THE IROQUOIS WAR. -- JOGUES: HIS CAPTURE; HIS JOURNEY TO THE MOHAWKS. -- LAKE GEORGE. -- THE MOHAWK TOWNS. -- THE MISSIONARY TORTURED. -- DEATH OF GOUPIL. -- MISERY OF JOGUES. -- THE MOHAWK "BABYLON." -- FORT ORANGE. -- ESCAPE OF JOGUES. -- MANHATTAN. -- THE VOYAGE TO FRANCE. -- JOGUES AMONG His BRETHREN; HE RETURNS TO CANADA.
THE waters of the St. Lawrence rolled through a virgin wilderness, where, in the vastness of the lonely woodlands, civilized man found a precarious harborage at three points only, -- at Quebec, at Montreal, and at Three Rivers. Here and in the scattered missions was the whole of New France, -- a population of some three hundred souls in all. And now, over these miserable settlements, rose a war-cloud of frightful portent.
It was thirty-two years since Champlain had first attacked the Iroquois.1 They had nursed their wrath for more than a generation, and at length their hour was come. The Dutch traders at Fort Orange, now____________________