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it. Mr. Eckardt's introduction is somewhat of an excrescence and may very profitably be omitted.

Chattel Mortgages and Bills of Sale. Second revised edition. By

Barron and O'Brien. Toronto: Canada Law Book Company,

Limited. 1914. Price, $S.50.

This book, so useful to the ordinary practitioner, appears thoroughly revised and up to date both as to the revision in the statute law and the cases quoted as authority. The law on this subject is given in concise form under its various headings, the different points being supported by decided cases. Then follows the Money-Lenders Act, R. S. C. 1906, ch. 122, followed by the Bills of Sale Act of the various provinces. A complete set of forms is given which will be found most useful, in which the master-hand of Mr. A. H. O’Brien is apparent. The volume is a distinct addition to any law library.

lsechanics' Lien Laucs in Canada. By William Wallace, LL.B. Editor of “Decisions of Supreme Court of Nova Scotia Hitherto Unreported " (40 N. S. R.) ; Ingpen on Executors and Administrators, Canadian Notes, &c., &c. Toronto : Canada Law Book Company, Limited. $7.50. This very complete work presents the law on what is often to the solicitor a very annoying subject, and the author has taken great care in collecting not only the decisions of the Canadian Courts but the recent decisions of the American Courts where similar legislation exists in the United States as that in vogue in Canada. The statutes of the various provinces are given and all the necessary forms appear at the end of the volume together with a full index. Reference to this publication will undoubtedly save much time and worry, and very often time is limited.

The Eramination of Witnesses in Court. By Frederic John Wrottesley, of the Inner Temple, Barrister-at-Law. London: Sweet & Maxwell, Ltd. Toronto : The Carswell Co., Ltd. Mr. Wrottesley's book will be found very valuable, particularly to the junior Bar in whose minds rules of examin


ation have not become second nature. A perusal of this volume will undoubtedly save counsel many a hesitating and uncomfortable moment through uncertainty. The chapter on elementary rules of evidence is a distinct addition to a book of this nature and will without doubt be appreciated.

An Epitome of Leading Cases in Equity. Founded on White and Tudor's selection. By W. H. Hastings Kelke, M.A., of Lin. coln's Inn, Barrister-at-Law. Third edition. London: Sweet & Maxwell, Ltd. Toronto: The Carswell Co., Ltd., $1.60.

This little volume will enable the beginner to obtain a thorough grasp of the principles of equity and to associate with the principles enunciated in the book the cases in which these principles are best exemplified. Although the hook is not intended for old practitioners it will he found not only useful but accessible for ready reference to the estab: lished principles of equity.

The Law of Mortgages. By J. Andrew Strahan, M.A., LL.B., of the Middle Temple, Esq., Barrister-at-Law: Reader of Equity, Inns of Court, London; and Professor of Jurisprudence, I'mi. versity of Belfast. Second edition. London: Sweet & Maxwell,

Ltd. Toronto: The Carswell Co., Ltd., $2.00. |

In this work the author sets out the general principles underlying the law of mortgages, discussing its origin from the Common Law and the changes which Equity and Statute law have grafted upon it, making, as the author states, the Law of Mortgage consistent, simple, and reasonable. The most important statutes affecting the law of mortgages are appended and may be consulted to advantage

Pririleges and Immunitics of Citizens of the Tnited States. By Ar. nold Johnson Lien, Ph.D., sometime Richard Watson Gilder, Fellow in Political Science. Columbia University. New York: Columbia University. This is one of the publications edited by the Political Science Faculty of Columbia University, and presents an illuminating discussion of the American constitution and the privileges of American citizens thereunder. The conclusions arrived at in Dr. Lien's publication are the result of great

and earnest labour and are based on the decisions of the Supreme Court of the United States.

Messrs. Carswell & Co.'s legal diary for 1914, also pocket diary, is to hand. The Bar will find this diary particularly useful in many matters requiring reference.

