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A DIGES

THE

REPORTED DCISIONS

OF THE

COARTSMOF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, AND OF

GREAY BRITAIN AND HER COLONIES,

RELATING TO

THE RIGHTS AND LIABILITIES OF

GAS COMPANIES.

TOGETHER WITH

EXTRACTS FROM THE STATUTES OF THE VARIOUS

UNITED STATES CONCERNING GAS COMPANIES.

BY

CHARLES P. GREENOUGH,

COUNSELLOR-AT-LAW.

BOSTON:
LITTLE, BROWN, AND COMPANY.

1883.

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PREFACE.

This work is essentially a book of reference and is intended primarily for the use of Gas Companies and their counsel, though it will be found of service to the general practitioner. Its object is to supply a reliable and exhaustive summary of all the cases reported in the Courts of the United States and of Great Britain and her colonies, in which the rights and liabilities of Gas Companies are discussed, and to which Gas Companies are parties plaintiff or defendant. Those cases only are omitted which relate solely to matters of practice in the local courts and have no general interest.

No opinion is expressed by the compiler upon the decisions, and no attempt is made to reconcile those which are conflicting. The rights and liabilities of Gas Companies are in most particulars similar to those of other manufacturing corporations, and the extended treatises on the laws governing such corporations fully cover all the general rules by which Gas Companies must govern their business transactions. The author has therefore made no attempt to collect the

cases relating to the general powers of corporations, except those in which Gas Companies are themselves parties. It is believed that the Digest is an exhaustive one, and its chief value to Gas Companies is, that when any question arises which relates to their rights or liabilities, it can be seen at once whether that particular question has ever been raised and decided by the courts with reference to the peculiar business of a Gas Company. ..

The Digest includes many cases taken from the Gas Journal, published in London, which are not reported elsewhere, and many of the important cases decided in the English Courts are reported in detail in that journal.

The statutes have been brought down to cover the laws passed in the sessions of the various legislatures of the United States for the year 1882. They show exactly how far Gas Companies in this country are protected in their rights and controlled in their business by the legislative power.

CHARLES P. GREENOUGH,

COUNSELLOR-AT-Law.

Boston, January, 1883.

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