The last edition was edited by the late Mr. W.D. Rawlins, K.C., and was published in the year 1911. Since then the Author also has passed away, after a long life and many years of public service. Amongst lawyers he will be remembered not only as an eminent and learned judge but also, and perhaps even especially, as the author of this treatise. The book has long been recognised as one of high authority and the standard work on its subject; and I feel that the task of editing it is not a light one. I have not attempted to introduce any new subjects, but have endeavoured only to bring the book up to date. In so doing I have borne in mind the desirability of retaining as far as possible the language of the Author, and have embodied my work mainly in the notes. In his Preface to the First Edition the Author referred to the difficulty of deciding how much of the law on many questions ought to find place in a treatise such as this. The same difficulty has frequently presented itself to me; I have endeavoured to solve it on each occasion in the same way that he did, though I cannot hope that I have done so with the same success.