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DAVID DUDLEY FIELD.
1877. hay za Summer Fundi
Ertered, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1876,
By DAVID DUDLEY FIELD, In he office of the Librarian of Congress, at Washington.
stereotyped and Printed by TOBITI
BUNCK, 181 Wulam Street.
PREFACE TO THE SECOND EDITION.
In the preface to the first edition I stated that “this work should be taken for what its name imports: the ‘Draft Outlines of an International Code. It is not put forth as a completed Code, nor yet as the completed outlines of a Code, but as a draft of the outlines. It is intended for suggestion, and is to undergo careful and thorough revision.” Since that time I have had the advantage of many suggestions, and have given the work a careful revision. In doing so I have made various corrections in expression and some in substance, and have added provisions of considerable importance. Among these additions is a new chaptei
on international bills of exchange, a subject just now receiv. ing a great deal of attention in Europe. The chapter on postal correspondence has been changed so as to make it conformable to the late postal treaty between the principal nations of Christendom. Provisions have also been intro. duced looking to the perpetual neutrality of the Suez Canal, to more stringent responsibility for shipwreck, and to greater security against collisions at sea. The word “draft” I have omitted from the title as no longer applicable. The numbering of the articles is the same as in the first edition, and when additional provisions are introduced, they are designated by letters of the alphabet.
As the work now stands, it aims to give a scheme of international law, such as publicists would recommend to