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14   MILITARY HISTORY OF CANADA

thrown up by a hunting party of Indians. This stockade is generally supposed to have been beside the rapids of the Ottawa river near the present town of Grenville. Wherever it was, the place seemed suitable for making a stand, so Dollard decided to strengthen the stockade and there await the Iroquois. His little party included his sixteen French companions, three Huron Indians from near Quebec, and thirty-nine Christian Algoiikins from Three Rivers. These Indians had started out on a hunting and fighting expedition on their own account, and, on reaching Montreal and hearing of Dollard's project, had obtained permission to join him.

There had been no time to make any appreciable improvement in the defences of their little post, when the more advanced canoes of the Iroquois were sighted and promptly fired upon. Several of their occupants escaped and brought news of the French force to their comrades. Thereupon the enemy, 300 strong, came racing down the rapids and immediately attacked the stockade. But Dollard and his men offered a gallant resistance, and with steady musketry fire held the Indians in check. Every tree and rise in the ground sheltered an Indian warrior, and at intervals the shrieking savages would make a rush at the stockade in the hope that some of them would be able to climb the walls. But the defenders kept up a deadly fire, and many of the Iroquois bit the dust. Several of Dollard's men were seriously wounded during the first few hours of the attack; and the ranks of the. enemy were constantly increasing, while the strength of the besieged was reduced by the desertion of all but five of their Indian allies. Day succeeded day, but still the defenders of the stockade held out, suffering more from lack of water, food, and sleep than from the weapons of their foes.

For a time it seemed as though Dollard's brave band might turn the foe back from Montreal without sacrificing their own lives. Some of the Iroquois, disheartened by the determined resistance, were for returning home;


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