19 MAY 1917, Page 16

Major-General Sir Henry Hallam Parr : Recollections and Corre- spondence.

Edited by Sir Charles Fortescue-Brickdale. (T. Fisher Unwin. 15s. net.)—General Hallam Parr's letters and diaries contain interesting references to the Zulu War, on which he wrote a book at the time, and to the reorganization of the Egyptian Army, on which he was engaged from 1882 to 1888. He became Lord Grenfell's Adjutant-General, and would in the natural course have succeeded him as Sirdar. But his health broke down, and Lord Kitchener stepped into his place. He noted, late in 1885, the change that had come over the Egyptian recruits. " The men wont off in high spirits, and shouted out, scolding the women on the bank, who were crying. . . . The women who cried were rebuked by their companions. . . . Two and a half years ago we could not move a man from Cairo without all the women lamenting with true Oriental despair." Lord Grenfell and his Staff had worked a miracle.