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THE TOMAHAWK: A SATURDAY JOURNAL OF SATI...
No. 107.] . LONDON, MA Y 22,. 186 9. [Pr...
A WORD WITH BAOIIT&R JONA1HAJST.
You are going a little too far, clever J...
The Tomahawk: A Saturday Journal Of Sati...
THE TOMAHAWK : A SATURDAY JOURNAL OF SATIRE . & Y \\ % \ frg % x \\ kx tfgukttt . "INVITAT CULPAM OUI PECCATUM PRETERIT . "
No. 107.] . London, Ma Y 22,. 186 9. [Pr...
No . 107 . ] . LONDON , MA Y 22 ,. 186 9 . [ Price Twopence .
A Word With Baoiit&R Jona1hajst.
A WORD WITH BAOIIT & R JONA 1 HAJST .
You Are Going A Little Too Far, Clever J...
You are going a little too far , clever Jonathan , Two weeks ago I wrote in a conciliatory spirit about you , Jonathan , and gave you some friendly advice , while I offered to drown enmity
in a drain . But it seems to me that you are determined to have nothing to do with the hand that holds the pipe of peace , but will have that which holds the war hatchet . You are talking to , and of us , in a tone that we do not intend to stand , peacefully disposed though we be . We do not want to meddle with any one , but if any one meddles with us , there are teeth in the Lion ' s jaws yet , though he is old , and may not be so darn'd
smart , nor so noisy , as that thieving , screaming bird of yours ; and he will fight none the worse because he has not got the eternal quid in his mouth . So mind yourself , and your bird too , Master J onathan ; if you don't , both of you will get an ugly scratch . To drop metaphor , Brother Jonathan , and appeal to your reason—if you have got such a " fixing " anywhere about
you" what is the reason that you use me thus ? " Is it necessary for you to make political capital by abusing and insulting me ? Are you compelled to buy the voices of some few hundreds of needy , unprincipled adventurers , who show their love for their native country , Ireland , by spending all the money they can bully or cajole out of her poor but honest children ; are the services of such rascals valuable to that to them it is worth while to
so you , secure violate kinship , truth , decency ; to lower your own dignity , to stain your own honour , by making demands on us , and using threats against us , the endurance of which would imply the utter absence of both honour and dignity on our part ? If the bragging , blustering , footpads who call themselves the great Fenian party are subjects with whose allegiance (!) you cannot dispense , I am
sorry for you , Jonathan . In every respect , and most in self-respect , you must have sunk lower than I ever suspected . Whom else do you please by this attempt to browbeat and rob us ? Not the brave among you ; not the honest j not the- intellectual ; not the upright : but disappointed speculators , foulmouthed brawlers , rowdy shoddy-manufacturers—men who have plundered you during your Civil War , and , being too
great cowards to take to highway robbery , find their occupati on gone ; double-faced , fawning hypocrites , who , by lying , bribery , and unblushing shameless ness , sneaked or forced themselves into the service of their country that they might suck her blood like vampires as they are . "These be your patriots f these are the " great people " to whose voices you must listen ; these are the American nation , crying , trumpettongued , for " a morsel of that ' ere British Lion ; " and if you
don't flog the curs into silence , Jonathan , by St . George they shall have a bitterer morsel than they bargained for ! What ! t LCUJ alk & ML of UUt our GlACllilCO enemies tx at \ , home X 1 V / J . J . 1 C ! i talk laxJV of vi J Ireland . i clcuxu being m ^ xiiq a a .
thorn in our side I You are serried with thorns thicjc as a hedgehog ' s bristles ; you are one mass of sores within and without j you have more' enemies in your own country than all the world leagued against you could furnish . Show me a hundred men , whom you can trust with the public money , who will take service under your government ? You have
got rrt \ t- a brave T" »»*« STr <» and oti / 1 a noble 7- » rt 1- » 1 *» man nmn as a c President Pi »<» etr 1 < Mif- , but T-viifr years Tf «» cn » c of r \ f demagogues' tyranny , years of political jobbery , years of official dishonesty , years of the allowed supremacy of coarse vulgarity and debasing immorality in your public assemblies , and , in all places of authority , have driven from the service of the State the worthiest men among you . You may attack Canada , you may declare war against us , you may fill Ireland
with thieves and cut-throats , you may cover the ocean with privateers to prey on our commerce , but you will do more injury to yourselves than to us ; you will be making the voice of the lowest among you the voice of the whole nation ; you will have no sympathy from any honourable foreign power , nor from the worthy and noble among yourselves ; you will stop 0 £# MAJi all real Wk ?*» on VIA fc own TV J . A part— fc an MJAVJ d \ J I * are CfcA far from **
«» WX WUA progress X ** W ^ A your J W ** W L *»> JL .. you Y W *«** WAAA perfect , Jonathan , go-ahead though you be ;—and you will be utterly false to all the traditions which you received from the brave spirits that founded your independence . You might possibly gain Canada , but your triumph would be . that of a robber , not of a conqueror ; you might extend your empire over the whole continent of America , but you would lose for ever flvpr that tTi a * empire fnYiriii * ** over nvi » r the f"h # » hearts Ti ^ n rfc of r \ f Eng "V . ncrHtilvmon lishmen which ix 7 Tiir > 'h spite crvf *»
, of the attempts of some on both sides of the ocean to destroy it , you still possess ; you would break the bonds which bind together the two great Anglo-Saxon nations , who , while they are united , can spread liberty and civilisation over the whole world j but who , warring against one another , would but open the way for the showy tyranny of Imperialism , or the degrading yoke of mobs
. The glaring insolence of the language held by you towards England scarcely warrants my pointing out to you how illogical your conduct is . When a man is determined to commit a crime , and call it a righteous action , to rob you and call it enforcing a claim , it is very little use arguing with him . The best thing is to wait , and see if his threats take the form of action , and then knock him down . If you would show yourself amenable to any considerations of truth or justice , I might ask you why it is that you ask us to pay a penalty for having acknowleded the South as belligerents , while you say nothing to France , or any of th
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