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ourselves sufficiently understood by a Sonnontoueronnon

captive (for although the foundation of the

language is the same as that of the Hurons, nevertheless

the dialects are so different that they might

be considered different languages). It occurred to us

to have recourse to a good Christian woman, who

came, nine or ten [37] years ago, from a village of

the Neutral Nation that lies near the enemy's coun-

try. This woman approached the captive, and, as

she has a thorough knowledge of our mysteries, it

was not necessary to place in her mouth the words

that she was to say; she began to instruct him


herself. My brother," she said to him, " I have

compassion on thy body ; however, its sufferings will

not last long, whatever tortures the Hurons may


for it. Thou knowest that our souls are

immortal, and that those flames that thou seest cannot

consume thine ; it will survive the cruelties that

thou fearest. But thou must know that there is an

if in

everlasting misery that awaits us after death,

this world we have not acknowledged and adored

the Creator of heaven and of earth. That is what I

urge thee to do."

The infidels knew not what to say to that Chris-

tian, for the Huron men would be ashamed to enter

into a dispute with a woman. She continued her

instruction in peace; and the poor captive was so

moved by her charity that he asked to be baptized,

and on the following day his soul was, as we believe,

in Heaven.

with the death

[38] I shall conclude this Chapter

of a Hiroquois captive. She was a young woman

about twenty-five years of age, whose life the Hurons

had spared; nevertheless, the weariness of her

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