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PRESS NOTICES OF THE FIRST EDITION.
THE TIMES (Literary Supplement).-"Every chapter testifies to conscientious, painstaking labour. The authors do not shirk difficult questions. They do not hide imperfect knowledge under generalities. Their statements are well "documented." It is a critical, well-considered history of the war from the point of view of the lawyer. Students will be grateful for the collection of facts and documents in the appendix. . . . They have reviewed, in a book certain to be often consulted, most of the chief questions of international law which have arisen during the war in a spirit of fairness and with conspicuous ability. . . . It is a piece of well-knit, solid work. It embodies research and care."
LAW TIMES.-"Messrs. Smith and Sibley have produced a work whose every page bears testimony to patient research, admirable arrangement of facts, calm judgment, and high ability as exponents of judicial principles based on historic predicts, which they have summarized for their readers, furnishing them by copious footnotes with the sources of their information. This work, which is no exaggeration to term a monumental production of learning, cannot be regarded merely as a text-book, or a book of reference. It can be perused with high intellectual pleasure, not solely for the purposes of study, but of mental relaxation, by every one to whom "affairs"-to use a favourite word of Lord Beaconsfield-are of interest, as a public man, a jurist, a philosopher, historian, or practising barrister. .. This passage gives the mental attitude of the writers, but their admittedly favourable opinion of Japan does not, in our judgment, affect in the least the absolute impartiality of their exposition of international practice, nor the highly judicial tone of their deductions. . . . One of the great charms of this work consists in the references to the unconscious development in the practice and working of international law resulting from progress in scientific knowledge."
LAW QUARTERLY.—“We regard the book as a valuable storehouse of the most recent facts in international law."
SATURDAY REVIEW.-" A rich storehouse both of ancient and modern history as made by war. . . . It is a record of recent events that are still scattered in quarters where it is extremely difficult to find them; and the convenience is great of having within one volume all the facts and documents relating to the disputes which arose out of the facts of the war."
THE SPEAKER. "The strong points of the book are the chapters on the laws on neutrality, and especially of contraband. The authors have made an înteresting collection of authorities, from Grotius, Bynkershoek and Vattel to Lord Stowell and the late Mr. Hall. They give a readable account, interspersed with comments often smart and vigorous, of the principal cases in which neutral commerce was disturbed by the Russian and Japanese fleets. . . a book to be used... by all interested in the subject. If it is thoroughly revised it will become a standard work."
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE JOURNAL.-"The authors of the above work have performed a service of the utmost value in presenting a reasoned examination, not only of the points of novelty and far-reaching principle that arose during the recent war, but also of those questions which are of special interest to commerce and the shipping industry. The various questions that attained such prominence during the war, such as contraband of war, laying mines in mid-ocean, the use of wireless telegraphy in war, the destruction of neutral vessels, the right of search, and the reception of belligerent cruisers in neutral waters, are all dealt with in a particularly thorough and lucid manner. . . . To the ship-owner and merchant, as well as to the student, the work under notice will be of the utmost interest and value."
THE STANDARD.-"A fine example of careful and intelligent work."
AS INTERPRETED DURING
THE RUSSO-JAPANESE WAR.
Cirkernead, F. E. SMITH, M.P.,
FORMERLY FELLOW OF MERTON COLLEGE, OXFORD,
AND VINERIAN SCHOLAR IN THE UNIVERSITY;
OF GRAY'S INN AND THE NORTHERN CIRCUIT, BARRISTER-AT-LAW;
N. W. SIBLEY, B.A., LL.M., TRIN. H. CANT.,
AND B.A. LOND., BARRISTER-AT-LAW
OF LINCOLN'S INN, AND JOINT AUTHOR OF "THE ALIENS ACT AND
REVISED AND RESET.
T. FISHER UNWIN
WILLIAM CLOWES AND SONS, LIMITED
7, FLEET STREET
JX1393 R935 1907
Dear Sir Robert Finlay,
We did not venture to dedicate to you the first edition of a work which not even your name might have redeemed from failure. Two facts encouraged us to ask your leave to address the second edition to yourself: we were influenced first by the unexpected success which the first edition achieved, and secondly by the spontaneous kindness with which you assured us of your substantial concurrence in the conclusions contained herein.
This was indeed "laudari a laudato viro," for it had been your official duty to advise the late Government in most of the difficult matters of controversy which are treated in the following pages.
We have followed at a long interval in your footsteps, and we greatly value the appreciation which you have been good enough to express of our work.
"To Sir Robert Finlay, K.C.
Formerly his Majesty's Attorney-General.”
F. E. S.
N. W. S.