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A PUBLIC SERVANT by R. J. P. HEWISON Of erudition full, with due degrees, He wore his learning with conspicuous case; And, that no hint of don in him he found, Pressed both feet firmly on pragmatic ground. Pest-master of the bureaucratic craft— The minute, memorandum, précis, draft, The marginally annotated sneer, When to write […]


Oct 11, 1913 THE IMPORTANCE OF BAD MANNERS IT has been the custom for many years—probably ever since the grandchildren of Adam captured their first slave—to deplore the increasingly bad manners of the “lower classes.” During the past week a lady has published a book in which she describes the horrid effects which residence in […]

the poet laureate

Timaru Herald , Issue 171, 22 May 1920

Don’t You Quit ~ A smooth sea never made a skillful mariner.

Don’t You Quit When things go wrong, as they sometimes will, When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill, When funds are low and the debts are high, And you want to smile but you have to sigh, When care is pressing you down a bit, Rest if you must, but don’t you quit. Life […]


From Puck, Volumes 9-11 2 poems by R. K. MUNKITTRICK: “THE PROFESSIONAL HUMORIST” & “TO A VIRTUOUS VENDER” Click on Poem for larger view.    


ON BOOK MISERS (1914)     I confess I have always been rather mean about books. The man who is for ever making new gaps in his shelves and sending his books on all manner of journeys from which they may never return I respect as I would a Tolstoyan Christian, but he is just as […]


The West Australian – 29 April 1939 ESCAPE FROM POLITICS By ROBERT LYND      I have heard one or two people grumbling lately when they saw newspaper posters announcing the latest score in a Test match or the classified results of football matches.    They seemed to think that the only hope of saving the world […]