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PREFACE TO THE SECOND EDITION.
In preparing this edition the Editor has had the great advantage of the Author's notes up to the year 1885. The method and arrangement of the first edition have in the main been followed, but very considerable additions and alterations have been made, in order to bring this edition up to date, and to include the substance of the many important decisions given since 1879 with reference to statutes, so that this work might be made as far as possible a complete book of reference on the subject of statute law.
The Interpretation Act, 1889, has done much to simplify the language and facilitate the interpretation of statutes ; but its practical and far-reaching effect is not yet fully realised.
An endeavour has been made in this edition to show how far
the Act alters or adopts pre-existing rules of construction, and also to deal with the effect of Consolidation and Revision Acts.
The Author's Appendix of Words judicially and statutably construed has been much enlarged ; but neither time nor space permitted the Editor to make the Appendix a complete dictionary of statutory terms. The second Appendix, of popular and short titles, is new, and intended to meet a need which the Editor has often himself experienced, but which will now be satisfied to a great extent by the Short Titles Act, 1892.
For the Table of Contents in the first edition has been
substituted a table of contents at the head of each chapter ; and the Index has been reduced in bulk, and simplified. The date of each case is inserted, to facilitate reference to sets of Reports not specified in the text or Table of Cases.
W. F. CRAIES.
3 TEMPLE GARDESS,
PREFACE TO THE FIRST EDITION.
The present treatise was jointly projected by my friend Mr. EDWARD JENKINS, M.P., and myself, about nine years since. Shortly after that time my friend relinquished his practice at the Bar for other pursuits, literary and political, and thenceforward the task of collecting and comparing authorities devolved upou me. I am, therefore, solely apswerable both for the form and matter of this compilation,
PAPER BUILDINGS, TEMPLE,
II. RULES OF CONSTRUCTION WIIEN THE MEANING IS NOT PLAIN
V. INTERPRETATION OF WORDS
VI. EFFECT OF ONE PART OF A STATUTE UPON THE CON: TI.CATION
OF THE OTHER PARTS