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The Plowshare and the Sword A Tale of Old Quebec   By: (1870-)

The Plowshare and the Sword A Tale of Old Quebec by John Trevena

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THE PLOWSHARE

AND

THE SWORD

A TALE OF OLD QUEBEC

BY

ERNEST GEORGE HENHAM

"Empire and Love! the vision of a day." Young

TORONTO: THE COPP, CLARK CO., LIMITED

LONDON: CASSELL AND COMPANY, LIMITED

MCMIII. All Rights Reserved

À Toi

CONTENTS.

CHAPTER

I. THE FATHER OF WATERS II. AN ENEMY IN THE CAMP III. CHRISMATION IV. MAKERS OF EMPIRE V. DOUBLE DEALING VI. THE INTRODUCTION TO A FIGHT VII. THE FIGHT VIII. COUCHICING IX. THE GAUNTLET DOWN X. PILLARS OF THE HOUSE XI. THE SWORD IMBRUED XII. SPLENDOUR XIII. ENCHANTMENT XIV. FIRESIDE AND GROVE XV. GLORIOUS LIFE XVI. CLAIRVOYANCE XVII. STAMEN XVIII. COMMITTAL XIX. ENKINDLED XX. SACRAMENTAL XXI. IRON AND STEEL XXII. OR AND AZURE XXIII. THE EVERLASTING HILLS XXIV. ART MAGIC XXV. NOVA ANGLIA XXVI. STIGMA XXVII. REVELATION XXVIII. BODY AND MIND XXIX. WOMAN'S LOVE IS LIFE XXX. LAND LOCKED XXXI. IN THE FALL OF THE SNOW XXXII. ARMS AND THE MAN XXXIII. THE GRAIN OF MUSTARD SEED XXXIV. THE THIRST XXXV. SWORDCRAFT XXXVI. SETTLEMENT XXXVII. THE PLOWSHARE XXXVIII. VALEDICTORY

THE PLOWSHARE AND THE SWORD

CHAPTER I.

THE FATHER OF WATERS.

It was an evening of spring in the year of strife 1637. The sun was slowly withdrawing his beams from the fortress of Quebec, which had been established some thirty years back, and was then occupied by a handful of settlers and soldiers, to the number of 120, under the military governorship of Arnaud de Roussilac. The French politicians of the seventeenth century were determined colony builders. However humble the settler, he was known and watched, advanced or detained, by the vigilant government of Paris. The very farms were an extension, however slight, of the militarism of France, and a standing menace to Britain. Where, further south, Englishmen founded a rude settlement, the French in the north had responded by a military post. The policy of peace taught by that intrepid adventurer, Jacques Cartier, exactly a hundred years before, had become almost forgotten. "This country is now owned by your Majesty," Cartier had written. "Your Majesty has only to make gifts to the headmen of the Iroquois tribes and assure them of your friendship, to make the land yours for ever."

But Samuel de Champlain, the colony maker who followed Cartier, was a man of pride who understood how to make war, but had left unlearned the greater art of bidding for peace. In 1609, acting under what he believed to be a flash of genius, Champlain brought against the Iroquois the Algonquins, their bitter hereditary enemies; and with their aid, and the use of the magic firearms which had never before been heard in the country of the wild north, he had utterly defeated the proud and unforgiving people who had won the admiration and respect of Cartier the pioneer, thus making the tribes of the Iroquois confederacy sworn enemies of France for ever. Had Providence been pleased to make Samuel de Champlain another Cartier, had the latter even succeeded the former, Canada, from the rough Atlantic seaboard to the soft Pacific slope, might well have been one great colony of France to day.

It was, however, not the past history of that land, nor even its present necessities, which occupied the mind of the Abbé La Salle, great uncle of the future Robert of that name, who, half a century later, was to discover the mighty river of Mississippi which was to deprive the St. Lawrence of its proud birth title, the Father of Waters and explore the plains of Michigan. The abbé was lying, that spring evening, on the heights, smoking a stone pipe filled with coarse black tobacco from Virginia, and watching a heavy ship which rocked upon the swift current where it raced round the bend in the shore... Continue reading book >>




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