Review of Reviews,  11 (1895), 108–19.

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    Reports a 'very scandalous' event in Detroit, where the 'Secretary of the Board of Health, hearing that a young girl of seventeen was virtually a prisoner in her own house under quarantine pending her removal to the small-pox hospital, twice entered the house at night, with an immoral intent', although the remonstrations of the sick girl were enough 'to compel him to desist before he could accomplish his infamous purpose'. Despite these scandalous actions, the 'Board of Health of Detroit refused to dismiss the Secretary', and 'the scoundrel' is at present 'still fulfilling his official duties'. (113) Observes that before the Japanese army captured the Chinese city of Wei-hai-Wei they had 'behaved as if they really had been civilised more than skin deep', but after this military triumph 'the aboriginal savage broke out' and 'Japanese soldiers indulged in several days' cold-blooded massacre'. The 'Japanese, although they use the mitrailleuse and torpedo-boat, are Asiatics, who for centuries have carried on war in the regular Asiatic fashion. It is not therefore surprising that they should have had a bad relapse after the first serious fighting which they had to face'. (117)

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