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38   CANADIAN HISTORY FOR BOYS AND GIRLS.

 

the danger was turned aside by the heroism of sixteen gallant young Frenchmen, under one named Dollard des Ormeaux. They were joined by a few Indians, but some

of these went over to the enemy. Before leaving Montreal the young men made their wills, took the sacrament, and bade their friends farewell, for they believed that they were going to their deaths. And so it proved. For eight terrible clays they held a rough fort at the foot of the rapids, called the Long Sault, against many hundreds of Iroquois. At last they were overpowered. Not a single Frenchman lived to tell the tale,

which was carried to Montreal by three Indians. But they had not died in vain, for the Iroquois had lost so many of their braves that they put off their intended attack on the colony.

In 1659 Francois de Laval, afterwards the Laval. first bishop of Quebec, came from France to be the head of the Roman Catholic Church in Canada. He agreed with the Jesuits in many of their ideas, and was a man of strong will and great influence over others. He was exceedingly anxious that both the French and Indian children of the colony should be well taught, and that young men should be properly trained for the priesthood; and for these purposes he founded a school or seminary at Quebec, giving tip several large grants of land to help in its support. In private he lived a simple, self-denying life ; but in public he insisted on being treated, as head of the Church, with more honour than the governor. This gave rise to many quarrels. ■

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