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  • Game Laws

    From The Times Dispatch, January 28, 1914. By T. L. H.

    I take it, Mr. Speaker,
        That these are solemn facts:
    When for a thing’s protection
        Our Legislature acts,
    It accomplishes protection
        By imposing further tax.
    We’ve protected our oysters
        By this efficient plan:
    They can only be destroyed
        By a duly licensed man.
    We’ve protected our fishes
        In our rivers and our bays
    By seeing that the fellow
        Who exterminates them pays.
    It appears now, Mr. Speaker,
        We are asked to do the same
    Very simple operation
        For protection of our game.
    The fellow who in autumn
        Sallies forth with dog and gun
    Must pay the state a license
        Ere he starts to have his fun.
    The effect of which provision
        Very naturally will be
    That when the would-be hunter
        Has surrendered up his fee
    He will not feel that he can do
        Another thing on earth
    Except to take his gun and dog
        And get his money’s worth;
    And while the hunting season lasts
        He’ll never lose a day
    For fear he will not get the worth
        Of what he’s had to pay.
    And yet the game that’s slaughtered
        By a legal licensee
    Is really just about as dead
        As any game can be.
    And while no doubt our furred and feathered
        Friends will give their lives
    Uncomplainingly if by that act
        The Old Dominion thrives,
    You’ll forgive me, Mr. Speaker,
        If this act I’m bound to term a
    Effort to protect the varmints
        By a sort of Tax-idermy.