Reid Murphy, the astonishing Victorian PM., Declined the other day to give a girl more than 5s. a week for the support of her illegal infant, as "the making of a larger order might only act as an inducement to other girls to become lax in their morals":-
Discerning Mr. Murphy sees The dangers of the foolish plan Of giving frailty its fees, And taxing weak, misguided man. Reluctantly, and red with shame, He tells of girls depraved, who may Take up the old, maternal game On business lines, and make it pay, If only foolish magistrates Will give them rather higher rates.
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