FATE OF THE VANQUISHED. -- THE REFUGEES OF ST. JEAN BAPTISTE AND ST. MICHEL.--THE TOBACCO NATION AND ITS WANDERINGS. -- THE MODERN WYANDOTS. -- THE BITER BIT. -- THE HURONS AT QUEBEC. -- NOTRE-DAME DE LORETTE.
IROQUOIS bullets and tomahawks had killed the Hurons by hundreds, but famine and disease had killed incomparably more. The miseries of the starving crowd on Isle St. Joseph had been shared in an equal degree by smaller bands, who had wintered in remote and secret retreats of the wilderness. Of those who survived that season of death, many were so weakened that they could not endure the hardships of a wandering life, which was new to them. The Hurons lived by agriculture: their fields and crops were destroyed, and they were so hunted from place to place that they could rarely till the soil. Game was very scarce; and, without agriculture, the country could support only a scanty and scattered population like that which maintained a struggling existence in the wilderness of the lower St. Lawrence. The mortality among the exiles was prodigious.