[Editor: This poem by W. T. Goodge (using his pseudonym of “The Colonel”) was published in his “Nutshells” column in the Orange Leader, 18 October 1899.]
It is reported that the Government intends to float a loan. That’s N.S.W. finance all over. Borrow two millions. Charge everything possible to loan account and wind up year with a “surplus” of half-a-million on ordinary accounts!
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The clever folk who used to think
He’d soon be overthrown
Are wrong: he isn’t going to sink;
He’s going to float alone!
Orange Leader and Millthorpe Messenger (Orange, NSW), 18 October 1899, p. 1
Also published in:
The Clarence River Advocate (Maclean, NSW), 14 November 1899, p. 4
Lyne = Sir William Lyne (1844-1913), Premier of New South Wales (1899-1901)