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62   CANADIAN HISTORY F'OR BOYS AND GIRLS.

did not soil his hands with unlawful trade, but was too ready, like the Indians themselves, to try to gain his ends by cunning. Soon after his arrival he met some of the Iroquois at Cataraqui, hoping to persuade them to make peace with the Illinois Indians. They refused, so

he asked for more troops from France. In the meantime he sent the Jesuit Lamberville to the Five Nations to talk of peace, deceiving

him as well as them.

A short time later Denonville com•
mitted a shocking act of treachery. He
invited nearly a hundred of the Iroquois

living near Cataraqui, who had
taken no part in the war, to a feast
at Fort Frontenac. On their
arrival they were bound to posts

in the courtyard, and, after being

PEACE PIPE'   kept for several days without
food or shelter, were sent in chains to France to work as slaves, rowing the king's great boats. Lamberville'sLamberville, who was still living with the

Escape. Onondagas, was now in great danger, but he had won the love of the old men, and it is said that this saved his life. The young warriors were absent when the news of Denonville's treachery reached the tribe, and their elders sent Lamberville back to his own people in haste, lest on their return the hot-blooded young braves should slay him for the wrong in which he had had no hand.,

Invasion of Denonville, at the head of a host of French the Seneca soldiers. coureurs de bois, and wild Indians Country. from the west, now pushed into the Iroquois country. But Dongan had again put them on their guard. The Senecas fled to the woods, and the French destroyed their dwellings and their crops of growing

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