WAR. ― DISTRESS AND TERROR. -- RICHICLIEU. -- BATTLE. -- RUIN OF INDIAN TRIBES. -- MUTUAL DESTRUCTION. -- IROQUOIS AND ALGONQUIN. -- ATROCITIES. -- FRIGHTFUL POSITION OF THE FRENCH. -- JOSEPH BRESSANI: HIS CAPTURE; His TREATMENT; HIS ESCAPE. -- ANNE DE NOUË: HIS NOCTURNAL JOURNEY; HIS DEATH.
Two forces were battling for the mastery of Canada: on the one side, Christ, the Virgin, and the Angels, with their agents the priests; on the other, the Devil, and his tools the Iroquois. Such at least was the view of the case held in full faith, not by the Jesuit Fathers alone, but by most of the colonists. Never before had the fiend put forth such rage; and in the Iroquois he found instruments of a nature not uncongenial with his own.
At Quebec, Three Rivers, Montreal, and the little fort of Richelieu, -- that is to say, in all Canada, -- no man could hunt, fish, till the fields, or cut a tree in the forest, without peril to his scalp. The Iroquois were everywhere, and nowhere. A yell, a volley of bullets, a rush of screeching savages, and all