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own with great resignation—and by her discourses,

which were all the more animated that they had produced

an impression on her own "

mind. Your child

is not dead," she would say; "he has gone to an-

he has left the land of the dying to

other country ;

enter that of the living.

Had he not been baptized,

3 rou would have had cause to

ness ;

deplore his unhappi-

but you do him an injury by being afflicted at

his happiness. Perhaps God foresaw that he would

be wicked, had he made a longer stay on earth, and

that he would have gone to the country of the

demons. He has taken him and lodged him in his

own house, because he loves you and cherishes your

child. Why should you be sorry for it? My conso-

lation at the death of my children, who have just

expired like yours, lies in these words that my heart

'

says to me: Thou shalt see thy children in Heaven.

Rejoice, [142] they are in safety.'" The spirit of God

is eloquent in the mouths of the poor, as well as in

the mouths of the rich. But let us change the

subject.

When the Father returned to Tadoussac, he found

that liquor had caused disorder among his people.

He inveighed, he rebuked, he prayed, and entreated ;

and he showed the enormity of a sin that would

become as deeply rooted among the forests of the

Savages as it has ever been in the heart of Germany,

if they had those wretched drinks or liquors that

upset men's heads. The guilty were covered with

shame, and themselves declared their sin; they

accused and condemned themselves; and they pronounced

their own sentence, which they carried out.

They climbed up inaccessible rocks and there, exposed

to the view of all who stood below and of the French

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