and I want you to begin your story
with Saturday morning."
    "O, yes; well, nothing much out of the usual
happened on Saturday,
Sunday, Monday and Tuesday except that there were
lots of passes given
out, and the town stores had many calls from the
boys and girls of the
Indian school. Every one who came back from town
those days was laden
down with packages. Some even went to Harrisburg
to do their buying."
   "What was done the night before Christmas?"
   "All was excitement and bustle on Christmas
eve. It was hard to get
the little folks to bed early, but not until the
school was apparently
dead in sleep did the real work of the teachers
and officers begin. Of
course I was not al-
   (Continued on LOCAL or 3rd page.)
(p 2)
       The Indian Helper.
  THE INDIAN HELPER is PRINTED by Indian boys,
but EDITED by
The-Man-on-the-band-stand, who is NOT an Indian.
       Price: - 10 cents a year.
  Entered in the P.O. at Carlisle as second class
mail matter.
   Address INDIAN HELPER, Carlisle, Pa.
            Miss M. Burgess, Manager.
  Do not hesitate to take the HELPER from the
Post Office, for if you
have not paid for it some one else has. It is
paid for in advance.
   The ties are going down rapidly on this end of
the trolley. Cars are
running regularly to Diffely's Point.
   "Single wraps" cried the mailer of the
HELPERS. They did not come in
from the wrapping table as fast as he could
handle them. So turning
around as droll as could be he said "Well, give
me some *married* wraps,
   The band has new and substantial music racks,
made by the carpenters.
One of the members calls his a snow shovel, which
they resemble
somewhat, but they are an improvement over the
other tumble-down iron
   The school as a whole and individuals making
up the whole are very
grateful to kind friends who contributed towards
their Christmas
pleasures, and the small boys especially wish to
return thanks for
remembrance showered in upon them, without which
they could not have had
as Merry a Christmas as they did.
   The following officers for the ensuing term
have been elected by the
Susan Longstreth Society: President, Louisa
Giesdorff; Vice President,
Alice Parker; Recording Secretary, Annie
Lockwood; Corresponding
Secretary, Ida Wheelock; Treasurer, Carrie
Cornelius; Marshal, Annie
Gesis; Reporter, Mary Miller; Critic, Leila
   A person was overheard recently telling about
certain useful but
useless Christmas presents that some people
received. For instance he
said a man in Africa received snow shoes; one in
the Greeley expedition
received a straw hat. A man in South America
received a fur coat, and
one in Iceland a linen duster. -From one of the
   Ye chief officers in the HELPER office
received handsome calendars
from the Thomas W. Price Company Phila. The
Columbia Bicycle Calendar is
a handy tablet for which we are thankful, and the
inmates of the Boston
Reformatory puts out a very creditable calendar
one of which was sent to
the Man-on-the-band-stand.

   Chas. Dagenett, '91, who has been at Atlanta
in charge of the Indian
exhibit for a time, writes that he has been at
more pleasant places
Christmas time than in Dixie. He says: "The
extent to which the noise in
honor of the day is carried on is simply
heathenish. If it stopped as
cannon-crackers and fire works it would be very
quiet comparatively. Tin
cans, horns, rattle-machines, cow-bells, yellow
dogs, lungs-without-
brains, etc., everything that has an unpleasant
sound is brought into
use." Charlie thinks the exhibition has been a
splendid affair and
merits much better patronage than it has
   The brilliant arc lights on the school grounds
lengthen our days
apparently. While many an institution child is
kept in the house these
long winter evenings to play through the halls,
slam doors and almost
tear down the play room, our boys are out on the
campus with foot-ball,
shinny sticks, bicycle, marbles or what ever they
desire in the way of
innocent amusement. Out in the fresh air, having
a good time until
bed-time! Or, if weather does not permit, in one
of the largest
gymnasiums in the land, running, walking,
exercising on the rings and
balls, and what not?
   The old year was truly blown out this time. It
seemed to be with
great effort, for the gale began on Monday night.
Hereabouts we thought
the roofs and houses were going to be carried
along with the old year
into oblivion. On Tuesday night the band and the
lungs of small boys
blew in not overly melodious strains, to say
nothing of the immense fire
crackers and Roman candles which were blown off.
At a little after
midnight the surplus steam from lungs and powder
from anvils simmered
down and all was quiet till morning, greatly to
the relief of many.
   Some people are so constituted that they
CANNOT HELP keeping step to
march music no matter how fast or how slow it is
played. In watching the
pupils march out of the Assembly Hall it is
pleasant to see them march,
but very annoying when some one who seems to have
no time in their
make-up marching out of step. It is very easy to
accommodate one's step
to the music. It is not the fault of the music
generally, when marching
is bad.
   The finest Christmas tree on the grounds, in
fact the finest that the
Man-on-the-band-stand ever saw was one placed in
Mr. Weber's parlor for
little Albert. Every boy and girl at the school
should see it. The
miniature farm, farm houses, playing fountain,
windmill in motion, the
fence around it, all made by Mr. Weber's own
hands form a realistic
picture requiring a vast amount of skill to
   Boxes from the country played a conspicuous
part in our Christmas
pleasures. One of the happiest persons in the
world is an Indian boy
thus remembered by his friends, and if he never
says so, the delight
pictured in his countenance as he carried his box
from the office is
sufficient to tell it all.
   Capt. Bemus Pierce of the football team has
returned from a holiday
visit home.
p. 3
   The days are getting longer.
   Gorgeous moonlight nights!
   Caleb Sickles has entered the printing office.
   A new boiler has been placed in the small
boys' bath room.
   The holiday rain came down hard but it was
"just the kind that was
   Miss Richenda Pratt is home from her
Philadelphia school for the
   Misses Ely and Burgess were Christmas dinner
guests of Master John
Edwin Bakeless.
   Capt. and Mrs. Pratt ate Christmas dinner with
their son Mr. Mason
Pratt and family at Steelton.
   Miss Lida Standing came home from Shippensburg
where she is attending
Normal, for a holiday visit.
   Miss Rosa Bourassa, '90, was the only grown up
person here whom Santa
Claus remembered with a Christmas tree.
   The HELPER on behalf of the school thanks an
unknown friend for a
package of handkerchiefs for little girls.
   Mrs. Lincoln, matron of the Thomas Orphan
Asylum, New York, was a
visitor for a day this week.
   Miss Nellie Robertson, '90, who is attending
the West Chester Normal,
has had a happy holiday vacation at the school.
   Mr. and Mrs. Thompson gave an informal
reception to the officers of
the battalion on New Year's eve. They watched the
old year out.
   Elige Crow and Joseph Saunook visited the
Hampton Normal Institute,
Virginia, during the holidays, and claim to have
had a very pleasant time.
   Mr. Standing and Mr. Gardner have gone to
Atlanta to close out and
pack the Carlisle Indian School exhibit and to
arrange for the return of
the articles.
   Dr. Montezuma has left a very good desk in the
hands of Mr. Standing
to be sold. It may be seen in the parlor of
Bachelor's hall. It is in
very good condition and a useful article of
   Messrs. C. Whitethunder, T. Buchanan, A. Hill,
E. Lambert and A.
Hamilton were entertained on New Year's evening
by their Sunday School
teacher Mrs. Ege at her home in Carlisle.
   The school mother returns thanks to those of
her daughters in the
country who kindly remembered her at Christmas
but modestly refrained
from attaching their names to the pretty gifts.
   There being no school during holiday week,
shop visitations were in
order. The girls were escorted by their teachers
and seemed to enjoy the
peep into the workings of the school they seldom
   Mr. Flannery's cornet solo at the close of the
Christmas service will
linger long in the memory of all those who heard
the beautiful
rendition. He has a certainty of execution and
expression delightful to
listen to.
   On Christmas night Miss Luckenbach gave a
jolly party to her Sunday
School class and others in the large boys'
assembly room. Lively games
which made everybody laugh were the striking
feature of the evening.

