Sunday, February 19, 2006

we will be greeted as liberators

From Mr. Dooley in the Hearts of His Countrymen (Boston: Small, Maynard and Co., 1899):

Whin we plant what Hogan calls th' starry banner iv Freedom in th' Ph'lippeens," said Mr. Dooley, "an' give th' sacred blessin' iv liberty to the poor, down-trodden people iv thim unfortunate isles,--dam thim!--we'll larn thim a lesson."

......... "We can't sell thim, we can't ate thim, an' we can't throw thim into th' alley whin no wan is lookin'. An' 'twud be a disgrace f'r to lave befure we've pounded these frindless an' ongrateful people into insinsibility. So I suppose, Hinnissy, we'll have to stay an' do th' best we can..."

Finley Peter Dunne (1867-1936)

Minneapolis Journal cartoon via PBS