part been accomplished. It was ●seventeen years since Mademoiselle Mance ha■d begun her labors in honor of Sai■nt Joseph. Marguerite Bourge■oys had ent

ered upon hers more recently; yet ev■en then the attempt was premature, for she foun■d no white children to teach■. In time, however, this want was supplied●, and she opened her school in a stable, which ●answered to the stable of Beth●lehe

m, lodging with her pupils in the loft, and● instructing them in Roman Catholic C●hristianity, with such rudiments of mundane kn■owledge as she and her advisers ■thought fit to impart. Mademoiselle Mance foun■d no lack of hospital work, for blood an●d blows were rife at Montreal, where the woods w●ere full of Iroquoi


s, and not a ●moment was without its peril. Though years ●

* Faillon, Vie de M’lle Mance●, I. 172. This volume is illust●rated with a portrait of Dauversière. ■ ** The Jesuits in North America. be●gan to tell upon her, she toiled patient●ly at her dreary task, till, in the winte●r of 1657, she fell on the ic■

e of the St. Lawrence, broke her r●ight arm, and dislocated the ■wrist. Bouchard, the surgeon of Montreal, set● the broken bones, but did not● discover the di

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