NT TO THE ! EYANPAHA ' JANUARY ], 1897 FOBT TOTTEN-. Christmas, the greatest festival dUrill^ the vear and one of joyous, especially fur children, who anxiously await Santa Clans with * well filled pack, was eele- U rated will] usual jo\ and happiness at Fort 'P., Hen. Each one en- deavored unuaueir a "Merry Christ- mas" in every sense, of die. word. All the Indians bj'gatl to nss.-iu ble at St. Michael's old mission from early inOxiiitig ' 'hris; nins eve. to prepare in a christian manner, to celebrate the birth-da v ..f our Di vine Saviour., U.V approaching the Sacrament of Penance and offering to our infant God., whom they re- ceived iii Holy Coritiriuiiiqii, a dwell- ing place in thetr hearts, .so full ql simple faith a,nd love that truly those poor Indians poss€ peace promised' to men of good will. announced by the Angels on the first great Christmas morning. About (5 P. M. they began to enter 10] house, where in the larg- est room tlfefe were two I Christmas fcr^es tastefully decorated ■■■ . "11, With all kinds las gifts. No oue. was for- gotten from the youngest ,,, ,.;,,. dear old grandpa am! gi ■;, u-luia and each one received his or her present with a light, happy h ., . dear one hail rerneniuered theni. All rejoiced, not for the,, '.I'. the gift but, for that, one loves and appreciates, a kind. thoughtful, greatfnj heart. During tiiis meeting speeches were made by the teen, jo which they expressed their gratitude to Almighty God for l&t grace of, bavin.; | them out of the darkness of iiiJtdeli- ty to the light of the tru They then partook of a good supper. At 12' A. M. the bell of their nice- ly decorated little 'church joyously chimed forth calling all to Mass. The church was crowded to the number of three huodi joined in singing the high Mass whieh they did in a trulv praise- worthy manner. Wi^n all was about 2 A. M. Father Jerome "then started for the mission of Oui Lady of Seven Dolos where, he arrived at 3-30 A. M. , his second Mass ai 6 A. M. and gave Holy Communion ti The £' rl wake at 5 wishing a Merry Christmas •nd to each oti trying wdio would be the first to visit a beautiful little crib erected in their sitting-room, and to ask the bless- ing of the Divine Infant Jesus. At 10 A. M. the third Mass was celebrated and a most instructive sermon given. At "2 1 J . M. we had Vespers followed by Benediction of the Messed Sacrament. At 3:30 L'. XT. our little entertainment began. There were present. Major Hall and I. adv. Mr. and Mrs. Can field with the employes and a large number of his si -hool children, many of the white people from the Fort and also .quire a number of the Indian* though they were fatigued from tie night before. Il Opened bv the singing of a Christmas song bv the junior pupils followed by "The Star of Beth- lehem," sung b« the larger pupils. The next exercise was, sixteen little Fairies dressed in different odors, with little bells attached to their custome, they sang and danced. Then came a "Christmas Exercise" with Santa Claus, , birds, trees and snow-flakes, in which tyventv one of the children, boys and girls took part. Last but, not least, came that which most interested us, the distri- bution of the Christmas presents, with which a very nice Christmas tree was loaded. Our names were called by Santa Glaus and we lost no time in answering. All hearts were gay and wiih our so noxiously desired gifts in our hands we cheer- fully sang -good uiodit gentle, folks," j which ended 'Our little feast. Sunday twenty seventh was the feast of St. John the Evangelist,' name-day of our dearly beloved Bishop Shanlev, but, it being Sun-j dav we had to post-pnne our play- day till Mondav. which we did not 1 forget to take with right good will j from morning till late in the evening in honor of our good Bishop. New- Year's day we bad high Mass at 10 A. M. after which all the In- dians came into the school to ,wish the Sisters a "Happy New-Year." After dinner we all went into the reception hall where we gladly greeted our dear parents who where awaiting us. We spent the remain der of the afternoon in their com- pany and enjoyed ourselves to qur hearts content.; Now, dear friends may your New Year be a bright and happy one. and we hope in our next Supplement to lifve the pleasure of reading many letters from Rosebud. Pine Ridge, Standing Rock, &c. telling us how you spent the joyous festival of Christmas soul N'ew Year. On k of the I Vrn.s. JANUARY 1, 1897. ,T. FRANCIS MISSION, ROSEBUD AGENCY. S. DAK. Dec. 10, 1896. Dear Father Jerome;— In answer to your kind invitation for us to visit the •'Eyanpaha" again, we i.l have chosen this month as it gives i s an opportunity to offer dear Father Jerome and all the Readers of that ^ood Paper a "Merry Christmas" and a "Happy New- Year.'' We have the largest school here this year that has ever been since the Mis- ion opened.