The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 5, Issue 8 (February 1, 1931)
Call of the North
Call of the North.
In these fleeting reflections on Christmases past, present and to come, the inclination naturally is to let memory stray back along the old trails, the old waterways, and to wonder whether anything the coming days hold for one is likely to be as sweet as those that are far, too far, behind. My own most cherished memories are of the North. Long days spent in the saddle, boating cruises, nights in camp under the trees, or gently rocked to slumber in some sweet old anchorage, some delightful bay of the thousand bays along the Auckland coast.
In those youthful days, when Christmastime brought the long spell of the year, there was always that element of surprise, obtained in a more simple way than it is to-day.