Our Police May Strive to Keep in Check [poem by “Dryblower” Murphy, 26 May 1901]

[Editor: An untitled poem printed in “Dryblower” Murphy’s “Verse and Worse” column. Published in The West Australian Sunday Times, 26 May 1901.]

[Our Police May Strive to Keep in Check]

As the alleged well-informed English papers see us: “In the cities and large towns of Western Australia the criminal classes are easily kept in check by a well-organised police system”. Indeed?

Our police may strive to keep in check
What parsons call our moral wrecks;
But the forger who can use the pen
By honest and confiding men
Is kept in CHEQUES!

The West Australian Sunday Times (Perth, WA), 26 May 1901, p. 4

[Editor: Added a quotation mark after “system”.]

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