Browne and Watts' Late and Practice in Divorce and Matrimonial Causes. Eighth edition. By J. H. Watts, of the Inner Temple and the South-Eastern Circuit, Barrister-at-Law. Ilondon : Sweet & Maxwell, Ltd., Stevens & Sons, Ltd. Toronto: The Carswell Co., Ltd., $7.25. The present edition of this very useful work has been partially re-written and many important cases which have recently been heard included. The form of the previous editions has been adhered to, namely part one on Law and part two on practice. A number of other improvements are also to be found in this edition, namely the names of the corespondents, which enables the reader to ascertain whether the suit was a petition by husband or wife. The various statutes and rules are to be found in the appendices. With the question of the establishment of a Divorce Court in Canada a moot one, the present volume will be found of great assistance not only to the profession but to parliamentarians.


The White Linen Nurse. By Eleanor Hallowell Abbott, with illuson: by Herman Pfeifer. Toronto: The Copp Clark Co.,


To those having personal knowledge of hospitals and nurses “The White Linen Nurse * will appeal in a way peculiarly its own. The three graduating nurses, roommates, who with the senior surgeon are the principal characters of the book, are the millionaire city girl, the town girl and the country girl, and the three probably form as good an example of the girls from their respective walks of life who study nursing as could possibly be found. The characters of the city girl and the town girl are well drawn and each plays up to her part, but the drawing of the White Linen Nurse, the country girl, is that of an artist and of one who knows. Overwrought with long hours of watching, overwork, and a succession of difficult and depressing cases, the day of graduation finds the white linen nurse suffering from a severe attack of neurasthenia in a peculiar form. Admitted by the senior surgeon to be not only the most capable nurse he had ever had but that he had ever seen, remaining cool and retaining her presence of mind in several most delicate operations when even the surgeon himself was far from cool, it will be understood that the nervousness is not the ordinary fool kind prevalent among a certain class of women, but the result of overwork and mental anxiety. The subsequent working out of the story and the entrance therein of the senior surgeon and his little crippled daughter form part of one compact, artistic whole. The book is without doubt one of the season's best.

Notwithstanding. By Mary Cholmondeley. Toronto: The Copp Clark Co., Ltd. This book contains subject-matter sufficient for a passable novelette but when the author endeavours to extend it to a book the dimensions of “Notwithstanding ” it degenerates into drivel and sentimental rubbish.

The Port of Adventure. By C. N. and A. M. Williamson. Toronto: Musson Book Company, Limited. This is a charming little love story from the pen of these well-known authors. The setting for the story is California and New York, with the Golden Gate in California as the Port of Adventure. The principal characters are Nick Hilliard, Carmen Gaylor, a Spanish creole, and Angela May, the daughter of a California millionaire who, when a girl, had been jostled into a marriage with an Italian prince now deceased. The characters are well drawn if somewhat stereotyped, and the gorgeous colouring of California and the west is brilliantly described. While not a particularly great book, the Port of Adventure will be good reading to while away an idle hour.

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With the cordial approval, not only of the members of the legal profession, with whom he is universally popular, but also of the public, who have long learned to appreciate his legal attainments and many qualities, Sir Rufus Isaacs has been appointed to succeed Lord Alverstone in the Lord Chief Justiceship, the highest purely judicial office in the land. During the past one hundred years the office of Lord Chief Justice has had eight occupants—Ellenborough, Tenterden, Denman, Campbell, Cockburn, Coleridge, Russell, and Alverstone—and not one of these distinguished men brought to it a larger store of professional and personal gifts. None of them, at any rate, reached it through a worthier or more romantic career. It is through sheer hard work, combined with forensic gifts of the highest order and personal qualities of a most attractive kind, that Sir Rufus Isaacs has won his way to the great position to which he has been appointed at the early age of fifty-three. He belongs to a race which has given the world some of its finest legal intellects. Sir George Jessel, whose name stands out pre-eminent in the list of modern Masters of the Rolls, was the first Jew to become an English Judge, and Sir Rufus Isaacs, who has been appointed to “the chair of Mansfield,” is the second member of his race to become one of His Majesty's Judges.

About the early days of the Lord Chief Justice there was little, apart from his determination and independence, to suggest the achievement of his later years. A son of the late Mr. Joseph Isaacs, a member of a well-known London firm of fruit merchants, he was born on October 10, 1860, and was educated at University College School, at Brussels, and at Hanover. A spirit of adventure led him, soon after the completion of his schooldays, to abandon the comfortable

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