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United States. Office of Indian Affairs / Annual report of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, for the year 1905, Part I

Reports of superintendents of independent schools,   pp. 415-440 PDF (11.7 MB)

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and kitchen, which work is now under way. The lavatory of the middle-sized
boys' building has been entirely remodeled, so that it is now first-class
in every 
particular. I have sufficient repair fund to complete remodeling the main
of the middle-sized boys' building, the lavatory of the small girls' building,
the old hospital, which latter will be used for the domestic science classes.
An appropriation is needed the coming year to repair the main part of the
small girls' building and provide better facilities for baking. I had hoped
to do 
this with the funds available this year, but find the improvements required
money in order to make them first-class than was at first anticipated. 
Industrial.-The school has been favored with good crops on the farm and in
the garden and orchard. The prune crop is unusually large, and the dry house
is taxed to its utmost to care for it. 
The shop work has been kept at its high standard, and the pupils have made
very satisfactory progress. 
Class rooms.-During the year the teachers combined the literary and indus-
trial work as much as possible. The industrial feature was developed fully
during the spring and summer, through the school gardens, which were excel-
lent and furnished valuable instruction to the pupils. 
EDWIN L. CHALCRAFT, superintendent. 
CARLISLE, PA., August 24, 1905. 
The average attendance for the year was 904. 
The schoolroom work was satisfactory and teachers and pupils did conscien-
tious work. Four literary societies-two of boys and two of girls-held weekly
meetings, and the work done was instructive and interesting, and the annual
public debate between chosen representatives of the boys' societies compared
favorably in all its aspects with similar contests of the smaller colleges.
Industrial work along fourteen lines, under the immediate direction of Super-
intendent of Industries Thompson, was pursued regularly and energetically,
with satisfactory results, considering the condition; but there was lacking
equipment in some of the shops necessary to the attainment of desired results.
However, the deficiencies are provided for and another year the courses in
carpentry, blacksmithing, and wagon making will be much improved and addi-
tional work given in construction. 
Class work and individual instruction were given in sewing, cooking, and
laundry. The plan of assigning a number of girls to special duty in the kitchen
for individual instruction was pursued with great success. Each girl was
assigned a table which she was obliged to take care of and for which she
pared and cooked food for ten, discretion being allowed somewhat as to variety
and method of preparation, which induced friendly rivalry. Credit is reflected
upon the girls' work by the fact that their tables were so much desired that
was found necessary to assign new tables weekly, to the end that all could
turn have the benefit of them. 
In the sewing room and laundry older and well-instructed girls were put in
charge of classes, thus giving responsibility, which increased and confirmed
The two large farms were conducted as in the past, and while good results
were obtained, there is much room for improvement in methods of instruction
and resulting products, in both of which better success is expected the coming
The dairy produced milk and butter to an extent'that added much to the 
children's food supply, but a contemplated increase in the herd and new dairy
facilities will materially increase the output and enable better instruction
be given a greater number of pupils. 
The sanitary condition of the buildings and grounds was excellent and the
average health of pupils good. A new hospital is a necessity and, if erected,
old hospital would give the additional dormitory space which is needed. 
Improvements during the year consist of the completion of a double set of
employees' quarters, a greenhouse, and a small lumber storehouse, the old
being altered for the use of the school fire department. 
The boys were organized as a regiment of two squadrons of four troops each,

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