Maggie, a Sioux girl, dictated this letter to an interpreter and
wrote it down: "Carlisle Barracks, PA, Jan. 24,1881.
My dear father: AMERICAN HORSE:-
to tell you something, and
it makes me feel very glad. You tell me that my brother is married
and that makes me feel very glad. My cousins, and brothers, and I
are all very well, at this Carlisle School. We would like to see
you again. I am always happy here, but lately I sometimes feel
bad, because you tell me that my grandfather is getting very old.
Tell me how my brothers are. I would like to see my brother's
wife's picture. Tell my brother Two-Dogs to write to me again.
Miss Hyde's father died two weeks ago, and I am very sorry. I
remember all of my friends. If you don't answer my letter soon,
I'll feel bad. I don't always answer your letter soon, but it is
because I can not write. As soon as I get so that I can write
myself, I will write as often as I can. Tell Brave Bull that Dora
(Her Pipe) has been a little sick, but is most well now. Tell if
my grandfather is well. If he gets sick tell me. You wrote to my
cousin Robert and told him that you had a house to live in, and
lots of pigs and cows and such things, and I was very glad. You've
got a white man's house to live in now and I am anxious to learn
all that I can, so that I can come home by and by and live with
you. I hear that they have a big school out there and it makes me
very glad. If you can, come again, and tell me if you can come
again, when. I want to tell you that some more girls and boys came
here. Twenty-five. Fifteen of them are girls. There are a great
many of us here now, and Capt. Pratt is very kind to us. That is
all I want to say now. Give my love to all of my friends. Your
daughter, Maggie Stands-Looking."
Perhaps pour Carlisle friends would be glad to hear how we
getting along and how pleasantly we are spending the holidays
I thought I would write to you and will state that about all of
Carlisle students are well and most of them are doing the best
how and try to behave well. I am not only speaking of the
students but also other children, those who returned from the
and the children of this agency boarding school. Quite a
them are working at the agency and are doing as well as any
pupils. Clarence T. Stars [Three Stars] is still employed at
boarding school. Edgar Fire Thunder is still working on his
of blacksmithing. Mack Kutepi is at his trade of
has much repairing to do every day. Frank Twiss is working
trade yet. Robert A. Horse [American Horse] is
the carpenter's trade, but it seems that he does not like the
all. Wallace C. Shield [Charging Shield] is also working for
Chas. S. Cook.
On Thanksgiving Day the Episcopal Church was decorated with all kinds of grain, vegetables, fruits and evergreens. The grain and vegetables were intended to help the poor, two or three boxes of these things were sent to a poor white man who is living on the road between here and Rushville.
Pine Ridge was favored with delightful weather for her observation of Christmas, day before yesterday. There was very little snow on the ground but, a clear and cloudless sky. There was a large attendance of worshippers at the Episcopal Church, the church was handsomely decorated with evergreens. The services were imposing and interesting. In the evening there was a Christmas tree from which many beautiful gifts were distributed among the Sunday School children and the older grown.
Grand services were held also at the Presbyterian chapel and Catholic school-house.
I am very truly yours,
The Dakota Trip.
Miss Trvine arrived from Pine Ridge Agency, Dakota, Saturday evening. The sick girls stood the journey very well. When she left, Dessie was at the boarding school but expected soon to go to her home about forty miles out.
Miss Irvine saw a number of our returned students.
Clarence Three Stars was still at the Boarding School as Disciplinarian, and she heard that he was very faithful in the discharge of his duties.
Frank Twiss is growing stout and is much
interested in his trade which he learned at Carlisle - that of
Emma Hand continues to make her home with her brother-in-law, Mr. Kolhoff.
Edgar Fire Thunder has married one of the Agency boarding school girls, and still holds his position in the blacksmith shop, where he gives full satisfaction.
Amos is putting up a school house at one of the distant camps.
Alice Wynn, in spite of the rumor a few weeks ago quite to the contrary, is strong and well.
Martha Bordeaux and Winnie Schweigman were at Pine Ridge from Rosebud on a visit.
George Firethunder’s record is such that we take no pleasure in publishing it. Robert American Horse was well and doing well.
June 8, 1888 INDIAN HELPER
August 18, 1899 INDIAN HELPER
March 23, 1900 INDIAN HELPER
"My friends: I am going to talk to you a
minutes, listen well
to what I say. You are all just the same as my children to me,
just the same as if my children are going to school when I look at
you all here. You are here to study, to learn the ways of white
men, do it well. You have a father here and a mother also. Your
father is here, do as he tells you. Obey him as you would your own
father. Although he is not your father he is a father to you now.
The Lord made my heart good, I feel good
I go, I feel
very good now as I stand before you. Obey all orders, do as you
are told all the time and you won't get hungry. He who owns you
holds you in His hands like that and He carries you around like a
baby. That is all I have to say to you."
| Susie Yupe, Sophia American Horse and Louisa
Rogers are the
new pupil teachers.
March 23, 1900 INDIAN HELPER
| Melinda Metoxen was at home from three to five
o'clock, on Saturday
last in her pretty room, assisted by Ada Sockbeson,
Joesphine Jannies and
Cynthia Lambert. The guests were Mrs. Dorsett, Mrs.
Weekly, Miss Kowuni, Susan Gibbs, Sophia Americanhorse,
Eastman and Mrs. DeLoss. There were games and
April 13, 1900 INDIAN HELPER
|Sophia Americanhorse, under Miss Noble’s able
instructions. is “chief-cook-and
bottle-washer” at the teachers’ club, in the absence of
and she cooks things just right.
July 19, 1901 RED MAN AND HELPER
|Sophia American Horse writes from her home at Pine
Ridge, S D., to
Miss Sky that she intends to visit the World’s Fair at St.
June 10, 1904 RED MAN AND HELPER
|Sophia American Horse, now Mrs. J. Morsette, and a
student, is living at Pine Ridge, S.
February 13, 1914 ARROW