Letter by CJD to J.G. Roberts 1915.03.24
[undated] received 24 March 1915
Herewith a few remarks about the Censor.
I have received two letters from "Bulletin" Office explaining at length how he cut a couple of verses out of my Yankee
At first he struck out the whole thing, but, upon the editor threatening to go to the Minister about it, the Censor agreed
to let the stuff go in with two verses deleted.
I am wondering how he will deal with this piece.
Hope to see you tomorrow night at Walking Club dinner. Saw "Pinafore" last night. Pretty shoddy.
Regards to mother & family.
PS. Have you seen Norm Lindsay's book?
I have sent the "Sentimental Bloke" on to Angus Robertson's at request of Bertram Stevens. D.
McLaren Collection, Baillieu Library, University of Melbourne.
This letter was tipped in to the J.G. Roberts copy of The Sentimental Bloke which is held in the McLaren Collection
in the Baillieu Library, University of Melbourne.
The poem in question here (his "Yankee Rhyme") is probably
The Battle of the Wazzir, which was
to be included in The Moods of Ginger
Mick, but which was left out by Dennis after the Censor intervened.
The second piece alluded to in the sentence: "I am wondering how he will deal with this piece." is unknown.
The Norman Lindsay book mentioned is probably Norman Lindsay's Book: No.II published in 1915, which includes
Dennis's short story "A Night Out".
Bertram Stevens is mentioned in Dennis's initial
letter to Angus & Robertson dated
1915.03.23 - he was editor of the Bulletin's Red Page in 1909-10 and edited
The Lone Hand from
1912 to 1918.