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ernment, that shall be both easily understood and also, in a manner
at least, logical and scientific in its arrangement." The author,
the teacher, and the student are to be congratulated upon the ex-
cellent manner in which this purpose has been accomplished. A
Texan proud of the history and the institutions of his State can
but entertain and express the hope that Dr. Garrison's work will
find its way into all the school houses of Texas.
R. L. BATTS.
Batt's Annotated Revised Civil Statutes of Texas. By R. L. Batts,
Professor 'of Law, University of Texas. Vol. I. Austin, Texas:
Eugene Von Boeckmann Publishing Company. Pp. xv-1164.
During the existence of Texas as a government, there have been
numerous and radical changes in her constitutional and statutory
law. In many respects, her jurisprudence is peculiar, and these
peculiarities ,can be learned nowhere except in her own enactments
and decisions. Elementary works and decisions of courts of other
jurisdictions are, -of course, helpful, but the Texas lawyer must
get his information from the Constitution, statutes, and decisions
of Texas. These are becoming very numerous. Since Texas ceased
to be a Mexican province she has had seven constitutions, and sev-
eral of these have 'been frequently amended. Her statutes are
changed every two years, and the decisions of her seven courts of
appellate jurisdiction are 'accumulating with a rapidity than taxes
the energy 'of the most enthusiastic to keep 'pace with them. The
volumes of reports comprise six series, some with few volumes, but
,others approaching a hundred in number. From this it is manifest
that any book which serves 'as a tie to bind this mass of -original
matter together, and at the same time offers an intelligent key to its
contents, and lightens the labor in comparing its several parts, and
understanding 'them collectively and separately, must be very valu-
able to all persons interested in Texas law. This task has been un-
dertaken and most creditably performed by Hon. R. L. Batts, Pro-
fessor -of Law in the University of Texas, in the preparation of his
Annotated Civil Statutes of Texas. The work comprises all the
present constitutional and statutory law, arranged topically in al-
phabetical order, as in the Revised Statutes. Each topic is treated

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