   It is suggested that "Henderson's Way" will be
a good name for the
new route leading from the pike to the school
through Judge Henderson's
   Miss Nettie Fremont, '95, who is attending
Swarthmore College, spent
her holiday vacation with us. Miss Nettie, in her
examination previous
to the holidays took first grade in three of her
studies, second grade
in two and third grade in two.
   Miss Hamilton gave a very enjoyable party to
her pupil teachers,
ex-graduates and others in the young ladies'
society room on the night
after Christmas. It was a cobweb party. Music,
games, refreshments,
etc., contributed toward making a very happy
   For a good idea of how the Carlisle school
looks buy one of the
Souvenirs containing sixty views. They are 25
cents cash post paid, or
FREE for ten subscriptions and a two-cent stamp
extra for postage. For
THIRTY cents the HELPER for a year and the
Souvenir will be sent.
   Johnnie Given has gone to Bloomsburg, to
attend the Normal School at
that place. Wonder why Mrs. Given doesn't keep
him on the reservation?
Johnnie will get lonesome and perhaps homesick
for a time, but he knows
what is for his own good, and is man enough to
stand it. This is his
first outing from home.
       (From 1st page.)
lowed in the girls' quarters myself, but I was
told by a good friend,"
said Tim with a wink, "that there was great fun
over there. Half the
night was spent in trimming trees and decorating
the rooms, and in
arranging the presents convenient for handling."
   "Who had trees?"
   "The little girls and the small boys. The
first was in the girls'
play-room, and the small boys' was in their
assembly room."
   "How did the large girls manage, for they have
always had such a
beautiful tree?"
   "The decorations were made in the shape of an
arbor, and the presents
placed underneath on tables. The room was very
   "And the large boys?"
   "Well there was a great time about them. If
Carlisle teaches us
anything, it is to help along the Christmas cheer
by giving to each
other. We don't sit stiffly back and wait for the
Government to buy us
Christmas presents, and then growl if we don't
get enough. We give to
each other, and that is half the merriment of a
Carlisle Christmas, but
it was discovered after the exchange of great
basketfuls of presents
which passed between the quarters, that there
were about a hundred large
boys who were entirely left out. They were the
new pupils, don't you
know, who have not many cousins (?) yet among the
girls." said Tim with
a smile.
   That was awful. They must have had a sorry
Christmas, poor fellows."
   No they didn't. The teachers and officers who
were working over the
packages could not stand it to see them go
without when all the others
were receiving, so they clubbed together. One
said, 'I'll give five
dollars;' another said, 'I'll give five.' Some
gave two,
p. 4
others one, until enough was raised to buy each
boy something, and
something nice, too. No little foolish toy, but
something useful and a
little better than usual."
   "Who did the buying?"
   "A committee was despatched to town and the
purchases made. It took a
long time to tie up the packages in white paper
and write names on all,
but it was done, and long after midnight those
who worked over the
presents, the trees and the decorations, crawled
off tired enough to
their beds."
   "When were the presents given out?" inquired
   "When? Why next morning long before day light.
The girls were up and
running through the halls before four o'clock.
They were simply
   "Whew! What a big word!"
   "That's all right," said Tim half blushing,
"If you make fun of me
I'll stop short."
   "Naw! Go on! Can't you take a joke?"
   "A little after four o'clock a company of
girls came out on the
balcony of the girls' quarters and sang a
Christmas carol which sounded
singularly pretty in the stillness of that early
morning hour,"
continued Tim. "Then the assembly room for the
large girls and the
play-room for the small girls were thrown open,
and such a time! The
little girls were enthusiastic in their 'O my's,'
'Ah's' and
exclamations of surprise and delight, and the
large girls, (or young
ladies I should say) were just as delighted, but
showed it in a more
dignified way, of course. But you can imagine the
noise and confusion
and merrymaking as the names were called by two
funny looking Santa
Clauses and the officers who volunteered to
distribute the presents. The
dolls were almost eaten up by the little girls in
their frantic delight,
especially over those with real hair and those
which would go to sleep."
   "I suppose the same thing was going on the
other quarters?"
   "No, the boys observed better hours. It was
nearly five o'clock when
the little boys filed into their assembly room to
behold their beautiful
tree brilliantly lighted glittering in fanciful
trimmings, and their
little countenances beaming with pleasure were a
study. They did not
shout. The 'Oh's!' and 'Ah's' and natural
outbursts of the average white
child were not heard, but the unspeakable wonder
of it all shone out
through their eyes and mouths wide open."
   "Did they, too, have a Santa Claus?"
   "Yes, indeed. I wish I had time to tell you
his funny speech which
made everybody laugh. When names were called and
the packages unwrapped
disclosing toys and horns which were tooted, then
pandemonium began
here, but the small boys had been exceedingly
orderly and gentlemanly up
to that moment. Each little boy received a candy
cane, which greatly
pleased him. Once a peanut shell dropped between
two boys and they could
not resist the sport of using their canes for
shinny sticks, with most
disastrous results as you can imagine. Capt.
Upshaw of Company E
received the largest cane, it being about three
feet long. That was, no
doubt, the sweetest joke he had ever had played
on him."
   "well, did Santa visit the large boys'

   "Oh, no. we are too dignified for that you
know. Our presents were
handed to us by the officers. Every boy and girl
in the school had a
present of some kind, and some who have many
friends received more than
   "That's nice. What did *you* get?"
   "Never mind what I got," said Tim. "But I must
tell you. All this was
done before daylight, and just about breakfast
time a band of little
singers from Nos. 13 and 14 went around and sang
two of the prettiest
little carols you ever heard. They went on
Captain's porch first, then
to Mr. Standing's and after that to the
Administration Building hall
where the Chief Clerk of the
Man-on-the-band-stand and others live, you
   "What happened after breakfast?"
   "About nine o'clock the regular Christmas
service occurred."
   "Is that so? Who addressed the school?"
   "Rev. Mr. wile, and he gave one of the best
and most timely talks he
ever delivered before us."
   "Then came dinner which you have told about,
but what did you do in
the afternoon," continued Major, still eager to
know it all.
   "Oh, after dinner, most everyone was too full
for utterance and we
were allowed to do about as we pleased. Some
pleased to catch up in
their sleep, but some kept up their merriment all
day long. In the
evening there was a joint prayer meeting of the
Y.M.C.A. and the King's
Daughters in the new Y.M.C.A. hall."
   "By the next morning you were all pretty well
used up, I should judge."
   "Yes, a little tired, but work went on as
usual. The shops were in
full blast at the regular hour. The schools were
not in session,
however, so we had a half-holiday. There was no
skating, as bad luck
would have it, but there was good wheeling. Some
put in their time
walking, and others took advantage of the good
time to read, while still
others simply loafed their half-days away."
   "That's what makes me indignant, doesn't it
you?" said Major.
   "I must say I don't like loafers. A fellow who
has no care to read,
no desire to exercise, simply stands lazily
around with his hands in
pockets waiting for time to pass shows a very
shallow brain, but we
haven't many loafers here. Most of us have
learned to put in our time to
pretty good advantage, don't you think so?"
   "I don't know but I agree with you," replied
Major. "What did you do
Thursday and Friday evenings?"
   "There were several Sunday School
entertainments in town to which our
pupils were invited. On Friday evening the
societies held good meetings
all around, and on Saturday night was annual
sociable when the Christmas
candies, apples and oranges are handed out by the
generous paper
bagfuls. This is always the jolly occasion of the
year when friend meets
friend, and cousin meets cousin, and brother
meets brother to thank for
the presents received and to chat and have a good
time. When nine
o-clock came the goodnights were said and
Christmas for 1895 was over."
   And the two having reached their quarters
parted to get ready for
  Transcribed from the original by Barbara
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Carlisle Indian School Research Pages
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#2 Dec-18-2007 06:09:am


