6 JANUARY 1923, Page 32


Amid some of the admirable fiction which Blaclewood's continues to provide we notice a curiously attractive article on " Changes in China." The Republic has not violently overturned the old system but has left it on one side. Thus the " Forbidden City " is gently falling into decay. The temples are grass grown and the tiled kiosks on Coal inn, built to divert evil spirits from the palace, are slowly collapsing for want of repair. The Chinese in their tolerance are wiser than the Russians. Mr. Wratislaw's recollections of " Turbu- lent Tabriz " are amusing.