The Indian Helper (Vol. 2, No. 48)

Carlisle, PA
July 8, 1887
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This issue opened with a poem titled “EARNEST LIVING,” by C.M. Sheldon. The next article was written by Dessie Prescott (Sioux) titled “A FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION IN WHICH THE SISETON INDIANS PARTICIPATED,” which described the holiday program from 1884, in Sisseton, South Dakota, in which participants reenacted battles, held horse races and chased a greased pig. Next came the Man-on-the-Band-Stand's account of a moccasin purchase by a former visitor to Carlisle followed by several small articles. Page two opened with news of a baseball victory by the Educational Home (Lincoln Institute) in Philadelphia, Pine Ridge Agency news, and girls’ Outings in Rising Sun, Maryland news. Benajah Miles (Arapaho) wrote from his Outing home, Mason Pratt reported on the success of his fellow graduates at Lehigh University, and there was an article about using time wisely.

Page three showed camping news, staff and faculty travels, news from the Hampton School, Fourth of July celebrations, and news from the Cheyenne and Arapaho Agency. Page four contained a poem reprinted from “Scattered Seeds” titled “CAPITAL ADVICE,” followed by the QUESTION BOX questions and answers to the questions: “Do you pay your Indian boys any wages? What system of rewards and punishments? How do you put them out on farms, and do they get wages? For how long a term do the pupils enter the school? At what ages?” The page concluded with the weekly “Enigmas.”

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