10 APRIL 1920, Page 23


[Notice in tkis column does not necessarily preclude sidisegiund review.] In the National Review for April Lord Ampthill, under the heading of " Fiat Justitia : the Case of a Scapegoat," raises the case of Major-General D. Shaw, who, he says, was wrongly blamed by the Indian Government for the Karachi troop- train incident of June, 1916, -when several soldiers, fresh from home, lost their lives through heat apoplexy. General Shaw, it seems, had no jurisdiction in regard to the troop-trains, which were controlled by the Quartermaster-General. Lord Ampthill shows that the Indian Government misled Mr. Chamberlain into blaming General Shaw, as the Court of Inquiry held in India did not even consider the question of his responsibility. Mr. Herbert Hoover's address on " The Inspiration of Poland " is sympathetic and hopeful. Mr. Hugh E. M. Stutfield has a curious article on the Concordat which the Vatican made with Serbia on July 24th, 1914, four days before the Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated. He states the rival theories of the significance of this Concordat in relation to the war, but does not decide between them. Mr. Walter Shaw Sparrow's " Epic of the Ninth Division in the Battle of St. Quentin " is a detailed narrative of great interest.