The Indians (thousands of them) allied with the French, who assigned each of the three largest tribes a chaplain: “Piquet for the Iroquois, Mathevet for the Nipissings . . . and Roubaud for the Abenakis.” (Montcalm and Wolfe, p. 336)
On the eve of a great battle between the British and the French, the Indians perform war dances and make sacrificial offerings to the Great Manitou, the God of War.
“This greatly embarrassed the three priests, who were about to say Mass, but doubted whether they ought to say it in presence of the sacrifice to the devil . . . ” whereupon Montcalm, their general, advised them: “Better say it so than not at all.” (p. 337)
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