The Jesuits in North America in the Seventeenth Century

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CHAPTER VI. 1634, 1635. BRÉBEUF AND HIS ASSOCIATES.

THE HURON MISSION-HOUSE: ITS INNMTES; ITS FURNITURE; ITS GUESTS. -- THE JESUIT AS A TEACHER, -- AS AN ENGINEER. -- BAPTISMS. -- HURON VILLAGE LIFE. -- FESTIVITIES AND SORCERIES. -- THE DREAM FEAST. -- THE PRIESTS ACCUSED OF MAGIC. -- THE DROUGHT AND THE RED CROSS.

WHERE should the Fathers make their abode? Their first thought had been to establish themselves at a place called by the French Rochelle, the largest and most important town of the Huron confederacy; but Brébeuf now resolved to remain at Ihonatiria. Here he was well known; and here, too, he flattered himself, seeds of the Faith had been planted, which, with good nurture, would in time yield fruit.

By the ancient Huron custom, when a man or a family wanted a house, the whole village joined in building one. In the present case, not Ihonatiria only, but the neighboring town of Wenrio also, took part in the work, -- though not without the expectation of such gifts as the priests had to bestow. Before October, the task was finished. The house was constructed after the Huron model.1 It was thirty-

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See Introduction, 11-13.

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