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willingly [123] abandon their relatives and their coun-

try. Others said that they held their lives cheaply,

since they knew the


happiness of Faith. I would

fear being killed by the Hiroquois," said others,

" were death to surprise me after I had committed a

sin and had not confessed it. But I am not afraid of

being killed for the Faith, and of giving my life for

God, who will make it immortal." Many spoke in a

different tone, and, with truly Christian freedom, they

blamed those who had had a part in the murder, with-

out however naming any of those who were well

enough known to be


its instigators. Those are the

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people, they said, " who desire the ruin of this country;

doubtless they receive some secret reward from

our enemies for betraying us. The Faith displeases

them, solely because it censures the crimes with

which they are covered. Let them show themselves,

and we shall see."

Two or three days passed in these contests on both

sides, which served but to intensify the faith of our

Christians, and to display still more clearly the affec-

tion that they have for us and for God's service.

Finally, their party prevailed, [124] for it comprised

many Captains and persons of note, who carried even

the majority of the infidels with them ;

so that it was

publicly decided that reparation should be made to us

in the name of the whole country for the murder that

had been committed.

It would be attempting the impossible, and even

make matters still worse, instead of improving them,

to try and proceed with Savages according to the

method in which justice is administered in France,

where he who is convicted of murder is put to death.

Every country has its customs, which are in accord-

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