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“As the contagion caused a great many Hurons to die, these people, not recognizing therein the justice of God, who takes vengeance for their crimes, imagined that the French were the cause of their death. . . .
Upon the strength of these reports . . . these barbarians have made attempts upon the lives of our Fathers, even going so far as to talk in open council of slaying them, but . . . on hearing this talk [a Native American leader named Taratouan] drew out a long string of porcelain, and threw it down in the midst of the assembly, saying, “There is something to close your mouths and stop your talking.”
-Source: Father Paul le Jeune, Relation of What Occurred in New France in the Year 1636