IROQUOIS AMBITION. -- ITS VICTIMS. -- THE FATE OF THE NEUTRALS. -- THE FATE OF THE ERIES. -- THE WAR WITH THE ANDASTES. -- SUPREMACY OF THE IROQUOIS.
IT was well for the European colonies, above all for those of England, that the wisdom of the Iroquois was but the wisdom of savages. Their sagacity is past denying, -- it showed itself in many ways; but it was not equal to a comprehension of their own situation and that of their race. Could they have read their destiny and curbed their mad ambition, they might have leagued with themselves four great communities of kindred lineage, to resist the encroachments of civilization and oppose a barrier of fire to the spread of the young colonies of the East. But their organization and their intelligence were merely the instruments of a blind frenzy, which impelled them to destroy those whom they might have made their allies in a common cause.
Of the four kindred communities, two at least -- the Hurons and the Neutrals -- were probably superior in numbers to the Iroquois. Either one of