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ALASKA HISTORICAL LIBRARY ARB MUSEUM Devoted To Tin: Interests Ok The Native People Oi Alaska Vol 1 Sitka. Alaska. Ai ai kt.l'.ti 8. No. J. FOREWORD Our Paper bears the name of The ThSingef not because this is the name of the largest tribe of Alaskan natives but because it means "the p3opb"Although prirnar ally a scfrooi paper The Thlirret will be constant ly devoted to the wel fare of ail native people of Alaska., With this introduction we arc glad to make your acquaint ance and earnestly hope that our acquaintance may develop into warm frendship. On Monday the seventh of Sep tember the Sitka Industrial School opens its doors for the twenty ninth year, which is to be the most profitable of its history. There are enough pupils in the school now to make the year's work valuable, a sufficient num ber have declared their intention to return to make it intensely interesting and with the large enrolment of new scholars hoped for, a grand success is assured for the year of '08 and '09. The corps of workers has ? never been better, the equipment is being enlarged for more and t practical work. The Superinten dent Mr. W.G.Beattie has com) j lete supervision of the institution and isprincipal of the schoolrooms The office work,discipline and general oversight make him one >f the busiest of men, yet visitors md prospective students will find lim at the o ffice ready to attend to heir wants. T.ie Assistant Sup irintcndcnt Mr.Geo.J.Beck who needs nointroduct ion to the people ?f Alaska, has charge of the Ind lstrial Department. Just at pre ent he is very busy as he has to ake the place of the Instructor m Engineering: a vacancy which we hope is to be filled shortly. Mr Beck's entire time will be taken up in planning and drafting new work and machine ry; overseeing the construction work and he will conduct a class in bench carpentry this winter. The Instructor in Engineering will oversee the laundry with its engine and boiler and other machinery, the forty horse hoist ing engine, the saw mill and the water system wi' hits two wheels pumps and tanks. 1 tie instructor 11 carpentry Mr.D.C.McTavish has charge of all construction work about the school. The present winter is to be taken up with repair work preparatory to new buildings next year. The Instructor in Shot mak ing is Mr.George McKay, who learned his trade at the school eighteen years ago. Repairing the school shoes occupies most of the time but some outside and new work is done. Mr. McKay, is also an experien ced band master,and is leader and instructor in Band Music Semi weekly practice is to be held and music furnished for all special occasions. A new baritone has just been ordered and we hope to j add one or two trombones in ' the near future. The outlook for ibe band was never bettor. The Commandant of the training school Mr. Geo. J. Be ck holds semi-weekly drill and the Company is one of the attractive features of the school. Cur print shop with Mr. II. B.Parks as forerr.an lias become a regular part of the | school. Through The Thlinget which is a sample of our shop work our readers will he led into an acquaintanceship with all d 'paitments of our school. Mr.Parks al: o has charge of the genet al work force and the black smithing and plumbing for the school. Mrs.M.F.Schuknccht is the matron of the girls home. Per time is taken up in being a mother to the fifty or sixty girls that are here each year. She has general over sight not only of the girls build ing but of the sewing and laun dry work as well. Miss Susan Davis matron of the Boys Home is kept constantly busy up trvisi t r t ie boys' building taring for t! e:r clothirg and looking after their general wel | are. T'e Hospital is r en etc rvcr by Bliss Esther Gibson, whose w >rk as a trained nurse has lorg ; been appreciated by ike native people. The Hospital is at present only open to pupils, but much djspen , sary work is done er org the people of the native village.