The Indian Helper.
PRINTED EVERY FRIDAY,
INDIAN INDUSTRIAL SCHOOL, CARLISLE, PA.
BY INDIAN BOYS.
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Gilbert Pusher has united with the Protestant Episcopal Church of Newtown.
The hosts of friends of Jemima Wheelock and Peter Cornelius will rejoice to learn of their marriage at Oneida last week. Two more sturdy workers never joined themselves as man and wife, and we wish for them a long and successful career.
A little run down to the farm and a chat with Mrs. Richard Davis, who is a Pawnee, gave us the news that William Morgan, class '90, is still on the police force at the Agency. He is married and is enjoying most excellent health.
A boy on entering the hospital said, "Dr. my friend out there wants to know is he can have some Pheumonia." "Yes" replied the Dr. "if he stands long enough on the ice." The boy wanted Ammonia.
Harry Kohpay writes from Poughkeepsie, N.Y., where he has gone to take a business course that he has found a very nice boarding place in a kind family. He is putting in double time on his Bookkeeping and other studies, intending to complete the course in a shorter time than the allotted period if it is possible.
To promise a thing and then not keep the promise is the worst possible way to break down one's honor. Every form of pledge should be scrupulously kept. We should not make a promise without weighing carefully whether it is possible to keep it or not, and having made it we should DIE than break our word.
We are pained to learn through Malcolm Clarke of the death of his little brother Ned at his home in Montana on the 5th of January. Ned was for a few months a pupil of Carlisle. Although very young he entered the printing office and learned something of type-setting. Contracting a heavy cold he was sent to his home a year or two ago, and now has died. A bright active little pupil, and beloved by all, the sad news brings grief to the hearts of many.
These are the facts regarding the murder of Cotton Wood the news of which was given last week. The following came in a letter to Norman Cassadore:
Cotton Wood was hunting horses, and went to camp to ask for a horse. The Indians make a drink of corn called tiswin, and Di-has-kun made some and treated the rest. So they were all drunk. Just as Cotton Wood got there they began the fuss. Dus Jar ran after Na-day. By and by Shoomer got mad picked all this trouble. He shot a woman by missed, and the next time shot Cotton Wood. First he shot him in his breast next tiem he shot he went up close and shot him in the head. Shoomer took his wife and got away. Cassadore with his men went after them because they belong to his band. They followed them up on the top of the hill, and Shoomer shot three times at Dude - one of Cassadore hand but he missed him and got away, all the rest in the fuss are in the guard house.
February 8th is set apart by the Indian Department of our Government as a holiday in honor of the Dawes Bill which was made a law on that day, 1887. Wednesday was here celebrated by exercises of a patriotic nature in the morning and a reading of the Bill and some discussion of the same in the evening. At the morning exercises the question, "Shall this school salute the nation's flag at the morning exercises?" was voted upon by prepared ballot. There was a special ballot box made and six judges appointed to see that the vote was properly polled and counted. In the evening the result of the election was read as follows:
Whole number of votes cast ...............508.
Of which there were FOR saluting the flag 182.
Of which there were cast AGAINST
saluting the flag.......................326.
Majority against saluting the flag......144.
The judges were Dennison Wheelock, Phillip Lavatta, William Denomie, Edward Campeau, Wm. Petoskey and Paul Good Bear.
The Man-on-the-band-stand knows that our pupils are not against saluting the flag.
If there be such a one let him hide his head in shame!
But that the sacred colors of our country should be treated in such a common way is what struck many of our pupils in an unfavorable light.
The object of the vote was explained clearly by Mr. Standing, Capt. Pratt being away at the time, and no influence was used upon any of the pupils to get them to vote either for or against.
In pursuance of the instructions of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs other Indian Schools in the country will do their voting upon the same question, on Washington's birthday. We had the ballots and concluded to follow the instructions received which were to vote upon the 8th of February.
A very interesting account of the machinery of the electoral college that elects the President and Vice President of the United States was also read by Mr. Standing in the morning. At the evening reading of the Dawes Bill the quiet of the room was remarked upon. Everyone with intelligence enough to listened with all his might and main.