The Indian Helper (Vol. 1, No. 21 & No. 22)

Carlisle, PA
January 8, 1886
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The first page opened with a poem titled “Smile Whenever You Can," followed by a lesson titled, "What Is Polite?" and a description of the life cycles of certain mammals. Page two featured the "Forty-Ninth Congress" civics lesson comparing government to the Indian school’s debating clubs in which Congress would be debating the question of whether or not to establish an Indian school west of the Mississippi River. Also on the page was an article titled "Neatness in Girls" that stressed the importance of tidiness among school girls.

Page three contained short news items that included a report about some students visiting from the Lincoln Institute, the printers’ week off for vacation, a blurb about the Passamaquoddy Tribe in Maine, "The Sociable" activities of the past week, and "Skating" that reported the new pond developed for ice skating. Also reported was news about former student Frank Engler (Cheyenne) at the Lawrence school in Kansas (presumably Haskell). The fourth page contained "Hidden Games" and "Enigma" puzzles along with a news report that "Six Sailors" who had drifted from their whaling ship had been rescued in New York. Also included was a report that Congress considered authorizing a canal that would connect Philadelphia to the Atlantic Ocean and news of fourteen Osage students enrolled at the Martinsburg Indian School who returned to their homes in Oklahoma.

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