In a broadcast talk yesterday, the Chief Commissioner of Police (General-Blamey) asked parents not to parade the policeman before children as a terrifying bogey man. How much better for the community to have the constable looked on as the kiddies' friend!
I knew a policeman once -- And this is true as it ever could be -- Who made me feel an awful dunce; 'Cos I lost my dad, and it frightened me. He came and took me by the hand "Well, now," said he; "young fella-me-lad, No need to cry, I understand. You'll soon be back with mummy and dad." I knew the big policeman well Before he'd talked the teeniest while. Such a lot of things he had to tell; And he had the cheeriest, merriest smile. "I've got a nipper at home like you -- So high, young fella-me-lad," he said. And all at once -- as true as true -- I forgot to cry, and I laughed instead. And then the big policeman said: "Ho, that's the stuff for the troops, old son!" The funniest things came into his head; And I laughed and laughed at every one. And when they found my mummy and dad, And he patted my head and said good-bye. Somehow or other I felt quite sad; But I knew he'd be sorry to see me cry. I know that all policemen now Are just like that, and it's silly to think They frown and bully and make a row, Why, you ought to have seen my merry one wink! And when I pass where he has his beat, When I'm out for a walk with mummy and dad, I wave to my big friend in the street, "What Ho," says he, "young fella-me-lad."
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