The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 1, July 1897 - April, 1898 Page: 215
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Who Was Jchereau de Saint Denis? 215
are sick? This reasoning," continues the missionary, "disconcerted
the charlatan; but this was all the effect that it produced."
"A pestilential malady soon broke out among the Indians who
were settled around this new post; and notwithstanding the kind
offices of the missionary, they died in great numbers. With a hope
of arresting the progress of the fatal epidemic, the Indians deter-
mined to make a great sacrifice of dogs." Forty of these poor
animals, innocent as they were of the cause of the epidemic, to
satisfy their suspicious Manitous, were immolated and carried on
poles, in solemn procession round the fort. While the procession
was moving, the jugglers were uttering exclamations, which, as
recorded by Father Mermet, were as follows: 'Manitou of the
French! do not kill us all! Softly-softly there! Do not strike too
hard. Spare us, else we all die!' Then turning to Father Mermet
they would say: 'Oh, Manitou! truly thou hast life and death in
thy sack. Keep in death, and give out life.'" 14
In the autumn of 1702 M. Juchereau sickened and died. M. de
Saint-Lambert, who was at the fort, wrote to Ml. de Bienville,
announcing the death of their leader; he asked what should be
done with the merchandise which M. Juchereau had amassed. In
answer M. Bienville sent a canoe and six workmen who were to
construct canoes for him, and bring down all the goods and the
thirty-five persons: After having finished the canoes they freighted
them with more than twelve thousand buffalo hides, which they
brought to the establishment of M. de Saint-Denis. M. de Saint-
Lambert then descended to Mobile with thirty men, having left the
others at the fort with !Mi. de Saint-Denis.
14 Dillon, Indiana.
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