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CONTAINING THE CONSTITUTION OF 1898, AND THE REVISED
THE CONSTITUTION, THE REVISED STATUTES,
AND THE ACTS ARE
COMPREHENSIVELY AND LIBERALLY ANNOTATED
WITH THE DECISIONS OF THE SUPREME COURT OF
Second, Enlarged and Revised Editions in Two Volumes.
PREFACE TO SECOND EDITION.
It is said that a preface is seldom read, and it is for that reason, perhaps, not necessary to write one, and yet to a book like this a preface is certainly required, for it is the only way in which one can convey to the users of the book the methods employed in the work.
For that purpose alone, I wrote the preface to the first edition, which I have reprinted on page v. et seq. Its perusal will, I believe, be of service to those who have to consult the book. The preface to the second edition I write because I desire briefly to answer some objections that have been urged to the first edition, and it is fair to say that I invited criticism, and still do so, as it is of service in correcting errors or supplying defects.
Acts which in terms amend articles of the Civil Code and Code of Practice are not printed here. The book does not pretend to contain the codes, and it would therefore be no more within its scope to print the amending acts, than it would be to print the entire codes. Nevertheless, in the titles “Civil Code' and “Code of Practice''— these being titles established in the official edition of 1879-I have noted every act which amends the various articles of the Civil ('ode and Code of Practice.
As to index, some complaint has been made on that score. No doubt but much of it has been deserved; but some of it has been undeserved. The book does not, like a text book, deal with a single title of the law, like Insurance or Bills and Notes, etc.; it deals with the entire body of the law-public and private-civil and criminal-substantive and adjective. Some of the subjects are only supplementary to the codes, and so but partly treated; others, like Criminal Law and Procedure, Taxation and License, etc., etc., are fully treated. The titles in the official edition are not happily chosen, yet they had to be retained. The subsequent legislation is not easily placed under existing titles. With all these difficulties, it is not surprising that the index is not all it might be, and perhaps cannot be without assuming forbidden proportions.
And yet, I dare to hope that the index here given, considerably enlarged over the old, will, together with the very liberal cross-references in the index and in the book itself, enable the searcher to find what he is looking for. Of course, I rely on the patience ard intelligence for which the profession is justly noted.
After much reflection and consultation, I have indexed the Revised Statutes, the Acts and the Constitution, under one alphabetical arrangement, because when we look for a subject we want to be referred to every place wherein that subject is located.
Notwithstanding all the care I have taken in preparing the index, etc., I feel that acquaintance with the book itself will make it more useful-a little time spent in turning the pages will disclose features which will prove of service.
At the top of each page is given the number of the section of the Revised Statutes, which, as it were, leads the subject. This will prove of assistance, because frequently the acts take many pages, and the reader desires to know what section of the Revised Statutes precedes the act.
I desire also to call attention to the numerous notes. Among the most