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THE LAW OF
BAILMENTS AND CARRIERS
INCLUDING THE QUASI-BAILMENT RELATIONS OF
CARRIERS OF PASSENGERS
EDWIN C. GODDARD
PROFESSOR OF LAW IN THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
In making this volume of “Selected Cases on the Law of Bailments and Carriers,” the guiding principle has been to secure the clearest and fullest statement and application of every leading principle of the subject within the range of a moderate sized book.
The important cases, especially on the law of Carriers, are so many as to make it impossible to include all the leading cases. Moreover, the law of Carriers is such a very modern thing as to make it desirable to include many cases too recent to be considered leading cases. Accordingly, an effort has been made to include all the greatest cases, even those of considerable length, and such others as, because of their broad scope, recent date or clear statements of principles, seem to fully cover the subjects of this branch of the law. The Selected Cases are intended to be complete enough to fit the book for use by those. who prefer the “case-method” of study exclusively.
A considerable portion of the cases are chosen from those reported in the American Decisions, American Reports or Ameri. can State Reports, both because these cases are in general weli suited to the purpose, and because this plan brings to the attention of the student the exhaustive notes of the editors of those series of cases. To these are added leading Federal and English cases, as well as some others that seem especially desirable.
In general the opinions are presented in full. In some instances, however, portions are omitted, because they have no bearing in bailment law, or contain references to cases printed elsewhere in the volume. Such omissions are always indicated. The cases are not edited, and but few cross-references are made,
Those who wish to find all the material on a given topic can do 80 by use of the index and of the companion volume, “Outlines of the Law of Bailments and Carriers," which corresponds chapter for chapter to this volume, and contains citations to all the Selected Cases. In this volume no other indication of the subject of any case is given than the general chapter heading. The student will best acquire the power of analysis, and ability to see and grasp the vital points of a case by cultivating independence of extraneous aids. By such a mastery of the cases may be acquired mental power, and that ability to apply abstract principles to concrete cases which is so necessary a part of the equipment of a real lawyer.
EDWIN C. GODDARD. Ann Arbor, July 1, 1904.