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(CRIMES AND PUNISHMENTS).
BY THE LATE
FELLOW OF TRINITY COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE.
SIR HERBERT STEPHEN, BART.
OF THE INNER TEMPLE, BARRISTER-AT-LAW
HARRY LUSHINGTON STEPHEN,
MACMILLAN AND CO.
AND NEW YORK
All Rights Reserved
PREFACE TO THE FIFTH EDITION
In preparing this Edition of the Digest of the Criminal Law, we have endeavoured to make it as nearly as possible what it would have been if it had been prepared by the Author.
Not many cases of the first importance have been decided since the publication of the Fourth Edition at the beginning of 1887. R. v. Tolson, 1889, 23 Q.B.D. 168, R. v. Brown, 1889, 24 Q.B.D. 357, Connor v. Kent, 1891, 2 Q.B. 545, and all other cases which seem either to alter, or more fully to expound the law, have been incorporated either in the text or by way of illustration.
The principal statutes altering the law as to indictable offences, or creating new offences enacted in the same period, are the Merchandise Marks Act 1887 (50 & 51 Vict. c. 28); the Newspaper Libel Act 1888 (51 & 52 Vict. c. 64); the Official Secrets Act 1889 (52 & 53 Vict. c. 59)—a marvellous specimen of drafting; the Corruption of Public Bodies Act 1889 (52 & 53 Vict. c. 69); the Lunacy Act 1890 (53 Vict. c. 5); the Stamp Duties' Management Act 1891 (54 & 55 Vict. c. 38); the Penal Servitude Act 1891 (54 & 55 Vict. c. 69); the