It will be observed that I have put my remarks on the characteristics and progress, temperance, morality, & c., under one heading for all the reserves. To explain this, I may say the same remarks on those subjects apply to all the Indians in my district, so it was useless repeating them at the end of each reserve.
In conclusion, I may remark that the present generation is a decided improvement on the preceding one, and everything indicates that my fervent hope will be fulfilled that the rising will make a still further and more decided step towards civilization.
SIR, - The year ended 30th June, 1896, has been remarkably free from epidemic disease.
Medical Visits. - We made the annual trip with the agent on the upper lakes and visited all the reserves on Rainy River the week following.
Operations. - During the year I have made several special trips to Sturgeon Falls Band, more especially for the chief's family, which had been considerably afflicted with sickness, but no fatalities. I have visited the river reserves very frequently and find them greatly improved. At Stangecoming I reduced and dressed a fractured and dislocated arm and at Redgut's Reserve found a girl suffering from Monson's disease, a somewhat rare form of nerve lesion. The first recovered, and the latter has improved under treatment.
Dwellings. - At the Manitou Reserve especially, the Indians have erected several good substantial and capacious houses. There appears to have begun a healthy rivalry among them, and this should be encouraged.
School-buildings. - The sanitary condition of the various schools is good, the two new schoolhouse being models of neatness. Under the very careful management of the several teachers there has been a marked and wholesome improvement in the speech, manners, morals, appearance and cleanliness of the Indian children on the various reserves.