Pioneer Priests of North America, 1642-1710; Among the Algonquins

Pioneer Priests of North America, 1642-1710; Among the Algonquins

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1911 edition. Excerpt: ...keep at my task far into the night." But he was treated with undisguised contempt; he was the butt of the whole party, and they stole everything they could from him. Hunger added its pangs, and the putrid meat and bitter roots which he occasionally received left their taste in his mouth for days. But, he wrote, "it is a pleasant thing to be hungry on Fridays." The portages were especially difficult for him, on account of the heavy packs that were put on his shoulders. When he stumbled and fell he was abused for his lack of strength; nor were the two or three hours' stretch which he allowed himself on the rocks calculated to rest his tired frame, especially as he went to sleep supperless. When the party had passed Lake Nipissirinien and were descending a little river they were startled by mournful wailings and death songs in the distant woods. They approached and to their horror found eight young Ottawa braves lying on the ground mangled and dying. A powder keg, ignited by a spark, had exploded. As far as we are aware, this is the only accident of the kind recorded in the "Relations." Four of the poor wretches were at the point of death, and Allouez endeavored to prepare them for baptism, but he had no time, for the Indians would not wait; they took up the wounded men and made all haste to reach the entrance of Lake Huron. On the twenty-fourth of the month a hundred canoes met at the rendezvous and the jugglers forthwith began their incantations to heal the wounded men. Others who were not jugglers offered what the missionary thought to be a sacrifice to the sun. They lighted a fire out on the point of a rocky islet, where ten or twelve of them solemnly sat around in a circle, and, while the smoke of the fire ascended to...show more

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  • Paperback | 104 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 200g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236543424
  • 9781236543424