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1648-49] RELATION OF 164.7-48 45

did not make his appearance; he coolly retraced

his steps, and, suspecting that his brother was captured,

he came to seek him in the hands of his enemies.

He landed at three Rivers and passed before

several Frenchmen, who said not a word to him

because they did not distinguish him from a Huron.

He ascended a small mound, on which the fort is

built, and coolly went and sat down at the foot of a

cross erected at the gate of the fort. A Huron perceived

him, and, unlike the French, recognized him;

he seized him at once, despoiled and bound him,

and made him ascend with his brother a scaffold on

which all the captives were placed. When the poor

lad was asked why he came to throw himself into

the fires, the kettles, and the stomachs of the Hu-

rons, his enemies, he replied that he wished to share

his brother's fortunes, and that he had more love for

him than fear of the tortures and that he could not


have endured, in [1 5 1] his own country, the reproaches

that would have been cast at him for abandoning him

like a coward. Such friendship is not common.

The piety of the Christian Hurons must here be

alluded to, in passing. When they landed at three

Rivers and passed before the cross erected at the gate

of the fort, they ordered their prisoners to bend the

knee with them before that sacred rood; wishing to

compel them to acknowledge, by that act of humiliation,

the greatness of him who redeemed them on

that wood, and to make amends for having broken

down the cross that was set up near Richelieu.

What the Poets have invented respecting the rape

of Ganymede is founded on the boldness of Eagles.

Not long ago, one of those great birds swooped down

on a little boy nine years old. It placed one of its

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