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Index to Periodicals Jlrticles on Topics of Legal Science and Related Subjects Actions. Sec Legal History. Adjudication. "Equity and the Common Law." By Frank Tudsbcry. 29 Law Quarterly Review 154 (Apr.). The relations between the common law and equity, using the latter word in its broader sense, are discussed, in their historical aspect and in their bearing on the problem of administer ing an ideal justice. "If precedents might be dis regarded according as each judge thought equity demanded it, the variable doctrine resulting therefrom would become the only guide for the courts, and paradoxically speaking no decision would ever be decisive. Such a state in the process of the law has been contemplated by Mr. Justice Story in his work upon Equity Jurisprudence, and is there characterized as despotic." Banking and Currency. "The Money Trust." By Alexander D. Noyes. Atlantic v. 11l, p. 653 (May). "Restrictions may be necessitated on the pur chase of one fiduciary institution by another, to the extent at least of requiring the approval of responsible public officers. There is plausible
argument for the regulation of banking and cor poration directorates, so that the same man or group of men shall not be allowed to sit on the boards of competing institutions." See Interlocking Directorates. Codification. See Common Law. Common Law. "Stonore Said." By Mar garet Center Klingelsmith. 61 Univ. of Pa. Law Review 381 (Apr.). Stonore said in 1345, ley est resoun, "law is reason," and after showing how this saying has been misinterpreted, the author makes it the keynote of a paper which urges the superiority of a "living common law" to a crystallized code. Even the German Civil Code comes in for some criticism. See Legal History. Consideration. "Is the Doctrine of Con sideration Senseless and Illogical?" By Dean Henry Winthrop Ballantine. 11 Michigan Law Review 423 (Apr.). An able paper which goes a long way toward correcting what an eminent reviewer has lately called the "wide flights of speculation" of Pro fessor Ashley (F. P., in 29 Law Quarterly Review, 223). The article is a criticism of Professor