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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 12, Issue 11 (February 1, 1938)

Friend of Humanity

Friend of Humanity.

Stanley Davis yearned to see the world happy. He had the Wordsworthian ideal of “joy in widest commonalty spread.” His was not a vague aspiration, not a dreamy hoping for better things. His quick, agile mind had constructive thoughts for improving the average standard of living.

One can truly say of him: “Once met, always met.” He had a radiant personality which left a good impress even on a casual acquaintance. I have seen him in moods which reminded me of Wordsworth's lines:—

… That blessed mood,
In which the affections gently lead us on,
Until—the breath of this corporeal frame
And even the motion of our human blood
Almost suspended — we are laid asleep
In body, and become a living soul,

The body that was called Stanley Davis stays on the Taita hill, but the spirit of Stanley lives on with his friends.