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Testimony Relating to Alabama," by Walter L. Fleming; 3. "His-
torical Notes of Milledgeville, Georgia," by Ulrich Bonnell Phil-
lips; 4. "Alabama and Territorial Expansion Before 1860," by
William 0. Scroggs; 5. "Early Missions of the South (Florida),"
by Anne Bozeman Lyon; 6. "Early Newspaper Files in the Library
of Emory College, Georgia;" 7. "Winfree, of Virginia," by Mrs.
Win. C. Stubbs.
Studies in American Elementary Law. By JOHN C. TOWNES,
LL. D., Professor of Law, University of Texas. (Austin, Texas:
Published by the Author, 1903. 8vo, pp. xx+490; sheep.)
It was the purpose of the author of this book to state in plain lan-
guage the elementary principles of law for the use of the beginner.
He has done the work in an admirable manner. A short synoptical
review of the book will show the scope of the subject. The intro-
ductory chapter states some general principles of law relating to
sovereignty and government, and to persons and things and treats
of legal rights and duties; after which the book is divided into
four parts. Part One treats of the different elements of political
power and elucidates the scheme of municipal government in the
United States. Part Two is devoted to a closer and more analyt-
ical view of the Federal and State governments and their relation
to each other. Part Three enunciates the rules regulating the con-
duct of individuals and elaborates and discusses the body of munic-
ipal law formed by these rules showing special phases of conduct
and relations affecting legal rights and duties, and defining prop-
erty and its use and ownership including the law of contracts and
torts and a brief view of criminal law. Part Four deals with
procedure, showing the necessity of legal sanction for the admin-
istration of which courts are devised. The organization and jur-
isdiction of the courts are defined and the trial of causes, includ-
ing pleading and evidence, receive general treatment.
Such is the scope of this valuable work. The purpose of the au-
thor to write the basic principles of the law in plain language has
been adhered to with fidelity. He has not been led by the anticipa-
tion of objections and exceptions into an exploration of principles
growing out of unusual conditions. The introductory chapter is
a philosophical statement of fundamental principles applied to
American institutions. There are certain basic or fundamental

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