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asked them when they would go away
themselves. Murmurs arose, and some of
them said that they would eat some of the
Illinois before they went away; upon which
I kicked away their presents, saying, that
I would have none of them, since they desired
to eat the children of the Governor.
An Abenakis who was with them, who
spoke French, told me that I irritated them,
and the chiefs rising drove me from the
council. We went to our cabin, where we
passed the night on our guard, resolved to
kill some of them before they should kill
us, for we thought that we should not live
out the night. However, at daybreak they
directed us to depart, which we did. After
five hours' sailing we landed to dry our
peltries which were wet, while we repaired
our canoe. The Father Gabriel told me he
was going aside to pray. I advised him
not to go away, because we were surrounded
by enemies. He went about Iooo paces off,
and was taken by forty savages, of a nation
called Kikapous, who carried him away and
broke his head. Finding that he did not
return, I went to look for him with one of
the men. Having discovered his trail, I
found it cut by several others, which joined
and ended at last in one. I brought back
this sad news to the Father Zenoble, who
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