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corruption, extravagance and improvidence in the procurement of work and supplies for the city, ind it should be so administered and construcd as fairly and reasonably to accomplish this purpose:" People or rel. Coughlin v. Gleason, 25 N. E. Rep. 4 (N. Y. Ct. of App. 1890).

It is true that, as in the principal casc, an injunction will sometimes be granted to restrain the proposed contract with a higher bidder; Mazet v. Pittsburgh, 137 Pa. 548 [1890). But the injunction is a negative remedy, and it is a question whether the courts do not virtually nullify the statute and disregard the intention of the Legislature by refusing the writ of mandamus.


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Jurisdiction, Bar by Suit and Lis Pendens. By Huku Chast, M.A. Printed at the Education Society's Steam Press, Byculla, Bombay. William Clowes & Son, London. William Grecn & Sons, Edin.

burgh. 1894. A TREATISE ON GENERAL PRACTICE, containing Rules and Suggestions

for the work of the Advocate in the Preparation for Trial, etc. By BYRON K. FLI.IoTT and WILLIAM F. ELLIOTT. Two Volumes.

Indianapolis and Kansas City: The Bowen-Merrell Co. 1894. ANERKAN PRORATE LAW AND PRACTICE. A Coniplete and Practical

Treatise Expository of Probate Law and Practice as it obtains to

day. By FRANK S. Rice. Albany, N. Y. : Matthew Bender. 1894 THE NATURE OF THE STATE. By DR. PAUL CARUS. Chicago: The

Open Court Publishing Co. 1994. TENURE AND Toil; OR, LAND, LAHOR AXD CAPITAL By JOHN GIB


MINOR, LL.D. Richmond : Printed for the Author, ANDERSOX

BROTHERS, University of Virginia, 1894. THE FEDERAI. Income Tax EXPLAINED). By Joirs M. GOUID and

Corrik T. TUCKER. Bloxtul: Little Brown & Co. 1894.


LAW. By Josi:PU HENRY BHALK, JR., Assistant l'rofessor of Law in Harvard University. Cambridge: Ilarvard Law Review Publish.

ing Association. 1894. CASES on CoxstiTUTIONAI. LAW, with Notes. Part III. By JAMES

BRADLEY THAYER, LL.D. Cambridge: Charles W. Sever. 1894. THE AMERICAN Digest. (Annual, 1994.) Being Volume VIII of the

United States Digest, Third Series Annual. Also, the Complete
Digest for 1894. Prepared and Edited by the Editorial Staff of the

National Reporter System. St. Paul: West Publishing Co. 1894 CASES FOR ANALYSIS. Materials for Practice in Reading and Stating

Reported Cases, Coinposing Head Notes and Briefs, Criticising and
Comparing Authorities and Compiling Digests. By EUGXNK WAX-

BALGH, LL.D. Boston: Little, Brown & Co. 1894.
TAE STUDY OF CASES. A Course of Instruction in Reading and Stating

Reported cases, etc. By EUGEXE WANBAUGH, LLD. Second
Edition. Boston: Little, Brown & Co. 1894.



By the late Edmund ROBERT DANIELL, Barrister-at-Law. Sixth American Edition, with Notes and Rcferences to American Decisions, &c., adapting the work to the demands of Aincrican Practice in Chancery. By John M. GOULD, Ph. D., author of the " LAW OF WATERS," &c. In three volumes. Boston: Little, Brown, & Co. 1894.

It is a work of supercrogation at this day to say anything in praise of a book that has so thoroughly commended itself to the legal profession, and been the recipient of such eulogy from the most lcamed members of the bench and bar, as Daniel's CHANCERY PRACTICE. At its first appearance, it took prcccdence of all other text books on thc subject, and has retained that position, without a rival. Other works, of greater or less valuc as brief cpitomcs of the principles and practice of cquity, have from time to time appcarcd, and by their less cost obtaincd a considerable clientele ; but DANIELL has always been, and still is, the most exhaustive and masterly work on "Chancery Practice," in its fullness and accuracy of detail, comprehensiveness of plan, and logical arrangement. All these featuies are enhanced by the skilful editing of the present edition, which has been enriched with a vast number of additional citations, bringing the cascs down to a very recent datc.

