ECHOES OF W. MULLINS GHOST

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1 How this trouble arose God only knows;

What caused this crime we can only suppose,

About that locality Mullins was hated;

Which makes one believe it was premeditated.



2 Across the Tyne bridge one moonlight night,

Two on horse back rode in high delight;

And passing by Bill Mullins gate

They dropped his dog a poisonous bait.



3 Those poisonous tricks started the treat;

Margery corn mutton and strychnine did eat,

The cure they tried all came too late.

Some one no doubt did retaliate.



4 It was an awful sight to see

Mary when she lost her Margery:

She nursed the pup when it was dead,

And placed the curse on Mullins head.



5 The local wowser heard all that was said,

About her man who now is dead;

And amazed cried out `Oh my!'

I'll never forget them words till I die.



6 Says Mary to Bert, `We're not safe here.

That brute of a Mullins we'll have to clear;

Let Uncle Dan go up the back,

And see if he can find his track.'



7 Says somebody to Fran. `I'll go with Dan,

And build a fire as quick as we can,

We'll put him on the pony's back,

And be very sure to hide our track.'



8 The villians sighted a mournful spot,

To cremate Mullins when he was shot.

The job was neat, as I do declare,

And Mullins walked into the murderers snare.



9 It was a chilly winters day;

The dog face trooper rode away,

Up to the noted hill top farm

To give the brethren the alarm.



10 He went down on his marrow bones,

To pray to God for Daniel Jones;

To spare him from this awful crime

That was committed up the Tyne.



11 It was the twentieth day of June,

About forty minutes before noon,

That William Mullins started around

His line of traps near Daniels ground.



12 `We've got him now', the murderers said,

The gun was fired and Bill dropped dead.

About this spot the searchers found

His traps and hammer on the ground.



13 They searched the Bush, but all in vain

No other traces could they gain.

They decided on a different route,

And found a fire that had burnt out.



14 It was a secret hidden spot

That was chose by the murderous lot.

[Missing: how they deceived the trackers by

nailing the pony's shoes on back to front.]



15 When the remains was found excitement grew

With the Mathinna public, except a few.

The deed was done, the police was beat,

That was the verdict of the man in the street.



16 Time arose for enquiry to start,

Jones and others a prominent part.

All giving evidence, one at a time,

Some telling the truth, and some very prime.



17 After the verdict the papers began,

To shield the murderers of the man,

The daily post took a leading part,

While Sufferagette Darcy near broke her heart.



18 Says old Bill Paul the ladies man,

I'll help the Jones all I can,

I'll raise a hundred pounds as bail

To free Dan Jones and friend from jail.



19 Says Charlie Smith, `I'll do the same:

That is, if I am not too late;

I think they will accept my name,

Because I am a partner in the Gate.



20 Quoth C. M. Dean, the local quack,

`I am pleased to see Dan Jones is back.'

And Ada Thewlis danced with glee,

And said, `Doctor we'll ask them both to tea.'



21 Says Billy House of Bull dog fame,

`Dan Jones has nothing against his name;

He's quite as free as you or me,

And now we mean to give him a spree.'



22 This is the finish of the rhyme

Of the brutal murder up the Tyne,

And as part of this might hit some one hard,

Let them stay at home in their own backyard.