Works in the AGE
THE GRAB SCHOOL
The latest Parliamentary game
Beats euchre, nap or poker.
Seeing that in the game they played
The pack contained a Joker.
They dealt the cards, each one in turn,
It was a members' race;
Extra four hundred pounds a year,
Each one should turn an Ace.
Billy first he dealt them.
Of course the cards did stack;
Up came the Ace of Diamonds,
Put Billy in the pack.
Each member took in turn his deal
With Ace of Diamonds to start.
Each face it wore a smile when
Up came up the Ace of Hearts.
Some members thought it trouble
When Clubs was in the race;
Sure enough it's with us,
For the dealer turned an Ace.
The last dealer took the cards
To deal; he seemed afraid.
Things looked bad for the Grab School,
When up came the Ace of Spades.
"Four hundred pounds a year more,"
Said Billy, looking stern.
When out spoke the Public -
"You have something yet to learn."
"We're going to shuffle the cards ourselves,
"Not grab, nap or poker,
"Four hundred pounds a year you lose,
"For the pack contains a JOKER!"
Age, 8 June 1920, p4
I have to put this poem down only as a "possible." I can't completely attribute it to CJD.