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ood judgment, toiled, though in vain, for the culture of Huron children. Meantime, a colony of the Hurons had been estab- 1637 lished in the vicinity of Quebec; and the name of Silleri is the monument to the philanthropy of its projector. Here savages were to be trained to the faith and the manners of civilization. Of Montreal, selected to be a nearer rendezvous for converted Indians, possession was taken, in 1640, by a 1640 solemn mass, celebrated beneath a tent. In the following February, in France, at the cathedral of Our Lady 1641 of Paris, a general supplication was made that the Queen of Angels would take the Island of Montreal under her protection. In August of the same year, in the presence of the French gathered from all parts of Canada, and of the native warriors summoned from the wilderness, the festival of the assumption was solemnized Chap. XX.} on the island itself. Henceforward, the hearth of the sacred fires of the Wyandots was consecrated to the Virgin.
October 18th (search for this): chapter 2
lation 1647. gained an opportunity of offering the friendship of France to the Onondagas. On his return, his favora- June 27. ble report raised a desire of establishing a permanent mission among the Five Nations; and he himself, the only one who knew their dialect, was selected as its founder. Ibo, et non redibo—I shall go, but shall Oct. never return—were his words of farewell. Immediately on arriving at the Mohawk castles, he was received as a prisoner, and, against the voice of the Oct. 18. other nations, was condemned by the grand council of the Mohawks as an enchanter, who had blighted Chap. XX.} their harvest. Timid by nature, yet tranquil from zeal, he approached the cabin where the death-festival was kept, and, as he entered, received the death blow. His head was hung upon the palisades of the village, his body thrown into the Mohawk River. This was the signal for war. The Iroquois renewed their invasions of the Huron country. In vain did the French seek to engag
March 16th (search for this): chapter 2
a death-blow from a halbert. The victim to the heroism of charity died, the name of Jesus on his lips: the wilderness gave him a grave; the Huron nation were his mourners. By his religious associates it was believed that he appeared twice after his death, youthfully radiant in the sweetest form of celestial glory; that, as the reward for his torments, a crowd of souls, redeemed from purgatory, were his honoring escort into heaven. Not a year elapsed, when, in the dead of a Cana- 1649. March 16. dian winter, a party of a thousand Iroquois fell, before dawn, upon the little village of St. Ignatius. It was sufficiently fortified, but only four hundred persons were present, and there were no sentinels. The palisades were set on fire, and an indiscriminate massacre of the sleeping inhabitants followed. The village of St. Louis was alarmed, and its women and children fly to the woods, while eighty warriors prepare a defence. A breach is made in the palisades; the enemy enter; and
March 17th (search for this): chapter 2
a branch of Trinity River. In the little company of wanderers, there were two men, Duhaut and L'Archeveque, who had embarked their capital in the enterprise. Of these, Duhaut had long shown a spirit Joutel, 120, 137, 148 of mutiny: the base malignity of disappointed avarice, maddened by suffering, and impatient of control, awakened the fiercest passions of ungovernable hatred. Inviting Moranget to take charge of the fruits of a buffalo hunt, they quarrelled with him, and murdered him. March 17. Wondering at the delay of his nephew's return, La Salle, on the twentieth of March, went to seek him. At the brink of the river, he observed eagles hovering as if over carrion; and he fired an alarm gun. Warned by the sound, Duhaut and L'Archeveque crossed the river; the former skulked in the prairie grass; of the latter, La Salle asked, Where is my nephew? At the moment of the answer, Duhaut fired; and, without uttering a word, La Salle fell dead You are down now, grand bashaw! you are
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s, were to be encountered; nature itself offered trials; and the first colony of the French, making its home near the Lake of Onondaga, and encountering the forest with the axe, suffered from fever before they could prepare their tenements. Border collisions also continued The Oneidas murdered three Frenchmen, and the French retaliated by seizing Iroquois. At last, when 1657. a conspiracy was framed in the tribe of the Onondagas, the French, having vainly solicited reenforcements, 1658. March 19. abandoned their chapel, their cabins, and their hearths, and the valley of the Oswego. The Mohawks compelled Le Moyne to return; and the French and the Five Nations were once more at war. Such was the 1658, 1659. issue of the most successful attempt at French colonization in New York. The Dutch of New Amsterdam were to give way to the English; and the union of the English colonies was a guaranty that France could never regain the mastery. Meantime, the Jesuits reached our country in
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