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The Spike or Victoria University College Review June 1918


page 36


Who is Dora? What is she
Whom you are all so charmed with?
Oh, she's an Act; she is, in fact,
The best and most effective Act*
That Freedom e'er was armed with.

She gags the Press with great success,
And strafes the profit-monger,
Frustrates the neutral's knavish tricks,
And puts the lid on Bolsheviks
From Russia—or Runanga.

She's strong, besides, on camouflage,
And edits every cable,
Lest Hindenburg should get to know
That Brown has taken Jericho
Or Smith the Tower of Babel.

All this she does; yet Wilford says
He cannot share our pleasure:
For why intern the common Hun
And leave the "much-respected" one
To snipe us at his leisure?


* The Defence of the Realm Act.