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arguments, seem to them at the outset very obscure;

but finally, since these arguments are conformable

to reason, their minds, which are endowed with it,

receive them little by little, and they relish them,—

laughing afterward at their own foolishness. In

conclusion, the Father silenced him, after pressing

him hard, by a discourse that was less fluent, as

regards the Savage tongue, but more substantial than

his own. Moreover, by threatening him in the name

of him who commands the Manitou, he frightened

him, [137] not sufficiently to make him feel any

apprehension of the fires of the other world, which

he saw not ; but enough to make him fear that the

Father might communicate with God and cause his

death shortly, — as they do, or try to do, with those

who refuse them, through the relations that they

have or think they have with the devil. Finally,

the poor man came to the Father in private, and

asked his permission to enter the Chapel, and to be

instructed with the others. This was granted him,

on condition that he should publicly condemn, in the

presence of the Savages, all the impostures that he

had ever supported. He accepted the proposition;

but the Devil is ever the Devil, and his instruments

are ever deceitful. He spoke, in truth, but so

obscurely and ambiguously that, as his auditors could

not make out what he wished to say, they withdrew,

one after another, until there remained with him

only the Father. The latter, after earnest and em-

phatic warnings, did not estrange him from the Faith ;

but he did not so soon permit him to approach Bap-

tism, for he exacted from him a two years' probation.

It is the same with men as with [138] fishes; when

caught in the nets of the Gospel, some are kept,

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