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Religious and Educational Efforts Among Texas Indians 33
that the scholars needed a rest, and, by common consent, there
was declared a month's vacation."? It might be added that during
the school term temporary housing arrangement had been made
at the school for the scholars of three of the tribes because of
their great distance from the school. A woman was employed to
act as a matron to each tribe to superintend the children.36 Three
white children also attended the school with the Indians: the two
sons of Captain Ross-Pete Ross, later lieutenant colonel of the 6th
Texas Cavalry, and Sul Ross, who later became governor of Texas
-and John Marlin, a neighbor's son, who lived with the Ross
family to have the advantage of attending school."7
The attendance for the second session of school was irregular.
Because of some murders committed on the frontier, parents were
afraid to send their children to school lest they be killed. School-
master Coombes regretfully reported on March 30, 1859, that it
appeared neither the pupils nor the parents had a desire to con-
tinue the school. During late January and throughout February,
the students made good progress; but during the month of March
little if any progress was made. The enrollment for the quarter
had been fifty-four with an average daily attendance of twenty-
seven."8 The school had mixed attendance during the second ses-
sion, but after the agency blacksmith, A. J. Dyche, enrolled his
children in the school there was more interest. Coombes remarked,
"They have been very attentive and obedient students, and of
service to the school as examples and classmates for the scholars,
and are making very good progress." He thought it would be
hard to find a school, red or white, where as much harmony
existed. Two male children, one of Dyche's sons, and one Caddo
boy were studying the second part of Ray's Arithmetic and writ-
ing. Six students were reading McGuffey's Primer and writing.
Seventeen pupils were spelling in McGuffey's Primer, but were
not sufficiently advanced to form a class.3" From the above infor-
5Z. E. Coombes to Shapley P. Ross, November So, 1858, United States Office of
Indian Affairs, National Archives (Photocopy, Archives, University of Texas
3Shapley P. Ross to Robert S. Neighbors, September 6, 1858, ibid.
7Carrie J. Crouch, A History of Young County (Austin, 1956), 87.
38Z. E. Coombes to Shapley P. Ross, March So, 1859, United States Office of Indian
Affairs, National Archives (Photocopy, Archives, University of Texas Library).
"Senate Executive Documents, 36th Cong., 1st Sess. (Serial No. 1023), Document
No. 1, p. 627.
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