In particular, the cquity rules of the Supreme Court of the United States have now been annotated for the first time, with all the federal decisions relating to their construction-a feature of the work, which alone will render the book even more indispensable to the equity lawyer than it has previously been (if the grammarians will permit the expression). But in addition, all the recent cases on Equity Practice in the Code States, as well as in the common law States, have been added, with

copious citations referring to and elucidating the many peculiar developments of the English Chancery system; thi' i giving a complete view of the history and present condition oi Equity Procedure. The results of this fulness of treatment may be seen everywhere throughout the book.

There are some minor points in which this present edition might have been improved upon. The notes, during the years that have elapsed since the first issue of the book, have bcen loaded with such a plethora of additional cases, as to necessitate their being printed in very small, and therefore trying type. It might have been better if the work had been printed in four volumes, though this would, perhaps, have hindered its salc. The notes are also in a somewhat chaotic statc, owing to the last cuitor having printed many of his notes as addenda to the original oncs, though also incorporating a large number of cases in the text of the old notes. It would have been far better, though of course a great addition to the labor required, if the notes had been wholly recast, and all the now matter worked into theni.

The general usc of the West Co. Reporters, also, renders a doubic citation of cascs almost cssential now-a-days in any text book that aspires to a general audience ; but this will be found to be rarely the casc in this book. These blemishes, however, are but trifling compared with the real value of the work that Mr. GOULD has done in this edition; and DANIELL'S CHANCERY PRACTICE may be safely affirmed to be more than ever the one csscntial book, both for study and for practical use, in reference to the practice in Courts of Equity; indispensablc alike to the student, the practitioner and the judge.



Carmax F. RANDOLPH. Boston: Little, Brown & Co. 1894.

The importance of this work can hardly be overrated. If there is one subject in the field of law, which is more misunderstood than another, it is the right of eminent domain.

On the one hand, the law-abiding citizen, who wishes to enjoy the fruits of his own labor, denounces it as an unwar. rantable invasion of the right of the individual; on the other, the socialist, who prefers to board at sonic cnc clse's cxpcnsc, de nounces it as incflectual to compass his grand cnd, thc confiscation of the property of the industrious for the benefit of the lazy. Yet, if it did not exist, there could be no progress; if it were not limiter!, there could be no stability, and, therefore, cqually no progress.

But the tendency is to overlook the limitations, and lay too great stress upon the power. Mr. RANDOLPHI, in his preface, statcs thc cardinal principle, that : “ Private property exists ; if it is taken for public use, it must be paid for." But in his investigations he has, doubtiess, found that courts do not always remember that fact, especially if they are interested in the stock of the corporations which cxercise the power, or are the happy possessors of passes therefrom. And it is to be regretted that he has not more sharply criticised the shameful injustice that has been repeatedly imposed upon the owners of land, paid for by their own labor, for the benefit of speculators, who never did an honest day's work in their lives. This omission roby his work of much of the value that his thorough, instaking investigation of the subject has otherwise crncil for it.

idxal slatement of what has been decided on the subject, the book leaves nothing to be desired. From the historical outline of the doctrine down to the brief general conclusions at the end of some of the chapters, there is scarcely an important case omitted, or a judge-made principle of law disregarded. But he has not given enough space to the recon. ciliation of the conflicting decisions. True, the task would be Augean; but, however, imperfectly performed, it would have carned our lasting gratitude. A full, dispassionate review of the cases, which assert that a trol!cy road is no additional burden to the sec; that a corporation may poison the water of a running stream to the lasting injury of perhaps a hundred land-owners, without bearing an iota of the burden ; that a man is presumed to anticipate the building of a cable road,

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