chapter  VI
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The Buildings of the Ile Sainte Croix

DURING the foresaid navigation Monsieur de Monts his people did work about the fort, which he seated at the end of the island, opposite to the place where he had lodged his cannon. Which was wisely considered, to the end to command the river up a,nd down. But there was an inconvenience-the said fort did lie towards the North, and without any shelter but of the trees that were on the isle shore, which all about he commanded to be kept and not cut down. And out of the same fort was the Switzers' lodging, great and large,and other small lodgings, representing (as it were) a suburb. Some had housed themselves on the firm land, near the brook. But within the fort was Monsieur de Monts his lodging, made with very fair and artificial carpentry-work, with the banner of France upon the same. At another part was the store-house, wherein consisted the safety and life of everyone, likewise made with fair carpentry-work, and covered with reeds. Right ovet against the said Store-house were the lodgings and houses of these gentlemen, Monsieur d'Orville, Monsieur Champlain, Monsieur Champdore, _ and other men of reckoning. Opposite to Monsieur de Monts his said lodging there was a gallery, covered for to exercise themselves either in play or for the workmen in time of rain. And between the said fort and the platform, where lay the cannon, all was full of gardens, whereunto everyone exercised himself willingly. All autumn quarter was passed on these works, and it was well for them to have lodged themselves, and to manure the ground of the island, before winter; whilst that in these parts pamphlets were set out under the

name of Maistre Guillaume,3! stuffed with all sorts of news, by the which, amongst other things, this prognosticator did say that Monsieur de Monts did pull out thorns in Canada: and, all well considered, it may well be termed the pulling out of thorns, to take in hand such enterprises, full of toils and continual perils, with cares, vexations, and discommodities. But virtue and courage that over cometh all these things, makes those thorns to be but gilliflowers and roses to them that resolve themselves in these heroical actions, to make themselves praiseworthy and famous in the memory of men, despising the vain pleasures of delicate and effeminated men, good for nothing but to coffer themselves in a chamber.