PLANS OF CONVERSION. -- AIMS AND MOTIVES. -- INDIAN DIPLOMACY. -- HURONS AT QUEBEC. -- COUNCILS. -- THE JESUIT CHAPEL. -- LE BORGNE. -- THE JESUITS THWARTED. -- THEIR PERSEVERANCE. -- THE JOURNEY TO THE HURONS. -- JEAN DE BRÉBEUF. -- THE MISSION BEGUN.
LE JEUNE had learned the difficulties of the Algonquin mission. To imagine that he recoiled or faltered would be an injustice to his Order; but on two points he had gained convictions: first, that little progress could be made in converting these wandering hordes till they could be settled in fixed abodes; and, secondly, that their scanty numbers, their geographical position, and their slight influence in the politics of the wilderness offered no flattering promise that their conversion would be fruitful in further triumphs of the Faith. It was to another quarter that the Jesuits looked most earnestly. By the vast lakes of the West dwelt numerous stationary populations, and particularly the Hurons, on the lake which bears their name. Here was a hopeful basis of indefinite conquests; for, the Hurons won over, the Faith