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ALASKA HISTORICAL LIBRARY AHL MUSEUM.
Y Pkvotkh To Tiik Ixtkiiksts Or Tin: Xativk I'i:<hm.k Or Alaska Vol. 1. Sitka. Alaska. Octomkk .11)08. No. 8. The month of October marks the begining of a new epoch in the history of the Sitka Training School because of the visit of our Superintendent of Schools. Rev.R.M.Craig of New York City. This is the first visit of a member of the Presby terian Board of Home Missions to our school since 1904. Mr. Craig's visit was specifically | for the study of the school as it is at present equipped and to note its needs. He inspected the work as thoroughly as it could be done within his week here. He will carry back to the Woman's Board, which provides the financial, support for the school, his report. Mr. Craig spoke very frankly of the fact that he would recommend that new buildings be erected as soon as possible. He will also make other recommendations which, if carried out by tbe Board, will mean that our schooi will be a modern and thoroughly equipped institution for industrial educa tion for thi native children of Alaska. In the course of two months we hope that the Board will have acted favorably on his j report and that new buildings may be begun in the early spring Mr. Lraig arrived in Sitka on Sunday morning, Oct. 11. He preached in the Native Church through an interpreter at 10:30 the same morning, spoke before the Sunday School in the afternoon and preached in the white church at night. On Wednesday evening he spoke for a short time before the * natives. Thursday evening the school gave an entertainment in his honor in schoolroom No. 1. Friday night a reception was tendered Rev.Craigand Rev. and Mrs. Bromley in Cottage Hall by nil'ml)crs of the native church. I5G7 ALASKA DAY 1905 October eighteenth was the forty first anniversary of the transfer of Alaska front Russia. In the hill of 1SG7 the U.S. Ossipee. in command of Onpt.G. F. Fninions . II. S. Xavy, having on board General L F. Rossetui and Captain Alexi. I'estchorof, the I'nited States and the Rus sian Coinniissioners, reached Sitka ttnd after tlie necessary formalities were arranged, Alas ka was transferred to the United States fin the eighteenth of Oct ober. and wtis constituted a mil itary district, under the com mand of General J. ('. Davis ['. S. Army. The total sum paid for Alaska was ^7.2()().()()(). 1 ' \ loo1*h im r or seveiutvii .ii?h*i\?i n? mained under military rule. In 1884 Congress established a form of civil government which from time to timelmsbeen augmente I by new laws to meet the adequate needs of thegrowth and development of the country. Many of the native people had just returned from their summer's work and had at this time the first opportunity of meeting Rev. and Mrs. Bromley,who came to Sitka in July. During the | evening excellent music was fur nished by the Cottage Band. There were speeches by John Kahook, Kahtlean, Jackson,Peter Simpson, Rev. Craig and Rev. Bromley. Refreshments consisting of coffee, sandwiches and cake were served in the course of the evening. About one hundred and fifty people were present. Rev. Craig had an excellent op portunity to see the Presbyterian Native Church membership at this time. Saturday evening Rev. Craig preached to the fac ulty and pupils assembled in the schoolroom. During the week he inspected all the build ings and shops- in fact every department of the school. Our only regret was that his work made it necessary for him to : leave on the 18 th inst. instead of remaining another week with us. Iiev. Craig is superintendent of all schools and hospitals which are supported through the Woman's Board of Home Mis sions of the Presbyterian Church. There are four hundred and fifty teachers under his direction The schools are among' the natives of Alaska, the Indians of the States, the Mormons, the Mexicans, the Mountain Whites of the South, the Cubans, and Porto Ricans. Mr. Craig will probably spend a few days among the schools of Utah on his re turn trip to New York.