The Handbook is based mainly upon the personal observation of the Editor and his Associates, who have repeatedly explored the country with a view to procuring the latest possible informa tion. As, however, absolute accuracy is unobtainable, and changes are constantly taking place, the Editor will highly appreciate any suggestions with which travellers may favour him. Hotel-bills, with annotations Showing the traveller's Opinion of his treatment and accommodation, are particularly useful. The maps and plans, on which special care has been bestowed, will often render material service to the traveller, and enable him at a glance to ascertain his bearings and select the best routes. Distances are generally given in versts (1 V. Heights are given in English feet (1 Engl. Ft. X metre sazhen), and the populations in accordance with the latest data obtainable.