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To thk Editor. Sib, — The last idea that has come out, Is an all round petition. Which, not to sign, with some folks is, Both treason and sedition, But who’s to sign—no matter who, Ot what, or age, or stat’on, It’s hawked about the town at times — There’s drinks, too, for the occasion. ■ A signature’s'a signature— A long roll looks imposing ; And what your moral standing is, The paper ain’t disclosing. . You goodly list of bankrupts come, Roll up all in a cluster— You’ll find some of the great whitewashed, Enrolled among the muster. Once on a time, it used to be, Your friends petitioned for you ; But that’s old-fashioned now, you see, i And shortly, lest I tire you, A fashion new has here been set— We do our own petition, And boldly ask J-B.’s to sign, A land broker’s edition. Affix your name ; Affix your name. Unto this precious scroll; you Will find the agent ready, on The least chance to enrol you. An agent prompted—so they say— And very well directed, By the petition’s lauded child, Though this ain’t yet detected. Affix your name ! Affix your name ! Or, boys, by gum, you’ll lose him 1 Oh, sign, oh, sign, ye sons of toil, And let the few abuse him. No matter if the object’s weak, And stale the means selected, No matter still if this same scroll Is with the “ craft ” connected. No matter if you understand— If you are interested— Oh, join ye with the “mystic ” band, By signatures it’s tested. They’ll find you paper, pen, and ink. Nor cause you slightest trouble ; And if you’re member of a firm. They’ll let you sign it double. Roll up and sign, and send your name (It makes you all important) To Wellington, though well you know As how you didn’t ought to. Oh, sign your names, oh, sign your names, Until you all can measure The precious document by the yard, And keep your ancient treasure. Slog.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 155, 21 September 1880

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AN ALL ROUND PETITION. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 155, 21 September 1880