Eadle Keatah Toh (Vol. 1, No. 3)

Eadle Keatah Toh (Vol. 1, No. 3)
Carlisle Barracks, PA
May 1880

Page one opened with information, including statistics, from the Annual Report of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs about Carlisle and other schools as reported by Indian agents. Page two contains more arguments for, and accounts of support for, educating Indian youth. The article "Our Dining Hall" describes the physical space, the work the female students do in the dining hall, and the importance of saying a Christian grace before eating, while emphasizing throughout how all this adds to the desired transformation of the students; the article was signed by E.G.P., presumably E. G. Platt, the Dining Room Matron.  The "Farmer's Report" by Amos Miller follows, describing what has been planted and the behavior and capabilities of the male students assigned to work under him. 

Page three had a list of Home Items for the month of June, including a laundry building being built and a new bell for the chapel being donated. The visits of various white people are described, and as well as the interest of "a number of Wichita girls and boys, who have been educated in agency schools" in attending schools in the East. A prayer and speech by visiting chief Red Cloud is quoted. Statistics about the employment of male students in the various trade shops and the products they have produced are also included. Letters from students Frank Twist and Stephen Murray, on outing in Lee, Mass., to fellow students are quoted. A lengthy description of the visits of many parties of Indian chiefs, some of them related to students, is provided. A speech given by Spotted Tail to the students is described.

Page four had a lenghty article by A. J. Standing about his experience in Indian Territory on a trip made in March to escort three of the former Ft. Marion prisoners home, including information about the local schools and conditions he witnessed. He again reinforces the benefits of education and the introduction of Christianity to Native Americans. A letter from the Kiowa Chief Pah-bo to his children at Carlisle is reproduced in which he encourages them to behave well at the school and reflects on his own near-approaching death. A letter is also reproduced from a doctor in Indian Territory describing the progress made by returned Ft. Marion prisoner Little Chief, including his skills learning the apothecary's trade.  Mention is made of a young Creek Indian studying at the University of Wooster in Ohio who received the first Latin prize for the "best scholarship during senior prepatory year. 

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