Select Cases and Other Authorities on the Law of Property, Vol. 1 (Classic Reprint)
Excerpt from Select Cases and Other Authorities on the Law of Property, Vol. 1
This Collection of Cases is prepared for the convenience of students in the Law School of Harvard University.
As one of the main objects in the study of cases is to acquire skill and confidence in extracting the ratio decidendi, the omission of head-notes from a collection like this is an essential part of the Scheme. To thrust before the eyes of a student of law the answer to the problem contained in a case is like telling a stu dent in arithmetic the answer to his sum before he does it, with the additional disadvantage that the answer in the head-note is often wrong.
On the other hand, the omission of the arguments is an evil, but a necessary one. To have retained them would either have compelled the exclusion of many valuable cases, or else have swollen the size and expense of volumes already larger and more costly than I could wish.
With the exception of the head-notes and arguments, and of a few passages the omission of which is duly noted, the cases are reprinted literally from the reports but I have striven after some consistency in the use of capitals and italics, and where a citation was obviously wrong, I have corrected it.
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