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1 West Pub. Co. Docket 3 (1909-1913)

handle is hein.journals/wepubcod1 and id is 1 raw text is: WEST PUBLISHING COMPANY'S
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JANUARY                                                      1909
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The Why and the Wherefore
OR UPWARD OF 30 YEARS the West Publishing Company has been
reporting, digesting, and circulating the decisions of the courts of last,
resort of the country. Being organized primarily for this purpose, its re-
lations with the legal profession have been largely confined to bringing to
their attention the best law books. During all of these years, however, there
has also been with us the desire to talk with our many thousands of business
friends of other things-things dissociated from the buying of books and re-
mitting for the same. We believe that the nature of our business and,
our relations with the judges, as authors, and the lawyers, as their reading
public, have brought to us the opportunity to do this in a way which will
interest you.
Hence this magazine.
Judicial Notice of Football Season
L HE SUPREME COURT in one of the states has decided that it will take
judicial notice that the football season in American institutions of learn-
ing begins in the fall and ends on Thanksgiving Day. Inasmuch as the an-
nual Army-Navy game was played this year two days after the season ju-
dicially closed, it leaves a horrid doubt as to the real standing of West
Point and Annapolis as institutions of learning, which would seem to warrant
an application for a rehearing on that point. However that may be, it is
encouraging to see the court throwing aside the musty volumes of precedents
and ketting down to modern sources of information, like the newspapers and
the sons of its members in attendance at the university. Perhaps next year
some progressive court 'will judicially settle who are entitled to places on the
All-American Eleven. It would be a boon to a suffering public if they would.
The practice of having sporting questions decided judicially has really much
to be said for it. How convenient it would have been last summer, if, instead
of the unseemly wrangling over the Olympic Sports which filled our ears, it
had been possible to refer the question whether Hayes or Dorando won the
Marathon race direct to The Hague Court of Arbitration. In fact, why hold
contests at all? Why not let the competitors present their claims to the
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