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HON. W. N. H. SMITH, CHIEF JUSTICE,
HONS. THOS. S ASHE AND AUG, S. MERRIMON, JUSTICES,
SUPREME COURT OF NORTH CAROLINA,
THIS COMPILATION OF THE DECISIONS OF THE COURT
WITH ADMIRATION OF THE LABOR AND ABILITY WITH
THE FOUNDATIONS OF THE NEW AND
SIMPLER CODE OF PRACTICE.
TO THE PROFESSION:
This work lays claim to no originality. It had its origin in the necessities of the writer for a ready reference to the adjudications of our court of last resort on questions of practice. These adjudications were necessarily numerous, as they are constructions placed by the court upon an entirely new system of procedure, laying down the successive steps taken and the lines upon which future progress is to be made. They are scattered through twenty-six volumes of reports, and not accessible without much research.
This volume, therefore, is intended as a working tool, a LABOR-SAVER to a hard working profession. If it has the effect of lightening their labors, the compiler will feel repaid. He will also feel that he has, in his humble way, paid that debt which Lord Bacon says that every lawyer owes his profession.
That there are typographical errors in the work was hardly to be entirely avoided, considering the large number of names and figures used. They have been numerous enough to vex the writer, but it is trusted that the ready intelligence of the practicing lawyer will in no instance be mislead by them. That there are omissions and errors of a more serious nature, it is probable that the use of the
work may discover. Labor has not been stinted to make the work complete and accurate, and where there are shortcomings, not "of form, but substance," reliance is placed upon the forbearance and charity of the Profession.
RALEIGH, N. C., Feb. 20, 1884.
Abbott v. Cromartie, 72-292..