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Those notes which the kind-mannered Lord Justice took, whilst a conscientious counsel was measuring out his small matter, were not always points of the argument; sometimes they were hexameters.
We have received a reprint from the International Fournal of Ethics of a Paper by Mr. J. Westlake, Q.C., on “ International Arbitration," in which he strongly advocates the duty of promoting the same. The subject is treated of in that lucid and thorough manner well known to all those who are acquainted with his writings.
The Canada Law Journal for December last, a semi-monthly periodical published at Toronto, is now before us. We notice an interesting article on the respective functions of judge and jury in negligence cases by E. F. B. Johnston, Q.C., one of the foremost men of the Canadian Bar. We understand that this journal is the official organ of the Canadian Law Society.
We have before us a copy of a Treatise by Alfonso Buzzoni, Advocate of Milan, on the " Popularization of the Laws.” It is necessarily written in Italian, but is well worth perusal by those who read that language.
Among periodicals we notice : The University Law Review, of New York; The American Law Review, of St. Louis, Mo.; The Harvard Law Review; The Chicago Legal News; The Law Book News, of St. Paul, Minn.; The National Corporation Reporter, of Chicago; The American Law Register and Review ; The Canadian Law Times; The Western Law Times, of Canada; The Madras Law Fournal ; The Law Times, London ; The Law Journal, London ; Bulletin Mensuel de la Société de Législation Comparée ; Annuaire de Législation Française ; Annuaire de Législation Etrangère, Paris; Journal du Droit International Privé; La Revue Générale ; Revue Bibliographique Belge; Case and Comment, Rochester, N.Y.; La Giustizia Penale, Rome.
No. CCCIV.-May, 1897.
Obiter Dicta. WE
E are grieved to announce the death of Mrs. Harriet
Carmichael, widow of the late Editor of this Magazine, Charles Henry Edward Carmichael. She died at Fulham on the 13th day of April last, after a lingering illness.
The perusal of an interesting article on “Legal Entomology,” in the Law Times of 24th October, 1896 (by Mr. R. V. Rogers), suggests that there is considerable amount of literature on the subject of prosecution of the lower animals, and even of inanimate things, for what in the case of human beings would have been called crimes. Mr. Rogers gives instances of prosecution of ants and beetles in Brazil and Italy, the Court going so far as to assign counsel to the insects. The writer has now before him two curious books full of historical detail, the one is modern, D'Addossio, Bestie Delinquenti (Naples, 1892). The other is older and very quaint in its title and contents, P. Ayrault, Des Procez faicts au Cadaver (sic), aux Cendres a la Mémoire, aux Bestes brutes, Choses inanimées, et aux Contumaux (Angers, 1591). The earliest recorded instance is perhaps the familiar one in Exodus xxi., 28 : “If an ox gore a man or a woman that they die, then the ox shall be surely stoned.” In Attica the case of the axe mentioned by Pausanias and Porphyry
is curious. It was arrested and brought to judgment for the murder of the sacred ox of Zeus Polieus, and condemned to be cast into the sea. The legend is fully discussed by Mr. Farnell, Cults of the Greek States, i., 56. This and similar cases are also reviewed by Mr. Justice O. W. Holmes, Common Law, 7, and by Mr. W. Andrews, Legal Lore. The former learned author shews clearly that they proceed from the view that vengeance and not indemnity was the object of primitive delict-process. The owner of the offending thing might get rid of his liability by making noxæ deditio in order that the injured person might have something to wreak his vengeance on. The Admiralty procedure in rem is perhaps the last survival of the principle in modern English law. Since the abolition of the law of deodand the ship is proceeded against by name, and she carries with her her liability into whatever hands she passes (The Bold Buccleugh, 7 Moo. P.C., 267). The principle of the ship as a noxa is expressed in very significant words by Bowen, L.J., in a later case. The learned Lord Justice says : “Damage done by a ship means done by those in charge of a ship, with the ship as noxious instrument" (The Vera Cruz, 9 P.D. 101).
In the course of an article, “ De la forme que doivent revêtir les testaments rédigés à l'étranger par des Français," the first instalment of which appears in the Journal du Droit International Privé, 1897, p. 78, Professor Maurice Colin states, as a matter clearly settled, that the will of a Frenchman, made and duly attested in the English form in England, is valid in France under Art. 999 of the Code as a testament "par acte authentique, avec les formes usitées dans le lieu où cet acte sera passé." Frenchmen owning property in England will be interested to know that, if M. Colin's statement be correct, the simplest way of
making a testamentary disposition which will be valid as to all kinds of property, whether in England or France, will be to take the opportunity, when in England, of making a will in the English form. Such a will, besides being valid for all purposes in France, will pass immovables in England, which a “holograph” will, wherever made, will not in any case, and a will “par acte authentique" in France will not, necessarily, pass (see Arts. 970-974). It will be valid in England as a disposition of movables whether the Court holds the testator's domicil to be English or French; if English, cadit questio,-if French, the testament will be valid, not because locus regit actum, but as being in a form approved by the testator's personal law as applicable to the circumstances of his particular case. The fact that the Frenchman was domiciled in England would not, it seems, put his case outside of Art. 999, so far as the application of that Article to a will made by him in England in English form, and sought to be established in France, is concerned (see Art. 1,000, and cf. In bonis Lacroix, 2 P.D. 94). It may be added that if the testator had divested himself, under Art. 17, of his French nationality by becoming a naturalised British subject, and then made his will in England in English form, such will would be valid in France as well as in England (In bonis Lacroix) à fortiori.
What is "
a pure and unadulterated accident?” Judge Austin at the Bristol County Court on March 23rd last, in the case Skinner v. Gould, held that “the case fell into the class of pure and unadulterated accidents.” It was a case in which (as appears by the report in a local newspaper) the plaintiff claimed damages for serious personal injuries alleged to have been caused by the negligence of the defendant in having been knocked down by one of defendant's cabs