This issue opened with a poem titled “HOW," by John Boyle O'Reilly, followed by news from a letter from Carlisle alumnus Samuel Townsend (Pawnee), a student at Marietta College. Page two included news items about Congress convening, Nancy Cornelius (Oneida) attending the Woman's National Indian Association, new arrivals, "Thanksgiving Echoes from Pupils' Home Letters," news from Crow Agency, sewing room accomplishments, and Charles Wheelock's (Oneida) rescue of the malfunctioning printing equipment.
Page three contained one-line news items about students, children of students and staff, Christmas preparations, visitors, an excursion to the paper mill at Mt. Holly Springs, music choir tryouts, new washstands and bureaus in the girls' quarters, progress on the new school house and bakery construction, and complaints on noise around campus. Page four concluded Samuel Townsend's college account followed by some riddles and the "PUZZLE."