Works in the Herald 1931
THE MERCENARY VIEW
With the present increased rate of exchange, people who are deriving fixed incomes from abroad are placed in the enviable
position of receiving thirty per cent. more in Australian currency than is actually paid in England.
I knew a poor remittance man,
A decent chap, but fuuny,
In days when my ideas began
To be controlled by money
He wore a swank, patrician air;
But, oh, his life was filled with care,
For he had seldom cash to spare;
His mien was far from sunny.
I fear I was a snobbish youth
Who led a prig's existence.
I snubbed the chap, to tell the truth,
And kept him at a distance.
His clothes, well cut, were often worn
Threadbare. Tho' he was gently born
His friendship I refused with scorn
Despite his soft insistence.
But now the whirligig of time
Sees fit to elevate him.
While, lo, the money that was mine
Is shrinking, seriatim;
And faced by serious mishap.
While he reclines in Fortune's lap.
I'd like to find the dear old chap
I'd want to cultivate him.
Herald, 29 January 1931, p6