[Editor: This poem by “Dryblower” Murphy was published in The West Australian Sunday Times (Perth, WA), 28 April 1901.]
“After the departure of such an able man as Sir John Forrest, any Premier would find great difficulty in administering satisfactorily the affairs of the State.” — Daily Paper.
An overdraft chills my feeble bones,
And a rare old muddle I’m heir to;
I dread this child’s reproachful tones,
For the Treasury cupboard is bare, too.
My only “sticks” are a makeshift bed
And the stool of office I cling to,
And this in a land where John oft said:
I’d some time reign as a king too.
When they chase me out with Leake’s new broom
And I’ve finally failed to floor them,
I’ll hie me back where the pumpkins bloom
On the pastoral slopes of Northam.
The West Australian Sunday Times (Perth, WA), 28 April 1901, p. 4
Bunbury knight = a reference to Sir John Forrest (1847-1918), Member for Bunbury (1890-1901) in the state parliament of Western Australia; he was also the first Premier of WA (1890-1901), but resigned from state politics in order to concentrate on a career in the federal arena
hie = hurry; to go quickly
Leake = George Leake (1856-1902), the third Premier of Western Australia; he served in that position from May 1901 to November 1901, as well as from December 1901 to June 1902 (he died whilst in office)
’mid = an abbreviation of “amid” or “amidst”: of or in the middle of an area, group, position, etc.
Northam = a town in Western Australia
oft = often
soliloquising = voicing a soliloquy (talking out loud, but in the manner of speaking to oneself, such as in a theatrical play; delivering a monologue, as if alone)
sticks = (slang) furniture
Throssell = George Lionel Throssell (1840-1910), the second Premier of Western Australia; he served in that position from 15 February 1901 to 27 May 1901