Works in the Herald 1922
A FEW LINES TO BEAUTY

In announcing its 100 beauty competition "The Herald" remarks, "New South Wales has no monopoly of Australian beauty. Victoria has its full share."

Girls!
You with the bobbed hair or Mary Pickford curls,
Likewise you others
   Who still adopt the hair-dressing style,
   That makes the moderns smile.
But was undoubtedly the dearest attribute of your mothers.
And, by the by,
You with the glad-eye --
We've seen you in the street
Looking particularly sweet.
And we ask you
Do you think that those girls in the city that is reputed to possess a harbor 
   can overtask you? 
In the matter of looking nice --
We do not seek to give advice;
And, frankly, we don't know.
We have seen both types and so,
Being diplomatic,
We refrain from expressing an opinion that is too emphatic.
We'll leave it to the vote,
Yet hasten to remark that we simply dote
Upon the maiden who
Is just like you,
Fair reader!
We seek not to assume the office or prerogative of a special pleader.
And we own that this question of State Rights
Gives us uneasy dreams o' nights.
Take no notice of those churls
Who tell you that the Sydney girls
Can put it all over you in regard to female beauty.
My dears, you have a duty
At any rate,
Toward your State.
Go in
And Win!
Among you are undoubtedly quite a number of perfect peaches
And the sirens of the Sydney beaches
May yet be proved to be not exactly the pick of the basket.
Girls!
With or without curls,
The honor of your State and the noble men therein ask it.
Here I conclude.
And I trust that these few well-chosen remarks have not been in bad taste or 
   over-rude.

The Mooch of Life
"C.J. Dennis"
Herald, 31 May 1922, p4

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