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George Robert Sims (1847-1922) was a poet, playwright and novelist who was born in London and educated at Hanwell College and Bonn University. Under the pseudonym 'Dagonet' he contributed articles to The Referee from 1877, as well as contributing to such other journals as Fun. It was his letters to The Daily News that helped to prompt a Royal Commission to investigate and remedy the appalling conditions of the poor in London.