- There are about 200 imall. In our class there are about 56 boys. Very Rev. Father Van Rofisimi S. J. .Void Canisius College, Buffalo N. Y. •vas here on his nameday,the feast of St. Theodore. We enjoyed it very much. In tie morning we had the congratulation which consisted of songs and addresses appropriate for the occa- sion. In the evening we gave an enter- 'ainmen.t which pleased him very much. This is the second time that good Fa ther Superior has come to us to celebrate his nameday. He is so good and kind that we are always sorry to see him go away again. He came in class and ex, amined us and after tie heard the read- ing of our monthly reports and saw that English speaking was in. it he 1 at the names of those boys and girls be send him who should receive 100 per cent for the next mouth in Good Conduct and Speaking English Twenty two of our class were perfect in English, but only eighteen received 100 for Good Corduct and English, both. We tried very bard, for it is not an easy task, not to speak one word of Dakota. On Oct. 28th Sister M. Boniface went from here to Pine Ridge and Sister M. Ambrose came here in her place. Dur- ing the night a severe blizzard cmae on and the Sisters could not venture out until the second day; then they started, and although they came near being thrown out several times on account of the snow-drifts which were from 4 to 5 feet deep, they, at last, came within four miles of the Mission but there they were lodged in a drift and could not get put. The single-trees were brok- en and nothing was to be done but for the driver to go to the Mission for help. During this time the Sistors were sit- ting in the wagon, for the snow was too deep for them to walk home. When the man came to the Mission we all helped and soon a heavy wagon and four of the largest horses in the Mis- sion were on the way to pull the broken wagon out of the snow and about two and a half hours afterwards they all re- turned safe to the Mission. Just a few days before Rev. Father Perrig went to Ponca 100 miles from here to visit a dying man, and alter the blizzard was over, he started on his homeward route. His ho, 806 and wag on broke through the ice in three places arid he himself had to wade in the water almost, to his shoulders and could not get them across the creek, but had to pull his wagon out on the same side from where be. started. Then he had to unload his wagon and carry every thing across and slide the emptywagon over the ice. At the last place, they went in so deep that only the horses could be gotten out and the wagon was left in the creek. That, night Rev. Father and a boy he had with him had to spend the night in a clump of bushes as they could not find the way to any dwelling. Next morn- ing they reached... Mr. Jno. Cordier's but Fa.th.'i Pet rig's foot was. -badly frozen and Mr. Cordier had to bring, him home. He has not entirely recov- ered yet. Those were two terrible blizzards that we had and gave us boys plenty of work to do to clear away the snow. The snow did not drift up around the house only; it came inside in many places and some of the inhabitants of the Mission awoke with snow on the Old. settlers Bay it was the worst blizzard they ever saw as early as No- virL-iu-r. it tr as reported that several Indians' were frozen to death. Once more .dear Father Jerome our best wish- ts for Christmas and New-Y'ear. We remain, Your loving Indian boys of St. Francis Mission. (By Chas. A. Spotted Tail.) HOLY ROSARY MISSION SCHOOL, DEC. 9, 189(5. Dear Rev. Father Jerome: - As the big boys that wrote to yon before are all gone, 1 thought J would write to let you know how we are at Holy Rosary Mission. 