University of Notre Dame

Chronicles of Notre Dame du Lac
Edward Sorin, CSC -- Translated by John M. Toohey, CSC, 1895
pg 101       All things having been maturely considered, the purchase was 
             ratified by the Minor Chapter, and notice was immediately sent to 
             Sainte Croix.
                  It is hardly necessary to add that the administration of the 
             Lake chose this means only as a lesser evil, leaving to the Mother 
             House, of course, the right to order the property to be resold if 
             that appeared more expedient.
                  Here the members of the chapter committed an inexcusable 
             blunder in trying to justify this purchase too strongly by the 
             words of the Rev. Father, and in not putting in the clearest light 
             the unpleasant predicament in which the stupidity of Bro. Joseph 
             had placed them.  This was the occasion of the famous memorial 
             which will be mentioned in the next number.
                  The Bishop was delighted.  He even wrote to the Propagation 
             of the Faith to obtain a special grant on this occasion, and he 
             gave hopes of double assistance from that quarter.  How great was 
             the disappointment of the chapter on learning six months 
             afterwards that there would be no grant at all to the Lake this 

‹—  Sorin's Chronicles  —›