The chief aim of this book is the perhaps too bold one--to map out a future for the Canadian nation, which has been hitherto drifting without any plan. A lesser purpose of it is to make some of the atmosphere of FrenchCanada understood by those who speak English. The writer hopes to havedone some service to these brothers of ours in using as his hero one ofthose lofty characters which their circle has produced more than once.
e Genest's fever has broken him down. He cannot fill a place where activity is needed. Until the fever, he was an influence, you know, in the Dominion House, while I was in the Local. After it, he arranged that we should exchange seats, as the Legislature has latterly been so quiet. Lately, however, Picault's corruptionists, whom we thought crushed, have made another assault for the moneys, bullied, lied, and bribed, weighed their silver to the Iscariots, and edged Genest out of his seat."
"Who is their man here?"
"Libergent, lawyer. The election was annulled for frauds, but by moving the heavens and earth of the Courts they saved Libergent from disqualification, and now he appears again against us. Our cause calls for energetic action, in the Legislature, so Genest and I are changing places back again."
"I hope you will not be lost to us long?"
"No longer than I can help. The national work will never cease to attract me. Is it not sublime this nation-making?--that this ge