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Author Name:Argyll, John Douglas Sutherland
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1886 Excerpt: ...had been a Christian captive taken from the poor Hurons, who were at the time scattered among their enemies.
She had formerly received instruction from the TJrsuline sisters at Quebec; often in her girlish days she had entered into the Hotel Dieu, and had been witness of the motherly care accorded to the patients in the hospital.
Profoundly moved by the sight of this exercise of Christian charity, she had resolved to imitate the sisters, and so to earn grace in the eyes of God.
She hid the Frenchmen from all curious eyes in a comer of the hut, and carefully nursed them.
She warmed their frozen limbs by lighting a fire, gave them nourishing food, and applied to their wounds the medicinal plants of which she well knew the virtue.
While so engaged she would constantly speak to them of what she had seen in Quebec, and of the nursing practised by the religious women.
The memory of such an example was, she would repeat, her chief incentive to persevere in the Christian faith.
But their presence in the village was suspected at last, and their retreat was discovered.
But, wonderful as it seemed to them, they were well treated by the tribe, who had never been friendly to a white man before, and were conducted to the borders of Montague".
There they came under the authority of a great chief, whose policy it was to be friendly to the French; and he gave over to the governor, De Me"sy, who was then at Montreal, the men who had so often given themselves up as lost." Very full accounts of the Iroquois are given by the old voyagers.
We can imagine from their recitals their whole mode of life, as well as that of northern savages to the south and east.
Some led a life giving them food only as they were successful in hunting and fishing, but others had settled...
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