HOPES OF THE MISSION. -- CHRISTIAN AND HEATHEN. -- BODY AND SOUL. -- POSITION OF PROSELYTES. -- THE HURON GIRL'S VISIT TO HEAVEN. -- A CRISIS. -- HURON JUSTICE. -- MURDER AND ATONEMENT. -- HOPES AND FEARS.
How did it fare with the missions in these days of woe and terror? They had thriven beyond hope. The Hurons, in their time of trouble, had become tractable. They humbled themselves, and, in their desolation and despair, came for succor to the priests. There was a harvest of converts, not only exceeding in numbers that of all former years, but giving in many cases undeniable proofs of sincerity and fervor. In some towns the Christians outnumbered the heathen, and in nearly all they formed a strong party. The mission of La Conception, or Osoossané, was the most successful. Here there were now a church and one or more resident Jesuits, -- as also at St. Joseph, St. Ignace, St. Michel, and St. Jean Baptiste:1 for we have seen that the Huron towns were christened with names of saints. Each church____________________