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WATERS AND WATERCOURSES. Mill-ouners Mill-lams Right of Passage Waters-Reasonable Use. -A mill-owner upon a floatable river is pot under legal obligativu to provide a public way, for the passage of logs over his dam, better than would be afforded by the natural condition of the river unobstructed by his mills. The right of passage is the natural flow of the river or its equivalent: Pearson v. Rolfe, 76 Me.

A mill-owner is not under legal obligation to furnish any public passage for logs over his dam or through his mills at a time when the river at such place, in its natural condition, does not contain water enough to be fioutable if unobstructed by mills, although the river is generally of a floatable character : Id.

Whenever a river, with mills upon it, is floatable, and the mill-owner and those who want to float logs past the mills are desirous of using the water at the same time, all parties are entitled to reasonable use of the common boom; the right of passage is the superior, but not an usurping, excessive or exclusive, right: the law authorizing mills put some incumbrance upon the right of passage: Id.

What is a reasonable use is a question of fact, and depends upon the size and nature of the stream, the extent and kinds of business upon it, and all other circumstances : Id.

LIST OF THE PRINCIPAL NEW LAW BOOKS. BARBOUR.--A Summary of the Law of Parties to Actions at Law and Suits in Equity. By 0. L. BARBOUR. 2d ed. Revised and adapted to the Codes and Recent Statutes. 8vo., pp. 875. Albany: W. C. Little & Co.

BARTON.-IIistory of a Suit in Equity from its commencement to its final Termination. By č. Barton. New Edition adapted to Modern Practice in the United States, with Numerous Equity Forms. By H. H. INGERSOLL. And an Appendix Containing the Rules of Practice for the Courts of Equity of the United States, and a Digest of the Acts of Congress relating to Equity, revised to date, and the Ordinances of Lord Bacon. 8vo., pp. 245. Cincinnati : Robert Clarke & Co.

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The New Rules and Numerous Notes and Cases. By C. Higgins. 8vo., pp. 217. London: W. Clowes & Sons, Limited.

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Smith.—A Treatise on the Law of Negligence. By II. Smith. 2d ed. Svo., pp. 312. London : Stevens & Sons.

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Travis.-A Law Treatise on the Constitutional Powers of Parliament, and of the Local Legislatures, under the British North America Act 1867. By J. Travis. Svo., pp. 184. Saint John, N. B.: Sun Publishing Co.

THE

AMERICAN LAW REGISTER

MARCH 1885.

CONSTITUTIONAL REGULATIONS OF LEGISLATIVE

PROCEEDINGS.

RULES prescribing forms for the guidance of legislatures are incorporated in many of the state constitutions now in force. These vary in their scope, in some cases extending to a considerable number of requirements, and in others being few in number. They are also expressed in varying terms. Their purpose is the prevention of some of the evils which grew out of legislation when little or no restriction was placed upon the mode of procedure, “as if with the advance toward a higher civilization' greater precautions were requisite in legislative matters than in the early days of our state's history.”

The English Doctrine.—There are no restrictions upon the Parliament of Great Britain as to the mode of its procedure, and there is no such thing known to English law as the unconstitutional enactment of a statute. There can be no inquiry as to the regularity of an enactment; the enrolled act is a verity: Rex v. Arundel, Hob. 110; Prince's Case, 8 Coke 145. There is no common law in this country in conflict with this: People v. Devlin, 33 N. Y. 281 ; State v. Swift, 10 Nev. 176; Pangborn v. Young, 32 N. J. L. 29; Sherman v. Story, 30 Cal. 253; Falconer v. Higgins, 2 McLean 195; Pacific Railroad Co. v. Governor, 23 Mo. 362; Fouke v. Fleming, 13 Md. 412; Brodnar v. Groom, 64 N. C. 244; People v. Starne, 35 III. 121.

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are said to be mandatory on legislative bodies; but after action the presumption is that they have been observed, and the courts will not go back of the enrolled act to impeach it. See Usener v. State, 8 Tex. App. 177; Central Railway Co. v. Hearne, 32 Tex. 546; Blessing v. Galveston, 42 Id. 611 ; Kilgore v. Magee, 85 Penn. St. 401; People v. Burke, 31 Cal. 661; Eld v. Gorham, 20 Conn. 8; People v. Commissioners, 54 N. Y. 276; Evans v. Browne, 30 Ind. 514; Bender v. State, 53 Id. 254; Commissioners v. Burford, 93 Id. 383; Edger v. Board, 70 Id. 331; Lottery Co. v. Richour, 23 La. Ann. 743; Green v. Weller, 32 Miss. 650; Swann v. Buck, 40 Id. 268; Mayor v. Harwood, 32 Md. 471; Thompson's Case, 9 Op. Attys.-Gen. 1; Miller v. State, 5 Ohio St. 275; Purdy v. People, 4 Hill 390; De Bow v. People, 1 Den. 14; State v. Glenn, 1 West Coast Rep. 50, and cases cited ante.

