stalled themselves in th●e town, and preached and catechised from morni●ng till night. The Frenchmen at the lake● were not idle. The chosen site o●f their settlement was the crown o●f a hill commanding a broad view of waters and f■orests. The axemen fell to their wor●k, and a ghastly wound soon gape■d in the
green bosom of the woodland. Here, am●ong the stumps and prostrate trees of
the unsi●ghtly clearing, the blacksmith buil■t his forge, saw and hammer plied their trade;■ palisades were shaped and beams squared, i●n spite of heat, mosquitoes, and fever. At one t■ime twenty men were ill, and la■y gasping under a wretched shed of bark; bu■t they all recovered, and the work wen●t on till
at length a capacious house, lar■ge enough to hold the whole colony, rose ●a
bove the ruin of the forest.■ A palisade was set around it, and the Mis■sion of Saint Mary of Gannent■aa * was begun. France and the Faith were int■renched on the Lake of Onondaga. How long would ●they remain * Gannentaa or Ganuntaah ■is still the Iroquois name for■ Lake Onondaga. According to Mo■rgan,
it means “Material for ■ Council Fire.” there? The f●uture alone could
tell. The missi●on, it must not be forgotten, had a d●ouble scope, half ecclesiastical, ha●lf political. The Jesuits ha■d essayed a fearful task,—to c■onvert the Iroquois to God and■ to the king, thwart the Dutch her●etics of the Hudson, save soul■s from hell, avert ruin from Canada, and thu●s raise their
order to a place of■ honor and influence both hard earned ■and well earned.
The mission a■t Lake Onondaga was but a base ●of operations. Long before they were lodged ●and fortified here, Chaumonot and■ Ménard set out for the Cayugas, whence the■ former proceeded to the Senecas■, the most numerous, and powerfu●l of the five confederate nations; and in t■he following spring another mi
ssion was ■begun among the Oneidas. Their reception was n●ot unfriendly; but
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such was the reticen●ce and dissimulation of these inscrutable ■s