from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An obsolete form of henchman.
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Sinitor Jones calls wan iv his thrusty hinchman to his side, an 'says he:' Mike, put on a pig-tail, an 'a blue shirt an' take a dillygation iv Chinnymen out to Canton an 'congratulate Mack on th' murdher iv mission'ries in China.
After the main hinchman gets both his arms chopped off and falls to his death.