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expressions, of a subject not only interesting but immensely important. It affects almost everyone, to a greater or less extent, and yet there is hardly a layman who has anything more than a very superficial knowledge of it. We have endeavored to confine ourselves to a statement of permanent legal principles which are not likely to change with the years, and have omitted, as far as possible, any reference to practice and procedure in the courts, which is subject to constant alteration by the legislature. The synopsis which follows will disclose the scope of the work, and with the index will aid the reader in finding the explanation of any part of the subject treated which may especially appeal to him.