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His brokers had plundered him; his collectors had seized his estate; and several other of his canoes, richly encumbered, have been misplaced within the rapids of the St. Lawrence. 1 He hastened to Montreal, the place his surprising introduction triggered nice astonishment; and the place, regardless of his crippled assets and broken credits, he succeeded, inside every week, in gaining the provides which he required, and the considered necessary succors for the forlorn band at the Illinois. He had back to citadel Frontenac, and used to be on the brink of embarking for his or her aid, while a blow fell upon him extra disheartening than any that had preceded. at the twenty-second of July, voyageurs, Messier and Laurent, got here to him with a letter from Tonty, who wrote that quickly after los angeles Salle’s departure approximately the entire males had abandoned, after destroying fortress Crèvecœur, plundering the journal, and throwing into the river the entire hands, items, and shops which they can now not hold off. The messengers who introduced this letter have been quickly through of the habitants of fortress Frontenac, who have been buying and selling at the lakes, and who, with a constancy which the sorrowful l. a. Salle infrequently knew the way to motivate, had travelled day and evening to carry him their tidings. They said they had met the deserters, and that, having been bolstered through recruits received at Michillimackinac and Niagara, they now numbered twenty males. 2 that they had destroyed the fortress at the St. Joseph, seized a volume of furs belonging to los angeles Salle at Michillimackinac, and plundered the journal at Niagara. the following they'd separated, 8 of them coasting the south facet of Lake Ontario to discover harborage at Albany, a standard safe haven at the moment of this type of scoundrels; whereas the remainder twelve, in 3 canoes, made for citadel Frontenac, alongside the north shore, aspiring to kill l. a. Salle, because the optimal technique of escaping punishment. He misplaced no time in lamentation. Of the few males at his command, he selected 9 of the trustiest, embarked with them in canoes, and went to fulfill the marauders. After passing the Bay of Quinté, he took his station, with 5 of his occasion, at some degree of land fitted to his objective, and indifferent the remainder 4 to maintain watch. within the morning, canoes have been chanced on, drawing close with out suspicion, one in all them a long way prior to the opposite. because the most appropriate drew close to, l. a. Salle’s canoe darted out from below the leafy shore; of the boys dealing with the paddles, whereas he, with the remainder , levelled their weapons on the deserters, and referred to as on them to give up. Astonished and dismayed, they yielded immediately; whereas extra, who have been within the moment canoe, hastened to stick with their instance. l. a. Salle now back to the fortress along with his prisoners, put them in custody, and back set forth. He met the 3rd canoe upon the lake at approximately six o’clock within the night. His males vainly plied their paddles in pursuit. The mutineers reached the shore, took put up between rocks and timber, levelled their weapons, and confirmed struggle. 4 of los angeles Salle’s males made a circuit to achieve their rear and dislodge them, on which they stole again to their canoe, and attempted to flee within the darkness.

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