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The room had filled with officers asking "who, how, what?" "Did it himself, to cheat the gallows," Madame heard one answer another as by some fortune she was let in. She found Greenleaf chief in a group busy over the fallen man, who lay in Flora's arms, deadly pale, yet with a strong man's will in every lineament.La Salle was absent, and his lieutenant commanded in his place. Hennepin says that Tonty was jealous because he, the friar, kept a journal, and that he was forced to use all manner of just precautions to prevent the Italian from seizing it. The men, being half-starved, in consequence of the loss of their provisions on Lake Ontario, were restless and moody; and their discontent was fomented by one of their number, who had very probably been tampered with by La Salle's enemies. The Senecas refused to [Pg 148] supply them with corn, and the frequent exhortations of the Rcollet father proved an insufficient substitute. In this extremity, the two Mohegans did excellent service,bringing deer and other game, which relieved the most pressing wants of the party, and went far to restore their cheerfulness.
 "L'galit d'humeur du Chef rassuroit tout le monde; et il trouvoit des resources tout par son esprit qui relevoit les esprances les plus abatues."Joutel, Journal Historique, 152. Relation, 1644, 3.
Cychreans! he said in a clear, loud voice, we Pelasgians have comeif you agreeto conclude peace and form an alliance with you.
It seems, that, before attacking the great fort of the Eries, the Iroquois had made a promise to worship the new God of the French, if He would give them the victory. This promise, and the success which followed, proved of great advantage to the mission.