15 JULY 1893, Page 26

Far Cathay and Further India. By Major-General A. Buxton MacMahon.

(Hurst and Blackett.)—General MacMahon begins by some remarks on the political situation of Burmah as it con- cerns England and China. He then goes back to some his- torical considerations, and after this proceeds to describe Burmese social life, the condition of women (who, to say the least, have nothing to complain of), religion, and other matters. Other tribes, as the Sham and Karens, and those that occupy the Chino- Burmese and Indo-Burmese border, are then described; and finally we have a chapter on Burmah as a " Field for Commercial Enterprise." We are glad to read what the author, who is cer- tainly not touched in any way with fanaticism, has to say about the work of the missionaries. The Karens are especially open- minded with regard to Christianity, and we are told that " the admirable conduct of the Christian Karens, when we had to deal with foes in our own household, was mainly duo to the influence brought to bear upon them by their missionaries."