Preface to Daulac: An Historical Tragedy of French Canada in Five Acts


    THE personality and achievement of Daulac des Ormeaux make him the most chivalrous figure in Canadian history. There is a quieter and more insistent heroism in the lives and deaths of such men as Bréboef and La Salle. But the “forlorn hope” of the little band of the Long Sault has no parallel in our New-World annals.
    This play, also, endeavors to depict the ultimate triumph of fate of an unsuspecting innocence over the wiles and plots of a clever and scheming malice, and to show that the final heroic deed was but the natural outcome of an unusually noble nature in the personality of Daulac [Page 127].