Re: Carlisle Indian Industrial school newsletter

            A WEEKLY LETTER
                FROM THE
   Indian Industrial School, Carlisle, Pa.
   VOL. VII. FRIDAY, December 18, 1891 NUMBER 15
      RING, merry bells,
        Bring forth your sweetest chime,
      To welcome in
        The joyous Christmas time!
      That time of times --
        The gladest to the glad;
      That time of times,
        The saddest to the sad.
    On last Saturday evening, after an
entertainment given by the pupils
in honor of General Morgan, commissioner of
Indian Affairs, who was
present, there was a general hand shaking and
free exchange of greetings
with the Commissioner. In the line that passed
before the General was
the Man-on-the-band-stand's chief clerk, and when
she approached,
General Morgan said, 'Oh! I have a scrap for the
little paper." The
Man-on-the-band-stand was observed to smile,
while the Commissioner
brought out from a sacred nook in the corner of
his generous looking
pocket-book a slip containing the following
pretty little story:
    Two little boys were playing together.
    "Eddie," said Harry, "I'll be a minister and
preach you a sermon."
    "All right," said Eddie, "I'll be the
    Harry began: "My text is a short and easy one
- 'Be kind.' There are
some texts in the Bible on purpose for little
children, and this is one
of them. There are a great many heads to my
    "First, Be kind to papa, and don't make a
noise when he has a
headache. I don't believe, Eddie, you know what a
headache is, but I do.
I had it once, and I didn't want any one to speak
a word, and if I heard
a noise the pain was dreadful."
    "Second. Be kind to mamma, and don't make her
tell you to do a thing
more than once. Think how tired she must get
saying, 'It is

time for you to go to bed, half a dozen times
    "Third. Be kind to baby."
    "You have leaved out 'Be kind to Harry.'"
interrupted Eddie.
    "Yes," said Harry, "but you will be kind to
me if you are kind to
all the others, because you will forget to be
unkind. I was saying to be
kind to baby, and lend her your red soldier when
she wants it."
    "Fourth. Be kind to Jane, and don't kick and
scream when she washes
    Here Eddie looked a little ashamed, and said,
"But she pulls my hair
with the comb."
    "People mustn't talk in meeting," said Harry.
    "Fifth. Be kind to kitty. Do what will make
her purr, and not what
will make her cry."
    "O Harry," cried Eddie, with tears in his
eyes, "don't preach any
more,' 'cause I will always be kind now."
-*Christian Advocate.*

      The Indian, before he becomes educated,
knows but little about
Christmas and the rejoicing of this season of the
year. The customs
observed in the olden times, and still in vogue
in some sections of the
country are quite as full of superstition as are
some of the rites and
ceremonies observed by the verriest Indians of
today. The following
little history, taken from an exchange, can but
prove interesting to
Indians as well as others:
    In our custom of decorating our houses with
evergreens, we see a
relic of the ancient faith in the power of the
returning sun to again
clothe the earth with grass and bring leaves on
the trees.
    The Christian religion has been unable to
eradicate these old
customs, it has only covered them and associated
them with the rejoicing
of the seasons.
    (Continued on fourth page.)
(p. 2)
      The Indian Helper.
         -AT THE-
boys, but
EDITED by The-Man-on-the-band-stand, who is NOT
an Indian.
   Price: - 10 cents a year.
   Address INDIAN HELPER, Carlisle, Pa.
         Miss M. Burgess, Manager.
   Entered in the P.O. at Carlisle as second
                      mail matter.
   The INDIAN HELPER is paid for in advance,
so do not hesitate to take the paper from the
Post Office, for fear a bill will be presented.

    La Grippe has reached Bucks County.
    "MERRY, merry Christmas everywhere!
    Cheerily it ringeth through the air."
    Harlow Miller who left Carlisle three years
ago is at Haskell, and
from a business letter received from him we judge
he is doing well.
    No HELPER holiday week. Next week's HELPER
will be delayed two days.
We do this to get in Christmas notes before they
get stale.
    Four Menominees, two girls and two boys,
eight in all, have been
added to the school this week. We now have a few
over 800 pupils.
    The Commissioner had with him his private
secretary, Mr. Cotterill,
who anticipated an enjoyable time in his visit
west, it being his first.
Mr. Cotterill seemed much interested in
Carlisle's great work.
    There is to be a meeting of Indian School
Superintendents held at
Lawrence, Kansas, on the 23rd. inst. Commissioner
Morgan was on his way
to said meeting when he stopped with us Sunday.
Capt. Pratt expects to
be in attendance and will probably leave tomorrow
night for the west.
    The Committee to decide who is to get the
Thanksgiving Offer meets today and the name of
the winner will be
printed in next week's HELPER which will not be
mailed till Saturday and
Monday. This will enable us to get in some
Christmas notes. There will
be no HELPER published Holiday week.
    The quickest way for a boy or girl to make a
DOLLAR is to sell ten
"Stiyas." EVERY BODY wants to know what the
educated girl has to meet at
home. Ten thousand have read the pathetic story
of Stiya, which is a
thrilling account true to life. Other thousands
will be interested if
brought before them. Send for agents' terms.
Address HELPER.

    Miss Bessie Dixon, former cook at the club
and now resident of
Plainfield N.J., sends some subscriptions and
writes a very appreciative
letter about our work and the opportunities we
are giving the Indians.
Taking into account that Miss Bessie learned to
read when in slavery
from letters printed on dry-goods boxes, in
well-shapen words, one can
but know that she certainly has made the best use
of her opportunities.
    It goes pretty hard on the young man who
makes a mistake in the
balance on his "Want to buy" paper to be deprived
of the amount asked
for that month, but it is right. If you cannot
make a neat request and
you can't count your money right, you do not
deserve to have any. Even
the lowest grade of adults come in on this rule
and it is a good one.
Due allowance is of course made for the grade of
    We are getting a valuable lot of exchanges
from the Indian field in
the west. Such papers as the Tahlequah *Indian
Arrow,* Guthrie *News,*
*The Montanian,* El Reno *Eagle,* Norman
*Transcript,* Oklahoma
*Democrat,* *The Indian Citizen,* *the Cherokee
Advocate,* the Muscogee
*Phoenix,* and others are received and placed in
our Reading Room, where
they are read with interest by the pupils.
    The Commissioner of Indian Affairs intended
stopping at Chicago, on
his way to Lawrence, to confer with Miss Fletcher
and Prof. Putnam in
regard to the Indian exhibit at the Columbian
Exposition. He also will
visit the Sac and Fox agency, Iowa, and go on to
conduct an educational
meeting in the southwestern part of Kansas,
before he returns to Washington.
    Mr. J.R. Armstrong, of the Benedict College,
S.C., sends the HELPER
to five little Indian boys as a Christmas present
and says, "The copy
you have so kindly sent has been shared with and
enjoyed by our pupils
here, proving itself to be an African as well as
Indian helper. May
Santa Claus fill not only your stockings but also
your shoes."
    The Sisseton Sioux are foolishly spending
their money for fine
clothing, fine horses and carriages and other
things which they see
people of wealth using, and keeping their
children from school. We feel
sorry for these short sighted people, for the day
is very near when they
will be poverty stricken and suffering for the
bare necessities of life.
    In every shop that Miss Rankin visited on her
farewell round
Wednesday, the boys gave her a most hearty
welcome and said their
"good-byes" in the most genial manner, showing
the best of feeling
toward their newly made friend. She also had
something particular and
cordial to say to each individual as she passed.
    The sash which was blown from the skylight
over Mr. Reighter's shop
and fell cornerwise to the floor startling the
workers nearly out of
their senses might have resulted seriously had a
boy been sitting a few
inches further to the left of where he was. As it
was no one was hurt.
(page 3)
    Steam is coming.
    A cold wave is upon us.
    Sharpen up your skates!
    The Fair, Monday night, boys!
    It snowed two cents worth, yesterday morning.
    John Moses plays the piano at the Y.M.C.A.
    Mr. H.A. Kennerly, of Piegan Agency, Montana,
father of Bert and
Perry, is visiting the school.
    The new automatic traps to operate the return
water from the
radiators will help matters along, it is hoped.
    On Wednesday, Mr. Goodyear and a detail of
boys went to the
mountains for Christmas greens, and had the usual
jolly time.
    Mr. Eli Moon of Nanticoke, PA, head of the
order of Foresters, in
Pennsylvania, visited the school last Saturday.
    Some of the Christmas money asked for on the
"Want to buys" this
week no doubt is intended for the girls' FAIR to
come off Monday night.
    Only FIVE boys in the small boys' quarters
made mistakes in their
balances this week as shown on their "Want to
buys," and EVERY paper was
perfectly neat.
    Three girls and three boys from the Nez Perce
Agency arrived this
week. They came as far as Chicago with Miss
Fletcher and the balance of
the way alone.
    When the small boys can't get marbles to play
with they take hickory
nuts. When they are not allowed a football, they
make one out of old
rags. This is pluck.
    King's Daughters Fair Monday night! Every
cent of the money made
goes for some benevolent purpose to help along
some needy people worse
off than we are.
    Frank Compeau is down for the second time
with a broken collarbone.
Frank will learn afterwhile perhaps that rough
tussling is not the
safest thing in the world.
    Otto Wells has returned from his home at the
Kiowa and Comanche
Agency, Indian Territory, where he went last
summer. His friends gave
him a warm welcome.
    The little pupils of 13 and 14 are doing very
pretty work with their
kindergarten designs. The panel doors are
striking, and other designs
show taste and ingenuity to be proud of in our
little ones.
    Albert White Wolf was seriously hurt by a
falling ladder blown down
by Wednesday's storm. It was a narrow escape from
instantaneous death.
The Dr. has hopes of his recovery. He is
suffering from slight
concussion of the brain.
    Mr. Campbell returned from Topeka, Kansas,
where he found three of
our boys who went off without permission. While
in that vicinity Mr.
Campbell visited the Haskell Institute, Lawrence,
and had many
interesting things to tell us about that thriving
school. He found a
number of old Carlisle pupils there, and some
were holding positions of

