"This timely and interesting volume gives the inside story of the struggle in Siberia. The author, a well known traveler and newspaper correspondent, considers the questions: Should Japan enter Siberia? What would her intervention in that territory mean? What effect would it have upon the solution of the present anxious problems affecting Russia? How will Japan emerge from the world war? Mr. Coleman believes very emphatically that Japan should go to Siberia if, and he emphasizes the if, she goes in the right spirit and if a campaign of education and explanation goes with her. Unless her intervention shall have these characteristics, unless it would be a good deal more than a merely martial expedition he says: "No, a thousand times, no." He wants an expedition which would be joined by representatives of other powers, particularly Great Britain and America, and whose objects would be cooperation, education, the promotion of kindly feeling and the mutual benefit of all concerned. When he visited Siberia and Japan and interviewed prominent men in both regions he found a widespread suspicion of the Japanese in Siberia. The Russians in Vladivostok frankly said that they did not want the Japanese to intervene. Indeed, the fear of the Japanese is so great that mothers hush their unruly children by telling them that the Japanese are coming. This is another reason why Mr. Coleman is convinced that the Japanese should not go to Siberia alone. He expresses a variety of definite opinions with many of which the reader will agree. The book as a whole, is a remarkably interesting and graphic account of a situation which has become charged with world significance."
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