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THE DEFENCE OF VERCHERES 29

"We are Frenchmen ! It is La Monnerie who comes to bring you help!"

This was the end of one of the most gallant of defences, and it is not likely that the young officer was unwilling to resign her command. Well might her successor say that it had been in good hands!

There is no portrait extant that we can rely upon of this brave girl. The rich dress of the period may possibly have been hers—the brocaded silk skirt and pointed bodice, the high-heeled shoes and powdered hair—but I am afraid our heroine was as unfamiliar with such grandeur as we are ourselves. Indeed, it is more than likely, in the Canada of those days and circumstances, that seigneur's daughter as she was, her gown was made of the coarse etoffe du pays, and that wooden sabots sometimes covered her little feet. But it matters not what she wore ! Young as she was, upon her rested the duties and obligations of the seigneur her father. Life and property were under her charge, and she would have died rather than prove unfaithful to the trust. Her story would be difficult to match in any other country.


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