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THE

GENERAL DIGEST OF DECISIONS OF

THE PRINCIPAL COURTS IN THE UNITED STATES, Exgland and Canada: REFERS TO ALL REPORTS, OFFICIAL AND UNOFFICIAL, FIRST PUBLISHED DURING THE YEAR Ending SEPTEMBER, 1893. Annual. Being Vol. VIII, of the Series. Prepared and Published by the Lawyers' Co-operative Publishing Company, Rochester, N. Y., 1893.

So far as we have been able to test this work, we find that the citations are correct and the statements of the principles of law clcar. It is not a completo digest in the sense of containing cvery decision or every point involved in every decision, but it probably contains all the decisions that are worth anything and a good many more besides, The notes to principlc cascs, which are interspersed throughout the book, add value to the work, though we think think they would be of more value if they related to the specific question involved. in the cases digested, rather than to the general subject under which the cases fall. As, for instance, on page 240, § 3223, we read that “a verdict depending only on the determination of the question, whether or not defendants signed a written contract justifiably relying upon the representations of plaintiff's agent as to its contents, and whether or not such representations are false, will not be disturbed on appeal where there is evidence to support it." The note to this case is “ A verdict that a marriage be dissolved because entered into under duress and fraudulent conspiracy, which does not appear full and satisfactory to the reviewing court, will be set aside, as the rule applicable in other civil actions, that a verdict, supported by some evidence, will not be disturbed, docs not apply in divorce cases."

Now it is true that the note deals with the same general subject as the case, and yet we doubt if a person would cite ne case in support of the other. He might be appealing a

the work.

the whole convenient and satisfactory. A TREATISF. ON TRUSTS AND MONOPOLJES, CONTAINING AN

EXPOSITION OF THF. RULE OF PUBLIC POLICY GAINST AND A REVIEW OF THE CASES, ANCIENT AND MODERS. By THOMAS CARL SPELLING, of the San Francisco Bar. Boston: Little, Brown & Co., 1893.

This book is a compact treatise of 274 pages, which comes forth boldly to clear a way through forests of perplexing decisions. We do not recollect a work which gives to the legal profession a more masterly, concise and satisfactory that of Mr. SPELEING. The author seems to be thoroughly

thcne, must have continually assailed him) of indulging in abstract theories or intellectual vagaries upon problems yet unsolved. In a work of this sort it is, of course, necessary to of the principles governing the subject, and, as an introduction

divorce case or he might be appealing a case depending upon a contract of agency. If the first, he would probably know of the decisicn, the case given not being a recent one. If it was the contract of agency which was involved in his case, the divorce case would do him no good. While, therefore, these notes arc of considerable value, and are evidently done with grcat care, it is a question whether they are as valuable as they might be made, or worth the space which they take in The printing throughout is good and the arrangement of

W. D. L AND COMBINATIONS IN RESTRAINT OF TRADE, treatment of the whole subject of trusts and monopolies than competent to discuss the intricate problems which abound in this branch of the law and to deal intelligently with broad

This book is of great practical value, for the author has not yielded to the temptation (which, in the discussion of such a expand the fundamental principles by the narration of facts of particular cases, and we feel justified in admiring the succinct and clear canner in which the cases have been placed before us.. Chapter I contains an interesting historical condensation

CONTRACTS

questions of public policy.

to the real theme of the book, the author devotes three chapters to the discussion of the kindred doctrines of the legality of agreements not to practice professions or trades. engage in business or acccpt employment.

It is from the beginning of Chapter V that Mr. SPELLING ireads an almost unbeaten path, applying in that chapter in an original manner an old principle to the modern methods of suppressing competition, known as cornering markets " and " tying up stocks."

Chapter VI trcals or combinations among artisans and workingmen—a timely discussion only, though a brief onc.

Chapter Vill gives the application of the rule of public policy to contracts for the suppression of competition in public service, agreements, says the author, fraught with serious import to the community.

This is aptly followed up in the next chapter by a discussion upon municipal grants and privileges until, in Chapter XII, monopolies in the form of “trusts" are dcalt with, succeeded by a history of anti-monopoly legislation in the United States,a species of law-making, which the author laments as a futile and almost abortive attempt to curb the power of such combinations.

