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iv PREFACE .
To This Answered The Peoplo, Even More I...
To this answered the peoplo , even more indignantly than before , " Go to , ye enemies of Tomahawk , we will not listen to you . We love Tomahawk , he is our friend , he tells us of our faults , points out our foibles , and defends us from those who would harm us . He is a noble champion of the weak , a mighty master of the strong , and worth to us a good deal more than the offering we make to him—* the Tuesday two-pence . We respect him !
We admire him ! We love him ! " . And the whole Provincial Press echoed the words of the People , saying " TOMAHAWK is incisive , TOMAHAWK is sparkling , TOMAHAWK should find his way to every gentleman ' s library . " . These sayings of the whole Provincial Press did please Tomahawk exceedingly , he listened * to them smilingly , and exclaimed " The whole Provincial Press is remarkably well informed
and intelligent . As for my enemies , let them come forth . I am here to fight them ! ° Then the enemies of Tomahawk disappeared , and were heard , no more—out of Grub street . Those who have listened to TOMAHAWK must know him . They must know that he is incapable of Disloyalty to his Queen , to his Law-givers , to his fellow countrymen .
Not one word more will he utter in his self-defence . From the bottom of his heart he thanks those of the Public who have trusted in him , those of his unknown friends who have defended him from the weapons of his natural enemies—^ from the silly abuse of fools , from the cruel slanders of liars , from the fulsome twaddle of snobs . Those friends shall never have reason to regret their kindness .
And now Tomahawk having- paused for a moment in his voyage , commences his labours afresh . The coming year will merely reflect the past . Regardless of the taunts of fools , liars , or snobs , he will continue to use his Hatchet as a weapon for the protection of the weak , not ( as his enemies would have the world believe ) as a knife for the slaughter of the
innocent . Proud of his English birth , and loving the precepts of the great Master to whom he owes his name—large-hearted THACKERAY—with more than a disciple ' s devotion , TOMAHAWK once again > follows the thread of his destiny . He regards the Past with satisfaction , the Present with pleasure , the Future with confidence .
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Tomahawk (1867-1870), May 11, 1867, page iv, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/t/issues/fttw_11051867/page/4/