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Christian Brothers
    The Pass Christian Hotel closed in 1861 with the onset of the Civil War which resulted in 1865, following the War's end, the Hotel was purchased by the Christian Brothers.  It was opened as a foremost Catholic Boy's College known as (St. Mary’s) Pass Christian College enrolling its students from all over the world in competition with Princeton College.     
     Brother Isaiah had been selected to supervise a crew of workmen to remodel and renovate the huge structure.  Brother Isaiah also originated the first College Band composed of a 24 member Cornet Brass Group which became a universal trend followed by other private colleges.  
     With the scourge of Yellow Fever in 1867, ten of the Brothers died resulting in hampering the schools success.  Its pastor, Father Georget, spent his life's savings attempting to keep the school open, however it finally closed in 1875.
     The vacated College was then purchased and reopened once more as a Hotel only to burn down in 1877.


The 1870s document ------
      A French to English translation was renderd by our good friend visits our Public Library daily, sitting at one of the computers by name of Gilbert from Long Beach, New York.

J’ai reçu votre lettre du 7 du mois, il y a quelques jours.  Je vous aurais répondu immédiatement mais nous étions si prPs de la fin de nos affaires que j’ai préféré attendre un peu afin de vous donner tous les détails de ce que j’ai fait depuis la fermeture du collPge jusqu’B ce jour.  Le 27 avril le collPge a été vendu par les curateurs (“Trustees”) pour la somme de 5.000$ [cinq mille piastres] ... et le mobilier pour 350$ — c’est peu de chose si vous voulez, mais ce n’est pas tout — Le collPge et le mobilier avaient été mis en 1871.  Entre les raisons de ces curateurs afin d’exacter des mesures de la part des créanciers et c’est justement ce qui a été parce que j’en ai eu beaucoup B faire pour sortir le tout de leurs mains; j’ai été presque sur le point de passer la chose en cour, afin de m’en emparer, mais enfin avec l’aide de bons amis de la Nouvelle-Orléans j’y suis parvenu sans ce moyen, mais il a cofté je vous assure.  
I received your letter of the 7th, a few days ago.  I should have answered you immediately but we were so close to wrapping up our affairs here that I decided to wait a bit so as to give you all the details of what I have done up to date since the closing of the college.  On the 27th of April the college was sold by the Trustees for the sum of $5000 [five thousand dollars] ... and the furnishings for $350 — it’s not much, you say, but that’s not all — the college with its furnishings had been set up in 1871.  Amongst the reasons these Trustees had for exacting measures on the part of the creditors and that’s just what happened because I had to go to great pains to take the matter out of their hands;1 I was near the point of taking things to court, so as to get control, but finally with the help of some good friends in New Orleans, I succeeded without such a measure, but it cost a tidy sum, I have to tell you.
At first I had a document drawn up by a lawyer (no charge) by which all the creditors by notarized signature including an inventory of the house and furnishings over which they held a mortgage, being content with the portion they would receive of the sum they would receive for which house, land and furnishings being verified but to track down these people, and to get them to see the matter in a good light, and have them believe that later the whole of it would be paid to them, without nevertheless putting in their hands any papers or notes?

Seulement des paroles; il a fallu du temps et de la patience: enfin j’en suis venu B bout avec eux (les créanciers) mais les curateurs ne voyaient pas la chose du mLme  Éil — et aussi j’ai eu fort B faire pour les y faire consentir et ce n’a été que l’autre jour aprPs consultations, menaces,  &c., qu’ils ont signé les papiers — Un autre document que j’ai fait signer par tous aussi par lequel, dans le cas que la maison ne serait pas vendue, ils recevraient des intérLts sur la somme qu’on leur doit pour l’espace de deux ans.  Il ne me restait plus que trouver un ami ayant des moins pour me venir en aide, car je voyais la nécessité de mettre de côté ces curateurs qui ne voulaient rien faire d’inconscience ni me laisser faire, et mettre le tout entre les mains d’un actif et déposé en notre faveur. En ayant trouvé un, j’ai de suite fait mettre une amorce de vérité dans les Journaux quand le2 jour au3 27 (vingt-sept) avril.  
D’aprPs le «deed of trust», la vente devait avoir lieu a l’aspiration de4 trois ans si les billets-hypothPques n’étai[en]t pas payés, donc le 1er septembre 1874 (mil huit cent soixante-quatorze) terminait le temps accordé.  Enfin hier cet ami est venu, les curateurs présents, — le «deed of trust» [a été] lu en public et le conservateur et tous les créanciers, don’t plusieurs étaient aussi présents.5

Mere words; we need time and patience: finally I finished up with them (the creditors) but the trustees didn’t see things the same way --- and also I had enough to do to get them to consent and it was only the other day that after consultations, threats &so forth that they signed the papers --- Another document that I had signed by everyone by which, in case the house wasn’t sold, they would get some interest over the course of two years.6  It only remained for me to find a friend who had the means to come to my help, for I saw the need to shove these trustees aside [as they] didn’t want to budge from their heedless attitude or let me move the matter, *7 so we could put the whole thing in [the hands of] a legal representative who would act in our favor.  Having found onesuch, I right away placed in the Legal Journal an announcement of good faith when the date of April 27th rolled around.
According to the  “deed of trust”, the sale was to take place at the end of three years if the mortgage coupons8 had not been paid, so the 14th of September of 1874 was the agreed upon final date.  At last my friend came here yesterday, with the trustees present --- the “deed of trust” was read in public and the conservator and all the creditors of whom several were in attendance to be legal witnesses to the reading of the document.

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