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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 9, Issue 2 (May 1, 1934.)

Platitudes and Problems

Platitudes and Problems.

And therein lies the interest of man for man. Each lone voyager taking passage to Posterity finds in his fellow a problem in instructive analysis; each studies the outward and visible signs of inward and invisible thoughts on the faces of his fellows, in an endeavour to discover whether they think as he thinks, or whether he is as alone as he knows he is.

But it's a great game—this puzzling the problems on the “pans” of the populace. The young and gay, the old and grey, the cynical and sold, the broken and the mended—what are their attitudes and altitudes? Why worry—they don't even know themselves. But,

Heigho, it's good indeed to meet with men,
To talk of nothing, talk again, and then,
Each hiding underneath his dumb deceit,
To thank the gods that there are men to meet.

So here's to Man; the spheres may sneer in cold austerity, but Man is warm and passionate and free. Perhaps he's just a foolish little cuss, but we at least can say “He's one of us.”

London tobacconists say the rush and hurry of modern life are responsible for the largely increased demand for pipe-tobacco in England. Of course it is so! Don't we see the same thing happening in New Zealand? Fact is the rate at which we all live in these hectic times renders tobacco simply invaluable, especially in the case of brain-workers. To call it just a “luxury” is ridiculous. To nine men out of ten it is a prime necessity. Happily for Maorilanders the Dominion is now becoming famous for its tobacco, and the four brands: Navy Cut No. 3 (Bulldog), Riverhead Gold, Cavendish, and Cut Plug No. 10 (Bullshead) are not only renowned for flavour and aroma, but not even their immoderate use can affect the health of the smoker, because they are toasted in the process of manufacture and thus rendered quite harmless. It is worthy of special note, moreover, that these are the only toasted tobaccos. No others are produced. But be cautious when buying. There are imitations (as usual!) on the market!