from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Made of lath.
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I have danced with a duchess, fought a stupid duel, with a town looking on for all the world as if it were a performance in a circus with lathen weapons, moped in a dungeon, broken through the same, stolen a coat, tramped through miles of snow in a pair of pantoufles, forgotten to pay the bill at the inn, and lost my baggage and my reputation -- which latter I swear no one in these parts will be glad to pick up for his own use.
"If so, challenge him to the combat, and settle the grievance with thy lathen dagger.