29 APRIL 1899, Page 13

The General Manager's Story. By Herbert Elliott Hamblen. (Macmillan and

Co. 6s.)—These" old-time reminiscences of rail- roading in the United States" are not always easy for the outsider to understand. There are not a few technical terms in the narra- tive, and some of these, if we are not mistaken, belong exclusively to the States. Still, there is much to interest the reader, who will find that there are not a few storms going on under the sur- face, seemingly so calm, of railway life. Besides the differences between employers and employed, there is a good deal of strife

among the employed. The last chapter of the "Story" tells the tale of a strike. Were such a tale told in this country, it would almost certainly end in the triumph of the men.