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collections, or the liabilities of bank officers, or their powers in binding the bank, does not differ, except in small details, whether the bank be a national or a state bank. The labor of the lawyer in consulting the work is merely doubled by such a division. But in order to save the practitioner or the banker the necessity of consulting the Federal statutes, the various sections of the Revised Statutes of the United States and the acts amendatory thereof, which have any bearing upon national banks, will be found in the appendix.

The reasons that require a treatise of this description, the principles which render this particular department of the law distinctive, will be dwelt upon in the Introduction, which precedes the body of the work. In that connection the author will explain and refer to the considerations which indicate that there is something new to be said upon the topics treated. And while not desirous of impugning the truth of the wise man's statement that there is nothing new under the sun, yet the author has found that there may be a new reason given for an old doctrine

a reason, too, which solves properly many a troublesome case likely to arise.

CHICAGO, January 1, 1900.

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