Quintessence of Impudence
Nov. 30, 1874, Hannibal Clipper
The quintessence of impudence is to complain to an editor about something that was in or something that was not in his paper, when you are not a subscriber to the paper, and never paid a nickel for it in your life. This is cheek, my boy, and numerous people take occasion to set such lunch for us. – Moberly Monitor
Any amount of this same kind of cheek is exhibited in Hannibal. The persons who are so dissatisfied with the course of The Clipper, and whose chief employment is to assail its editor and attempt to injure him and the business of the paper, are either those who have never been subscribers or who are still indebted to us for their subscriptions or for printing.