pg 170 Dame du Lac, and whether for the advancement of the Association or for its humiliation, it was marked by events in which one could not fail to recognize a providential intervention. But the better to grasp the chain of events that follow, it is well to take it up a little farther back. It has already been intimated that in spite of the desire of N.D. du Lac to live in peace with Sainte Croix, it never could enjoy that boon except at remote intervals and for a few months at a time. More particularly during the last six years it was not so much a religious life as an almost unbroken series of altercations, explanations, prohibitions under pain of disobedience, cruel reproaches, threats, etc. In a word, the most devoted and most upright souls had become the objects of accusations and even the centre of uneasiness, heart-burnings, and troubles. Hence no more love for the duties of the community: life itself was a burden. F. Gouesse was mentioned as one of the principal causes of this sad state of affairs. The journey of F. Sorin to France in 1852 had for its primary object to put an end to these vexations, as injurious to the good of the mission as to that of the individual members.