Antedating of "Rafferty's rules"

Stephen Goranson goranson at DUKE.EDU
Sun May 25 11:37:23 UTC 2014

New Zealand Herald, Volume L, Issue 15300, 13 May 1913, Page 9 col. 3
"....He contended that there was much ignorance displayed by the local judges, some of whom judged contests under "Rafferty" rules."

Stephen Goranson
Hugo wrote:
Today's OED WOTD: "Rafferty's rules" (14 Dec 1918)

Here's one from a 1916 war poem about a soldier's helmet. Could it have a
wartime origin?

The Globe and Sunday Times War Pictorial (Sydney, NSW : 1914 - 1917)
Saturday 8 April 1916 p 4 Article:

[Begin extract]
Furlong by furlong, aye, inch by inch,
>From the sniping shot to the cold-steel clinch–
Fists, "rough-housing," any old tools–
He got there each time by "Rafferty rules."


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