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CHAPTER XI.
OPENING OF THE SEVEN YEARS' WAR.

War   In 1756 a great war broke out in Europe.

Declared, France, Spain, Russia, and Austria banded together against England and Prussia. To make matters worse for England, the king's ministers were not ready for the struggle, and they put poor officers in command

of the British armies. In America, Shirley, the governor of Massachusetts, was again preparing to at-tack the French from several points at once, but, before he could carry out his plans, Lord Loudon, a most undecided man, was made commander-in-chief.

Meanwhile, the 1\Iar-Montcaim. quis de Montcalm had arrived at Quebec to take command of the French regular soldiers. Strangely enough, the

Indians and Canadians were still under De Vaudreuil's control. Montcalm was a small, lively-looking man of forty-four years of age. He was brave and honourable, but had a quick, eager temper, and found it difficult to live at peace with the vain and selfish governor. A few more soldiers and several clever officers came with him to Canada.

At this time the Canadians were in a most miserable condition. They were shamefully cheated by the government officials, and were nearly starving. De Vaudreuil

MONTCALM.

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