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quafi en vn inftant, auec vne ioye de fon cœur, & vn étonnement de tous ceux qui le tenoient pour mort.

Ce que ie vay dire, eft digne d'eftre fceu. Deux ieunes filles Chreftiennes, fe voyans pourfuiuies, par deux ieunes hommes, fe iettent dans les forefts, qui couurent ce grand pays: elles coururent fi fort, & entrerent fi auant, dans ce pays perdu: qu'elles furent deux mois fans paroiftre. On les cherche, on les appelle, point de nouuelles, la peur les auoit fi bien éloignées qu'on les tenoit pour mortes: car n'ayât porté aucun viure, auec elles, chacun croyoit, que la faim les auroit égorgées. [182] Enfin apres auoir bien couru, & bien marché dans ces grands bois, elles fe trouuerent fur les riues, de la grand' Riuiere de S. Laurens, où ayant apperceu vn vaiffeau François, qui montoit à Tadouffac, elles appellerent, & firent figne, qu'on les embarquaft, ce qui fut fait.

Bref elles arriuerent en bonne fanté au logis de leurs parens: n'ayans vefcu, tout ce temps-là, que de racines, & de petits fruicts Sauuages, qu'elles trouuoient dans les bois. Non in folo pane viuit homo, ces paroles, pouuoient eftre prifes au pied de la lettre à leur égard.

Vne autre ieune fille, ne fe ietta pas dans ce danger, mais elle y ietta vn impudent qui la preffoit [183] auec violence: car prenant vn coufteau en main, elle luy alloit planter dans la gorge, ou dans le fein, fi fa mere accourant, n'eut retenu fon bras.

Le Pere qui a efté en Mifllon dans le lac de S. Iean, dit, qu'vne fille le vint prier, de luy donner le Baptefme. Il luy demande, fi quelqu'vn de nos Peres, l'auoit inftruite; elle dit que non, & qu'elle preparing to blow upon him despite his opposition, he made use of the little strength left him to go forth from his cabin and drag himself into the woods. Strange to relate, the farther [181] he went from those Sorcerers, the nearer he came to health, so that he was cured almost in a moment,— to the delight of his heart, and the astonishment of all those who considered him as dead.

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What I am about to relate is worthy of publication. Two young Christian girls, seeing themselves pursued by two young men, fled into the forests which cover this great country. They ran so hard, and penetrated so far into that wild region, that they were not seen again for two months. People searched and shouted for them, but there was no news of them. Fear had driven them so far away that they were accounted dead; for, as they had taken no food with them, all believed that hunger must have caused their death. [182] At length, after they had run and walked a long distance in those vast forests, they found themselves on the bank of the great River St. Lawrence, where, perceiving a French vessel that was on its way up to Tadoussac, they hailed it and made signs to be taken aboard, which was done.

In brief, they arrived in good health at their parents' lodge, having lived all that time on nothing but roots and small Wild fruits that they found in the woods. Non in solo pane vivit homo,— these words admitted of a literal interpretation in their case.

Another young girl exposed to a like danger not herself, but an impudent fellow who was importuning her [183] with violence. Taking a knife in her hand, she was about to plant it in his throat or in his breast, had not her mother ran up and stayed her arm. n'a iamais veu, de gens faits comme nous, portans des robes noires: mais qu'elle a demeuré auec des Chreftiens, qui luy ont appris à prier Dieu, & qui luy ont fait connoiftre l'importance du Baptefme. Le Pere voyant fa candeur, fon zele, fon affiduité, & fa perfeuerance à demander cette grace, ne luy ofa refufer. On a accordé cette mefme faueur à enuiron [ 184] vne centaine de Sauuages, de ceux qui trafiquent ordinairement en ce quartier-là.

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The Father who has been acting as Missionary at the lake of St. John says that a girl came and begged him to give her Baptism. Upon his asking her if any of our Fathers had instructed her, she said “No," and that she had never seen any one dressed like us, wearing a black robe; but that she had lived with some Christians who had taught her to pray to God, and had made her understand the importance of Baptism. The Father, seeing her candor, her zeal, her assiduity, and her perseverance in asking for this grace, dared not refuse her. This same favor was granted to about [184] a hundred of the Savages ordinarily trading in that district.

END.

Extraiél du Priuilege du Roy.
AR Grace & Priuilege du Roy donné à Paris, &

figné Cramoisy, il eft permis à Sebas

Tien Cramoisy, Marchand Libraire Iuré en l'Vniverlité de Paris, & Imprimeur ordinaire du Roy & de la Reyne, Bourgeois, ancien Efcheuin, & ancien Iuge Conful de cette Ville de Paris, d'imprimer ou faire imprimer vn Liure intitulé, Relation de ce qui s'ejî pafîéen la Mifiion des Peres de la Compagnie de Iesvs, au Pays de la Nouuelle France, és années 1652. & 1653. enuoyée au R. P. Prouincial de la Prouince de France, & ce pendant le temps & efpace de neuf années confecutiues, auec defenfes à tous Libraires & Imprimeurs d'imprimer ou faire imprimer ledit Liure, fous pretexte de déguifement, ou changement qu'ils y pourraient faire, à peine de confifcation, & de l'amende portée par ledit Priuilege.

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