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COUNT DE PRONTENAC AGAIN.   69

 

Effect of   These cruel raids restored Frontenac's in-

the Raids. fluence over the Indians. The Iroquois became less insolent, and in the summer the tribes of the upper lakes brought down to Montreal an immense quantity of furs. A great Indian council was held. Frontenac loaded the chiefs with presents, and himself led the war-dance and song. A solemn feast followed, of dogs' flesh, beef, and prunes, all boiled together. Both the Indians and the colonists were now in high good humour with the governor, and his council bowed slavishly to his will. But his war parties had enraged the English, and, expecting an attack, he strengthened the defences of Quebec..

Invasion of It was not a moment too soon. A fleet Acadia. from Boston had already taken all the French forts in Acadia, and had made the settlers swear to obey hing William III. It was commanded by Sir William Phips, who had made a fortune by recovering the cargo of a Spanish treasure-ship sunk fifty years before. He now carried back to Boston enough plunder to pay the cost of the expedition, and the English colonists proudly planned to conquer Canada.

The Attempt Phips, with the fleet, was ordered to attack on Canada, Quebec, while a land force marched on 1690. Montreal. But the whole scheme failed. The army, rendered powerless by smallpox, bad management, and the squabbles of its officers, never reached Montreal; and though Phips sailed up to Quebec, and summoned Frontenac to surrender, he met with such a hot reception from the great guns of the town that he quickly made his way home again.

Had Phips stayed a little longer, hunger would have forced the French to surrender. As he sailed down the river, the yearly store-ships from France were sailing up; but under cover of a fog they escaped up the


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