    The Indian club part of the exhibition last
Saturday night, executed
by Harry Kohpay, Morgan Toprock, Jonas Place,
Felix Iron Eagle Feather,
and Staily Norcross was beautiful.
    A message from Grand Forks, S. Dak., says
that a delegation of
Blackfeet Indians are on their way to Washington,
and Mr. Kennerly who
is here says they intend visiting Carlisle before
they return.
    Mr. G.A. Lyon, Jr. of the *Evening Star,*
Washington D.C., was among
the visitors this week. Mr. Lyon seemed
thoroughly alive to the interest
of our work, as he passed from one department to
the other.
    General Morgan, Commissioner of Indian
Affairs, was with us over
Sunday. Some points in his excellent address to
our pupils on Saturday
will be given in the coming *Red Man* which is
delayed till the close of
the month to catch the Christmas news.
    On Saturday evening Capt. Pratt gave a six
o'clock luncheon to
twenty of the most prominent gentlemen of
Carlisle, in honor of the
Commissioner of Indian Affairs who arrived about
that time. Mrs. Pratt
presided at the table and a very enjoyable hour
was spent.
    Capt. Pratt left for Philadelphia yesterday
morning to attend by
invitation of its honored President, J.A.
McAllister, the dedication of
the great Drexel Art, Scientific and Industrial
Institute. Chauncey M.
Depew is to deliver the oration and such
dignitaries as Bishop Potter
and others will be present on the platform.
    The scaffolding so long in the chapel while
Mr. Elmer was doing the
frescoing has been removed and it now seems as
though we were
transported to realms beyond the skies when we
enter the spacious room.
The main color has a bluish tint and the designs
on the ceiling, with a
sky appearance around the electric light produce
a most charming effect.
    Miss Rankin left, on Wednesday, for her home
at Jamaica, L.I., she
having given to Carlisle six weeks of faithful,
hard, energetic and
thorough drill in elocution. While with us, Miss
Rankin made many
friends among teachers, officers and pupils, and
leaves us with a heart
full of interest in the work to which she has
become attached.
    Bruce will now have to take a back seat.
Little Richard Henry Pratt
Doanmoe has come to live with us. Master Doanmoe
is the son of
Carlisle's beloved Etahdleuh Doanmoe who died a
few years since at his
home in the Indian Territory. Richard is a bright
little boy, and while
too young to go on the school roll will be given
the tenderest of care
and become the pet of all.
    One of the hardest places to work on these
grounds is in the boiler
room. The great heating apparatus stands there
like a tremendous human
heart sending out steam to all parts of the
grounds, (when it gets
there) like the heart does the blood to the
uttermost ends of the body.
Messrs. Forney and Norris shovel coal into the
hungry mouths of the
boilers, on the same principle that we take into
our mouths, potatoes,
meat and bread to keep the blood circulating.
(page 4)  (Continued From the First Page.)
    In the north countries, where there was so
much superstition
connected with the celebration, there were many
curious customs observed.
    The yule-fire was kindled with great ceremony
and rejoicing, and
lighted with a brand which had been preserved
from the yule-fire of the
year before.
    Candles of unusual size were lighted, and the
foaming yule beer were
brought in, and about seven or eight o'clock hot
cakes freshly baked
were passed around, with the beer in the ancient
horns and tumblers.
    There were also sacrifices offered at this
season, human sacrifices
being offered to Odin, or Wodin.
    The sacrifice offered to Frey, the earth-god,
was a hog.
    The yule cake is baked in the form of a hog,
even now, and is kept
until spring, when it is given to the cattle with
which the plowing and
other farm work is done, the farmers mingle it
with their food, so that
all may be strong and healthy.
    The ashes of the yule-log scattered over the
fields are believed to
bring fruitful crops.
    Many had their beds made of yule straw, wisps
from which, woven into
hen's nests, will make the hens lay, and keep
away the witches.
    If two enemies slept together on a yule-bed,
they would be
reconciled to each other, and they would become
the best of friends.
    Y.M.C.A. Union Meeting.
    Yesterday afternoon a joint meeting of the
Carlisle, Dickinson
College and Indian school Y.M.C.Associations was
held at the Indian
school. It was largely attended and was very
interesting to those present.
    The meeting was led by Dr. C.R. Dixon,
resident physician of the
school, who opened the service by reading a
scriptural selection.
Secretary Fought, of the Carlisle Association led
in prayer and Indian
Commissioner Morgan, who was present, made a very
interesting address in
regard to the good work accomplished by these
    The remainder of the programme consisted of
music and prayer.
    Charles Dagenette, the president of the
Indian School Association,
will leave tonight for southern Kansas, where he
thinks his health may
be benefited by the climate. The members of the
association all express
their sincere regret at his departure, but hope
he may soon be restored
to health. He has been attending the Dickinson
preparatory. -[Carlisle
*Herald*, Dec. 14th.

    In the darkest hour through which a human
soul can pass, whatever
else is doubtful, this at least is certain: if
there be no God and no
future state, yet even then it is better to be
generous than selfish,
better to be chaste than licentious, better to be
true than false,
better to be brave than to be a coward. -F.W.
    Character is like white paper; if once
blotted, it can hardly ever
be made to appear as white as before.
    Look out for the man who is always boasting
of his own goodness.
    We often pay the most for what we need the
    He who begins many things finishes but few.
     I am made of 15 letters.
    My 12, 6, 5, 14, 4 is what some people do
when asleep.
    My 15, 13, 8 is what some people do when
    My 3, 11, 7, 8 are small animals despised by
most ladies.
    My 10, 9, 2, 12 is what we must have to live.
    My 11, 1, 5 is what boys like to see plenty
of in winter.
    My whole is what Capt. Pratt believes is the
greatest of all helps
in Indian civilization.
    ANSWER TO LAST WEEK'S ENIGMA: Examinations.   
           STANDING OFFER.
    Premiums will be forwarded free to persons
sending subscriptions for
the INDIAN HELPER, as follows:
    1. For one subscription and a 2-cent stamp
extra, a printed copy of
the Pueblo photo advertised below in paragraph 5.
    2. For two subscriptions and a 1-cent stamp
extra, the printed copy
of Apache contrast, the original photo of which,
composing two groups,
on separate cards (8x10), may be had by sending
30 subscriptions and 5
cents extra.
    (This is the most popular photograph we have
ever had taken, as it
shows such a decided contrast between a group of
Apaches as they arrived
and the same pupils four months later.)
    3. For five subscriptions and a 1-cent stamp
extra, a group of the
17 Indian printer boys. Name and tribe of each
given. Or, pretty faced
pappoose in Indian cradle. Or, Richard Davis and
    4. For seven subscriptions and a 2-cent stamp
extra, a boudoir
combination showing all our prominent buildings.
    5. For ten subscriptions and a 2-cent stamp
extra, two  photographs,
one showing a group of Pueblos as they arrived in
their Indian dress and
another of the same pupils three years after,
showing marked and
interesting contrast. Or, a contrast of a Navajo
boy as he arrived and a
few years after.
    6. For fifteen subscriptions and 5-cents
extra, a group of the whole
school (9x14), faces show distinctly. Or, 8x10
photo of prominent Sioux
chiefs. Or, 8x10 photo of Indian baseball club.
Or, 8x10 photo of
graduating classes, choice of '89, '90, '91. Or,
8x10 photo of buildings.
    7. For forty subscriptions and 7-cents extra,
a copy of "Stiya, a
returned Carlisle Indian girl at home." Without
accompanying extra for
postage, premiums will not be sent.

