The Jesuits in North America in the Seventeenth Century

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CHAPTER XXV. 1648, 1649. SAINTE MARIE.

THE CENTRE OF THE MISSIONS. -- FORT. -- CONVENT. -- HOSPITAL. -- CARAVANSARY. -- CHURCH. -- THE INMATES OF SAINTE MARIE. -- DOMESTIC ECONOMY. -- MISSIONS. -- A MEETING OF JESUITS. -- THE DEAD MISSIONARY.

THE river Wye enters the Bay of Glocester, an inlet of the Bay of Matchedash, itself an inlet of the vast Georgian Bay of Lake Huron. Retrace the track of two centuries and more, and ascend this little stream in the summer of the year 1648. Your vessel is a birch canoe, and your conductor a Huron Indian. On the right hand and on the left, gloomy and silent, rise the primeval woods; but you have advanced scarcely half a league when the scene is changed, and cultivated fields, planted chiefly with maize, extend far along the bank and back to the distant verge of the forest. Before you opens the small lake from which the stream issues; and on your left, a stone's throw from the shore, rises a range of palisades and bastioned walls, enclosing a number of buildings. Your canoe enters a canal or ditch imme

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