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are judicially construed or the ancient customs of the realm as incorporated in the rules of the common law depended upon for guidance, demonstrate the usefulness of a work of this character, which covers the ground more completely than the various works on bailments have attempted.

In this book the author has endeavored to trace the growth of inns from their origin to the present time, and to illustrate, to some extent, the customs on which the laws regulating inns, hotels and taverns are founded, as well as the changes which the progress of events and the development of commercial interests have rendered necessary. The duties and responsibilities of the innkeeper, the rights and obligations of the guest and boarder, and the relations existing between boarding-house keepers and their patrons, are discussed at length.

The various statutes relating to inns and boarding-houses are given in full, and the cases referring to the several acts are cited in their appropriate order. In the citation of cases for this volume nearly all the reported cases of other States have been referred to, together with the leading English cases on the subject.

The chapter upon the liability of sleeping car companies is thought to be properly inserted, for the reason that there hav: been various attempts made to show that the proprietors of such cars are in reality the keepers of common inns.

The author has not endeavored to compile a work upon the Excise Laws, but has only given such statutes as necessarily apply to hotels and inns. As the privilege of selling excisable liquors is only incidental to the right of keeping hotels, and not necessarily connected with it, and as a license for keeping hotels is now permitted to be granted without giving the applicant the right to sell liquors, it was not considered essential to treat of the Excise Laws in connection with the rights and liabilities of innkeepers, except to add a chapter on the Civil Damage Act.

This work is submitted to the profession with the belief that it will be found a useful book of referrence, saving the labor of examining the various re. ports and textbooks in order to ascertain the estab lished doctrine upon the subjects treated in its pages, which has been a task of no little difficulty to

THE AUTHOR. May 10th, 1888. White Memorial Building,

Syracuse, N. Y.

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CHAPTER II.

INNS IN GENERAL.

Inn Defined...

What Constitutes an Inn.

What is Not an Inn.....

Sign of an Inn

Right of Establishing Inns.

License Not Essential to Charge Inn keeper..

Manner of Establishing Inns.

Petition for License..

Inn-keeper's Bonds...

Gambling in the Inn.

Gaming in Taverns Prohibited.

Iun to be Kept Orderly....

Spare Beds and Stabling..

Inn-keeper Cannot Act as Justice.

Unlicensed Inns Cannot Employ Messenger Boys..

Corporations for Hotel Purposes.

Slandering the Inn ....

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