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JUL 17 1917
THE UNIVERSITY PRESS, CAMERIDGE, MASS., U. S. A.
WHOSE PURITY AND SIMPLICITY OF HEART, PROFOUND KNOWLEDGE OF MANKIND, AND ENTHUSIASM IN THE SEARCH FOR
TRUTH WILL EVER BE MY INSPIRATION,
THIS BOOK IS REVERENTLY DEDICATED.
The arrangement, as well as the theory, of this book departs materially from that of its predecessors, the offspring of the great intellects and profound learning of Story, Dicey, and Wharton. I should feel that some explanation of this is necessary, save for my belief that the reader will find the arrangement its own best defender.
If from the tangled skein of decisions upon this subject it can be said that a single certain conclusion may be drawn, after a careful and laborious analysis of the cases I should select as that conclusion the fact that the great foundation and basic principle of private international law is Situs. Find the situs of the particular act, circumstance, or subject under inquiry and you will know the law which should properly regulate its validity and effect. This proposition, it is true, is subject to exceptions, but the exceptions are quite clearly defined, and may in general be applied without great difficulty. They will be found discussed in the second chapter.
It is logical therefore to treat the subject under the heads which follow, each bead constituting a separate division or part of the work : Part I., Introductory. PART II., Situs of the Person. PART III., Situs of Status. Part IV., Situs of Personal Property. PART V., Situs of Contracts. PART VI., Situs of Torts and Crimes. Part VII., Situs of Remedies. Part VIII. Pleading and Proof of Foreign Laws.