The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 9, Issue 2 (May 1, 1934.)
“Little Women,” by Louisa M. Alcott (Angus and Robertson, Sydney). This is the authorised film edition of the talkie that has had such a favourable reception in this country. It is a charming tale of tears and laughter, and should appeal irresistibly to every little, or big woman of to-day and to-morrow. I understand that the book was all the rage in the States, where nearly twelve million copies were sold. The Australian edition, which sells at 2/9, is illustrated with pictures of the leading screen stars who appear in the talkie production.
“Buffaloes,” by Carl Warburton (Angus and Robertson, Sydney). This is a gripping story of life and adventure in Arnhem Land (Northern Australia). There's a thrill on every page. Exciting buffalo hunting, nerve shattering encounters with crocodiles and snakes, and running through it all, striking word pictures of wonderful country and quaintly humorous stories of the aboriginals. The book is just another of those engrossing stories of outdoor life published from this Sydney house. Each one is worth a half-dozen modern novels. The book is well illustrated with actual photographs, and sells at 6/-.
“Advice to a Young Farmer,” by “Aitchell” (“Hauraki Plains Gazette,” Paeroa). I am not going to suggest that the Agricultural Department should give a copy of this book to every young man proposing to go on the land, but I do suggest that it should be given to every old farmer who is going off the land. It may provide him with a smile or two in his declining years. Price 1/- from the publishers.
Mr. Percy Cogger, formerly of New Zealand, and now residing in Sydney, is receiving unique publicity for his new novel “Flyin’ Blind,” shortly to be published by Cassells (London). Sir Charles Kingsford-Smith will carry a special copy with him right throughout the Melbourne Centenary air race. “Smithy,” knowing the author's talents, and being convinced that the novel in question will do much to stimulate renewed interest in aviation, has agreed to give it exceptional prominence. Flight-Lt. Ulm's “Faith in Australia,” bearer of the first official air mails between New Zealand and Australia, is to be specially chartered to publicise Percy Cogger's work in the Sydney area.
“What a shocking waste of money!” Thus counsel (a notorious tobacco-hater) during the hearing of a case at Brisbane not long since, when he elicited from defendant that the latter consumed half-a-pound of tobacco every week. “That's a matter of opinion,” sharply replied defendant. “I reckon I get better value for my money than if, for instance, I squandered it on horse-racing or cards.” Counsel (a notorious gambler) subsided. Perhaps he was wise. Possibly he is like the man who “compounds for sins he is inclined to by damning those he has no mind to.” Money expended on good tobacco is never wasted. Especially is this the case in New Zealand, where our Dominiongrown and manufactured tobacco is in universal use. Toasted and consequently all but free from nicotine, it does not affect throat, heart, or nerves. All four brands, Riverhead Gold, Navy Cut No. 3 (Bulldog), Cavendish and Cut Plug No. 10 (Bullshead) are as sweet, fragrant and delightful as they are soothing and comforting. They appeal irresistibly to all smokers.*page 39
“Childhood's lovely face … where truth, and love, and trust are all portrayed.“—Shillaber.
Our Children's Gallery. — (1) Peggy, Raymond and Betty Cliffe; (2) Joan Melrose; (3) Westle Holder, Kevin, Clarence and Humphrey Jennings: (4) Batty Ingram; (5) Tom and Ronald Cameron; (6) Eric McIntyre; (7) Joan Thessman; (8) Peter and Maurice Williams; (9) Keith and Desmond Thornton; (10) Leone, Valda and Fay Crumpton; (11) Joan and Myrtle McIntyre (all of Wanganui); (12) Keith Wood; (13) Bruce McGill; (14) Joyce and Max Higgins; (15) Beverley Bernard; (16) Joan Kneeshaw and Joyce Singleton (Taumarunui); (17) Beatrix Fisher (Mokotua).