The first page opened with an article titled "THE INDIAN TRAINING SCHOOL," that described the progress of the school, its Christian methods, the work of the former Ft. Marion prisoners of war preparing buildings for use, the importance of the town Sunday Schools, the school curriculum that emphasized farmwork for boys and housekeeping for girls, the and provision of new clothing. The article noted that 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 emphasized the importance of Indian education as a treaty promise; followed by "THE GIRLS," described as being 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, including visits by Commissioner Ezra Hayt, Susan Longstreth and Mary Brown, clergy from the town of Carlisle, and by Hampton Institute officials, and the death of student Abraham Lincoln. A description of the curriculum used for a deaf and mute school followed. 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 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 Capt. 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.