Officials are constantly directed to have especial watchfulness over such discharged pupils, and to encourage them in every way possible, and to exert all their influence to counteract any tendency to revert to the old mode of living. In this way they have met with varying success.
The outing system is one of the marked features of industrial institutions. This is, in a few words, the hiring out of the children, both male and female (and while they are still retained upon the rolls) in any direction in which employment can be found. During the harvesting season, the demand for boys cannot nearly be met, and at all times many more girls could be placed as servants if the numbers and work at the institutions permitted. Owing to the sparsity of population in the North-west, the time for being able to procure work for the boys is limited, being confined, in the main, to that of harvesting.
On the whole, most gratifying reports are received from employers as to the conduct, honesty and good work of the pupils.
Various wages are received; much of these has to be paid to parents - otherwise they would not consent to their children going out to work in this manner. Boys have received from $6 to $20 per month, and girls from $5 to $10.
In conclusion I way say that, as the details of the duties performed by the various branches of the department given in last year's report seemed to show the amount and character of the work done by each, it does not appear that any good end would be served by repeating such details here: and it may suffice to remark that the work has continued to increase in volume and to be faithfully and efficiently performed. It may not, however, be amiss to mention that, after having made collections during the year amounting to $156,880.36, the capital of the Indian Trust Fund on the 30th June last stood at $3,650,529.38, and the disbursements during the year aggregated $263,086.50. The expenditure from the consolidated fund amounted to $881,272.55.