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COMPILED LAWS OF NEVADA
FROM 1861 TO 1900 (INCLUSIVE)
WITH ANNOTATIONS FROM VOLUMES I TO XXV OF THE
DECISIONS OF THE SUPREME COURT OF NEVADA
CARSON CITY, NEVADA
This compilation has been made from the session laws from 1861 to 1899, inclusive. Former compilations have been used only to prove the accuracy of this work.
The object of a compilation of the laws of a state is to bring the enactments of the various sessions of the Legislature together under appropriate heads, so that the present law may be readily found and readily understood. The compiler has no authority to change a law as passed by the Legislature. Each Act must be preserved intact. The various sections must follow consecutively except as they may have been repealed, superseded, declared void by the Supreme Court, or have become obsolete. This makes the arrangement of the Acts under general heads or in chapters difficult, as the various sections of an Act may relate to different subjects, and the Act could, on that account, be placed under two or more different heads. This difficulty can only be obviated by a carefully arranged index.
The subjects, or chapters, are arranged in the same order as in the compilation of 1885, for the reason that the bar and judiciary have become familiar with the arrangement of that book, and there is no particular reason for a different order. No chapter numbers, nor contents of chapters, have been given, as the sections are numbered consecutively from the first to the last page of the book, and the index refers to sections, so that to number the chapters would only serve to confuse.
A number of Acts which are still in force have been purposely omitted, as they are of so little interest that their republication would only incumber the work; but every live law not printed herein is noted with reference to where it and its amendments may be found in the session laws, and reference is made thereto in the index. The omission of these Acts has been ordered by the Justices of the Supreme Court who have approved this work.
The laws prescribing fees for county and township officers are in a deplorable state, the application of all of them being determined either by the number of votes cast in a county or by a special reference to certain counties. An effort has been made to overcome this mixed condition of affairs by making copious notes all through the chapter showing the application of each section, but there still remains much uncertainty, which can be remedied only by the Legislature passing a general fee bill of uniform application. The Fee Acts relating to certain counties by name are not printed, but only referred to, as they are not general laws. Their constitutionality is also very doubtful.
The references to the Nevada Reports have been carefully selected with the desire that they should not only be apt and applicable to the sections under which they are noted, but that they should be complete. With what success this