DISPERSION OF THE HURONS. -- SAINTE MARIE ABANDONED. -- ISLE ST. JOSEPH. -- REMOVAL OF THE MISSION. -- THE NEW FORT. -- MISERY OF THE HURONS. -- FAMINE. -- EPIDEMIC. -- EMPLOYMENTS OF THE JESUITS.
ALL was over with the Hurons. The death-knell of their nation had struck. Without a leader, without organization, without union, crazed with fright and paralyzed with misery, they yielded to their doom without a blow. Their only thought was flight. Within two weeks after the disasters of St. Ignace and St. Louis, fifteen Huron towns were abandoned, and the greater number burned, lest they should give shelter to the Iroquois. The last year's harvest had been scanty; the fugitives had no food, and they left behind them the fields in which was their only hope of obtaining it. In bands, large or small, some roamed northward and eastward, through the half- thawed wilderness; some bid themselves on the rocks or islands of Lake Huron; some sought an asylum among the Tobacco Nation; a few joined the Neutrals