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Re: Carlisle Indian Industrial school newsletter

           A WEEKLY LETTER
               FROM THE
  Indian Industrial School, Carlisle, Pa.
  VOL. XI. FRIDAY, February 14, 1896 NUMBER 19

   THERE'S a world of men and women,
    With their life's work yet undone.
   Who are sitting, standing, moving,
    Beneath the same great sun.
   Ever eager for the future
    But not content to snatch
   The present. They are waiting
    For the eggs that never hatch.
               -[Leisure Hours.

   The Creator "made man upright."
   Round shoulders and bow shaped spines may be
avoided by watchfulness
during youth, and retained when grown up without
an effort.
   One mother, whose daughter was getting the
habit of stooping, used to
have her lie flat on her back, without a pillow,
for an hour each day,
while she read to her some interesting book. In a
little while she was
as straight as need be, and a picture of health
and straightness.
   In some countries the women carry pails, tubs
and heavy loads on
their backs - this keeps them erect.
   Throwing back the arms is another means of
keeping straight.
   Remember, you may add years to your life by
keeping straight; and you
may not only have a longer life but a stronger,
broader, deeper, happier
and more useful life, if you go about with head
erect, chest expanded
and lungs developed, with rosy cheeks and fresh
complexion, than if you
go about bent over, cramped up, stooping,
flat-chested, sallow, nervous
and miserable. NOTHING is more abominable in a
young person than the
habit of stooping, and, except when caused by
malformation or actual
weakness, nothing is more inexcusable. A slouchy
laziness, and often
stealth and dishonesty, is shown by the bad habit
of sitting low backed.
   Be patient. Water may be carried in a sieve if
you will only wait -
till it freezes.
   The hole in a doughnut at bedtime is the best
part of it.

   Ida Wasee, Kiowa, who is living in a
Washington, D.C. home says by
   "I am enjoying good health and a lovely home.
City life is no small
experience to me for I have never lived in a city
   You may be sure that I will not let any
chances slip by me that I can
make use of in learning.
   I have no time to study in the day time, but I
may study from 7
o'clock to ten at night. Where there is a will
there is a way.
   I seem to be quite a curiosity to some people,
but I try to show them
that Indians can be like white people if they
only will."
   Henry E. Phillips of Saxman and Miss Sarah
McDonald of Tongas were
married yesterday noon at the Presbyterian
Mission parsonage by Rev.
L.F. Jones. They arrived on the Topeka Thursday
evening and left
immediately after the ceremony for Sitka, where
they will spend Sunday
with their friends, returning to Ketchikan on the
same steamer. Both are
natives of royal blood, the groom being a
descendant of the Chatritch
family of the Kag-wah-tons of Chilkat and foster
son of Kah-shakes,
chief of the Cape Fox tribe, and the bride being
a grand niece of
Un-day, chief of the Tongas Indians. Both have
received good English
education, Henry having been at Carlisle, Pa.,
and his bride having been
many years at school at Port Simpson. Henry
worked as a printer here on
the Journal in '98, and since then has been
employed on the *Alaskan.*
At present he is assistant teacher at Saxman. The
*Searchlight* wishes
them prosperity and happiness. - [*Alaska
   Those at Carlisle who remember Henry and his
sturdy manly worth join
heartily in the last wish of the *Searchlight.*

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       The Indian Helper.
            AT THE
   THE INDIAN HELPER is PRINTED by Indian boys,
but EDITED by
The-Man-on-the-band-stand, who is NOT an Indian.
       Price: - 10 cents a year.
  Entered in the P.O. at Carlisle as second class
mail matter.
   Address INDIAN HELPER, Carlisle, Pa.
            Miss M. Burgess, Manager.
  Do not hesitate to take the HELPER from the
Post Office, for if you
have not paid for it some one else has. It is
paid for in advance.
   We have the Carlisle Indian School March
composed by Dennison
Wheelock, band leader, arranged by him for piano,
on sale at 2 cents; by
mail 26 cents. For ten subscriptions and one cent
extra for postage we
will send the music FREE.   
   One of the Indian students in his Current
Items in class referred
rather excitingly to the fact that Rev. Mr. Wile,
who preaches to us on
Sunday afternoons does not know ho to use HIS
pronouns, because he said
"George Eliot, she."
   Our pupils may not know that in these days of
science when a young
person is stubborn, or cranky, then every one who
comes in contact with
him is advised to make a psychological study of
him. The
Man-on-the-band-stand would rather be whipped
than to be made a
psychological study of. A fellow who is a
psychological study is,
---well, there is something the matter with him,
in his upper story.
   "Uncle Sam" the fire engine had an unusual
work to perform last week.
After the thaw and heavy rain the water from the
spring in the meadow
backed up and poured into the boiler house.
Several times during the day
and night it had to be pumped out, which made a
sort of picnic for the
boys, for didn't they have coffee and bread for
refreshments? Mr. Weber
knows how to look out for his boys.
   There is no better criterion of a person's
breeding than table
manners. Most people eat too fast. Some people
shovel their food to
their mouths with their knives. Some hold the
fork altogether too
straight when used with the knife in cutting.
This is very awkward. We
cannot expect to move in good society if we have
not good manners, and
we cannot expect to keep a good position long,
either, if we are blunt,
coarse, uncouth and indecent in our manners. It
pays to study and
observe good manners and to follow them as
closely as we can.

    Of the 40,000 people who will scan the HELPER
this week are there
not five or six hundred who will send us JUST ONE
new subscription each?
Not for the sake of giving. If the HELPER has not
the sake of giving. If
the HELPER has not merit we don't want ONE
subscription. But we receive
scores of letters daily telling of the pleasure
the little paper gives
here and there, and the real information that is
gleaned from its pages.
It is estimated that a publication has three or
four times as many
readers as subscribers; then the HELPER must have
thirty or forty
thousand readers each week. Introduce it into
some school for
supplementary reading and thus increase the
subscription list, and help
the HELPER help. If all cities were as
enterprising as Jamestown, N.Y.,
where through the Principal of public schools
they keep up a
subscription list of nearly 200 all the time,
there would be some hope
of the young of the land being educated into the
true knowledge of the
Indian. The Jamestown schools have stood ahead of
all city schools in
keeping up to date on Indian matters, and the
occasional bright letter
we get from the pupils of that quarter shows that
the Wild West Buffalo
Bill Indian is fast losing ground there.
   We shall certainly have to give a column or
two of the *Red Man* for
some of the answers to the Conundrum, Why should
"i" be the happiest of
all the vowels? for which 5 dollars were offered
for the best complete
answer. Most unique and interesting answers are
coming in, the latest
being from the Interior Department at Washington.
All answers must be
received on or before Washington's birthday.
There is plenty of time
yet. We would be glad to receive two hundred
answers before next
Thursday. The answers must be accompanied by one
new subscription.
   February birthdays are numerous here-abouts.
Mrs. Standing starts the
month. Miss Carter's comes on the 4th, Mr.
Claudy's the 7th, Miss Ely's
on the 8th and Mrs. Pratt, to be in good company,
celebrates hers the
same day of the month on which Abraham Lincoln
was born, while Miss
Barr's comes within one of being the same as
George Washington's.
Flower" Why the Man-on-the-band-stand thought he
was in some southern
clime, so sweet was the perfume of roses,
carnation pinks and violets.
The strange part of it is not one will tell how
   The Invincible Literary Society desires
through the HELPER to thank
the Dickinson College Orchestra and Glee Club for
their enjoyable
entertainment last Friday evening, and the school
in general has to
thank the Invincible Society for securing the
services of such
professionals in vocal and instrumental music.
The audience was
delighted from start to finish, and we trust the
same popular
organization will soon favor us with another
evening if not under the
auspices of the Invincible society let it be at
the cordial invitation
of the Indian school as a body.
   On Tuesday night the 25th, we are to have Rev.
Dr. Buckley of the
*Christian Advocate* with us, and he will lecture
in Assembly Hall
before the Literary Societies. Tickets for the
lecture will be on sale
in due season. It will be one of those rare
treats that come seldom.

