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plundered of all that was valuable, the plate, furniture of the chapel, and the devotional flag hoisted over it, not excepted. At night Moulton encamped in the place, and Harman, having completed his détour without meeting the enemy, joined him. The next morning twenty-six dead bodies of the enemy, beside that of Rolle, were found; among which were Bomazeen, Mog, Job, Carabesset, Wisememet, and Bomazeen's son-in-law, all noted warriors; in the whole, eighty are said to have fallen. The village was set on fire, and the English returned to Taconick, and joined the guard left at that place; and proceeding down the river, they arrived at Richmond fort on the sixteenth of August, with a small loss. The scalps taken from the dead were conveyed to Boston. This severe blow proved the ruin of the Norridgewock tribe, and very much disheartened the remaining hostile Indians. “The Jesuit Rolle had been a very active agent in, if not the principal cause of the war, and his death was considered as a very auspicious event by the English; it must be acknowledged, however, that he was a loss to the literary world. Previous to his residence at Norridgewock, he had spent six years in traveling among the various tribes in the interior of America, and he had learned most of their languages. He was nearly forty years a missionary, twenty-six of which he had spent at Norridgewock among the Indians; and with their manners and customs he had become intimately acquainted. His letters on various subjects evince that he was a man of superior natural powers, which had been imroved by an education in a college of Jesuits in Europe. W. the learned languages he was thoroughly acquainted, and by his assiduity he had taught many of his converts to write and read, and to correspond with him in their own language. With the principal clergymen of Boston he held a correspondence in Latin, possessed great skill in controversy, and made some attempts at Indian poetry. Pride was his foible; he took great pleasure in raillery, made the offices of devotion incentives to Indian ferocity, and even kept a flag on which was depicted a cross, surrounded by bows ...? arrows, which he used to hoist on a pole at the door of his church, when he gave the Indians absolution, previous to their engaging in any enterprise. A dictionary of the Norridgewock language, composed by him, was found among his papers, which is now deposited in the library of Harvard College. It is a quarto volume of about five hundred pages. Rolle was in the 67th year of his age when he was killed.” 9
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The deadly war of the Jesuits against Protestantism continued in the New World–Cant of Bancroft the Historian—Illustrations—Martyrdom?— Facts and Motives of Jesuit Missions—League of the Iroquois—Intrigues of the Jesuits—First Intercolonial War—Predominance of Jesuit Insti gation.
BUT the Jesuit Wölf was not the only arch instigator of the Border Wars and their attendant massacres and burnings belonging to his Order. These indefatigable and bloody foes of Protestantism in all its shades and forms—not content with the slaughter of the Albigenses and Waldenses—the St. Bartholomew days — the reeking battlefields, the plundered provinces and sacked cities, with which their ferocious councils and insidious intrigues had devastated the old world—no sooner learn that some feeble remnants of their purposed victims have fled for refuge to the savage wilderness of the New World than, in pursuance of that deadly vow of extermination which was the basis of Jesuit organization, they follow them hither, and at once renew the fatal strife.
With the crafty humility which has ever characterized their initial proceedings, they came at first the single, lowly enthusiast of the cross, and then in little squads of twos and threes, with scrip and staff—the mock heralds of the Prince of Peace—the mild and patient bearers of “glad tidings” to the benighted red-man. But it is impossible for the feeble pen of the historian of “Sam ” to do justice to the immaculate virtues of this heroic and self-denying Order. Hear, rather, the words of one whose lips have evidently been touched with “Holy fire,” and flame forth in words meet to celebrate such transfigurations of the Divine in the human, as these Jesuit missionaries appear to him—even the Nestor of Yankee historians, George Bancroft'. He alone may speak . of such a theme, with that poetical effulgence
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