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The present Digest of Highway Cases contains all the decisions by the High Court from the earliest Reports down to the end of Easter Term, 1903. To make the work of practical utility to highway surveyors and others who may not possess a law library, I have inserted at the commencement all the principal Statutes dealing with Highways, Bridges, and Locomotives on Highways, and a complete index to the whole work.
There can be very little doubt but that the law relating to highways requires consolidating, for it is in a most entangled state. The Public Health Act, 1875, consolidated the then existing laws relating to Public Health, but since that date numerous other Acts connected with that branch of law have repealed, or amended, parts of that Act, and now it would be an advantage to have another consolidation of the Public Health Statutes. Since the time of the passing of the Highway Act, 1835, there have been passed from time to time a large number of statutes relating to Highways and Locomotives, so that at the present day it is a somewhat difficult and tedious task, even for a lawyer, to find out what the law ismuch more must it be for the layman to do so. This difficulty