The Catholic Church in Chicago, 1673-1871: An Historical Sketch

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Loyola University Press, 1921 - Church buildings - 236 pages

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Page 7 - The blessed Virgin Immaculate has taken such care of us during our wintering that we have not lacked provisions, and have still remaining a large sack of corn, with some meat and fat. We also lived very pleasantly, for my illness did not prevent me from saying holy mass every day. We were unable to keep Lent, except on Fridays and Saturdays.
Page 7 - Since we addressed ourselves to the Blessed Virgin Immaculate, and commenced a novena with a mass, at which Pierre and Jacque, who do everything they can to relieve me, received communion, to ask God to restore my health, my bloody flux has left me, and all that remains is a weakness of the stomach.
Page 7 - The north wind delayed the thaw until the 25th of March, when it set in with a south wind. On the very next day, game began to make its appearance. We killed 30 pigeons, which I found better than those down the great river; but they are smaller, both old and young. On the 28th, the ice broke up, and stopped above us. On the 29th, the waters rose so high that we had barely time to decamp as fast as possible, putting our goods in the trees, and trying to sleep on a hillock.
Page 2 - ... recommended among others a large intercepting sewer to collect the sewage from the area along the lake front between Seventy-third and Thirty-first streets, and about a year ago a 20-foot conduit was completed on Thirty-ninth street, through which the diluted sewage from this area now passes to the south fork of the south branch of the Chicago River.
Page 16 - Their house is built on the bank of a small river, with the lake on one side and a fine and vast prairie on the other. The village of the savages contains over a hundred and fifty cabins, and a league up the river is still another village almost as large. They are all Miamis. Reverend Father Pinet usually resides there except in winter, when the savages are all engaged in hunting, and then he goes to the Illinois. We saw no savages there; they had already started for their hunt. If one may judge...
Page 17 - ... to stop to look for him ; everybody went and several gun-shots were fired, but he could not be found. It was a rather unfortunate accident ; we were pressed for time, owing to the lateness of the season, and the waters being very low, we saw quite well, that as we were obliged to carry our baggage and our canoe, it would take a long time to reach the Illinois. This compelled us to separate. Messieurs de Montigny, de Tonty, and Davion continued the portage on the following day, while I with four...
Page 12 - I received on my return from Michilimachinack the letter that you did me the honor of writing to me...
Page 51 - ... To give you some idea of Chicago, I will tell you that since my arrival more than twenty houses have been built, while materials for new ones may be seen coming in on all sides. The situation of Chicago is the finest I have ever seen. Work is now proceeding on a harbor that will enable lake-vessels to enter the town. Three arrived lately crowded with passengers who came to visit these parts and in most cases to settle down here. Everything proclaims that Chicago will one day become a great town...
Page 6 - Illinois passed yesterday, on their way to carry their furs to Nawaskingwe; we gave them one of the cattle and one of the deer that Jacque had killed on the previous day. I do not think that I have ever seen any savages more eager for French tobacco than they. They came and threw beaver-skins at our feet to get some pieces of it ; but we returned these, giving them some pipefuls of the tobacco because we had not yet decided whether we would go farther.
Page 30 - In the fore part of October. I attended at Chicago the payment of an annuity by Dr. Wolcott, United States' Indian agent, and through his politeness addressed the Indians on the subject of our mission. On the 9th of October, 1825, I preached in English, which, as I was informed, was the first sermon ever delivered at or near that place.

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