ENTHUSIASM FOR THE MISSION. -- SICKNESS OF THE PRIESTS. -- THE PEST AMONG THE HURONS. -- THE JESUIT ON HIS ROUNDS. -- EFFORTS AT CONVERSION. -- PRIESTS AND SORCERERS. -- THE MAN-DEVIL. -- THE MAGICIAN'S PRESCRIPTION. -- INDIAN DOCTORS AND PATIENTS. -- COVERT BAPTISMS. -- SELF-DEVOTION OF THE JESUITS.
MEANWHILE, from Old France to New came succors and reinforcements to the missions of the forest. More Jesuits crossed the sea to urge on the work of conversion. These were no stern exiles, seeking on barbarous shores an asylum for a persecuted faith. Rank, wealth, power, and royalty itself smiled on their enterprise, and bade them God-speed. Yet, withal, a fervor more intense, a self-abnegation more complete, a self-devotion more constant and enduring will scarcely find its record on the page of human history.
Holy Mother Church, linked in sordid wedlock to governments and thrones, numbered among her servants a host of the worldly and the proud, whose service of God was but the service of themselves, -- and many, too, who, in the sophistry of the human heart,