["Cribs to be Cracked!"]

Henry Lawson, 1891

      "Thieves: It is reported (says the Rockhampton Argus that within the last three or four days a small gang of very clever Melbourne thieves have found their way up to Rockhampton from the south,a nd will doubtless give our "specials" some work to do. Detective Clark, however, that terror of evil-doers, has not been despatched from Rockhampton as before, so that we have one tower of strength to rely on in these troublesome times. The recent outbreak of burglaries in Rockhampton shows the folly of sending Detective Clark away just when he is most needed.


      "Cribs to be cracked!
      There are cribs to be cracked;
      And this is the spot to be camped on."
      (Oh! This is the song of the Melbourne Thieves
      Who at present are doing Rockhampton.)

      "Cribs to be cracked!
      There are cribs to be cracked;
      And d——l a sleuth-hound is near us!
      The specials are here, but the thief-hunter Clark
      Has gone to look after the shearers."