The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 12, July 1908 - April, 1909 Page: 246
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Texas Historical Association Quarterly.
precepts of the law. Besides classifications and definitions of law
and legal rights, the following important subjects receive brief
but excellent presentation: the family, master and servant, prin-
cipal and agent, partnerships, corporations, common carriers, prop-
erty, contracts, and torts.
There are two topics omitted from the book that, in the view
of the present writer, might very well find a place in a text-book
on Civil Government. One is some account of the committee
system which plays such an important part in our legislative
bodies in this country. No intelligent grasp of our legislative
process is possible without an understanding of the work of our
numerous committees. The other topic omitted is an account of
the English governmental arrangement. Such an account would
necessarily be very brief, but it would present the relative posi-
tions occupied by the King, the Lords, and the Commons, and,
what is probably more important, would give the student some
general notion of the working of cabinet, or ministerial govern-
ment. There is no better way to discover our own faults than
by instituting a comparison between our own system and the
systems worked out by other free peoples.
As may be inferred from what has already been said, the sub-
ject is presented from the view point of the lawyer, rather than
that of the publicist. It is an excellent analysis of our American
governmental machinery, and in the hands of a competent teacher
will undoubtedly prove a most excellent text-book. But, as many
of the discussions are somewhat abstract, there is some danger
that, in the hands of a weak or inexperienced teacher, the class
work may degenerate into memory work on the part of the stu-
dent, and to a process of "hearing recitations" on the part of the
teacher. But up to this time no unfavorable reports have been
received. C. S. PoTs.
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