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through the interpreter, with regard to the utility of having their
children educated, and the intention of the government in so doing,
their head chief made a very lengthy speech to his people relative
to their future prosperity. I have been in council among the various
tribes of Indians, but I never before witnessed so much concern
among any other tribe, nor saw such willingness to give the names
of their children as students.
The teacher pledged himself to devote his talents, skill, and
undivided attention to the instruction of the Comanche youths,
and expressed the belief that in a short period of time as much
progress would be noted among these young Comanches in his
school as in any in the United States. Sloan found nine books in
the library, three McGuffey's Eclectic First Readers and six ele-
mentary spelling books. He requested an additional forty-eight
books, including thirty-six Pictorial Spelling Books, if available,
and twelve McGuffey's Eclectic First Readers. The teacher re-
ported that the students were attentive and spent some six or
eight hours studying each day. The student body was composed
of thirty-seven students, twenty-five males and twelve females.
The boys ranged in ages from seven through nineteen, while the
girls varied from ten through twenty-five.4"
By August 31, 1858, Leeper reported a constant attendance of
thirty-nine students at the Comanche Reserve. He added that
several more wished to attend, but he had ordered the teacher
not to instruct more than forty, as he believed that number was
as many as one instructor could teach adequately. Leeper stated
that the school opened with prospects more promising than he
had expected.0 By the middle of September there were forty
scholars, and they were making considerable progress.51
On October 11, 1858, Sloan reported having received the fol-
lowing items: one register, four Ray's Arithmetics, two atlases,
four dozen copy books, one Holy Bible, one bell, two dozen
primers, two dozen unbound primers, loo quills, one dozen Mc-
5"Matthew Leeper to Robert S. Neighbors, August 31, 1858, United States Office
of Indian Affairs, National Archives (Photocopy, Archives, University of Texas
"5Senate Executive Documents, 35th Cong., 2nd Sess. (Serial No. 974), Document
No. 1, p. 525.
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