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BOSTON:
WRIGHT & POTTER PRINTING COMPANY, STATE PRINTERS,

18 Post OFFICE SQUARE.

1899.

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FEB 10 1911

THIS VOLUME CONTAINS

THE OPINIONS OF ATTORNEYS-GENERAL

ALBERT E. PILLSBURY, 1891-1893. HOSEA M. KNOWLTON, 1894-1898.

ALSO TABLES OF STATUTES AND CASES

CITED, AND AN INDEX DIGEST.

PREFACE.

The report of the Attorney-General for the year 1891 was the first that was accompanied with copies of the opinions submitted during the year. The fact was referred to therein as follows:

“ The frequent inquiry which is made for the official opinions of the Attorney-General, and the difficulty of procuring them even from the files of this department, in which they can be found if at all only by searching through voluminous correspondence, and other reasons which need not be stated, lead me to believe that we may adopt with advantage the custom of other States, to print such part of them as may be of public interest or importance or useful for future reference; and I have accordingly appended copies of such to this report

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Since that year the practice of annexing copies of the opinions of the Attorney-General to his annual report has been uniform. Inasmuch, however, as they are not indexed, and are scattered through numerous volumes, the opinions have become of little value for purposes of reference. To meet this difficulty, the Attorney-General was authorized, by Resolves of 1898, chapter 95, “to collect and publish in a volume, properly indexed and digested, such of the official opinions heretofore published as an appendix to the annual reports of the Attorney-General as he may deem to be of public interest or useful for reference.” The present volume is issued in execution of the authority conferred by that resolve.

Mr. Arthur W. De Goosh, Assistant Attorney-General, has rendered valuable assistance in the preparation of this volume.

HOSEA M. KNOWLTON,

Allorney-General.

Boston, December, 1899.

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