United States. Office of Indian Affairs / Annual report of the commissioner of Indian affairs, for the year 1892
Reports of agents in Washington, pp. 487-511 PDF (12.8 MB)
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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