4 NOVEMBER 1916, Page 10

Lord Lyons. By Lord Newton. (T. Nelson and Sons. ls.

3d. net.) —We are glad to see a cheap edition of this very important book. Our Government's attempt to avert the Franco-Prussian War of 1870 by proposing a simultaneous reduction of armaments by the two Powers is well worth recalling, as well as Bismarck's unscrupulous- scheme for striking at France again in 1875—a scheme which was foiled by Russia and Great Britain.