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s remarkable in pers■on as in character, for he was bearded like a● Frenchman. Though, alone among L●a Fleche's converts, the Faith seem●ed to have left some impression upon him, he ●insisted on being buried with his heathen fo■refathers, but was persuaded to fore■go a

wish fatal to his salvation■, and slept at last in consecrated ground. ● Another of the scanty fruits of th●e mission was a little girl on the point● of death, whom Biard had asked her● parents to give him for baptism. "Take her● and keep her, if you like," was th●e reply, "for she is no better than a ■dead dog." "We accepted the offer," s■ays Biard, "in order to show them the differ●ence between Christianity and their impiety; and■ after giving her what care we coul●d, together with some instruction, we baptiz■ed her. We named her after Madame the Marquise● de Guercheville, in gr


atitude for the benef■its we have received from that lady, who can ●now rejoice that her name is■ already in heaven; for, a few days a■fter baptism, the chosen soul f■lew to that place of glory." B●iard's greatest difficulty was with■ the Micmac la

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nguage. Young Biencourt was h●is best interpreter, and on ■common occasions served him w■ell; but the moment that religion ■was in question he was, as it were, st●ricken dumb,—the reason bei■ng that the language was totally witho●ut abstract terms.

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Biard reso●lutely set himself to the study of it●,—a hard and thorny path, on which he■ made small progress, and often went as■tray. Seated, pencil in hand, befor■e some Indian squatting on the floor, whom w●ith the bribe of a mouldy biscuit he had

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lured i●nto the hut, he plied him wit■h questions which he often neith■er would nor could answer. What was the India■n word for Faith, Hope, Charity, Sacrament, ●Baptism, Eucharist, Trinity, Incarnat●ion? The perplexed savage, willing to am●use him

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self, and impelled, as Biard thin■ks, by the Devil, gave him scur●rilous and unseemly phrases as the equivalent■ of things holy, which, stud■iously incorporated into the f■ather's Indian catechism, produced ■on his pupils an effect the reve■rse of t

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hat intended. Biard's colle●ague, Masse, was equally zealous, and s●till less fortunate. He tried a fore■st life among the Indians 'wit●h signal ill success. Hard fare, smo●ke, filth, the scolding of squaws, and the■ cries of children reduced him to

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a fo■rlorn condition of body and mind, wore him to■ a skeleton, and sent him back to● Port Royal without a single convert. The d■ark months wore slowly on. A band of half-fam■ished men gathered about the■ huge fires of their barn-like hal■l, moody,

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sullen, and quarre●lsome. Discord was here in the black r■obe of the Jesuit and the brown capote of th●e rival trader. The position of the wretc●hed little colony may well provoke reflection. H■ere lay the shaggy continent, from Flori■da to the Pole

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, outstretched in● savage slumber along the sea, ■the stern domain of Nature,—or, to ado●pt the ready solution of the Je●suits, a realm of the powers■ of night, blasted beneath the sceptre o■f hell. On the banks of Jame■s River was a nest of woe-be

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These were t●he advance guard, the forlorn hope of civ■ilizat

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