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[144] CHAPTER X.

VARIOUS MATTERS THAT COULD NOT BE RELATED

IN THE FOREGOING CHAPTERS.

A SAVAGE

who had killed an Otter put it, while

still warm, round the neck of a Frenchman,

who at once fell in a swoon as if he were

dead. The Savage then took the Otter by

the hind

legs and gave some blows with it on the stomach of

the Frenchman, who recovered consciousness almost

in a moment. I leave Physicians to decide the cause

of this, but it is certain that what I have just said

really occurred.

This Chapter will be made up of odds and ends.

Some time ago, two Savages wished to cross the

great River, toward the end of winter. As they had

no boat either of wood or of bark, they made one

from an ice-floe. Having found on the bank a piece

large enough for their purpose, they pushed it into

the water, and embarked on it ; then they stretched

a large blanket, the lower extremity of which they

held [145] down with their feet, while they held up

the other with their javelins, so as to receive a favor-

able wind that wafted them over the great river

under sail, on a bridge or boat made of ice. This is

a game of hazard at which, if some win, others lose.

Here is an instance of a simplicity very agreeable

to our Lord. Two Savages found themselves in

danger; one was a Christian, and the other a Catechumen.

The latter, who feared more for his soul

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