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1922 International Review of Mission  
because it is a careful survey and a well-rounded description of the social life of a great Chinese city. It begins with an introductory statement and a summary of the conclusions arrived at in the body of the volume. There then follow a brief history and a description of the geography of the city. Next comes a chapter on government which contains a clear account of the overlapping jurisdictions in the nation's capital and enlightening and commendatory paragraphs on the surprisingly efficient
more » ... isingly efficient police system that has grown up in recent years. Much of the material for the survey, indeed, comes from the records of these police. A chapter on population follows, with figures which show clearly the presence in the city of large numbers of students, officials and expectant officials, many of them without their families, and with hints at some of the problems which these bring. Then there are chapters on health, on the educational situation-with the progress that has been made by government, private and missionary agencies in the last few years-and on the commercial system. In this last there is an informing, although not particularly new account of the guilds of a Chinese city, and, what is more novel, there are suggestions of the changes which are impending for this older economic order as the industrial revolution makes itself felt. A chapter on recreation follows with a vivid picture of some of the changes which have been wrought by contact with the Occident. Just after it is an account of the social evil with a portrayal of conditions which have been aggravated by the great excess of the male population of the city over the female, and by the presence of so many young men who are living away from the restraints of home. Important comparisons are made between '95
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