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AN ACCOUNT OF ITS ORIGIN, SOURCES
AND HISTORICAL DEVELOPMENT
GEORGE B. DAVIS
PREFACE TO THE REVISED EDITION
The favorable reception accorded to the first edition of this work, and the constant and extensive use which has been made of it by the class for which it was originally intendedthe undergraduate students of American colleges and law. schools—have suggested the propriety of a general revision of the text, and the insertion of some of the more important cases to which the international experience of the last fifteen years has given rise. The volume remains, what it was intended to be from the first, a text-book for the use of students; it is in no sense a manual, still less does it profess to be an exhaustive treatise. More extensive reference has been made in the text to decided cases and to the work of textwriters of approved and generally recognized authority ; but the references at the end of each chapter have been retained, as a guide for general reading and for assistance in postgraduate work.
Nothing marks more decisively the advance which has been made in the scope and thoroughness of college work in recent years than the demand for illustrative cases, and for more copious and extensive references to original sources of authority. These sources of information, in libraries and collections of state papers, are becoming each year more accessible to students and to the reading public, by whom they can be consulted for purposes of reference or comparison. In the systematic study of the subject it is suggested that Doctor Francis Wharton's exhaustive and invaluable Digest of the International Law of the United States be habitually used in