University of Notre Dame

Chronicles of Notre Dame du Lac
Edward Sorin, CSC -- Translated by John M. Toohey, CSC, 1895
pg 188                            Chapter XIII.  Year 1854

                            1.  The Epidemic.  Twenty-two Deaths.

                  This year of such bad memories may be almost summed up for 
             Notre Dame in the terrible scourge with which heaven was pleased 
             to chastise it, and which seemed destined soon to bring down ruin, 
             had not the arm that leads to the gates of the tomb at last 
             restored it to life and health after six months of trial.
                  Two of the Fathers and one postulant, FF. Curley and Cointet 
             and Mr. J. Flynn; five Brothers: Alexis, Dominic, Amedee, Joseph, 
             and Daniel, and two postulants; five Sisters: Mary of St. Aloysius 
             Gonzaga, M. of St. Anastasia, M. of St. Dominic, M. of St. 
             Anthony, and M. of Bethlehem, with two postulants, one apprentice, 
             and three students, were successively cut down by death, some 
             almost without warning, others after whole months of suffering and 
                  The prevailing epidemic was a combination of diarrhea and 
             typhoid fever which, in most cases, no remedy could arrest.  For 
             several months the house was nothing but a vast hospital in which 

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