The Great War Part 239, March 15th 1919

Registered.)¦ A WEEKLY REVIEW SUPPLEMENT TO “THE "GREAT WAR PART 239. History in the Making MANY subscribers to The Great War have written from time to time to the Editors making inquiries as to how it is intended to deal with the very important matter of indexing our Standard History. There is naturally some curiosity among the readers to know in what manner this part of the work will be carried out therefor is no doubt that an adequate index adds greatly to the value of any work and soto avast literary undertaking as The Gkeat War is indispensable. The Editors have stated frequently that this matter was having their most careful attention. MlOM the very beginning it was clear to them that it was their duty to make ready reference to any factor picture contained in it as easy as possible so that subscribers who faithfully continued to the end of tho work and became possessors of the whole of the bound volumes would feel that its value had been increased by the inclusion of an exhaus­tive and accurate index. For sometime they contemplated publishing a t the end of the work a separate Part to consist of nothing but the index, which only those who had continued to bind their volumes need purchase. Now however it has been decided that the General Index to the whole work shall be presented absolutely free to every subscriber. HIS General Index to the letterpress and illustrations of The Great War will contain many thousands of entries and it will be so arranged that no single factor date o f the slightest importance need ever besought for in vain. The complicated nature of the contents of the hundreds of chapters which constitute the story of the war has made it impossible to present a straightforward narrative of events and only b y dint of careful over­lapping and dovetailing of chapters has it been editorially possible to evolve out of the vast confusion of the world-wide conflict a history that certainly does enable the reader to form a clear notion of how the war was waged The greater therefore is the need for the work of the indexer which by forward and backward reference will make it possible for every reader to review whatever aspeot of the war or trace whatever incident of the fighting he maybe particularly interested in a t the moment. Another point is to be noted. The unusual and, indeed unprecedented feature of The Great War has been the extraordinary number, variety and historic interest of its illustrations. N o other historical publication in existence can be mentioned in comparison. If The Great War bad contained nothing b u tits astonishing wealth of pictorial documents it would still have been a unique and valuable compilation. All these thousands of pictures will also be carefully indexed and a reader will thus be enabled to trace quickly the illustration of any particular incident which he may remember to have seen recorded in the history but otherwise might be unable readily to locate. I T is hardly necessary to remark that the work of compiling so exhaustive an index as the Editors have determined upon giving to their readers is very considerable but as it has been in hand for several years and has been advancing slowly with the increasing size of the publication it has been possible to carry on the task with every care. Fortunately too, when the time for its publication arrives later in the present year there is every reason to expect that the last of the paper restrictions will have been removed and that there will be adequate supplies available for the printing of tho Index, which in all likelihood will make at least 32 pages of the size of The Great War. A Complete Index to the \Letterpress Maps and /Illustrations of ¦'“The Great War” \is now in preparation i -------and will be-------- J PRESENTED FREE %to Every Subscriber f See "History i n theM a king” B Iv. v .v. v .v. v .v. v .v. v .-.v !IN ordinary circumstances it would bo quite legitimate for the publishers to charge at least 2s. 6d. net for an index of this size the compilation of which is very expensive and the printing of which also involves higher expense than ordinary printing. During the present year, while the extraordinary circumstances due to the war will Still obtain 3s. 6d. or 4s. would not bean excessive price to charge. The Editors are therefore very gratified that their publishers have yielded to their desire to make the work absolutely complete to the last detail without any increase of cost whatever to the subscribers, and they believe that their thousands of regular stibscribers will be equally appreciative of the generosity of the promise which is made to-day to provide this splendid Index absolutely free to all regular readers of The Great War.P t .Heard at the Listening Post An allied anti^typhus train the control of which is in the hands of the American Red Cross Com­mission and which is