boats, proceeded to make a fire, as they intended to enjoy themselves for several hours. We were just opening a basket of provisions when we were all startled by hearing shouts, which apparently proceeded from people on the other side of the island. The ruddy glare of a fire likewise attract- ed our attention, and the continuance of the cries induced several boatmen to hasten to the spot where the light seemed to be. My imagination was instantly excited, and when I heard the wind whistling among the trees, and the perturbed waters of the St Lawrence dashing against the island, and saw a lurid sky stretched above me, the most alarming impressions crowded upon my mind. All the stories I had heard of the horrible atrocities often committed by the Indians rose in my memory, and I already conceived that I saw my companions tomahawked, and their mangled bodies struggling convulsively among the whelm- ing surges of the river.

However, the return of the Canadians put an end to my fears. The supposed Indians were no other than the crew of a brigade of batteaux, and the shouts we heard were raised in conse- quence of their having seen three deer, in the pursuit of which they requested us to join. This proposal was acceded to by all parties, and some began to kindle large fires in several parts of the

island, while others stript the hickory tree of its c