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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 6, Issue 2 (June 1, 1931)

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Overseas Praise for Cover Design of “N.Z.R. Magazine.”

Mr. Charles H. Dickson, Art Editor of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Co's. Magazine, writes from Mt. Royal Station, Baltimore, M.D., in enthusiastic terms regarding the cover design of our magazine for June of last year. The design was a conception of Mr. Stanley Davis, supervising artist of the N.Z. Railway Advertising Studios. It was entitled “Time,” and had reference to the football issue brought out in connection with the British v. New Zealand test matches. The same cover was used for last month's issue, and shewed the crowds surging across the playing field between the goalposts, the only portion which they had not invaded being in the shape of New Zealand.

Mr. Dickson's letter was as follows:—

“There has come into my hands just a few days ago, the June issue of your outstanding magazine for 1930.

“As art editor of our own publication, I want here to thank the ‘God of things as they ought to be’ for even the existence of such works, though my eyes may not regularly be blessed with the sight of them.

“My enthusiasm has been especially kindled with the splendid cover design. I cannot discover whom to thank for this gem of an idea nor for its masterly execution, but I would like to convey my opinion that it is utterly satisfactory and the flower of some nobly organized intellect. To have woven such a setting and such a national significance into one gripping picture is achievement almost enough for a lifetime. It is the most arresting ‘front’ certainly of the whole year, and perhaps in a decade, and this from one with a life devotion to this subject.”

In Emergency.

Referring to the Hawke's Bay earthquake, the South African Railways and Harbours Magazine writes as follows:—

“Railways, the world over, hold a high reputation for their work in times of such emergency, and the railways of New Zealand, from full particulars just to hand, manfully upheld that reputation. It might well be argued that in such a pass the railways (particularly when they are State-owned) owe their complete assistance as a duty and not as a common charity. However that may be, it was more than mere duty that made New Zealand railwaymen rush relief trains to the afflicted area in record time and restore a regular service over the contorted ground in approximately forty-eight hours, thus hastening the evacuation of the refugees and the injured.

“Behind these achievements, we believe, there was something of the tradition that inspires railwaymen of every clime—a tradition which says that a break in the lines must be repaired with frantic speed, that their charges must be delivered safely in any circumstances, and that, no matter how great the personal sacrifice, or how gigantic the work involved, ‘the trains must run.’ The railwayman has to meet disaster with herculean efforts to effect recuperation; oft-times he has to come as near as it is humanly possible to the performance of miracles; and he seldom rests until he hears the sweet words, ‘normal running resumed.’”

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