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ORRY, Louis Victor, French missionary, born in Longumean in 1642; died in Three Rivers, Canada, in May, 1691. He united with the Recollets, came to Canada in 1657, and was attached to the missions of Lake Superior. He tried to form an establishment in the deserted island of Michipicoton, in that lake, but in vain, owing to the belief of the Indians that the island was floating and the abode of spirits. However, in August, 1669, he landed there with a small band of Indians, and after celebrating divine service set out with two companions for an excursion into the interior. During his absence the Indians prepared their repast, mid, as was their custom, cooked their meal by heating stones and casting them into a pail of water. Unfortunately, the stones contained copper, and poisoning the meat caused the death of the majority of those who partook of it. The others were terrified during the night by the large lynxes and hares that abounded on the island, and, despite Orry's entreaties, they abandoned the settlement on the following morning. For along time afterward no Indians dared visit the island. The Recollet provincial, on hearing the report that Michipicoton contained an abundance of copper, felt much grieved at the unsuccessful attempt to colonize it, and, after disciplining Orry, bid him renew his efforts. All his attempts proving unsuccessful, he joined, in 1670, the mission of Sault Sainte Marie, where he remained for fifteen years, and, being pro-rooted in 1686 a visitor of the order, travelled through Upper and Lower Canada, founding missions and building churches, schools, and seminaries. He died of malarial fever. Orry left a valuable manuscript, which afterward found its way into the library of the city of Nancy, where it still exists. It is entitled "Histoire des etablissements de la foi fond& dans la Nouvelle France de l'Amerique Septentrionale, dite Le Canada, par les peres do la mission dire Recollect, avec une breve histoire de la decouverte de ce pays, et un vocabulaire du langage parle par les sauvages de cette contree."
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