TOM COLLINS by A.B. "Banjo" Paterson

Who never drinks and never bets,
But loves his wife and pays his debts
And feels content with what he gets?
	Tom Collins.

Who has the utmost confidence That all the banks now in suspense Will meet their paper three years hence? Tom Collins.
Who reads the Herald leaders through, And takes the Evening News for true, And thought the Echo's jokes were new? Tom Collins.
Who is the patriot renowned So very opportunely found To fork up Dibbs's thousand pound? Tom Collins.
At the time of writing "Tom Collins" was the current slang expression for "an idle rumour".

The Bulletin, 19 August 1893.

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