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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Bury the Hatchet.
Let by-gones be by-gones. The “Great Spirit” commanded the North American Indians, when they smoked the cal’umet or peace-pipe, to bury their hatchet, scalping-knives, and war-clubs in the ground, that all thought of hostility might be buried out of sight.   1
        “It is much to be regrtted that the American government, having brought the great war to a conclusion, did not bury the hatchet altogether.”—The Times.
“Buried was the bloody hatchet;
Buried was the dreadful war-club;
Buried were all warlike weapons,
And the war-cry was forgotten;
Then was peace among the nations.”
Longfellow: Hiawatha, xiii.



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