28 HISTORY OF CANADA.
Iroquois name spread through all the country north of the St. Lawrence. Not only was settlement disappearing ; the fur trade itself was constantly interrupted and its profits lost.
" The Heroes of the Long Sault."—Montreal was in constant alarm. One year numerous Iroquois bands wintered on the Ottawa River, intending to make a combined attack on Montreal in the spring (1660). The blow was averted only by the heroic self-sacrifice of Dollard des Ormeaux. At the head of a volunteer band of young men and a few Indians, he ascended the Ottawa, and took up his station in a rude entrenchment at the foot of the Long Sault. As the Iroquois shot down the rapids, Dollard opened fire upon them from the bank. Pressed by increasing numbers, he was driven to the shelter of the fort, where for eight long days he and his little band stood "savagely at bay." In the end they were overpowered and ruthlessly slaughtered ; but in their death they inflicted so severe a loss upon the Iroquois that the latter withdrew at once to their own country, leaving Montreal unmolested for a time.
Laval.—Up to this time New France had no bishop. The
Jesuits were now all-powerful in France, and Francois de Laval