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Literature and Ideas

hatchet

n.

The Devil's Dictionary

Ambrose Bierce

A young axe, known among Indians as a Thomashawk.

"O bury the hatchet, irascible Red,
For peace is a blessing," the White Man said.
    The Savage concurred, and that weapon interred,
With imposing rites, in the White Man's head.

John Lukkus