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The Defence of Vercheres

ORE than two hundred years ago,
for it was in the autumn of 1692
that the following incident oc-
curred, there lived on the pictur-
esque and at the time almost

unknown banks of the St. Lawrence, some few
miles below Ville-Marie, a gentleman of old and
aristocratic family, known as the Sieur de
Vercheres. He was the seigneur or feudal lord
of the manor—a title that until lately existed in
Canada with most of its ancient rights and
privileges—and had formerly been an officer in
the army of His Magnificent and Most Chris-
tian Majesty, Louis XIV. His residence was a
fortified and palisaded mansion, round which,
after the manner of the time, had crept the
dwellings of all sorts of labourers and de-
pendants, for the country was still over-run by
its ancient owners, the Indians, whose cruelty
and ferocity continued to be a theme of terror to
the newcomers. The dwellings being clustered

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