p. 3
   Valentine's Day.
   Sleet and snow again.
   Good wheeling last Saturday.
   What are to be the class colors of '96?
   Professor Kinnear has mastered his wheel.
   Exhibition last night came too late for this
week's paper.
   Mr. Norman and painters are doing up
bachelor's hall.
   Miss Helen Beatty and friends from a distance
called on Friday.
   Miss Hill has been quite under the weather,
but is getting better
   A King's Sons Society has been organized which
meets in Mrs. Given's
   Miss Jessie Ackerman spent Monday night at the
school a guest of Miss
   It is said that many a girl who promises her
heart and hand also puts
her foot in it.
   From present indications there will be a large
number of strangers
here Commencement week.
   It is time for the old saying to go the rounds
that winter seems
preparing to linger in the lap of spring.
   John Schanandore of Oneida, Wis., is here to
visit his daughter
Nancy, who is ill in the hospital.
   Capt. Pratt has been ill for a few days. We
are glad to be able to
report that he is much better at this writing.
   Miss Hulme's brother who has been lying at the
point of death in Mt.
Holly, N.J., for some time is reported slightly
   Why don't more of the boys who go to Sunday
school in town stay to
Church? The Man-on-the-band-stand could not
   For THIRTY cents the souvenir worth 25 cents
case, and the HELPER for
a year will be sent to any address in the United
States and Canada.
   Three very serious cases of Pneumonia at the
hospital have been
brought through by the indefatigable care and
attention of Dr. Diven,
Miss Barr and her corps of nurses.
   On Monday at the opening exercises of school
Mr. Hendren gave a
little talk upon "How Utah was Admitted," and on
Tuesday Mr. Spray gave
an account of "Cuba and its Revolution."
   Miss Shaffner has returned from her extended
trip among the Indian
girls in country homes. She visited all their
homes and schools, and has
much to say of the superior advantages many are
   When Mr. Standing entered the Assembly Hall
last Friday  evening and
saw the Invincible trimmings of red, white and
blue, especially the long
curtain poles wound in the national colors like a
barber's sign, he said
he wondered what sort of a "barerous"
entertainment it was going to be
anyway, but at the close he was fully convinced
that there was nothing
barbarous about it, but such a treat was the
result of the highest
culture and civilization.

   Class '96 was photographed by Mr. Andrews on
Monday, and it is a good
picture. They will be on sale in a few days for
thirty cents cash. FREE
for fifteen subscriptions for the HELPER.
   Miss Sarah Pratt and Master Dick who have been
staying at the school
for a fortnight, while the family at Steelton
were moving into a
handsome, new and commodious home have gone back
to Steelton. Sarah
says: "Yes, it rains at Carlisle, sometimes, but
it is not such a bad
rain as the rain in Steelton, not near." Sarah
likes Carlisle.
   The Class '96 essays are just at present
passing through the fiery
furnace of criticism and examination. It is very
easy to see in an essay
what has been gobbled by the writer from other
writings, and what is
truly original, at last what is considered
original by the world. All
our thoughts are borrowed, but when we take the
exact words of another's
writing and palm them off as our OWN, that is
what? We have heard of no
such thing this year.
   Miss Ely has moved into a new and handsome
desk, and the printing
office is the happy recipient of her old desk,
which is one of those
commodious old affairs built a generation ago, of
fine mahogany, and
contains all the pigeon holes that the
Man-on-the-band-stand can
possibly use. Indeed it is large enough for him
to get into, these cold
nights, and with the rolling top closed down over
him he would be as
cozy or as "snug as a bug in a rug."
   Sleety rails are the hardest for the trolley
men to manage, but they
are a good natured set of gentlemen - those
motor-men and conductors. On
last Saturday night on the way to the college to
the Kolbe
entertainment, the cars laden - indeed over laden
- with Indians went
off the track twice, but there was no display of
ill-humor and no strong
language while repairs under the greatest
difficulties were being made.
No one was injured save a little shaking up.
   The Dickinson College Orchestra and Glee
opened up the concert last
Friday evening with the College yell behind the
scenes. James Wheelock,
President of the Invincible Society, in
introducing the musicians said
in part: "As it is our custom each year to bring
before the school
something worth hearing the Invincible Literary
Society decided this
year to bring before you the Dickinson College
Orchestra and Glee Club.
We do not claim that this is an Invincible
entertainment, but the
evening is given under the auspices of the
   The Misses Hench, of Carlisle, have presented
the reference library
in the Academic Department with about 46 volumes
of the *Century* and
*Scribner* ranging from 1875 to 1895, and other
valuable magazines. Some
unknown friend in New York sent a number of
papers and magazines. We
need greatly and International Encyclopedia, in
fact several hundred
dollars worth of books of just the right sort. In
two weeks of January,
78 volumes were taken out by pupils and teachers
and more than 150
persons have been to use reference books. Pupils
doing Literary Society
work frequently fail to find the material owing
to scarcity of modern
reference books.   
p. 4
   Abraham Lincoln was born February 12, 1809. As
Wednesday of this week
was the birthday anniversary of this great man,
about whom so much has
been said of late in the papers, will y young
Carlisle soon-to-be
graduates with dim visions of the future and
great desires for large
helps to a professional life, take a glance of
what Lincoln had to start
with in his profession of law, and how he dressed
   He had had four months' schooling.
   He had a copy of Blackstone.
   He had a copy of compiled laws of Illinois for
   He had three volumes of session laws.
   He had just seven dollars.
   Did he wear a fancy watch chain?
   No, but on his back was a blue-jean coat,
claw-hammer style, short in
the sleeves and in the tail.
   He wore home-spun linen trousers.
   He wore a straw hat and stogy boots.
   But what kind of a character did Lincoln
   He was HONEST.
   What kind of a mind?
   He was not specially quick in perception but
possessed a vigorous
mind and clear comprehension.
   He was exact in his judgment, and could state
his thoughts clearly.
   He had full command of himself.
   Through a letter from Richard Sanderville,
Blackfeet Agency, Montana,
we get the following news of returned students:
   Minnie Perrine is now Mrs. LaBreche having
married tow or three
months ago.
   Joseph Evans has married a school girl.
   Peter Oscar and John G. Ground are working at
the Agency.
   Joseph Spanish has gone to the Ft. Shaw Indian
Industrial School
   James Grant is clerk at Jos. Kipp's store; and
others are doing well.
   Governor L. C. Hughes of Arizona, in his
annual report to the
Secretary of the Interior, says that the cost of
the liquor traffic to
the Territory is so great that prohibition is a
necessity, and he prays
Congress for such a law. Governor Hughes further
says: "During the last
thirty years there has not been a single Apache
Indian outbreak in
Arizona which was not the direct result of
intoxicating drinks."

        JUST AS GOOD.
   A Wisconsin subscriber gives vent in some pent
up feeling in these
earnest words:
   "I have enjoyed reading the INDIAN HELPER the
past year, and have
often read selections from it to the High School
pupils under my charge.
   I sincerely believe the Lord wants education,
Christian education to
supplant the present condition of affairs with
our dark skinned
brothers, and that, too, away from the
temptations and degrading
influences of tribal life on the reservation.
   Good Indians are just as good citizens as good
white men.
   God speed the day when Carlisle's work shall
be felt all over the
United States.
   A little Indian girl in the country shows her
unbounded pleasure at
learning to make good bread, in the following
   "Captain, I wish you could see and taste my
bread. They say my bread
is elegant. I could not bake the way I now bake
before I came here, but
I knew well enough how to bake Indian bread,
taught by my Indian mother.
   I can now see for myself the difference, and
oh, such a great difference.
   Yet I couldn't say that I despise my Indian
bread. If I should ever
get a chance to taste it I know I should like it.
But if ever I live to
own a home of my own I will follow and keep the
new method I have learned."
   True gentility is neither in birth, wealth,
manner, or fashion, but
in the mind. A high sense of honor and a
determination never to slight
your friends, and politeness towards those you
constantly meet are the
essential characteristics of a true lady.
   A am made of 7 letters.
   The 7, 3, 4 comes on the grass in summer.
   Some cups are made of 1, 5, 6.
   Lumbermen can 2, 3, 4 a log.
   On Tuesday my whole made the inhabitant
hereabouts open their eyes
sometimes, to see what was coming next.

