Works in the Bulletin 1909

He did not like the way some people handled the White Australia question. He warned them against speaking of the colored millions of India, subjects of the King, in terms of contempt. (Hear, hear.) The policy of a White Australia was a good one; but he begged them not to associate it with the centemptuous references to which he had referred. (Hear, hear.) - Lovatt Fraser, of London TIMES.

O, fellow Australians, listen, attend:
   We must cease our contemptuous swearing
And cursing and sneering at Bull's colored friend,
   For our attitude's too overbearing.
It is perfectly right we should keep ourselves white -
   But contemnpt is a national blunder.
Be as nice as you can to the camel-train man,
   And speak like a friend to Ram Chunder.

When a spindle-legged heathen comes round to the door With the bundle of commerce, disturbin' The peace of your home, he'd be hurt if you swore Or attempted to knock off his turban. When the smiling Ah Wong, from the isle of Hongkong, A loud smell and some cabbages hawking, Makes eyes at your missus, 'tis certainly wrong, To indulge in discourteous talking.
For, mark you, the hawker and camel-train lot, Also he of the early "spling callot," Are our own fellow subjects, although they do not, Like ourselves, own the boon of the ballot. For somehow or other old England, our mother, Has got a mysterious notion Of blocking their voting, although she is doting Upon our dear friends o'er the ocean.
And watch how the Britisher does it himself When he's forced to abide with the nigger. Is he rude in his way and contemptuous? Nay, His is quite a benevolent figure. He loves Abdul Khan as a brother and man; And he quickly by conscience is smitten If on Khan by some chance he should cast a rude glance He's a kind and considerate Briton.
The bonds of the Empire are somehow involved In this business. So be not neglectful. Though Bull says it's right we should keep ourselves white, He insists on our being respectful. And it you should find your gorge rise, bear in mind We must, keep our rude sentiments under. Be as nice as you can to the camel-train man, And act like a son to Ram Chunder.

The Bulletin, 14 October 1909, p15

Copyright © Perry Middlemiss 2002-03