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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 3, Issue 11 (March 1, 1929)

“Not a Pessimist.”

“Not a Pessimist.”

Sir Joseph added that he was not a pessimist and did not want to be mistaken for one. Some people put him down as a terrible optimist, and he always tried to take an optimistic view.

With regard to the railways he said that he cherished the very fond hope that in the future they would be in a much better position than they were to-day. He did not wish to disguise the fact that very great difficulties faced this important service. He believed, however, that the men in the service would leave nothing undone to promote the best interests of the railways, but anyone who ran away with the idea that it was an easy task was very much mistaken.