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)
REPORT OF SCHOOL IN PENNSYLVANIA. 431 and although all have been dismounted., cavalry tactics are used and the red trimming on the uniform was changed to cavalry yellow, new cap cords and devices adopted, the command armed with the Springfield carbine, and waist belts and cartridge boxes supplied by the Ordnance Department of the Army. The organization was similar to that of the Regular Army, the drills were regu- larly and successfully conducted. a small hospital corps and signal detachment were added and partially equipped, and with our fine band of 48 pieces the regiment, numbering about 400. with beautiful national and school colors flying, field and staff officers--the latter including a surgeon and chaplain- mounted, and the regiment accompanied, in the capacity of aids to the com- mander, by the six noted chiefs, Geronimo, American Horse, Hollow Horn Bear, Quanah Parker, Little Plume, and Buckskin Charley, proceeded by special train to Washington and participated in the inaugural parade. The appearance and conduct of the regiment brought praise from the President and compliments from all sides, but the fine appearance of our boys on this_;--- can best be made known to the public by the reproduction here of the compli- mentary letters from the Secretary of the Interior and yourself: SECRETARY'S OFFICE, Washington, D. C., March 9, 1905. Capt. WILLIAM A. MERCER, Superintendent Carlisle Indian School, Carlisle, Pa. MY DEAR SIR: It gives me very great pleasure to congratulate you, and through you the Carlisle boys, whose fine appearance, soldierly bearing, and excellent performance while participating in the inaugural procession here on Saturday last elicited great applause, especially from the President, the members of the Cabinet, and others who had the pleasure of witnessing them as they passed by the President's stand, and, I am informed, also all along the route of the procession that day. Please thank your boys for me for this demonstration of their appreciation, in part, of the efforts the Government is making in behalf of their education. Yours, very truly, E. A. HITCHCOCK, Secretary. OFFICE COMMISSIONER OF INDIAN AFFAIRS, Washington, March 13, 1905. Capt. W. A. MERCER, Superinteadent Indian Industrial School, Carlisle, Pa. My DEAR CAPTAIN MERCER: I wish- you would say to the boys who took part in the inaugural parade that I was more than gratiffed-I was positively astonished-at their fine marching and soldierly appearance. Wherever I have gone in Washington since that day people have been talking about the Carlisle cadets; and I have been very proud of having them under my jurisdiction. I hope to be able to say something of this face to face when we meet at commencement. Sincerely, yours, F. E. LEUPP, Commissioner. Much attention was given to systematic physical exercises for both boys and girls, the good results of which are noticeable in the finely set up appearance of both, the increased average good health, and apparent expressions of con- tent and happiness. In athletics our track team won noted victories over large colleges and made excellent records; in baseball we did well, and our football eleven was most successful. As the students engaged in athletics, even the members of our teams, are required to keep up the schoolroom and industrial work, there are no bad results, but much that is of benefit to the individual and to the school in the pleasant diversion it lends to the regular work and most desirable and beneficial break in the monotony of school life which it pro- vides, and all at no expense to the Government. In fact, the money received from two or three of the important games of football has maintained the athlet- ics of the school, prepared field, built training cages, bought equipments, paid coaches, provided funds for the special instruction at summer schools and for the higher education of individuals which would otherwise have been impossible, and made it possible to meet without serious handicap in tests of strength, skill, and endurance their white brethren of the colleges with great credit and much benefit to themselves. For the first time Haskell and Carlisle met on the gridiron and in a most interesting game at the St. Louis Exposition. Car- lisle was decidedly victorious. The outing system as carried on for a number of years past was continued successfully. It is productive of the very best results and is one of the most valuable aids to the practical education and general uplifting of the Indian youth, and is made possible to the great extent in which it is conducted here only by the splendid Christian and industrial environment of the school. In general, the school did good work the past year, and apparently there is a good prospect of better work and improved conditions for the present year.
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