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trasting oddly with the paucity of the details appended to several well-known and distinguished names. The Almanac, also, is stocked with a variety of curious little facts, more or less connected in some way with the legal profession. But here the want of accurateness in details, which we have to regret in other parts of the Calendar, mars the usefulness of the information offered. We doubt whether Sir William Haslerig and William Strode would recognise their own identity under the strange metempsychosis which has turned them into - Hasebrig” and “ Stroud," any more than the admirers of the late Sir John Patteson and John Wilson Croker could identify their fame with the odd distortions, “ Patterson” and “ Crocker.” Small errors in a man's name, Mr. Shaw should remember, are ranked by the Stagirite among the causes of anger.
A Treatise on Crimes and Misdemeanors. By Sir William OLDNALL RUSSELL, Knt., late Chief Justice of Bengal. In 3 vols. Fifth Edition. By SAMUEL Prentice, Esq., Q.C. Stevens & Sons. 1877.
However much the practitioner may groan under the weight of the ever-increasing mass of decided cases on every branch of the Law, and long for the time when
" That codeless myriad of precedent, that wilderness of single instances,” shall be reduced to the definite and authoritative exposition of a Code, it is absolutely essential for him, while the Law remains as it is, to possess treatises such as “ Russell on Crimes," vast though their dimensions be. The three portly volumes before us treat, indeed, of indictable offences only, and the law relating to the summary conviction of offenders, scarcely less bulky in its proportions, must be sought elsewhere. But, on the subject of Indictable Offences, it has long been generally admitted that no more trustworthy authority or more exhaustive expositor than " Russell” can be consulted. The high reputation gained by the work in its original form, and under the editorship of Mr. Greaves, will, we venture to think, be fully maintained under the careful hands and discriminating judgment of Mr. Prentice. The original plan has for the most part been, wisely as we believe, adhered to. The work is divided into six Books, treating respectively: I. Of Persons capable of committing Crimes, of Principals and Accessories, and of Indictable Offences. The first chapter of this Book, on “General Provisions," has been expanded to over 100 pages by the present editor, who has judiciously grouped together in it various general provisions, which in the Fourth Edition were unsystematically scattered. Thus, e.g., “ Pleas of autrefois convict and acquit," and " Amendment of Indictments at the Trial,” were formerly inserted under the titles, “ Burglary” and “ Evidence." Book II. treats of offences principally affecting the Government, the Public Peace or the Public Rights; from which, however, the crime of High Treason is, as in all previous editions, excluded. Book III., which concludes the first volume, is devoted to Offences against the Persons of Individuals; the titles, “ Bigamy” and “ Libel,” having been relegated to Book V. in the third volume, in order to keep the size of the first within convenient limits. Book IV. occupies the whole of the second volume, and gives an exhaustive exposition of the law of Offences against Property, public and private. The third and concluding volume comprises Book V. on Offences which may affect the Persons of individuals or Pro. perty; and Book VI., containing a treatise on the Law of Evidence in Criminal Prosecutions, originally written for the second edition by the late Mr. Justice Vaughan Williams, when of only two or three years' standing at the Bar. Tables of Cases, and of the principal Statutes cited, as well as a separate Index (irrespective of the General Index) accompany each volume, which may thus be said to form a complete treatise in itself on the branches of Criminal Law comprised within its limits.
SMALLER BOOKS AND PAMPHLETS.
We have received two of Mr. Gerald A. R. Fitzgerald's carefully edited manuals, The Ballot Act, 1872, 2nd edition (Stevens and Sons. 1876), and the Rivers Pollution Prevention Act, 1876, (Stevens & Sons. 1876). The former will be a useful guide to all concerned in Parliamentary and Municipal Elections, and the latter is a well timed addition to the author's previous work on Sanitary Law. Both are fully indexed. In Old Words and Modern Meanings (Longmans, 1876), Mr. Whitcombe Greene gives us a curious medley of passages illustrating changes in our use of words, which may be advantageously consulted by the aspirant to forensic honours. But the quotations chosen do not always seem to bear out the meanings assigned by the compiler to the words which they illustrate, and notably so, the extract from Tillotson on “ Eternity.”-Mr. Hamel, Solicitor for Her Majesty's Customs, has produced a very useful “ pocket volume " edition of The Customs Laws and Tariff Act, 1876, (Butterworths, 1876,) for which his official position afforded him unique facilities, and which ought to be in the hands of all who have an interest in our maritime commerce.—Mr. Maclachlan's reprint, in a separate form, of The Merchant Shipping Act, 1876, (W. Maxwell & Son, 1876), will also be useful to the same class. Mr. W. D. I. Foulkes has made a valuable addition to the literature of the Judicature Acts, in his new recension of Smith's Action at Law. (Twelfth edition. Adapted to the Practice of the Supreme Court Stevens & Sons. H. Sweet. W. Maxwell. 1876.) A judicious system of compression has enabled the editor, without sacrifice of clearness, to bring the volume within a very portable compass. – Mr. A. C. Eddis has been induced, by a consideration of the consequences of the prevalence of the Rules of Equity under the new system, to bring out an edition of the Rule of Ex parte Waring, (Stevens & Sons. 1876.), which has a direct bearing on the important subject of the Law of Bills of Exchange.- Mr. T. W. Braithwaite offers a happy combination of things new and old in his recent edition of Oaths in the Supreme Court of Judicature, (Stevens & Sons, 1876,) which will be specially useful to Commissioners.—Mr. Ezekiel Petgrave, who states himself to be a “ Proteus as regards criticism," has applied the knowledge derived from long practice as a solicitor to the production of a Code of the Law of Principal and Agent, (Stevens & Sons, 1876,) of which we may say, without attribut. ing to its author “the abilities and application of a Tribonian, a Pothier, and 2 Story," that it is an essay worthy of being read by all who are interested in the great question of the Codification of English Law, a subject on which the author appears to entertain some peculiar views How far our Transatlantic cousins have advanced in the direction of Codification is pointed out, with many other interesting particulars, by Mr. W. D. Downie Stewart, Barrister of the Supreme Court of New Zealand, in a Lecture on English and American Law (Dunedin, N.Z. 1876) - Mr. G. M. Wetherfield puts in a clear forin Hints on County Court, Practice (Crosby Lockwood, 1876), which may be found useful by solicitors.- Sheriff Barclay, of Perth, sends us two pamphlets, in which he deals respectively with the New Sheriff Courts Act, 39 & 40 Vict. c 70 (Votes on Sheriff Courts; Edinburgh, T. & T. Clark, 1876), and with an important question in the Ecclesiastical Law of the Scottish Establishment (Fudicial Procedure in Presbyterial Church Courts, William Blackwood & Sons, 1876). In the former the Sheriff points out the evils which the new Act was intended to remedy, while in the latter he hits several blots in Presbyterian Ecclesiastical Law, and pleads for speedy reform in the Procedure of Church Courts.
