Exchange is now quoted at 1–5⅞" C & M Gazette, December 17th. I am a man of culture small With seven mouths to fill, And do not understand at all Why money can't keep still; Bi-metallism is to me A grim unfathomed mystery. Years back—ere Mrs Smith was fat Or I an ardent lover, The fraudulent Rupee stood at Two 'bob' and something over. I led her to the altar—then It altered too, to one and ten. Years passed, and children came with years Demanding food and drink, And raiment oft—we watched with tears The vengeful token sink— Sink with each new born innocent— Nine, eight and seven—down it went! We sent them overseas to flee The fate that dogged their path, And fed with all economy Our babe-denuded hearth. A fourth was born. Next day with pain I read—'Exchange is down again.' That was two weary years ago No other child succeeding, I hoped 'twould take the hint—but no, Exchange dropped down unheeding, To fractions past my counting—Yet Another filled the bassinette.