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I'uidisitcd monthly ;?i tin* Sitka Training
School in tl?f interests of the Native People i
of Alaska. ,
Annual .Subscription, Fifty Cents.
Address all correspondence to
Sitka Alaska
Application made for entry as second
class mailer.
Advertising rales given on application.
Word has just reached us of
the arrival of a ten pound girl
at the home of Mr. and Mrs.
J. E. Gamble in Portland. Oregon
onlhe 18th. Mr. and Mrs.
Gamble were formerly members
of the faculty of our school.
The Thlinget extends congratu
The old laundry which has I
served lonp, well, and faithfully
at the Sitka Training School
has just been torn down. On j
several occasions in its time it |
it has tried to burn down but j
could not succeed. It was no
small task to remove the enpine
and boiler, shaftinp, and worn
out machinery, and it required
five men several days to com
plete the job and clear the way
so that the contractor and his
men could more easily pain
access to the location of the new
laundry-heatinp plant buildinp.
The New Covenant Legion J
held their regular election of |
officers the first week in Decem
ber with the following results: i
President, Martin Thompson;
Vice President, John Newell; |
Secretary, Andrew Wanamaker; .
Treasurer, David Konkata. I
The white man's dance, the
"respectable" dance, as some:
i)f the native people are wont to j
call it, has certainly aided in the!
rapid retrogression of a large!
number of natives in many
Alaskan towns during the past
two or three years. In Sitka,
although many people became
infatuated with this form of
amuseme it, and some lives were
as a result heading downward
both physically and morally, a
halt was called before the people
reached the point where their
minds were wholly given up to
the dance and its progeny. A
number of natives here never
participated in this respectable! ?)
pastime and just lately many
more, who have had a part in it,
having seen some of its evil
results as well as tendencies in
the lives of their people, have
determined to put it out and
spend their time in recreation I
less dangerous to their general
One of these people recently
said to the writer: " Our dances
are making trouble amonjr our I
people. Some people fret jealous
because of dance. Some of our
younfr folks tret crazy in their
heads. Fretty soon our dances
be all the same as Juneau dance
halls. I don't want no more of
it." This sentiment has been
repeated by many others.
We honor the Sitka natives
for the stand they have taken.
It is a well known fact that the
native village here is the cleanest
and most progressive village in
southeastern Alaska where the
communal house still exists. It
is also well known that its people
in general are industrious and law
abiding, beyond that of many
other similar villages. So now,
at a time when the white man's
dance has almost stolen the
minds of the natives in many of
our towns, and when it is being
introduced by natives in other
villages into their old custom
feasts and potlatches with more
direful results than their own
ancient form of dancing, it is
surely fitting that the Sitka
natives should again take the
lead, put that which they can
not control aside, and thus set
an excellent example for all the
native people of Alaska.
The plasterers have completed
their work in the large girls'
building. The interior finishings
will arrive by the Steamship
Northland early in the new year.
Five buildings?the large boys'
large girls', small boys', small
girls',and school or main building
?are all completely covered in.
The roughing in for plumbing
and heating has been completed
and tested in all except the
small boys' building.
The electrician has finished
the wiring for electric lights
throughout the buildings and the
dynamo and fifty horse power
gasoline engine have been or
! The work on the sewer system
is progressing nicely. The main
trunk from cleanout sump to
beach has been completed. The
excavation for that part of the
sewer which is to drain the
; basement in the large girls'
building is now under way.
j For some distance the depth of
| the ditch for the sewer pipe is
over thirteen feet.

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