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When Jupiter sent down King Stork To rule amongst the bogs, His Kingship (scorning knife or fork) Gulp'd down the rebel frogs. A Stork has dropped in Napier town, A canny money catcher, Three bob the mob ! the nobs a crown ! To hear the comic Thatcher! The Napier press at once proclaimed You couldn't find his match-er, And so they dubbed him as "the famed, Inimitable Thatcher." The Council Hall he soon secured, His Honor's leave obtained ; The Super doubtless felt assured Some wrinkles might be gained. jPor'qocal hits land "witty squibs" - - Come in *t nomination, .- ■*■■ T"**" And candidates must tell such fibs As whip the whole creation. Then Thatcher at the Star Hotel, He joined his head with Ferrers, "Who with the gossip prim'd him well About the great men's errors. He being crammed for local song. With scandal, fun, and talk, Hits off the folk he's come among Celebrities of Hawke. Thus Thatcher quizzed both small and great, And dealt out many a scratcher, A " knock down blow ". for each man's pateInimitable Thatcher I The Napier boys rushed in pell-mell, And ladies fair were going The motley audience to swell; The house was overflowing. The gaping crowd roar*d with applause When "prominent men" got hit, Tho' some (says the Herald) had cause To wince, who felt the cap fit. Applause and tin came tumbling in. And Thatcher, quite contented, Not caring a pin whose skin was thin, More local squibs invented. Says Thatcher (pocketing the tin And laughing in his sleeve) The Napier geese I've taken in, So now I'll take my leave. This Thatcher he's a knowing file, His " rubs " went down like lollies ; And each man paid his cash in style, To laugh at neighbours' follies. 'Tis hut an act of self-defence. If you your neighbours quiz, That they should laugh at your expense. Your humble servant, PHIZ.

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Hawkes Bay Herald, Hawke's Bay Herald, Volume 6, Issue 345, 23 December 1862

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"INIMITABLE THATCHER." Hawke's Bay Herald, Volume 6, Issue 345, 23 December 1862