The Indian Helper (Vol. 1, No. 35)

Carlisle, PA
April 9, 1886
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The first page opened with a poem titled "Spring,” followed by "How a Pawnee Got Ahead of a Cheyenne Chief: A Story as told by one of our Boys," in which a U.S. congressman’s position was chastised using an analogy of a Cheyenne-Pawnee skirmish. There is also a blurb about temperance on this page. Page two featured many small news items including a piece about Grant Left Hand (Arapaho), a train wreck in Greenfield, Massachusetts, labor movement activities in St. Louis and an account of a reprint of a false report attributed to Capt. Pratt which was written by the Man-on-the-band-stand. According to the article, Pratt approved of the representation of his position regarding the location of courts that try Indians.

Page three included many small news items about students, the school band, departing students, and instructions for how to order a photograph of the school printers. It also reported that the Girls Literary Society name was changed from the C.W. to the Indian Girls' Literary Society and that a group of boys had been sent out to farms. Page four printed two "Enigmas," and a "Letter from an Observer" who noticed that not all Indian boys tip their hats to ladies. There was a series of one line entries and a final piece called "Superstition: What is it?" whereby the Man-on-the-Band-Stand explained that superstition is ignorance.

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