Eadle Keatah Toh (Vol. 1, No. 1)

Eadle Keatah Toh (Vol. 1, No. 1)
Carlisle Barracks, PA
January 1880

The first page opened with a report titled "THE INDIAN TRAINING SCHOOL," that described the progress of the school, its Christian methods, the work of the Florida boys preparing buildings for use, the importance of the town Sunday Schools, the school curriculum that emphasized farmwork for boys and housekeeping for girls, the provision of civilian clothing, and a statistical breakdown of personnel. There were six teachers and 153 students from eleven tribes. Also on that page was a reprint of an article from the Cheyenne Transporter that described a talk by Powder Face. Page two described the gift of a printing press in an article titled "GREETING" that touted the importance of Indian education as a treaty promise; followed by "THE GIRLS," who were ready and eager to learn. Next came a feature that compared "RELIGIOUS TRAINING" to sowing seeds in good soil.

Page three offered news about the school, visits by Commissioner Ezra Hayt, Susan Longstreth and Mary Brown, outside clergy, and by Hampton Institute officials. Also reported was a student's obituary and a description of the curriculum used for a deaf and mute school. There was a "PRESENTATION OF HYMN BOOKS" to the Carlisle school from the 34th St. Reformed Sabbath School in New York City, an account of a laboratory demonstration by Prof. Charles F. Himes of Dickinson College titled "WHY DOES IT BURN," a notice that the Navajo chiefs wanted to send children to the school, and a report that fifteen Indian school students made a trip to Wilson College in Chambersburg. Page four contained a notice of a gift of $20 titled "HURRAH! HERE'S HOPE FOR US! COLORED CHILDREN HELPING INDIAN CHILDREN," followed by the January 6, 1880 letter from Etahdleuh (Kiowa) to Miss Mather that described his trip to recruit new students from the Cheyenne and Kiowa Agencies. Also on the page was a letter from Prof. Porter to Cpt. Pratt about techniques for teaching English from the National Deaf-Mute College, followed by a letter from Paul C Tsait-kope-te from Tarrytown about his difficulty learning to speak English and his gratitude to his St. Augustine teachers. The page concluded with a local history lesson by Prof. Himes on the role of Carlisle town people during the Revolutionary and Civil Wars.

Note: This newspaper was found in correspondence of the Bureau of Indian Affairs. That correspondence in posted in our Documents section.

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RG 75, Series 79, box 574, Miscellaneous-1880-P-#0132