As a work of more than ordinary merit, Mr. SPELLING'S book deserves a place upon the desk of every progressive lawyer.

A. D. L.

SHARP & ALLEMan's Lawyers' AND BANKERS' DIRECTORI

FOR 1894. January Edition, PUBLISHED SEMI-ANNUALLI IN JANUARY AND JULY. Philadelphia: Sharp & Alleman, 1894.

The utility of this work, and the care with which it is prepared, are well known to the profession. The volunu before us is divided into five parts : The first is a lawyer's directory, containing the names of over 7.500 lawyers throughout the United States and Canada and the principal cities of Europe. These lawyers, who have bcen, as far as we can ascertain, selected with a good deal of care, will

collcct debts, etc., for the terms mentioned on one of the front pages of the book. Part two, is a full list of the banks and bankers, together with their capital, surplus and names of officers and correspondents. The list includes all the national, State, savings and private banks, safe deposit, trust and guarantee companies in the United States. Part three is a complete court calender giving the dates, times and places for holding all State and Federal Courts throughout the country. Part four is a synopsis arranged according to the laws of all the States and Territories relative to the collection of debts. Part five is a list of forms for the acknowledgment of deeds, affidavits for proving public accounts, and instructions for taking depositions in all the States and Territories. Part six is a “Telegraph Code," a system by which one can send a long message at very small cost. It is divided into three parts: Part one, being for the use of merchants and the commercial traveller. Part two, for the use of attorney and client. Part thrce, for general usc.

This outline statement of what the work contains is sufcient to prove its value to the profession.

The value of all such publications depends upon the care and accuracy with which they are done. As we have said, so far as we have had occasion to use the directory, we have found it satisfactory.

W. D. L.

MANUEL FOK INSPECTORS OF ELECTION, POLL CLERKS, BALLOT

CLERKS AND VOTERS OF THE STATE OF New York (ExcEPT IN THE CITIES OF New YORK AND BROOKLYN) FOR USE AT ELECTIONS AND ON REGISTRATION Days. Compiled from Existing Laws of the State of New York and the United States with Amendments to Date, with Notes, Forms and Instructions. By F. G. JEWETT. Albany : Matthew Bender, 1893.

This work, of course, is not useful outside of New York. For the voters in that State, who are inflicted with the caricature of a Ballot Reform Act, it must be very useful, as it contains the qualifications of election officers, registration

laws, forms of the ballot used, together with a synopsis of what is meant by citizenship. Thc index seems to be very completc.

W. D. L.

LAWYERS' REPORTS ANNOTATED. Books XIX and XX

Rochester, N. Y.: The Lawyers' Co-operativc Publishing
Company, 1893

XIX and XX L. R. A., arc lying upon the reviewer's table and have been subjected to a carcful examination. The general plan of this excellent periodical is too well known to the profession to make ncccssary an extended comment in this place. Whether or not there is a rcal need for a periodical which, like the L. R. A., publishes not only annotations and a synopsis of the bricss of counsel, but also the full text of the decisions of the courts, is a question about which lawyers Jiffer. In view of the admirable system of Reports of the West Publishing Company, it should seem that the L. R. A. would be niorc acceptable to the profession is the cases and opinions were summarized or digested, instcad of being reported at length, and the periodical were to confine itself to the publication of briefs and annotations. Under present conditions no publication of selected cascs can ever be what the L. R. A. claims to be, namely: "A complete working library of text work and reports." A lawyer, with an important brief to write, will look up the cases which he is citing and read the opinions, not resting satisfied with the sunimary statement of the decision as contained in an annotation or digest. He is accordingly saved but little trouble by the circumstance that onc casc out of, say, fifty cited is reported in full in thc L. R. A.

However, this may be, the plan of the work is certainly well carried out. The cases are carcfully selected ; many of the bricfs are extremely valuable and the annotations are often repletc with learning and suggestion. In Book XIX the reader will find a valuable collection of authorities in the briefs of counsel in Genet v. Delaware & Hudson Canal Co., an interesting decision by the New York Court of Appeals in regard to the cffect of a mining Icase containing stipulations

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