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United States. Office of Indian Affairs / Annual report of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, for the year 1892
61st ([1892])

Reports of superintendents of schools,   pp. 647-708 PDF (30.2 MB)


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REPORTS OF SUPERINTENDENTS OF SCHOOLS.                 657 
isfactory dirt covering. This, with the building of porches, putting in of
new 
floors where necessary, making tables, cupboards, and the doing of necessary
repair work has furnished the desired training of the carpenter's four appren-
tices. 
Industrial work.-A shoe shop having been added to the branches of industrial
training at the school furnishes pleasing and agreeable work to four appren-
tices, who display great aptitude for this class of work. Under the direct
supervision of their instructor they have each made for themselves a pair
of 
shoes of which thev seem proud. 
Creditable work has been done in the laundry, the older girl pupils ironing
and taking care of the clothing of the pupils of the school. 
In the kitchen the girls have made good progress in the attainment of habits
of cleanliness, in cooking, and in the care of table and kitchen ware. 
Decided improvement is noticeable in the sewing room, where the older girl
pupils are taught to cut and make their garments. Many of them show great
liking for machine sewing, and the character of the work turned out here
in 
this department is first class. The skill of many of the pupils in knitting
and 
crochet work is a matter of comment to visitors, who all express surprise
to see 
the Indian girls from the reservation assiduously plying the needle. 
The formation of a company of cadets has proved of additional interest to
many 
of the boys and has had a tendency to retain many who would otherwise have
sought on the reservation occupation for many idle hours. 
In conclusion, I desire to add that, all things considered, the work of the
past 
year has been very encouraging. The capacity of the Yuma Indian, his power
of education, and aptitude for a few of the trades, is no longer a question,
but a 
cone -ded fact: it but remains to furnish means to continue the reform inaugu-
rated in the schoolroom into the future life of the school boy or girl, and
thereby 
complete the work making the Indian a self-supporting, intelligent, and con-
scientious citizen. 
With the expression of my appreciation and thanks for the many courtesies
extended to me by the Office of Indian Affairs, I remain, 
Very respectfully, 
MARY OINEIL, 
~Superintendent. 
The COMMISSIONER OF INDIAN AFFAIRS. 
REPORT OF SCHOOL AT GRAND JUNCTION, COLO. 
TELLER INSTITUTE, Grand Junction, Colo., August R0, 1892. 
SIR: In reviewing the year's work, though it is as a whole quite gratifying,
it has not been unmixed with unsatisfactory and trying conditions. 
Runaways.-The year was ushered in by the running away of 7 boys whose re-
turn I failed to secure, though every effort was made to intercept them by
writing 
and telegraphing civil officials alohg their line of travel, and a persistent
and con- 
tinued chase after them over the mountains. Two of them reached the reservation
in safety and reported having seen me hunting them in the mountains. A third
enlisted in the Army. Continuous correspondence has failed to elicit any
infor- 
mation concerning the other four, though every clue has been followed up
by act- 
ing Agent Capt. Lewis Johnson, at one end of the line and by myself at the
other. 
An article in the Arizona Enterprise .describes the finding of the remains
of an 
Indian boy and a horse, both of which must have perished of thirst in a desert
region near the "Vulture" mines. Among the effects were a number
of letters 
showing conclusively to the minds of the readers that the boy was Arthur
Ducat, one of the runaways; but as Arthur Ducat reached the reservation and
is now in the Government school at Albuquerque, N. Mex., this judgment is
erroneous. It is possible the remains were those of one of the boys, if so,
Ar- 
thur Ducat knows which one. Several statements made by him have been fol-
lowed up and found not to contain one iota of truth. 
Other than this and an epidemic of la grippe that prostrated a large number
of 
our pupils and so weakened the lungs of some as to cause them to break down
under the attacks of inherited tuberculosis, and thus rob us of three children
by 
death, the year has been probably the most prosperous in the history of the
school. 
Buildings.-Excepting the commissary, which is an inadequate, dilapidated
$397 I A---42 


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