OIL FOR THE LAMPS OF CHINA won nationwide acclaim. Alice Hobart's earlier book, PIDGIN CARGO, is virtually unknown. Issued in 1929, it sold out a small edition and was forgotten. Now -- under the title the author originally gave it, the book is reissued. Forget its back history. Sell it as a new book by the author of OIL FOR THE LAMPS OF CHINA. It's an extraordinarily good book, as original as its successor, and depleting another aspect of Chinese life with strength and vigor and pulsing life. The river Yangste is the central character, for it dominates the lives and loves of those who try to conquer it. And foremost among its proponents is the figure of Eben Hawley, true to the pioneer spirit of his ancestors, and loving and fearing and dreading and challenging the upper river, the gateway to that rich background of a China unknown to Occidentals. From the days before the Boxer Rebellion on up to the present unrest, with nationalism giving place to militarism, the story unfolds. Good reading and should be easy to sell and to rent.