pg 82 valuable nature. Besides, should the neighboring towns increase in population, and if Notre Dame du Lac can succeed in purchasing the farm that separates it in one direction from the river, this resource will be quite considerable, and will become a monopoly which will be controlled only by the sense of justice. 3. First House of the Sisters (Bertrand) The Sisters of Holy Cross, as has been said in the preceding chapter, had entered the diocese of Detroit in the year 1844; and they remained there for some time in a rented house. In order to secure them to their village, the inhabitants of Bertrand offered F. Sorin, for them, seventy-seven acres of ground: the offer was accepted, and the old frame building that had stood there for ten or twelve years was found to occupy the most charming site on the banks of the St. Joseph's river. The Sisters added to it a new building, also of wood, but more tasty, and large enough to accomodate a little community. It was a house of two stories, 40 x 20 ft., with an addition of one story, 25 x 20 ft. for a kitchen. Add a fine brick cellar and you have the Sisters' house, which was named Our Lady of the Seven Dolors. It cost about 5000fr. and was finished only in the spring of 1846.