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To all Superintendents:
DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR OFFICE OF COMMISSIONER OF INDIAN AFFAIRS WASHINGTON Your attention has several times been invited to the import ance of making preparations for this year's farming and gardening season. Now is the time, if real success is to be achieved, that Indians on every reservation must begin active preparations for their gardens and for their field crops. It is also the time when the planting of the school gardens and the crops on the school farms must be pushed. If the farming and gardening activities for which you are re sponsible are to be successful this year, the next three months must be a period of strenuous activity for the Indians and yourselves, your farmers, and every employee engaged in industrial work. This year we must be sure to get every Indian possible to farming and to get those who have heretofore farmed to increase their acreage and give better attention to their crops. "We must be sure that our school farms are developed to their highest degree of productivity, not only for the return we can expect but because of their value as object lessons to pupils and to such adult Indian as may see them. This is the right-now pressing task confronting the Service. It is a period which is vital to the future of our Indians and I must insist that nothing be permitted to interfere with the energetic and agressive carrying out of a program which will bring about real in dustrial advancement of our Indian during the present season. Cato Sells. Commissioner. 17. April 7,1915.