The author of 100,000,000 Customers has brought together all sorts of interesting facts and observations about the Chinese. I was surprised to find, that in spite of having read fairly widely on the subject of the Chinese, there was much in this that was new. Or perhaps it is that Mr. Crow has a faculty for presenting old material in a fresh and human and dramatic and entertaining way. He touches on all aspects of life and customs and character; he succeeds in building a rounded picture. But somehow, delightful as it is, it reads like a book on the charming and wholesome qualities of the Bavarian peasant in the face of the latest news from Munich. It is wrongly timed -- touching in no way on those aspects of Chinese life and history and character that are pertinent to the present crisis.