pg 59 beginning, of furnishing the college with a lightning rod. F. Sorin and his council preferred to trust the guardianship of the Blessed Virgin. They had been likewise advised to have the 1st college insured. It was only in 1848 that they consented to take insurance out an insurance policy, and then for only 15,000 francs. This same year was rendered memorable by conversions that were much talked of, and by the baptism of ten adult savages. Brother John, an Englishman by birth, had been deputed to go in search of the new colony, but on his arrival at Le Mans he found that they had just started. He himself returned with a Sister infirmarian, Mary of Providence, towards the end of Bell at St. November. With him also came the bell donated by the Rev. F. Mary's now Moreau. It was solemnly blessed a few days afterwards and mounted on the college, whence it is to be removed to the church tower as soon as the latter is built. It has, perhaps, twice saved the college from entire destruction on occasion of the fires with which it was threatened.