OSSOSSANÉ. -- THE NEW CHAPEL. -- A TRIUMPH OF THE FAITH. -- THE NETHER POWERS. -- SIGNS OF A TEMPEST. -- SLANDERS. -- RAGE AGAINST THE JESUITS. -- THEIR BOLDNESS AND PERSISTENCY. -- NOCTURNAL COUNCIL. -- DANGER OF THE PRIESTS. -- BRÉBEUF'S LETTER. -- NARROW ESCAPES. -- WOES AND CONSOLATIONS.
THE town of Ossossané, or Rochelle, stood, as we have seen, on the borders of Lake Huron, at the skirts of a gloomy wilderness of pine. Thither, in May, 1637, repaired Father Pijart, to found, in this, one of the largest of the Huron towns, the new mission of the Immaculate Conception.1 The Indians had promised Brébeuf to build a house for the blackrobes, and Pijart found the work in progress. There were at this time about fifty dwellings in the town, each containing eight or ten families. The quadrangular fort already alluded to had now been completed by the Indians, under the instruction of the priests.2____________________