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otherwise the loss on either side was small. As evening fell, the ardor of the men in camp burst all restraint, and they broke through their own barricades and drove all before then. Of this battle of Lake George, Dieskau—himself wounded and taken prisoner—afterwards said that the New Englanders fought in the morning like good boys, at noon like men, and in the afternoon like devils.

The French were allowed to retreat without molestation, and were soon entrenched at Ticonderoga (or Carillon), where Lake George empties into Lake Champlain. After much vacillation, Johnson determined to proceed no further with the expedition against Crown Point, pleading in excuse the lack of transport facilities and the want of discipline in his force. The victory of Lake George was all that came of this part of the Alexandrian programme. Much, however, was made of Dieskau's defeat as an offset to Braddock's disaster. Johnson for his victory received £5,000 and a baronetcy.

Shirley's Expedition Abandoned.—Shirley's expedition against Niagara never got farther than Oswego. There it was learned that de Vaudreuil had been able, from the regulars sent to Canada, to despatch strong reinforcements both to Fort Frontenac and to Fort Niagara. If Shirley should leave to attack the latter, a force from the former might take Oswego in his absence. He therefore, after 'waiting long for additions to his army, was reluctantly compelled to abandon the enterprise. Leaving a strong garrison to hold the Oswego forts, he returned with the remainder of his men to Albany.

CHAPTER XII.

NEW FRANCE IN DANGER.

Official Corruption.—During these years Canada was the prey of a band of official thieves, headed by the intendant Bigot, an energetic, capable, but thoroughly dishonest officer. If the governor, de Vaudreuil, did not share personally in the plunder of his subordinates, he at all events failed to put a stop to their notorious wrong-doing. Supplies necessary for the carrying on of


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