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now a Franciscan nun, belongs to the faculty of the school,
and is a successful instructor.
St. Louis' School is a delightful home, a bee-hive of indus
try, and a model of neatness. All Government inspectors
give it unstinted praise. Mr. Dortch, the Chief of the Edu
cation Division of the U. S. Indian Office, who visited it re
cently, is particularly an admirer of the institution, and bears
splendid testimony to the work it accomplishes. This school
is one of the twelve Catholic mission schools supported out
of tribal funds by contract with the Government. It is, there
fore, subject to strict Governmental inspection. The Osages
support this school with a generous heart, and delight to place
theii daughters within its protecting shelter.
508 THE INDIAN ADVOCATE
The industrial training includes instruction in the domestic
arts, such as sewing, dressmaking, baking, cooking, house
keeping, and laundering.
The literary course is designed to give a thorough grammar
school training. Music and art, for which the Osage children
have a decided talent, are included in the course.
Those who have been with the Indians almost since the o
pening of the Mission find that they have improved even be
yond their most sanguine expectations. One good Sister re-
j counts her almost fruitless efforts with a sewing class in the
"early days." Her pupils would insist that they did not need
to learn, as their maternal parents did all their sewing. They vjy
were brimful of protests: "We don't wear patched clothes:" $s
"We don't wear darned stockings," etc. p
At times they sought a secure refuge from work in the pro
tecting shelter of a convenient haystack, and they were fleet
of foot in placing it between them and any messenger who
1 he Osage children have many good' qualities, and the -l
Sisters entertain strong hopes that in time they will reflect
much credit on their pastors and teachers.
One of the former pupils of the School, a mixed-blood, is V