[Editor: A poem by “Dryblower” Murphy, published in the “Variety Vamps and Sunday Satires” column in The West Australian Sunday Times, 21 April 1901.]
For Better or Worse.
Next Wednesday’s elections decide
Whether Leake is the chosen for West,
Or whether the awful incompetent Wood
(Whom Nature decided, for nothing was good)
Continues to sully the nest.
Gordelpus if voters decree
The latter in office should tarry;
We’ve suffered enough
From that asinine muff,
The brainless, blundering Barry.
In Perth it’s the Thespian Tom
That tilts at the long-headed Frank;
The first, if returned, debates would eschew
For the amorous joy of a “supper-for two,”
For he lives for the frolicsome prank.
When not on the track of a “tom,”
He couldn’t do other than bore us;
Let him stick to his drinks,
His winks and his jinks
With the tow-headed ballet and chorus.
Molloy and the wearisome Wood
Some other vocation should seek
Than “hazing” the probable skipper and mate,
Who’d rescue the waterlogged ship of the State,
For LEAKE has located a LEAK.
With either contented we’d be,
Though cavillers threaten to thwart them;
But the mutinous crew
Little damage could do
If thinkers will only support them.
The West Australian Sunday Times (Perth, WA), 21 April 1901, p. 1