The first page opened with a poem, “Grasp the Nettle,” followed by a reprinted letter to Superintendent Pratt from Conrad Roubideaux (Sioux) titled “Conrad Didn’t Give Up the Ship,” in which he described the hardships of finding work on the reservation. Page two included news that Pratt was out West soliciting signatures for the Severalty Bill; “A Visit to the School Rooms,” that laid out the temporary classrooms in the gymnasium; and two outing reports in which Nicolassa Troucasa (Pueblo) described her experience with the Michener Family, and Amelia Haswell (Pueblo) described her activities with Sophie and Katie Metoxen (Oneida) and Dot Day (Pueblo) in Maryland. Page three featured a series of one-sentence news items about the progress of the new school building, repairs to the Parker farmhouse, outings, and the departure of Mrs. Allen. There was an article called “School Talk,” that gave a fictional account between one lazy and one industrious student that dwelt on the importance of study. Page four continued the previous article from page three followed by “Gospel Hymns at a Sundance,” that reported the Christian proselytizing by former student Leonard Tyler at the Cheyenne sundance in Oklahoma.
The Indian Helper (Vol. 4, No. 4)
September 7, 1888
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