27 Can. B. Rev. 988 (1949)
Reviews and Notices

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   Reviews and Notices





The  Heralds  of the Law. By  C.  G. MORAN, of the Inner Temple,
     Barrister-at-Law.  London:   Stevens  and  Sons, Ltd.  Toronto:
     The  Carswell  Company, Limited. 1948. Pp. 114. ($5.25)

This is a well written book, in which Mr. Moran, besides telling the story
of law reporting and law reporters, the Heralds of the Law as he calls them,
deals with matters that are of great practical importance today. He tells
us in his preface that in 1903 he met outside the Divisional Court an editor
of law reports who said to him, Go in and report the case in the list-
one of the coronation seat cases -you are sure to find some tag in the
judgment which  will serve as a head-note. He did so and he adds, From
that date, I have spent two-thirds of my life in part-time law reporting.
   His experience is reminiscent of a similar episode in the life of Sir George
Rose as told by Lord Campbell in his Life of Lord Chancellor Eldon -Eldon
who  with all his great qualities found it hard ever to make up his mind
about a  case because so many  doubts presented themselves to his ever
active brain. Campbell records that Rose when at the Bar, having the
note book  of the regular reporter of Lord Eldon's decisions put into his
hand with a request that he would take a note for him of any decision which
should be given, entered in it the following lines as a full record of all that
was material which had occurred during the day:
             Mr. Leach
             Made a speech
               Angry, neat, but wrong:
             Mr. Hart
             On the other part
               Was heavy, dull, and long:
             Mr. Parker
             Made the case darker,
               Which dark enough without:
             Mr. Cooke
             Cited his book,
               And the Chancellor said - 'I doubt'.
I shall leave it to any one interested to read, in Campbell, the amusing
sequel when the report reached Lord Eldon's ears. In many ways Rose
produced almost an ideal report.
   We  have all learned some scraps of law put into rhyme - that is the
only reason the Rule in Shelley's case remains lodged in my memory -
and  I wonder what became  of the work of the young student who set out

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