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            A WEEKLY LETTER
                FROM THE
   Indian Industrial School, Carlisle, Pa.
   VOL. XI. FRIDAY, February 21, 1896 NUMBER 20
    Be not content, contentment means inaction;
      The growing soul aches on its upward quest;
    Satiety is twin to satisfaction;
      All great achievements spring from life's

    Prize what is yours, but be not quite
      There is a healthful restlessness of soul
    By which a mighty purpose is augmented,
      In urging men to reach a higher goal.

    So, when a restless impulse rises, driving,
      Your calm content before it, do not grieve;
    It is the upward reaching and the striving
      Of the God in you to achieve, achieve.


    When the medicine of the Indian shall be
changed from the arrow, the
gourd or article made sacred by the exploits of
medicine men; changed
from this to education, handicraft and art, the
Indian in the Indian
will die.
    What is the best and speediest way of making
the change?
    Each uncivilized Indian who adheres to Indian
customs has his medicine.
    Each tribal medicine is known only to the
chief medicine men of the
    The medicine may be some simple thing like a
bunch of arrows.
    Whatever it is, it is placed in a receptacle
and is kept well
guarded, being held as sacred by the tribe as the
Ark of the Covenant
was held among the ancient Jews.
    How is the medicine made?
    A warrior may electrify his tribesmen and
their enemies by wonderful
daring and hair breadth escapes.
    If he announces that his good fortune is due
to a certain medicine
arrow which he made he will at once be elevated
to the position of chief
medicine man, and immediately several other
medicine men are initiated
into the mystery of arrow making, and under the
most awful solemnities
each is sworn with a dreadful vow never to reveal
the process by which
the wonderful arrow is made.
    These medicine men are the stumbling

blocks to all Indian progress, and are leaders in
darkness and superstition.
    May not the educated Indian who has learned
deeds of daring in the
scientific and industrial world, electrify his
tribe and become a
medicine man leading individuals out of darkness
into light?
    The medicine of experience and education will
    But let us remember that as the medicine of
the Indian medicine man
cannot be made in an educated community, so the
medicine of industry,
science and art cannot be made in or near the
Indian tribe where the
Indian medicine man lives.
    The farther away the better and the speedier
will be the change.
    Probably the first Indian who learned the
printing trade was a boy
taught at the Charity School at Cambridge in
    The American Encyclopedia of Printing says
this Indian boy learned
to read and write English and was apprenticed to
Samuel Green (the
second printer in the United States.)
    He became a worthy member of society under
the name of James the
Printer, and afterwards was called simply James
    This is history that the Indians have a right
to be proud of.
    It is said that this Indian printer rendered
such effectual aid upon
the Indian Bible, that in the language of John
Eliot, he had but one
man, viz., the Indian printer, that was able to
compose the sheets and
correct the press in the Indian and English
languages, bears the
imprint, printed by S. Green and J. Printer.
         NOT TIGHT.
    *Customer:* I notice some shoes you have
labeled Temperance shoes.
What kind are they?
    *Dealer:* They are warranted not to be tight.

(p 2)
        The Indian Helper.
             AT THE
    THE INDIAN HELPER is PRINTED by Indian boys,
but EDITED by
The-Man-on-the-band-stand, who is NOT an Indian.
        Price: - 10 cents a year.
   Entered in the P.O. at Carlisle as second
class mail matter.
    Address INDIAN HELPER, Carlisle, Pa.
             Miss M. Burgess, Manager.
   Do not hesitate to take the HELPER from the
Post Office, for if you
have not paid for it some one else has. It is
paid for in advance.
    Class '96 photo is now on sale at 30 cents.
Free for fifteen
subscriptions for the HELPER.
    The Small Boys wish to thank Miss Annie
Moore, who is now in
Oklahoma, for *Munsey's Magazine* for their
Reading Room.
    We are enjoying (?) our shortest days. The
sun rises about nine
o'clock and sets a few minutes after three.
-[*The North Star.*
     Cards have been received announcing the
marriage of Superintendent
S. C. Sanborn of the Tomah Indian Industrial
School, Wisconsin, to Miss
Mary E. Hower of the same school on the 11th
instant, at St. Mary's rectory.
    The committee to examine the answers of
conundrum, Why should "i"be
the happiest of all the vowels? will probably
report on Monday or
Tuesday of next week, and the name of the winner
will be published in
our next number.
    A subscriber in Oklahoma writes that they
have not had a crop for
three years and are very poor, but she sends ten
cents for the HELPER,
and asks the prayers of Christian friends for
those "unfortunate
creatures in that drouth (sic) striken country."
She says it is "hard
getting the necessaries of life."
    Just think of it! The HELPER four weeks and
more for a cent. Who
can't afford to help the HELPER help. Who can't
afford to help the
HELPER help. We want 100,000 subscriptions
immediately. If each reader
of the HELPER would sit right down and send us
one, ONLY one
subscription we would have 100,000 instanter.
    A pleasant letter from Ida Powlas, class '94,
renewing her
subscription speaks most encouragingly of her
work at the Oneida
Boarding School, Wisconsin. She says she is so
interested in her duties
that the weeks seem like days to her. "I owe my
whole life to Carlisle,"
she further states. She closes with regrets not
to be able to attend
Commencement next week.

    Johnson Adams, Francis M. Cayou, Leila
Cornelius, Susie Davenport,
Julia Elmore, Leander Gansworth, Louisa
Geisdorff, Timothy Henry, Herman
N. Hill, Frank Hudson, Robert Jackson, LeRoy W.
Kennedy, Wm. Morris
Leighton, John Leslie, Delos Lonewolf, Adelia
Lowe, Joseph Martinez,
Mark Penoi, Alice Parker, Elmer Simon, Edward
Spott, Cora Isable Snyder,
Cynthia E. Webster, James R. Wheelock, Mark Wolf.
    Mrs. Smith of Louther Street, and the
Graduating Class of '96 of the
Steelton High School return thanks to Mr.
Standing and others for the
kindness shown them last Saturday while on a
visit to our school. Joseph
Lajun accompanied them on their rounds and was a
guest of the party at
Mrs. Smith's, where he was called upon to make a
speech and paid a high
tribute to the Indian School is giving him his

    A number of answers to the "i" conundrum will
appear in the next
*Red Man*, out next week. Those nearest the mark
we did into print, but
some are so unique and pointed that they are
worthy of reproduction.
Copies of the *Red Man* may be had for five cents
each, or for the
regular subscription price, fifty cents a year.
For two subscriptions to
the *Red Man* we give a souvenir, containing 60
views of the school.

