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There is much sound information and wise comment in Mr.

D. C. Somerville's modest book on The British Empire (Christophers, Its. Bd.). He summarizes the history of each Dominion or group of Colonies in turn; dwelling specially on recent developments and discussing briefly the general problems which the Imperial Conference is now facing. Mr. Somerville is not afraid to express an opinion, and he is so far abreast of the times as to give a fair summary of the recommendations of the Simon Commission. The volume is Illustrated with views of Empire cities.