We have to acknowledge the receipt of the following :Robson's Law and Practice in Bankruptcy. Butterworths. 1876. Boyd's Merchant Shipping Laws. Stevens & Sons. 1876. Theobald on the Construction of Wills. Stevens & Sons 1876. Fraser's Scottish Law of Husband and Wife Vol. I. 2nd
Edition. T. & T. Clark. 1876. Colin's French Intestate Successions. Stevens & Sons. 1876. Essays on Anglo-Saxon Law. Macmillan & Co. 1876. Geffcken's Church and State. Translated by E. Fairfax Taylor.
Longmans & Co. 1877. Revised Statutes. Vol. XI. Eyre & Spottiswoode. 1877. England and China. By Justum. James Bain. 1877. Ball's Popular Conveyancer. Butterworths. 1877. Locock Webb's Supreme Court and House of Lords Appeal
Practice. Butterworths. 1877. Die Vorbereitung der Mündlichen Verhandlung. (Berlin.
Vahlen. 1875.) Die Parteienvernehmung und der Parteineid. (Wien. Manz
sche K. K. Hof-Verlags und Universitäts- Buchhandlung.
1876.) Von Dr. Philipp Harras Ritter von Harrasowsky. Cours Elémentaire de Droit Criminel, par J. Lefort, Avocat à la
Cour d'Appel. Paris. E. Thorin. 1877.
We have also received to date :The American Law Review. Boston: Little, Brown & Co. The Southern Law Review, St. Louis: G. J. Jones & Co. The Albany Law Journal. Albany, N.Y. The Canada Law Journal. Toronto. The Scottish Law Magazine. Edinburgh: T. & T. Clark. The Irish Law Times. Dublin. The New Zealand Furist. Dunedin, N.Z. Fournal de Droit International Privé. Paris. Marchal &
Billard. Bulletin de la Société de Législation Comparée. Paris. Cotillon. Rivista di Disciplinc Carucrarie. Rome. Tip. Artcro.
Legal Obitury of the Quarter.
November. 3rd. Pinder, Francis Ford, Esq., Barrister-at-law, M.A., Trin.
Coll. Camb., aged 54. Called I.T., 1857. 3rd. Holmes, RICHARD, Esq., Solicitor, aged 66. Admitted 1834. 4th. CROCKER, Henry, Esq., Solicitor, aged 72. 6th. FARRER, OLIVER WILLIAM, Esq., Barrister-at-law, M.A.,
Oxon., aged 68. Called I.T. 1844. 6th. FEARNLEY, Fairfax, Esq., Barrister-at-law, aged 68. Called
M.T. 1834. Formerly a Commissioner of Bankruptcy. 6th. SPARLING, WILLIAM, Esq., Solicitor, aged 91. Admitted 1814. 7th. Rogers, Pearce William, Esq., C.B., late Registrar in
the High Court of Chancery, aged 62. 15th. EMERSON-TENNENT, SIR WILLIAM W., Bart., Barrister-at
law, aged 42. Called I.T. 1859. 19th. Brook, Thomas, Esq., Solicitor, aged 73. Admitted 1830, 22nd. CHAPMAN, THOMAS SANLs, Esq., Barrister-at-law, aged 76.
Called M.T., 1840. 25th. WHITESIDE, Right lIon. JAMES, Lord Chief Justice of the
Queen's Bench, Ireland, aged 60. Born at Delgany, Co. Wicklow, 1809; son of the late Rev. William Whiteside. Graduated at Dublin, B.A. 1827, M.A. 1832, LL.B. and LL.D. 1839. Called to the Irish Bar 1830; Q.C 1842; Bencher of King's Inns, Dublin, 1852. M.P for Enniskillen 1851-1859, in which latter year he was returned for the University of Dublin. Solicitor-General for Ireland 1852, Attorney-General 1858.9. Defended Daniel O'Connell in 1844, and Smith O'Brien in 1848. He was also the advocate of the “Hon. Mrs. Yelverton" in 1862. He was made a Privy Councillor in 1858, and in 1866 succeeded the
late Chief Justice Lefroy on the Irish Bench 28th. Wren-HOSKYNS, CHANDOS, Esq., Barrister-at-law, aged 65.
Called I.T., 1838. B.A. Ball. Coll., Oxon., 1834. M.P.
for Hereford, 1869-1874. 30th. HORSMAN, Right Hon. EDWARD, M.P., Advocate, aged
69. born 1807. Son of the late William Horsman, Esq., by Jane, daughter of the late Sir John Dalrymple,