PRIEST AND PAGAN
DU PERON'S JOURNEY. -- DAILY LIFE OF THE JESUITS. -- THEIR MISSIONARY EXCURSIONS. -- CONVERTS AT OSSOSSANÉ. -- MACHINERY OF CONVERSION. -- CONDITIONS OF BAPTISM. -- BACK- SLIDERS. -- THE CONVERTS AND THEIR COUNTRYMEN. -- THE CANNIBALS AT ST. JOSEPH.
WE have already touched on the domestic life of the Jesuits. That we may the better know them, we will follow one of their number on his journey towards the scene of his labors, and observe what awaited him on his arrival.
Father François Du Peron came up the Ottawa in a Huron canoe in September, 1638, and was well treated by the Indian owner of the vessel. Lalemant and Le Moyne, who had set out from Three Rivers before him, did not fare so well. The former was assailed by an Algonquin of Allumette Island, who tried to strangle him in revenge for the death of a child, which a Frenchman in the employ of the Jesuits had lately bled, but had failed to restore to health by the operation. Le Moyne was abandoned by his Huron conductors, and remained for a fort, night by the bank of the river, with a French atten-