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, • The Far East is fully and fairly discussed in the March reviews. Bir Frederick Whyte in the Nineteenth Century deals plainly With "China, Japan and Manchuria," declaring that, while IJ'apan must bow to the world's protest in regard to Shanghai, she has yet to recognize the League's intervention in Man- churia. Sir Arthur Salter in the Contemporary laments what he regards as the slowness of our Foreign Office to co-operate with the United States in defence of the treaties. Mr. 0. .M. Green, in the Fortnightly, discusses the whole matter dispas- sionately, and urges that the League must help China to recover her stability- instead of merely "trying to deal with

China as if she were a responsible organism." .

In view of much recent controversy Miss Hilda Matheson's able and informing article on "The Future of B.B.C. Talks" in the Nineteenth Century will be read with interest. She has no liking for a too conservative or dully neutral policy, but - would welcome the free discussion of most subjects. Much depends, of course, on the speaker and his methods. Another - topical subject. "The British Prison," is discussed in the Fortnightly by an ex-inmate, Mr. T. G. Mackenzie, who confirms ihe general belief that most prisoners are of weak or abnormal ffitelleet. In the Fortnightly, too, Mr. W. Horsfall Carter describes "Germany Struggling to her Feet," and the growth of Herr Hitler's movement as a sign of the times. The National Review, which is being conducted with much spirit on the lines laid down by the late Mr. Maxse, contains an enthusiastic "Vindication of Joseph Chamberlain," by .Sir Edward Grigg, an admiring study. of General Weygand, 'and an article by Mr. William Zukerman, on' " America's !Lost Prestige." In Blackwood's .Lord. Latymer examines_ "The Mystery of Amy Robsart," exculpates her husband Dudley from the charge of murdering her and attributes the crime—on the thinnest of evidence—to the agency of. the Spanish Ambassador, De Quadra, and the Guises. Major Jarvis's 'Sketches of "Arab Days and Arab Ways" arc amusing.