3 APRIL 1920, Page 24

The Handbook of Cyprus. Edited by H. C. Luke and

D. J. Jardine. (Macmillan. 12s. net.)—This is the eighth issue of an excellent handbook which gives in a compact form almost everything that one could wit% to know about Cyprus past and present. As seven years have passed since the last edition appeared, the book has been largely reiviitten. Mr. Luke is the Commissioner of Famagusta and Mr. Jardine was Assistant- Secretary to the Governor, so that their work may be trusted. Cyprus is little heard of, but it forms one of the most remarkable object-lessons in the efficiency of British rule. Since 1878 the island has been completely transformed. Under the Turk Cyprus had scarcely any roads, no bridges, very few schools, and not a single printing-press. Now it has excellent roads and bridges and a railway, a good system of education, and no fewer than fifteen newspapers. Agriculture and trade have made similar progress. The Cypriotes, four-fifths of whom are Greeks and the remainder Moslems, have never been so peaceful and prosperous for a thousand years or more as they are to-day.