Conflict of Authority.The rule which seems to be established by these cases has not been uniformly held by several of the courts which decided them. In some states, especially California and Missouri, changes in the fundamental law have necessitated the establishment of a rule different from that announced in the cases cited. But before the constitutions now in force in these states were adopted there was a conflict of authority. In Fowler v. Peirce, 2 Cal. 165, the court say, by MURRAY, C. J.: "I am of opinion that there is no difference between declaring a law uuconstitutional for matters patent upon its face, though passed regularly, and a law apparently good, yet passed in violation of those rules which the constitution has imposed for the protection of the rights and liberties of the citizen.” The court held an act which purported to have been approved on a day on which it might legally have been done, void, because as a matter of fact it was approved when the power to do the act did not exist. In State v. McBride, 4 Mo. 303, the question was whether an amendment to the constitution had been voted for by the required number of members of the legislature, and it appears to have been determined by the record contained in the legislative journals. This case was doubtless overruled by Pacific Railroad Co. v. Governor, ante, which has been overruled by Bradley v. West, 60 Mo. 33, and State v. Mead, 71 Id. 266. Both these last cases were decided under the present constitution, which differs materially from that in force when the earlier cases were ruled. Sherman v. Story has also been overruled by Weill v. Kenfield, 54 Cal. 111, under a like change in the fundamental law. The earlier cases in Indiana held to the American doctrine. See Skinner v. Deming, 2 Ind. 558; Coleman v. Dobbins, 8 Id. 156. And intimations and dicta in its favor are to be found in some of the New York cases, which have been frequently cited in its support. See People, v. Purdy, 2 Hill 31; s. c. in error, 4 Id. 384; De Bow v. People, 1 Den. 9; Com. Bank v. Sparrow, 2 Id. 97. The rule in Maryland has been changed by Berry v. Baltimore, etc., Railroad Co., 41 Md. 446, and Legg v. Mayor, etc., 42 Id. 203. The cases cited from Mississippi must be considered overruled by Brady v. West, 50 Miss. 68, where the court say: “It is clearly competent to show from the journals of either branch of the legislature that a particular act was not passed in the mode prescribed by the constitution, and thus defeat its operation altogether.” Two Iowa cases (Clare v. State, 5 Iowa 509; Duncombe v. Prindle, 12 Id. 1) are often cited in support of the doctrine that the enrolled act is conclusive; but they only determine that where there is a conflict between the printed and the enrolled act, the latter is the ultimate proof of the expression of the legislative will. Whether the journals were competent, evidence, or their effect, was not considered in either case: Koehler. v. Hill, 60 Iowa 543.

The American Doctrine.—The power and duty of courts to look behind the enrolled act and determine that it has received the required number of votes, or that in its enactment there has been a substantial compliance with the forms prescribed by the constitution is upheld by a large number of cases : Skinner v. Denning, 2 Ind. 528; Post v. Supervisors, 105 U. S. 667; Smithee v. Garth, 33 Ark. 17; Hull v. Miller, 4 Neb. 503; Walker v. Griffith, 60 Ala. 361; Williams v. State, 6 Lea (Tenn.) 549; Supervisors v. Heenan, 2 Minn. 330; Coleman v. Dobbins, 8 Ind. 156; In re Roberts, 5 Colo. 525; In re Welman, 20 Vt. 656; Legg v. Mayor, fc., 42 Md. 203; Osburn v. Staley, 5 W. Va. 85; State v. Platt, 2 S. C. 150; Walker v. State, 12 Ind. 200; State v. Hagood, 13 Id. 46; Worthen v. Badgett, 32 Ark. 496; State v. Mead, 71 Mo. 266; Smithee v. Campbell, 41 Ark. 471; South Ottawa v. Perkins, 94 U. S. 260; Spangler v. Jacoby, 14 Ill. 297; Prescott v. Trustees, 19 Id. 324 ; People v. Starne, 35 Id. 121; Ryan v. Lynch, 68 Id. 160: Turley v. County of Logan, 17 Id. 151; Burr v. Ro88, 19 Ark. 250; Weill v. Kenfield, 54

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