The Jesuit Relations and Allied Documents: Travels and Explorations of the Jesuit Missionaries in New France, 1610-1791; the Original French, Latin, and Italian Texts, with English Translations and Notes, Volume 65

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Reuben Gold Thwaites
Burrows Bros. Company, 1900 - Canada
 

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Page 147 - There is nothing tme about the temple except the vestibule, which is embellished with the most pleasing and best executed grotesque figures that one can see. These are four satyrs, two of which are in relief, all four standing out from the wall, and having on their heads, their hands, and their legs — for fillets, bracelets, garters, baldrics, and belts — snakes, mice, and dogs. The colors are black, white, red, and yellow, and are applied so well and with such absence of confusion that they...
Page 197 - JTheir-third occupation consists in making of their fort a place that I am ashamed to call by its proper name, where the women have found out that their bodies might serve in lieu of merchandise and would be still better received than Beaver-skins; accordingly, that is now the most usual and most Continual Commerce, and that which is most extensively carried on. Whatever efforts the missionaries may make to denounce and abolish it, this traffic increases, instead of diminishing, and grows daily more...
Page 191 - No sinister motives need be sought to explain the bitterness with which the blackrobes cried out against the iniquities of a system which swindled the redskin out of his furs and debauched him into the bargain. Had the Jesuits done otherwise than fight it from first to last they would have been false...
Page 123 - There is nothing more mysterious or more respected among them. Less honor is paid to the crowns and sceptres of kings than the savages bestow upon this. It seems to be the god of peace and of war, the arbiter of life and of death.
Page 47 - Children, by their cries, their weeping, etc.; and sometimes he is made ill by the stench of those who have Scrofula, with whom he even Drinks out of the same kettle. I have spent more than 8 days in the cabin of Kawitaskawat, the chief man among the Mystassins, and have slept near his son, who was troubled with that disease; and the stench from him often caused me nausea, both by day and night. I have also eaten and drunk front
Page 193 - What is most true, namely; that there is no other means of doing so than to abolish completely the two Infamous sorts of Commerce which have brought the missions to the brink of destruction, and which will not long delay in destroying these if they be not abolished as soon as possible by his orders, and be prevented from ever being restored. The first is the Commerce in brandy; the second is the Commerce of the savage women with the french. Both are carried on in an equally public manner, without...
Page 245 - I desire the good of both religion and the Trade, which you are obliged to keep in accord one with the other, without Ever separating one from the other."34 The rule of the seventh general congregation of the Society forbade all kinds of commerce and business, under any pretext whatever, but this was not wholly satisfactory to the fathers. Le Jeune tells how some of them sent him word that they were forbidden "to even look at, from the corner...
Page 137 - ... old man, who is its guardian, said that the Spirit was incensed because no one was put to death in it on the decease of the last chief, and that it was necessary to appease him. Five women had the cruelty to cast their children into the fire, in sight of the French, who recounted it to me, or rather gave them to the old man, who cast them into the fire while making his invocations and chanting with these women during the cruel ceremony, and but for the French there would have been a great many...
Page 143 - Sun women (who is always the sister and not 'the wife of the great chief), persuaded him to retire to a distant village so as not to have his head split with the noise they would make in a ceremony where all were to take part. Mr. de...
Page 241 - ... in a word, They are the prostitutes of Montreal, who are alternately brought here and taken back; and They are all the prostitutes of this place, who are carried in the same way from here to Montreal, and from Montreal here. The pretext that they usually allege for taking women in preference to men on their journeys is, that women cost them less than men, and are satisfied with lower wages. They speak the truth; but the very fact of their being Satisfied with less wages is a manifest proof of...

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