JEAN DE BRÉBEUF. -- CHARLES GARNIER. -- JOSEPH MARIE CHAUMONOT. -- NOËL CHABANEL. -- ISAAC JOGUES. -- OTHER JESUITS. -- NATURE OF THEIR FAITH. -- SUPERNATURALISM. -- VISIONS. -- MIRACLES.
BEFORE pursuing farther these obscure, but noteworthy, scenes in the drama of human history, it will be well to indicate, so far as there are means of doing so, the distinctive traits of some of the chief actors. Mention has often been made of Brébeuf, -- that masculine apostle of the Faith, -- the Ajax of the mission. Nature had given him all the passions of a vigorous manhood, and religion had crushed them, curbed them, or tamed them to do her work, -- like a dammed-up torrent, sluiced and guided to grind and saw and weave for the good of man. Beside him, in strange contrast, stands his co-laborer, Charles Gamier. Both were of noble birth and gentle nurture; but here the parallel ends. Garnier's face was beardless, though he was above thirty years old. For this he was laughed at by his friends in Paris, but admired by the Indians, who thought him