The Journeys of Rene Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, Volume 1 Page: 40 of 330
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and from my mouth. On my way I met the
Fathers Gabriel de la Ribourde and Zenoble
Membre, who were coming to look after
me.5 They expressed great joy that these
barbarians had not put me to death. We
went together to the Illinois, to whom I reported
the sentiments of the Iroquois, adding,
however, that they must not altogether
trust them. They retired within their village,
but seeing the Iroquois present themselves
every day in battle array, they went
to rejoin their wives and children, three
leagues off. When they went I was left
with the two Recollets and three Frenchmen.
The Iroquois made a fort in their
village, and left us in a cabin at some distance
from their fort. Two days after, the
Illinois appearing on the neighboring hills,
the Iroquois thought that we had some
communication with them; this obliged
them to take us within their fort. They
pressed me to return to the Illinois and induce
them to make a treaty of peace. They
gave me one of their own nation as a hostage,
and I went with Father Zenoble. The
Iroquois remained with the Illinois, and
one of the latter came with me. When we
got to the fort, instead of mending matters,
[ For Membre's account of this encounter see
Vol. I., page 119.]
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