1 can not write a very long letter, yet J will try my best to tell vou as much as 1 can. 1 like to go to school, and 1 did not miss a dav since the beginning of this session. We go to school half a clav and work the other half. 1 am in the Fourth Reader- 1 like to read and learn as much as I can. 1 was working in the garden this fall but now we are finished, and split and haul wood and work about the farm-yard. There are about 65 boys at school. We have many kinds of games to play in our recreation room. This fall the good brother built another play-room beside our old one, and so in one room the little boys plav & in the other the older boys have games and read. A year ago 1 was at Standing Rock,, at St. 1'ei. edict's iiisshin, 1 was there a year. I saw you at the Congress at Oak Creek, but 1 think you did not see me. I know Patrick Kennedv from Standing Rock, he was at St. Bene- dict's Mission. Jt had been rather cold ias-t month but now it is warm again. On Thanksgiving ne had a nice time, we had free all day. Ai half past eight o'clock we »11 went 1.0 the chapel to High .Mass. And in the afternoon we went on th'e ice, and had very much fun.' In the evening 'we had a Magic Lantern exhibition We are anxiously waiting for ■Christinas, as we hope to have a nice lime. )>y the time this readies vou. Christinas and New Year will be at. inind. Therefore, i wish vou, dear Rev. Father, L 'A .Merry Christmas, and a happy New Year." Yours most respectful I v. Feast k Jakyis. HOLY ROSARY MISSION, PINti RIDGE AGENCY, ft. DAK. . ' Dear Rev •■ . ■ .me With the greatest pleasure I will write to you and "let you know that we are all well at the Mission and tell you nil the news I can think of. Dear Rev. Father, many girls and people were con firmed here at the Congress and many people v.-ere here ftom Standing Rock, Rosebud and Cherry Creek. Rt. Rev. Bishop Marty was here too. Next time f he Congress will b^ at Rosebud. Rev. Mother Cecilia from Buffalo was here in October. We said pieces for her and sarg. We had a good time at Thanksgiving-day, and in the eve ning 'Rev. Father showed us pictures in the hall. We will all pray for you and hope you will do the same. We are all very glad that Christmas is near, and we are learning pieces and songs for an entertainment. There are about ninety girls and seventy boys at school here. Rev. Father Jutz went away and Father Bosch is here now. Rev. Father Lindebner goes around to give, the peo- ple instructions and baptizes them. I will now close my letter sending best regards to you. I remain your loving child, Annie Gibbons. of Rt, Rev. Bishop Marty many people came in the chapel, and the choir sang "Fece Sacerdos" and 'Salve Regina." After this we received the blessing from our dear Rev. Bishop. Then the people went iu procession to the meet iug house where they all kissed the Rev. Bishop's ring and shook hands with all the Fathers.,,, The following Sunday many people went to Holy Communion, and after Mass more than a hundred were confirmed. Rev. Fa ther Jutz went away before Congress,, and Rev. Father Bosch is here now and Rev. Father Lindebner goes around to instruct the people. When Rev. Moth- er Cecilia * a Sister from Buffalo came to the Mission in October we stood in the front yard to greet them. Dear Rev. Father, I will now tell you how many children are here at school, there are ,about ninety .girls and seventy, boys. On thanksgiving day we had a nice time, in the evening we went in the hall and Rev. Father Lindebner showed us nice pictures and'Rev. : Father Bosch explained them to us. Yesterday we had High Mass. Wishing you a Merry Chris mas and a Happy New Year, I remain Your loving child, Cornelia Garoia. Holy Rosarv Mission. Dec." 9, 1898. ir Rev. Father Jerome; — HOLY ROSARY MISSION. Dec. 9, ,96. Dear Rev. Father Jerome:— I will now take the pleasure to write to you this evening aod tell you a little about the Congress. There were many people here, and we had high Mass three times out doors. At the reception As it is quite a long time since I have written to you, I will now write with the greatest pleasure, and tell some news about Holy Rosary Mission. First I will tell you about the Congress. We had solemn High Mass every morn- ing at ten o'clock and meeting in the afternoon, and on Sunday many went to Holy Communion and were con- firmed. On Thanksgiving day we had a very nice time. During the dav we played games and read story books, and in the evening we went in the Hal! and Rev. Father Lindebner showed us pretty pictures with the magic lantern. Yesterday, the feast of the Imma- culate Conception, we all went to Holv Communion. At present we are all busy practicing pieces arid songs for our little Christmas enter- tainment. Wishing you also a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I remain Yours Sincerely. Fkances Bianbs. We have yet some very nice letters from Pine Ridge, but we cannot pub- lish them in this number. They will appear in February.