AT HOME AND ABROAD.
REPORT ON THE RAILWAY SYSTEMS OF KENYA, UGANDA, AND TANGANYIKA. By Lieut.-Col.
F. D. Hammond, C.B.E., D.S.O. (The Crown Agents for the Colonies, 4 Milbank, Westminster, S.W. 1. Ss. net.) Colonel Hammond's detailed report on the railways of these three colonies is an admirable piece of work, based on a recent mission to East Africa on behalf of the Colonial Office. Four months were spent in continuous travelling, and Colonel Hammond has familiarized himself with the minutest items involved in the working of these lines. His wide railway experience has enabled him to make a great number of helpful criticisms and suggestions. The section of chief general interest is the concluding report on the future development of the railway systems of the whole district occupied by the three colonies. Colonel Hammond deplores the " initial mistake " of adopting two different gauges-3ft. bin. and metre—for British railways in Africa, but thinks that it is out of the question to remedy this at present, and that for commercial reasons the East African railways must continue to use the metre gauge throughout.