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

Reports of agents in Washington,   pp. 487-511 PDF (12.8 MB)


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506              REPORTS OF AGENTS IN           WASHINGTON. 
lack of funds prevents the carrying out of this proposed educational plan,
at least 
for the present. 
During the year the agency has been favored by the visit in turn of Inspector
Benj. H. Miller, School Supervisor T. W. Leeke, and Hon. Darwin R. James,
of 
the Board of Indian Commissioners, and to these gentlemen the agent is greatly
indebted for advice and encouragement given him in his plans for the better-
ment of the condition of the Indians and for the proper discharge of the
duties 
of his office. 
In conclusion permit me to thank the Department for the consideration shown
me throughout the year. 
r am, sir, very respectfully, 
C. C. THORNTON, 
U. S. Indian Agent. 
The COMMISSIONER OF INDIAN AFFAIRS. 
REPORT OF PHYSICIAN AT TULALIP AGENCY. 
TULALIP AGENcY, August 31, 1892. 
SIR: I have the honor to submit herewith my annual report for the fiscal
year ending June 
30, 1892. 
The general physical condition of the D'Wamish and allied tribes has been
fairly good. No 
epidemics or contagions have prevailed. The principal diseases are, as they
have been for 
many years, consumption, rheumatism, scrofula, and constitutional syphilis;
to the latter 
trouble the majority of their diseases can be traced. Very few cases of primary
venereal dis- 
eases have been reported. 
During the year 430 Indians received medical treatment; of this number 219
were males and 
211 females. These represent the actual cases treated, and do not include
the many persons to 
whom domestic or simple remedies were furnished. 
Many teeth have been extracted among the younger generation; sufficient indeed
to justify 
me in requesting you to estimate for a dental chair; but this I will not
do. The teeth of many 
of the very old Indians are beautiful in their solidity and evenness, doubtless
due to the simple 
character of the food to which they have always been accustomed. There were
60 births; 32 
males and 28 females. Deaths 53; 28 males and 25 females. 
I have visited at irregular intervals during the year the four reservations
connected with this 
agency, and have sent them occasional supplies of simple remedies. More money
should be al- 
lowed for traveling expenses, so that the physician could visit these people
more frequently. 
Hospital.-I earnestly call your attention to the great need that exists at
this agency for the 
establishment of a hospital. I am confident that the Indians would avail
themselves of its ben- 
efits and that lives could be saved. Many cases that now become chronic through
neglect or 
improper treatmentin their homes, could be cured before they reach that stage.
The sick on 
the other reservations could be removed here for treatment, whereas many
of them now die for 
lack of intelligent nursing and medical assistence. It is especially important
in treating sur- 
gical cases that hospital facilities be allowed. 
Thanking you for your uniform courtesy and assistance rendered, I am 
Very respectfully, 
E. BUCHANAN, 
Agency Physician. 
C. C. THORNTON, 
U. S. Indtan Agent. 
REPORT OF TEACHER OF LuMMI SCHOOL. 
LUMMI INDIAN RESERVATION, WASH., August 26, 1892. 
SIR: In compliance with your request, I have the honor to submit my first
annual report as 
teacher of the Lummi day school. 
Attendance.-After a lapse of some ten or twelve years this school was reopened
on October 1, 
of last year, upon the recommendation of Dr. Dorchester. As considerable
doubt was enter- 
tained as to the number of pupils that would attend, no new buildings were
erected. The old one 
(20 by 30) having accommodation for about 40 children, was thought to be
sufficiently large; but 
in this repect the first quarters attendance of 75 proved that nothing like
room enough had been 
provided, while during the year the enrollment reached as high as 80 with
an average attend- 
ance of over 60. I have endeavored to the best of my ability to give to each
pupil the care and 
training most needed, but owing to the great number of children, and the
many different grades, 
I have been required to teach I found it impossible to do all I would wish
in this regard, espe- 
cially with the primary grades that require so much personal attention ;
but as an assistant 
teacher has been appointed for the coming year, I look forward to a much
greater advancement 
in those grades. 
School work.-The work accomplished by the school in general has far exceeded
my expecta- 
tion. The scholars have proven their appreciation of the establishment of
this school by 
their industry, good behavior, progress, and regular attendance. 
The senior grade have completed the practical arithmetic, history, and geography
of the 
United States, and have made marked progress in English grammar, their most
difficult sub- 
ject. A daily talk of from len to fifteen minutes on some interesting subject,
has been given, and 
the pupils required to reproduce the sam2 in writing at home each evening.
This practice has 
been the means of acquainting them with a great many subjects of which they
knew nothing 
before, and greatly aided in improving their knowledge of the English language.


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