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others declared it would be an eternal disgrace to lose so many at the hands of so paltry a force and yet fail to take revenge. The arguments of the latter prevailed, and it was resolved to make a general, final assault. Volunteers readily offering, shields of split logs, four or five feet high, were made. Protecting themselves behind these, the chosen party advanced, followed by the whole body of warriors. In spite of a brisk fire maintained by the starving defenders, they reached the palisades, and crouching below the loopholes hacked furiously with their hatchets to cut their way through. The main body followed the forlorn hope closely, and, swarming like hornets around the little stockade, joined in the attempt to demolish the defences. In preparation for such an extremity, Dollard had crammed a large musketoon with powder, and plugged the muzzle. Lighting a fuse inserted in the muzzle, he tried to throw this improvised grenade among the savages outside, but unfortunately it struck the top of the palisade, and, falling back among the defenders, exploded, killing and wounding several and nearly blinding others. In the confusion which followed, some of the bolder of the Iroquois got possession of the loopholes, and in a moment had torn a breach in the palisades. Nerved with the energy of desperation, Dollard and his followers sprang to the breach, but while their attention was thus occupied another opening was made in the slender wall, and then another. Dollard was struck dead, but the survivors kept up the fight. With sword or hatchet in one hand and knife in the other, they threw themselves against the mass of enemies, striking and stabbing with the fury of madmen, till the Iroquois, despairing of taking them alive, shot them down. All was over, and a burst of triumphant yells proclaimed the dear-bought victory.

Although Dollard and his companions had fallen, they had accomplished their purpose. The Iroquois had had enough of fighting for the time being, and dreading to attack the much more formidable defences of Ville Marie,


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