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American Bankruptcy Reports.

Edited by

JAMES W. EATON and

WM. MILLER COLLIER.

Four Volumes report the decisions under the Act of 1898, to Jan. 1, 1901 ; thereafter two volumes a year, with Monthly Advance Sheets. Price, $5.00 net per vol.

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OF THE ALBANY, N. Y., BAR, INSTRUCTOR IN THE LAW OF CONTRACTS AND OF
EVIDENCE, LECTURER ON BANKRUPTCY IN THE ALBANY LAW SCHOOL,

AND EDITOR OF THE AMERICAN BANKRUPTCY REPORTS.

ALBANY, N. Y.
MATTHEW BENDER,

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PREFACE TO THIRD EDITION

In his modest preface to the first edition of this book the author stated that his work was in the nature of a pioneer undertaking intended to “ blaze the way” and aid in answering the questions which might arise before adjudications became plentiful. It is pleasant to know that Mr. Collier's scholarly and exhaustive book has not only assisted the practitioner to understand a complicated statute, the subject matter of which is new to most of the present generation, but has also helped greatly in the judicial construction and interpretation of that statute. It is gratifying, too, that the author's answers to many of the numerous questions which he foresaw would arise under this Act have proved to be correct.

In the two and a half years during which the Act has been in force and since the publication of the first edition of this book, most of the sections of the Act have been judicially construed. This fact alone makes a new edition at this time imperative. The bankruptcy decisions, under the law of 1898, have been collated in the present edition and their results set forth in rules of construction. The editor has quoted largely from the more important opinions because he believes that the bar will find it desirable to have the exact language of the court deciding the questions arising under the Act. It is not claimed that the book dispenses with the use of the reported cases but merely that this method guides the practitioner most surely and quickly to an intelligent knowledge of the effect of such decisions and where they may be found. All of Mr. Collier's work which has a permanent and historical value has been retained, while, at the same time, no effort has

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