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United States. Office of Indian Affairs / Annual report of the commissioner of Indian affairs, for the year 1892

Reports of agents in North Dakota,   pp. 350-370 PDF (11.5 MB)

Reports of agents in Oklahoma,   pp. 370-409 PDF (21.8 MB)

Page 370

370                REPORTS OF       AGENTS IN      OKLAHOMA. 
laundry and the barn. The two latter were pronounced a miserable outfit by
every Govern- 
ment official who visited the school during the past fiscal year. 
School attendance.-There has been an average attendance during the past school
year of 90. in- 
creasing during the last quarter to 105, the females being in a considerable
majority. This at- 
tendance has been secured without any effort, the agent and school employds
having been ;ur- 
prised during the last quarter by 17 new pupilswho applied of their own accord
for admittance, 
all of them expressing a lively desire to learn "English words."
School work.-The pupils present on opening day were examined, classified,
and graded strictly 
according to the course of study prepared in your office. Afterwards pupils
were examined 
and placed on entering school. The examinations-at the end of each term showed
results, the progress being steady, in many instances surprising. A delightful
air of cheerful 
industry characterizes the schoolrooms, revealing the fact that both teachers
and pupils work 
with a will and evidently enjoy their labors. Visitors are impressed with
the singular bright- 
ness and vivacity our pupils exhibit, a feature which makes one almost forget
the fact that they 
are Indian children. The constant use of the English language is firmly established
in this in- 
stitution, in school and at any other time. 
Industrial work.-The boys, being for the most part under 12 years of age
and none of them 
over 15, can not be expected to do much more than the necessary chores. They
work cheer- 
fully at the woodpile, in the garden, milk the cows, are trained to be obliging
and ever ready 
to lend a helping hand where needed. Our boys are noted for their courtesy
and thoughtful- 
ness in their intercourse with the employes and visitors, the larger ones
taking apride in being 
considered manly and reliable. 
All the girls are kept quite busy, even the smallest ones having something
to do. The indus- 
trial work of our girls received special commendation from Mrs. Dorchester,
who honored us 
with a visit of nearly two weeks. She pronounced the plan of industrial details
as it is carried 
out at this school a new one. In the printed pamphlet (patge 6) of Mrs Dorchester's
tions from the Field, December, 1891, you will find the exact outline of
our plan. I am happy 
to state that it has worked during the whole year to the perfect satisfaction
of both employds 
and pupils. Though nobody has been overburdened with work, I am confident
that scarcely 
could there be found a more industrious lot of bright and skillful workers
than are our dear 
girls and boys. It was indeed a comfort to those in charge in the kitchen.
the bakery, the laun- 
dry, the sewing rooii, to meet such cheerful faces and watch those busy hands.
Discipline.-The general tone of the school has made it entirely unnecessary
to resort to severe 
measures. The pupils love the school, and many of them have proved it by
remaining here 
during vacation of their own free will. 
Health,-The health of the pupils has been exceptionally good during the whole
year. No 
case of severe illness occured. It is gratifying to notice the growing intelligence
of our pupils 
regarding the proper care of the body in accordance with the laws of hygiene.
The hospital attached to the school has proved invaluable, making it possible
to check at once 
any disease making its appearance and preventing the same from spreading
among the pupils. 
The attention of the physician and nurses in charge is all that could be
Visitors.-During the past year the school was honored by the visits of Dr.
and Mrs. Dorchester, 
Supervisors Ansley and Parker, and Col. Cisney. 
Since her visit Mrs. Dorchester has shown a very encouraging interest in
our work, surpris- 
ing us at different times with tokens of her kindness. Beautiful pictures,
maps, fancy work 
material, and above all kindly words, expressed in welcome letters, have
made her name dear 
to pupils and employds. All visitors, prticularly Dr. Dorchester and Maj.
Parker, freely ex- 
pressed their appreciation of the work done at this school, giving, indeed,
the kindest of en- 
couragement to both teachers and pupils. 
Holidays and closing exercises.-The holidays were duly observed. Musical
and literary enter- 
tainments were invariably connected with them, Pupils and teachers were highly
mented on those occasions by all who witnessed the performances. 
The closing exercises consisted of vocal and instrumental music, speeches,
dialogues, a short 
drama, and an operetta. The intertainment was pronounced by competent judges
a perfect 
Very respectfully,                                    I 
(Through Agent McLaughlin.) 
Darlington, Okla., September 16, 1892. 
SIR: In compliance with Department regulations and printed circular of your
office, I have the honor to submit this, my fourth annual report of this
Population.-The population, as shown by the enrollment, is as follows: 
Fe-           Males   Fe- 
als Fe-    Males                       males 
Males                males   Total    be-    aes 
males  unde   under   of all  twveen  be- 
ame of tribe.           1ve                                        tween
years.    1r   y        14    ages.  6 and  6 and 
years. years. years.          18.   18. 
Cheyenne ............       ....     563     719   49     418  1  2,1I19
 289    306 
Arapahoe ................           279      365]  239!   2081    , 091 
144    142 
Total-----------------------....... 842  1084I  I658  626   3, 210  433 

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