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CHICAGO: CALLAGHAN & CO.
In the first and second editions of my HandyBook of the Labour Laws, I said : “ This is not intended as a text-book for lawyers, but as a guidebook for workmen." In the third edition, 1895, I said : “ It was never designed as a text-book for the legal profession, it would have been presumptuous in me to aim at such distinction." That work, however, has been received and treated with generous forbearance by the profession of all grades, and by Justices of the Peace, by Stipendiary Magistrates, and even by Her Majesty's Judges. I cannot but feel grateful for such recognition and kindly treatment, for, after all, it was only the work of a layman, designed for the use of laymen.
During the twenty-five years which the HandyBook of the Labour Laws has been before the public (it was first issued in 1876), I have hoped to see some work from the hands of a trained lawyer, which should be of such a character as to be regarded as a text-book to be quoted in the Courts. To have