    Miss Eva Johnson, class '89, who has been
spending some time in
Washington, D.C. taking a kindergarten course has
accepted a position as
teacher at the Wyandotte Government school,
Indian Territory. "I am here
in my home school," she says by recent letter,
"teaching children whose
parents (some of them) were my school mates when
I went to school here.
There are four of your old pupils employed here
now - Laura Long, (class
'95) Delia Hicks, brother Arthur (class '93) and
    It is said that the Oneida Indians of
Wisconsin have just received
their annuity of 52 cents each. If all Indian
annuities were down to
that figure there would be some hopes of the MAN
in the Indian rising
and becoming what he should. The large annuities
received by the Osages
is what is killing them off as a people.
Annuities engender idleness and
debauchery, and idleness and debauchery kill. The
Osages are nothing
like the strong vigorous people they were twenty
years ago. They are
fast growing less in numbers and the few that are
left are growing
weakly and sickly. The heavy annuity is what is
doing it.
    If we would follow what we want to accomplish
in life, as a good
player does the ball in basket-ball, bending
every energy of body and
soul in masterly effort to force the ball toward
the goal, we would
accomplish our purpose or at least come near to
the mark. Notice how the
good player never gets discouraged, no matter how
often he misses the
basket, and with what difficulty and against what
terrible odds he often
has to work. But with mind ever on one spot, he
allows nothing to turn
his attention from it, and no obstacle to
frustrate his plans. What a
splendid lesson for those of us who have a
purpose in life. If we have
no purpose, the sooner we die the better.
p. 3
    Born in Virginia Feb. 22, 1732.
    Died at Mt. Vernon 1799.
    Skating again!
    Another spell of weather.
    Lovely Spring day last Saturday.
    Pneumonia patients still improving.
    Orange and red are the class colors of '96.
    The tin shop is getting a needed coat of
    Washington's Birth Day, tomorrow, and a
    Electric bells are a new thing in the
teachers' quarters.
    The carpenters are stripping the gymnasium
roof and it is a cold job.
    The Standards and the Band were photographed
by Mr. Andrews on Saturday.
    The trolley will bring right to the grounds
all who want to come to
Dr. Buckley's lecture next Tuesday evening.
    John Leslie photographed the class of '96 of
the Steelton High
School last Saturday as they stood in front of
the large boys' quarters.
    The carpenter shop is extending its domain
into the old band room
which was next door until the band moved in to
the old Y.M.C.A. hall.
    Mr. McMillan, Rector of the St. John's
Episcopal Church, attended
last Thursday night's entertainment. There were
others out from town.
    The closing work of '96 is good, earnest and
of a cheerful, happy
kind that will make pleasant and lasting
recollections of teachers and
those in authority.
    Rev. T.S. Bailey, D.D., Synodical Missionary
for Iowa, and H.M.
Rebok, United States Indian Agent, of Toledo,
Iowa, were among the
visitors yesterday.
    The Standards are happy to record that of the
seventeen boys who
graduate this year, eight belong to their
society. One other was at one
time a member but does not now belong to any
     The exhibits that are being placed in
position for Commencement are
creditable. The color development work in
connection is fine and must
not be taken for kindergarten work as has
heretofore happened. The Sloyd
exhibit is excellent and speaks for scientific
training against "rule of
thumb" processes.
    On Tuesday evening next will be Dr. Buckley's
lecture; Wednesday
afternoon gymnastics, calisthenics, parade,
inspection of industries;
Wednesday evening, addresses and music; Thursday
morning, inspection of
schools; Thursday afternoon, Commencement
exercises, at 2 o'clock.
    The school was well entertained last Thursday
night by speaking,
singing, tableaux and dialogues. The teachers and
pupils who contributed
toward the enjoyment of the evening deserve large
credit. These
entertainments are not brought out by the
Academic Department for
enjoyment alone, but for the mental drill and
improvement it affords
those taking part. The tableaux are historical,
and in connection with
the colored electric footlights are very

    Be ready with your answers next week when
people ask how many
students we have. 759 in all. Of these 155 are in
country homes and 604
are at the school.
    Dr. Z.T. Daniels, one of the oldest and most
experienced physicians
of the Indian service, has been transferred from
the Pine Ridge Agency,
South Dakota, to Carlisle, and will be with us in
a few weeks.
    We expect a full house next Tuesday evening
to hear Dr. J.M. Buckley
on "Wit Humor and Pathos of Travel." The proceeds
are for the benefit of
the Library Fund. A dollar lecture for 25 cents
is what we will get.
    Mrs. Charles Greer, of Johnstown, formerly
Miss Georgie Bratton,is
visiting her old home in Carlisle, and was at the
school entertainment
last Thursday night. Her friends at the school,
of which she was at one
time a part, gave her a warm greeting.
    The Souvenir containing sixty views of the
school will be sent free
for ten subscription for the HELPER and 2 cents
extra to pay postage. Or
for thirty cents a years' subscription for the
HELPER and the Souvenir;
or for twenty-five cents cash the souvenir will
be sent alone.
    Instead of seeing how MUCH we can spend
wouldn't it be a good thing
to play the hero for a year or two and see how
LITTLE we can spend? Live
close, suffer rather than spend! Thus did Grant,
Garfield, Lincoln and
hundreds of other great men.
    Mrs. Edgar A. Allen, of Perris Indian school,
California, writes
that they are getting along splendidly, and "our
school is prospering.
We expect to increase our attendance next year."
It will be remembered
that Mrs. Allen was Miss Ida Johnson, when at
    Talks for the week at the opening exercises
have been upon "Good
manners and good breeding," by Miss Hamilton;
"St. Valentine's Day," by
Miss Cutter. Original Valentines, all productions
of No. 11, were read
and enjoyed.
    Chas. Dagenett, '91, has returned to
Chilocco, O.T., from Atlanta,
where he has been in charge of the Indian School
exhibit for several
weeks. Mr. Dagenett has been promoted in the
school, at an advanced
salary, and his wife Esther (Miller) class '89,
has received an
appointment as assistant teacher.
    The reporter of the Susan Longstreth Literary
Society reports that
they had a lively debate last Friday evening on
Resolved, That the
United States should help the Cubans, and asks,
Who says the Susans are
not up to date on international affairs? She says
there were good
arguments on both sides of the question under
    Sloyd is always represented at the monthly
entertainment by
specimens of handiwork arranged with taste on a
large easel. This
display always elicits attention and reflects
credit on the busy workers
under Miss Ericson's instruction. Girls and boys
alike have lessons in
the handling of tools and making useful articles.
Those who fumbled at
first and were very awkward are turning out some
beautiful work now, and
it is a pleasure to see them in the work room
busy, happy and interested.
p. 4
    "Lend me a quarter, Tim."
    "No sir. I'm not in the lending business,"
replied Tim to his friend
Major who was a little short on money.
    "What's the matter? I thought you were my
friend," replied Major
    "I hope I am your friend, and I do not want
to lose you."
    "Nonsense! Lose me, man? Why you have
insulted me. I only want a
quarter. I'll pay it back next week. You've got a
whole pocket full of
quarters. Lend me one! I want to take my lady
friend to the lecture and
I haven't a cent to my name."
    "Then you had better not take her."
    Major dropped his head and said quietly,"But,
Tim, she won't
    "That don't matter. If she ever finds it out
she'll have lots more
respect for you. No sensible girl wants a young
man to go in debt for
her pleasure."
    "I understand that right enough," said Major,
"but lend a fellow a
quarter all the same just this once and I'll
never ask it again. I've
promised her I'd take her and I can't get out of
    "No, sir. I've started out on Shakespeare's
plan and I'm going to
live up to it. I've found out by sad experience
that what he says is true."
    "What's that?"
    "Don't you remember in Hamlet where Polonius
says to Laertes:
      'Neither a borrower nor a lender be:
       For loan oft loses both itself and friend,
       And borrowing dulls the edge of
    "All right," said Major turning his heel.
    "You lose a FRIEND by this. You know I'd pay
you back and I consider
your conduct in this matter mean."
    "I'm sorry, but to lose a friend and the
money too is worse. I used
to be in your boat myself, going around borrowing
until I lost several
good friends by not always being able to pay back
when I said I would,
and now I've started out on higher, better and
safer grounds. I do not
borrow nor lend."
    Major walked away without saying a word, but
as he turned the corner
looked around, and Tim with emphatic shake of his
fist said:
    "Oh, I'm right, old fellow."
    The Indian name Assiniboin comes from the
Ojibwa words *Asinni,*
stone, and *bwa,* Dakota, Stone-Dakota. The
Assiniboin tribe is a branch
of the Sioux.

    Not many of the middle aged Indian women who
live in camps or Indian
villages know how to make light bread.
    They have stoves?
    Yes, the Government has issued a great many
stoves to the Indians,
but a traveller over the plains will see stoves
and parts of stoves
strewn here, there and everywhere, the Indians
not having learned to use
them in cooking, and as for baking the women
prefer the old way of
sitting on the ground and mixing flour with water
and baking it on hot
stones, or frying in hot grease.
    It is hard to give up the old ways, out
    It is not hard here.

    On beef-issue days the Indians of the Dakotas
and North West receive
enough meat to last several days.
    Some large families may receive a whole beef.
    The Indian women cut the beef up into thin
slices or strips, and
hang it up on poles to dry.
    A person going through an Indian camp will
see many of these poles
of meat hanging in the air and sun to dry, just
as we hang clothes out
on a line to dry. It does not matter how hot the
weather is the meat
dries with becoming spoiled.
    We will not say that it does not get dusty
and full of flies, but
when a traveler is very hungry he does not mind
such small things.

    I am made of 8 letters.
    My 3, 2, 7 is a pony.
    My 6, 4, 8 is what some people do not like to
    My 1, 5, 3, 7 is an important organ of
    My whole in the hardest study for the Indian
to become proficient in.

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