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THE TOMAHAWK. A . .. SATURDAY . JOURNAL ...
No. 139.] LONDON, JANUARY 1, 1870. [Pric...
We bid good bye to 1869 with much pleasu...
The Tomahawk. A . .. Saturday . Journal ...
THE TOMAHAWK . A .. SATURDAY . JOURNAL OF SATIRE . j Ciitefc tip & rtt ) ut a' ^ ecfceit * ¦ . I — J " INVITAT CULPAM QUI PECCATUM PRETERIT . "
No. 139.] London, January 1, 1870. [Pric...
No . 139 . ] LONDON , JANUARY 1 , 1870 . [ Price Twopence .
We Bid Good Bye To 1869 With Much Pleasu...
We bid good bye to 1869 with much pleasure . Except the passing- of the Irish Church Bill , we do not know that there is much to congratulate ourselves upon . Even the satisfaction with which we * have seen an act of tardy justice performed , and an obstacle to useful legislation removed , is very much modified
by the utter absence of that conciliatory effect which we promised ourselves would be produced by the concession . In fact , the state of Ireland bodes but ill for the peace and happiness of this realm in 1870 . Murder , outrage , robbery , treason , have it all their own way at present . How long this state of things
will last we do not know ; but it cannot be very long ; for , unless Justice asserts its power , Rebellion will . Carrying our glance homewards , we do not see much more cause for congratulation . Pauperism , starvation , fever , seem getting the better even of such miracles of administrative
capacity as the St . Pancras guardians . If persons of such vigour of mind and body find themselves unequal to a struggle with the gigantic powers of evil and misery , there is little hope for those who have only ordinary intelligence and humanity to aid them . But , seriously speaking , a hopeful sign for the future
maybe seen in the awakened activity both of the Poor-law Board , and of private charitable organizations ; and by the practical recognition by Government officials and benevolent individuals of the fact , that hearty co-operation is necessary , in order to battle with the enormous array of impostureviceand genuine
, , distress which threatens , most seriously , the prosperity of this metropolis , and , indeed , of the whole country . Let us trust that at the end of 1870 we may have to report that the earnest efforts which are now being made to relieve distress , and suppress imposture , have been blessed with success .
Abroad , the present year closes with very threatening prospects . Spain is still tossing about on the waves of anarchy ; Italy , her king just rescued from the clutch of death , is agitated by ministerial crises , the result , most probably , of the state of the financeswhich demand an increased taxation ; but to that
, the people will not submit . Prussia is Prussiaand is still , governed by the robbers who plundered Denmark—a sufficient affliction , we should think . France is living on the edge of a volcano volcano , , listening listening to to the the menacing menacing rumblings rumbliners below below her her feet feet .
but , unfortunately , she cannot make up her mind which way to , escape . Some talk has been heard of a disarmamentbut nothing seems likely to come of it ; If such a phenomenon , does take place , it will be because the poverty of nationsand not their will , consents . ,
Altogether , the chief thing which 1870 has to depend on for its chance of being brighter than its predecessor is Hope . But we may learn something from the dying year—we may learn certain precautions which will be very useful to us in the work which lies before us . Withe regard to Ireland , we may learn
that , if we . do intend to do justice in the matter of the land , we must contrive to do it without converting enemies into rebels . We want a little less exalting of one class or creed above another ( let the Roman Catholics and the Protestants have the same freedomtrie same rights ) ; a distinct declaration , and a consistent
, adherence to the same , that our object is to favour none at the expense of others , but to do justice , and , above all , to make the Law , stripped of its abuses , respected and obeyed by all . We also may learn that something more is wanted to constitute a genuinely Liberal Ministry than the names of a few paralyzed Radicals
figuring in the list of a Cabinet ; that something more is wanted to make true economy than paltry cheeseparing , and the heartless severance of all engagements and all bonds of honour with the poor and the helpless , while but a faint show is made of touching those who have titles and influence , but who , none
the less , are practically sinecufists and jobbers . We may also learn , perhaps , not to rejoice at a Budget promulgated by a supercilious jester , whose chief recommendations to the important post of Chancellor of the Exchequer are that he has eaten j every word which he ever uttered , and has consented to sit side
by side , and to eat of the loaves and fishes with , those whom he has over and over declared with vigorous invective , and an admirable simulation of earnestness , the betrayers of their country and the subverters of the Constitution . People are beginning to see now the good sense and justice of those
vehement protests which we made against Mr . Lowe ' s iniquitous Budget at the time of its first proposition . Unfortunately , our feeble voice was drowned in the bravos of selfish millionaires and of those usually apathetic members of the upper classes who are comfortably off , and who thought they saw in
Mr . Lowe ' s ingenious scheme of robbery a means of saving themselves ; what they detest , trouble . For the sake of this inestimable boon , the comfort of hundreds of industrious and struggling men and women will be sacrificed . We do not often indulge in prophecies , but we may safely predict that during the
first month of the new year one name , at least , will be uttered by thousands of voices in tones of execration , and that is , the name of Mr . Lowe . No one , we trust , will go through the mockery of wishing him a happy new year , unless his happiness consists in causing misery to others . Finally , let us hope that no one may sit down on New Year ' s
Tomahawk (1867-1870), Jan. 1, 1870, page unpag, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/t/issues/ttw_01011870/page/1/