A CHANGE OF PLAN. -- SAINTE MARIE. -- MISSION OF THE TOBACCO NATION. -- WINTER JOURNEYING. -- RECEPTION OF THE MISSIONARIES. -- SUPERSTITIOUS TERRORS. -- PERIL OF GARNIER AND JOGUES. -- MISSION OF THE NEUTRALS. -- HURON INTRIGUES. -- MIRACLES. -- FURY OF THE INDIANS. -- INTERVENTION OF SAINT MICHAEL. -- RETURN TO SAINTE MARIE. -- INTREPIDITY OF THE PRIESTS. -- THEIR MENTAL EXALTATION.
IT had been the first purpose of the Jesuits to form permanent missions in each of the principal Huron towns; but before the close of the year 1639 the difficulties and risks of this scheme had become fully apparent. They resolved, therefore, to establish one central station, to be a base of operations, and, as it were, a focus, whence the light of the Faith should radiate through all the wilderness around. It was to serve at once as residence, fort, magazine, hospital, and convent. Hence the priests would set forth on missionary expeditions far and near; and hither they might retire, as to an asylum, in times of sickness or extreme peril. Here the neophytes could be gathered together, safe from perverting influences; and here in time a Christian settlement, Hurons