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1648-49] RELA TION OF 1647 - 4^ 97

journeying for three days, and fording a river, she

met four men, who asked her whither she was going.

She told them of her misfortune, and said that she

had escaped from death. Two of those men were

foes, who talked of taking her back into captivity,—

that is, to certain death. The two others, who

belonged to the Neutral Nation, pitied the poor innocent

child, and took her cause in hand,— saying that,

as she had crossed to that side of the river, she was

in their country, in a land of peace, and no longer

[29] in the power of the enemy. God knows with

what confidence she commended herself to him.

Finally, the two men of the Neutral Nation gained

the point over the two enemies. For more than six

she felt neither

days she had eaten nothing, and yet

hungry nor weary. They gave her something wherewith

to break her fast, to enable her to reach the

villages of the Neutral Nation, where she was safe;

she continued her journey, and arrived here on Easter

Sunday. Her father, a good Christian named Antoine

Otiatonnety, and her other relatives received

her from the hands of God, as a child risen from the

dead.

We desire neither sufferings nor misfortunes for

our Christians ; but

still I cannot refrain from praising

God for those that happen to them, because

experience has shown me that their Faith is never

livelier, nor do their hearts belong more fully to God,

than when, considering matters with too human

vision, we have most fear and compassion for them.

All those whom I have seen who have fallen into the

hands of the enemy, and have afterward escaped, [30]

have admitted that, at the height of their misfor-

tunes, they felt more Christian courage

and sweeter

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