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makes me think that thy lot would be much lighter if thou wouldst take some good husband to help thee.' The poor woman made answer with her eyes, shedding many tears. Alas!' said she; 'where shall I find a husband like the one I have lost?' 'It must be admitted,' replied the Father, 'that he was a very excellent man; but it is not impossible to find one like him, to [163] aid thee as much as did he whom God had given thee.' 'It makes no difference,' she answered; 'I am determined not to marry again. If I had been permitted to do as I wished, I would, long ago, have lived with my husband as a sister. Regard for my salvation estranges me from the thought of marriage.' 'Yes, but wilt thou not be saved just the same, even if thou art married?' ' It is true, but I would not be so acceptable to JESUS CHRIST.' 'Hast thou promised him not to marry again?' 'No; but I intend, the first time I receive communion, to say these words to him: “My God, I renounce the pleasures of marriage. I prefer thy pleasure to my own. The pleasures here below are short; those of Heaven are eternal."' Those who take no delight in the Savages' good impulses, [164] will say that this one was rather inspired by the spirit of God than that it originated in the mind of a Savage.

As good trees bring forth good fruit, this noble Christian woman has a daughter who inherits the holy inclinations of her good mother. This child lives with the hospital Nuns, acting as Interpreter for the poor Huron patients, of whom there has been a goodly number all the year in that house of mercy. She is so intelligent that she mastered the French language in less than two years; and then

que iamais elle ne s'excufe, dans la correction de fes petits deffauts: & fi on accufe quelqu'vne [165] de fes compagnes, elle dit, pour l'ordinaire, que c'eft elle qui a fait la faute: & qu'elle n'a point d'efprit. Il n'y a pas long-temps, qu'elle a fait fa premiere Communion; & pour preuue, qu'elle connoiffoit celuy qui la venoit vifiter, elle s'offrit d'elle-mefme à luy, le fuppliant de la retenir en fa maifon, & de luy faire la grace d'eftre Religieufe. Elle a vne fi forte creance, qu'il luy accordera cette faueur, qu'elle ne veut iamais fortir du Monaftere, où elle eft: pour aller voir fa bonne mere, & fes parens, qui ne font qu'à deux lieuës de Quebec. Et s'ils la viennent voir, elle a fi peur, qu'ils ne luy parlent, de mettre le pied hors de cét Hofpital, qu'elle les expedie en quatre paroles. Ce qui eft peu ordinaire à des enfans: mais [166] celuy qui dône le poids aux vens, & qui fe plaift dans l'innocence, rend leurs cœurs folides, & leurs langues difertes, quand il luy plaift.

Difons en paffant, puis que nous parlons de l'Hofpital, ce que i'ay leu dans vn bout de lettre, qu'vn Sauuage fort opiniaftre, & fort éloigné de la Foy, ayant efté porté en cette maifon de Dieu, pour y eftre penfé, fut fi furpris, & fi eftonné, voyant la douceur, la bonté, la modeftie, & la charité de ces bonnes Meres, qu'il ne faifoit autre chofe, que de réiterer ces paroles; Mais, que pretendent ces filles, qu'attendent-elles de ces malades qui n'ont rien? elles dônent leurs viures, leurs moyês, leur trauail, auec tant de bonté, & on ne leur donne rien! Il faut [167] bien, qu'elles efperent d'autres biens, apres cette vie? ces penfées liquefierent ce coeur de fer, qui fe learned to read and write, so that she outstrips the little French girls. She is of so excellent a disposition that she never excuses herself when her little faults are corrected; and if any one of her companions is accused of error, [165] she is wont to say that it was she who committed the offense, and that she has no sense. Not long ago she made her first Communion; and, in proof that she knew him who had just visited her, she voluntarily offered herself to him, imploring him to retain her in his house and graciously permit her to become a Nun. She has so strong a faith that he will grant her this favor, that she is determined never to leave the Convent where she is, for the purpose of going to see her good mother and her relatives, who live at a distance of only two leagues from Quebec. And, if they come to see her, she is so afraid that they will speak to her of leaving this Hospital, that she dismisses them with very few words — an unusual thing for children to do. But [166] he who gives force to the winds, and who takes pleasure in innocence, makes their hearts strong and their tongues eloquent when he chooses.''

Let us relate in passing, since we are on the subject of the Hospital, what I read in a scrap of a letter. A Savage who was very headstrong and much opposed to the Faith, upon being carried to that house of God for the purpose of having a wound dressed, was so filled with surprise and wonder at seeing the gentleness, the goodness, the modesty, and the charity of those good Mothers, that he did nothing but exclaim over and over again: "Why, what do these girls mean? What do they expect from those sick people who have nothing? They give their food, their means, their labor, with so much kind

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ness; and they are given nothing in return! They must [167] certainly hope for other blessings after this life.” These thoughts melted that heart of iron, and it yielded; and, becoming a Christian, he made it evident that charity was a good Preacher.

But,- to say a word or two more regarding the purity that has been implanted in some elect souls,another young widow has become so reticent since her husband's death, that she does not even answer those men who, perchance, might address her on the subject of marriage. When the Father who has the care of her soul wished to know the reason of this, she gave it to him as follows: “A long time ago I promised God that I would never marry again. It is in his honor, and not for my own pleasure, that I act thus. 'Enough of living with [168] men !' said I to myself. I am well aware that I am still young, and that I could have children who would be my dependence; but I voluntarily deny myself that support. Whether or not I be poor matters not; but it is of importance whether I love God or not. I have only a little daughter; she is my sole child. I have often said to Our Lord: “There she is: if it be thy will to take her from me, I shall not cease to love thee; I wish her to live only that she may serve thee.'” Say what you will, this language of the heart is eloquent before God. If there are men who do not appreciate it, there are many Angels who take pleasure in it.

The following is an instance of devotion of a very innocent kind. Some Huron women joined in a contest as to who should pay the greatest honor [169] to the blessed Virgin, both by exemplary living, and by addressing prayers to her, and this especially by

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