operated by tho American Red Cross is one of the latest impor- Art Anti- tant features of relief work in Siberia typhus undertaken by the Associated Powers. Train The business of this train and its personnel is to fight an epidemic of typhus which has been devastating Siberia through­out the winter. The necessary funds for this relief enterprise are supplied partly by the Governments of the Associated Powers and partly by the American Red Cross. In charge of the train and its activities isv Dr. Joshua Rosett who has had great inexperience dealing with similar outbreaks. The train con­sists of fourteen cars and includes ears for bathing, for special clothing and for drugs and all are painted the usual grey colour of the Russian sanitary train. Besides attacking the disease it also conducts an educational campaign distributing along the Trans-Siberian Railway circulars in Russian telling the people of the necessity for bathing and keeping clean and stating the general precautions against typhus. Everyman on the train is a volunteer and is unarmed considering the deadly nature of typhus and the uncertainty of the situation in Siberia this enterprise says a good deal for the American Red Cross. The American Navy is having something new, so far as it is concerned toadded its active Fleet in the shape of a repair ship which has been designed after a careful study of the Americas functions perfonned by similar ships Repair in the war and the application of the Ship lessons of the war particularly as regards shop facilities and store­room capacity. The vessel which is propelled by turbines is 484 feet long overall with abeam of 70 feet and a draught of 19 feet and displaces about 10000 tons. It has a speed of 16 knots an hour. The ship is in reality a modern floating repair plant capable of taking care of all the ordinary repairs o f the Fleet including battleships and battle-cruisers and it comprises a machinc shop, brass andiron foundry boiler and blacksmith shop, coppersmith shop pipe and sheet -metal shop, pattern shop carpenter shop electrical shop, drafting-room optical shop and a gyro-testing room. It is not without means of offence or defence for it has a number of 5 in. guns as well as of 3 in. anti-aircraft guns. It carries a higli- power radio installation. A t a recent meeting of the Royal Geographical Society Commander Warburg R.N. Superin­tendent of Tidal Work at the Admiralty Hydro- graphic Department in discussing Tidal Admiralty tide tables and North Sea Predictions tidal predictions remarked that in in the War 1914 it was of vital importance for us to have accurate predictions for Wilholmshaven Cuxhaven and Heligoland but there was very little material available for assisting the calculations. Predictions for W ilhelmshaven were outworked by the new equation method and those for Cuxhaven and Heligoland calculated by means of variable differences Won ilhelmshaven obtained from .German predictions. It was subse­quently learnt that our Admiralty figures were in almost exact agreement with those calculated in Germany. A welcome sign of the change from war to peace conditions in France is the growing inactivity reconstruction. Many of her fair towns and villages are past repair others will yet rise Rebuilding grander than before. For example, Ruined the town of Chauny in the Depart- France m ent of the Aisne has decided to rebuild and invites the architects of all the allied countries to enter a competition for the best schcmc for tho restoration of the town on modern lines. Before tho invasion of the Huns Chauny was a prosperous little industrial town of about 11000 inhabitants. In their retreat in the spring of 1917 the enemy well-nigh ruined it, and later the guns of both armies battered what was left. The dauntless townsmen have now determined to rebuild it as a model city and offer four prizes ranging from 400 to 80 for the bcsj scheme. A Bill making tempoi ary air laws for the United Kingdom up to January 1920 was recently intro­duced in Parliament by Major-General Seely. It gives power to a Secretary of Stato The New to provide for :The grant suspension, Air and revocation of licences to pilots LatOs and others engaged in aeral naviga­tion registration identification in­spection and certification of aircraft licensing inspection and regulation of aerodromes con­ditions under which aircraft maybe used for carrying goods mails or passengers and conditions under which goods mails and passengers maybe imported and exported in aircraft into or from the British Isles or from one part of the kingdom to another. Provision is also made for dealing with any attempt to smuggle contraband into this country and there is no reason why an Aerial Customs Guard should not be established under the Bill which is known as the Aerial Navigation Bill. The World To-day is continued on page iii.
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