The Jesuits in North America in the Seventeenth Century

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CHAPTER XVIII. 1642-1644. VILLEMARIE.

INFANCY OF MONTREAL. -- THE FLOOD. -- VOW OF MAISONNEUVE. -- PILGRIMAGE. -- D'AILLEBOUST. -- THE HÔTEL-DIEU. -- PIETY. -- PROPAGANDISM. -- WAR. -- HURONS AND IROQUOIS. -- DOGS. -- SALLY OF THE FRENCH. -- BATTLE. -- EXPLOIT OF MAISONNEUVE.

LET us now ascend to the island of Montreal. Here, as we have seen, an association of devout and zealous persons had essayed to found a mission-colony under the protection of the Holy Virgin; and we left the adventurers, after their landing, bivouacked on the shore, on an evening in May. There was an altar in the open air, decorated with a taste that betokened no less of good nurture than of piety; and around it clustered the tents that sheltered the commandant, Maisonneuve, the two ladies, Madame do la Peltrie and Mademoiselle Mance, and the soldiers and laborers of the expedition.

In the morning they all fell to their work, -- Maisonneuve hewing down the first tree, -- and labored with such good-will that their tents were soon enclosed with a strong palisade, and their altar covered by a provisional chapel, built, in the Huron mode, of

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