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United States. Office of Indian Affairs / Annual report of the commissioner of Indian affairs, for the year 1884
([1884])

Report of Carlisle school,   pp. 186-189 PDF (1.7 MB)


Page 188

188                 REPORT OF CARLISLE        SCHOOL. 
wants of such a large number. In accordance with a suggestion from the honorable
Secretary of the Interior, I gave opportunities for out and family experience
to nearly 
all our apprentices during vacation. Very few of our apprentices fail to
come for- 
ward to comparative proficiency in their trades when continued the ordinary
ap- 
prenticeship period. The trades and industries taught are the same as last
year and 
the years previous, i. e. for the boys, agriculture, carpentering, blacksrnithing,
and 
wagon-making, painting, shoemaking, harness-making, tailoring, tin-smithing,
print- 
ing, and baking; for the girls, sewing, cooking, and general household work.
SCHOOL-ROOM WORK. 
In regard to school-room work I have nothing to add to the full and favorable
report 
of last year. The same system has been continued with the same marked success.
Your authority to hold until the end of the term pupils whose school period
had 
expired before the close of the school year has, in a measure, overcome the
difficulty 
of frequent disturbances by the changes complained of last year. In the future
it 
will be better to have all changes of returning to agencies and bringing
in new pupils 
occur during vacation. 
Desiring to give our students the fullest advantage of our planting-out system,
I 
this year omitted the annual public examination exercises. 
FARM. 
Last year and the two previous years I urged the importance of a farm for
the 
school. It is quite inexplicable that such an important aid in the work should
be so 
many times denied by the Government. As I was not willing to wait longer,
Iap- 
plied to friends of the school and purchased a farm containing 157 acres,
at a cost of 
$20,000, vesting the title in a board of trustees. I have received sufficient
donations 
to pay $13,000 upon the price; but this farm is inadequate for our needs.
We should 
have at least 400 acres of good land. We could then manage a large herd of
cows 
and supply ourselves with abundance of milk, which is the best food to counteract
the diseases to which our students are most subject. I hope the means may
be pro- 
vided to give us more land. 
DONATIONS. 
The friends of the school have very greatly multiplied in number during the
year, 
and the donations have largely increased in amount. The total sum given to
us dur- 
ing the year is $16,509.25, the larger part of which went to make payments
on the 
farm. But for this material support from an interested public, our work would
have 
been much crippled. 
PUBLIC INTEREST. 
The different church organizations in the town of Carlisle have continued
and in- 
creased their interest in the welfare of the school, and by their church
helps have 
very greatly aided in advancing the highest interests of the students. Of
those pres- 
ent at the school during the year 88 are members of the Episcopalian, Methodist,
Presbyterian, Lutheran Evangelical, and Catholic churches in Carlisle, who
cordially 
welcome our pupils into church fellowship. The students are divided among
the sev- 
eral churches for Sunday-school instruction, and by these several means are
brought 
into relations with the best classes of the community. I feel it a most pleasant
duty 
to bring to your notice, in this official manner, the pastors, rectors, and
priests, and 
the Sunday-school workers who have given such valuable aid and support to
our 
cause. I also desire to commend the employ6s of the school, who have, early
and 
late, been faithful in the performance of their several duties. 
NEW PUPILS AND VISITS BY CHIEFS, ETC. 
One of the notable additions to the school during the year was a party of
52 Apache 
youth from the San Carlos Reservation, Arizona, a number of whom were from
the re- 
cently captured Chiricahua band. This whole party has proved exceptionally
indus- 
trious, dutiful, and apt. The fact that these Apaches and so many other of
the wilder 
tribes are committing their children to our care to be educated ought to
arouse un- 
limited confidence on the part of our own people and the Government in their
desire 
to become civilized, and lead to our fullest response with ample means for
this pur- 
pose. 
A number of parties of chiefs and leading men from different tribes have
visited the 
school during the year. They all expressed the greatest satisfaction and
gratitude to 
the Government for giving their children such advantages, and ugdtecide 
to improve their opportunities.                           ugdtecide 


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