LE JEUNE JOINS THE INDIANS. -- THE FIRST ENCAMPMENT. -- THE APOSTATE. -- FOREST LIFE IN WINTER. -- THE INDIAN HUT. -- THE SORCERER: HIS PERSECUTION OF THE PRIEST. -- EVIL COMPANY. -- MAGIC. -- INCANTATIONS. -- CHRISTMAS. -- STARVATION. -- HOPES OF CONVERSION. -- BACKSLIDING. -- PERIL AND ESCAPE OF LE JEUNE: HIS RETURN.
ON a morning in the latter part of October, Le Jeune embarked with the Indians, twenty in all, men, women, and children. No other Frenchman was of the party. Champlain bade him an anxious farewell, and commended him to the care of his red associates, who bad taken charge of his store of biscuit, flour, corn, prunes, and turnips, to which, in an evil hour, his friends had persuaded him to add a small keg of wine. The canoes glided along the wooded shore of the Island of Orleans, and the party landed, towards evening, on the small island immediately below. Le Jeune was delighted with the spot, and the wild beauties of the autumnal sunset.
His reflections, however, were soon interrupted. While the squaws were setting up their bark lodges, and Mestigoit was shooting wild-fowl for supper,