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Nineteenth annual report of the Delaware Boarding School

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Delaware Boarding School

Delaware Reservation, Kan.

Septm. 2. 1867

 

J. G. Pratt

U. S. Ind. Agent

 

Sir.

 

The Boarding School for the instruction of the youth of the Delaware Tribe of Indians, has been in operation during the past year, and presents this, its nineteenth annual Report of its condition and progress.

 

The attendance last winter did not reach the usual number, on account of the inability of many parents and guardians to furnish suitable clothing for their children, without the aid of the fall payment, which was delayed until near the close of February.

 

The total attendance, for the year has been ninety six, the majority, being boys.  Seventy five have been enrolled during the Summer session.  The highest number present

 

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at one time, sixty one.

 

Cases of severe sickness have been exceedingly rare.  Medicine and care have brought the patients about again in a few days, with the exception of a little boy, son of one of our first pupils, who died of Scrofulous consumtion, a few weeks since.

 

The mode of instruction has been some what improved by the introduction of Outline Maps, Globes, Hemispheres, Geographical Chart &c.  The [Ginter Garten] System has been sufficiently tested to warrant the belief that it may be adopted in schools of Indian children with entire success.  They are rarely sleepy nor inattentive, even though the mercury rises to one hundred, while being taught from what appeals to the eye.  Hence Willson’s Readers are especial favorites with all our pupils.  We use the Primer, National Tablets and First Reader in the primary department; the Second, Intermediate – Third & Third Readers in the more advanced division of our school.  With these aids our pupils have made more gratifying progress in reading, than

 

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in any previous year, from the little ones of five or six, to the well grown youth of seventeen or eighteen years.  Nearly forty are able to read the Bible

 

Ray’s Arithmetics have taken the place of Stoddards.  In exercises upon the slate, our scholars are less ready than in some former years.  None having advanced farther than Multiplication.  A few remained with us the entire session, thus setting an example of constant study, which is very rare.  Coming and going is the rule, staying the exception.

 

The two Departments of our school, are organized with reference to the degree of attainment, not age, nor sex.

 

Miss. M. N. Robertson, of Leavenworth, Kansas rendered assistance, as teacher, the greater part of the winter term.  Her successor was Miss. E. W. Dickinson of Quindaro Kansas.

 

Light work about the place, occupies the boys out of school, while, in dining-room work, Sweeping, dusting and housecleaning, with

 

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the mending and making of garments the girls find abundant employment.

 

I have only to add that the school is supported from funds derived from the United States Government, alone set apart for the Education of Delaware children and youth.

 

All of which is

Very Respectfully submitted

 

E. S. Morse

Teacher

 

J. G. Pratt.

U. S. Agent

for Delaware Indians, Kansas.

 

 

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