1 S. L.J. 1 (1878)

handle is hein.journals/soljrepo1 and id is 1 raw text is: THE SOUTHERN LAW JOURNAL.

The Southern Law Journal.
JANUARY 1, 1878.
The , editor fully appreciates the
grave responsibilities he assumes in
establishing THE SOUTHERN LAw
JOURNAL, and is not unmindful of
the fact that, heretofore, such an en-
terprise in the South, has been con-
sidered a doubtful experiment in
journalistic adventure.  Why this
broad and fruitful field of profes-
sional usefulness should have re-
mained uncultivated, can not be ac.
counted for satisfactorily, to the pro-
gressive and highly cultured practi-
tioners of the present day.
No standard periodical devoted to
the interests of the legal profession,
is now published south of St. Louis,
and yet, the Bench and Bar of the
Southern States rank among the
foremost in the land.
The Alabama decisions are quoted
as approved authority in all the sis-
ter States, and our jurists are upsur-
passed in legal learning and forensic
ability; yet it is true, that we have,
in a great measure, depended upon
the law literature of the North for
our professional learning. This should
not continue to be the case. We
have, within our limits, the highest
elements of legal ability, which only
require for development into more
ewinent usefulness, co-operative ef-
fort, and free interchange of profes-
sional experience and information.

intended to supply a necessity long
recognized by every lawyer in the
State in full practice. Worthless text-
books and State reports crowd upon
the profession with fearful rapidity,
and the practitioner, who is fortunate
enough to command sufficient means
for the purchase of new publicationsi
soon finds his library groaning with
cumbrous and unavailing volumes.
Law book-making has become a
favorite art, of late days, and is re
sorted to for pecuniary gain, just as,
any other mechanical employment.
The field of text-books has been
thoroughly explored by the old
fathers of the profession, and funda-
mental law reduced to such an exact
science, as to leave but little scope
for the inventive genius of modern
times. The buly itriking exception
to this assertion being found in the
law of Patents, and of Insurance,
Fire, Life and Marine.
The busy practitioner of the pres-
ent age, has essentially nothing t-
learn, of real practical value, froth
the plethora of law books now teem-
ing from the Northern press, and
certainly no time to pursue the legal
vagaries of mediocre expounders of
established law. If the spirit of the
old Common Law could be heard to
speak from the tomb of the venera-
ble fathers, it would no doubt repro-
duce the last words of the great poet
of Scotland:-
Let no awkward squad fire o'er my grave.
Speedy reference to the decisionis
of the highest Federal and State
Courts, in cases involving novel and
doubtful questions, is what is most
needed in the way of law literature,
at the present day; and to supply this


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