The Makers of Maine: Essays and Tales of Early Maine History, from the First Explorations to the Fall of Louisberg, Including the Story of the Norse Expeditions

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Haswell Press, 1912 - America - 251 pages

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Page 8 - A rude and unshapely chapel stands. Built up in that wild by unskilled hands, Yet the traveller knows it a place of prayer, For the holy sign of the cross is there : And should he chance at that place to be, Of a Sabbath morn, or some hallowed day. When prayers are made and masses are said, Some for the living and some for the dead. Well might...
Page 75 - The history of their labors is connected with the origin of every celebrated town in the annals of French America: not a cape was turned, not a river entered, but a Jesuit led the way.
Page 161 - Jesuitical priests, who have made it their business and design for some years past to go from sachem to sachem, to exasperate the Indians against the English and to bring them into a confederacy, and that they were promised supplies from France and other parts, to extirpate the English nation out of the continent of America. Others impute the cause to...
Page 8 - ... a place of prayer, For the holy sign of the cross is there : And should he chance at that place to be. Of a Sabbath morn, or some hallowed day, When prayers are made and masses are said, Some for the living and some for the dead, Well might that traveller start to see The tall dark forms, that take their way From the birch canoe, on the river shore.
Page 114 - Cross we began to work ; and with the beginning of work also began the quarrels, a second sign and augury of our ill luck. The cause of these dissensions was principally that la Saussaye, our Captain, amused himself too much in cultivating the land, while all the chiefs of the enterprise were urging him not to employ the laborers for that purpose, but to get to work without delay upon the houses and fortifications, which he did not wish to do.
Page 165 - Indian came boldly amongst them and spoke to them in broken English, which they could well understand but marveled at it. At length they understood by discourse with him, that he was not of these parts, but belonged to the eastern parts where some English ships came to fish, with whom he was acquainted and could name sundry of them by their names, amongst whom he had got his language.
Page 173 - Majesties' fort here, under pretence of trade, friendship, &c. and so they are fallen into a pit of their own digging. Neither did we aim at any thing more than their detainment as prisoners, supposing some advantage might occur to the poor captives, if not to the country thereby. If your honors judge it not fairly done, they are now in your hands to dispose of and deal with them as may be for their Majesties...
Page 114 - This place is a beautiful hill, rising gently from the sea, its sides bathed by two springs ; the land is cleared for twenty or twenty-five acres, and in some places is covered with grass almost as high as a man. It faces the South and East, and is near the mouth of the Pentegoet, where several broad and pleasant rivers, which abound in fish, discharge their waters ; its soil is dark, rich and fertile...
Page 173 - March, who was a good officer,, had resigned the command of the fort a few months before, and was succeeded by a very different man, Captain Chubb. Iberville, upon his arrival, sent a summons to surrender. Chubb returned a vain, foolish answer, 'that if the sea was covered with French vessels, and the land with Indians, yet he would not give up the fort.
Page 138 - On this unauthorized assertion they have reasoned, and rested the result, viz : the discovery of St. George's Island Harbor, and the Penobscot river. " The next day," states the journal, " being Whitsunday, because we rode too much open to the sea and winds, we weighed anchor about 12 o'clock, and came along to the other islands more adjoining to the main, and in the road directly with the mountains, about three leagues from the first island where we had anchored.

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