||IV PEEFAOE. view has been the omission of no general law or part thereofy now in force. In every case of a general Statute, where it appeared that any well founded doubt could exist, as to its having been repealed, or superseded, it has been retained with such note, or reference, as the case seemed to require, leaving the question of its repeal to the judiciary. As to the meaning of the words now in force, as employed in the Act providing for tbis Compilation, it has not occurred to the committee that there could be any question. The Legislature evidently intended the work to embrace such laws only as are in force for future action or purpose, and not such as possess vitality as respects alone the action heretofore had under them ; hence the number of Acts has been con* siderably reduced by the consolidation of amendments and the omission of many Acts private in their nature, such as canon roads, and other private incorporations not necessarily belonging to the general Statutes. The charters of incorporated cities have been consolidated in one title and classified in their respective counties. In conformity with the practice prevailing in many of the States, the various Acts have been classified and arranged in their relative order under Titles and Chapters, with head-notes giving the subject of each section, and the sections numbered consecutively through the whole work, for the convenience of future reference or amendments. The duty of the committee has been confined to the collection and reprint, without alter atio?i, of the u Laws in force," consequently many crude things will be found in this compilation which will be more apparent in their present form than when distributed through the several books heretofore published. The proof sheets as they passed through the press have been carefully inspected by the committee, and, while we can hardly hope that no errors have occurred, there are at least none which the utmost care on our part has not been exerted to prevent ABEAHAM O. SMOOT, SILAS S. SMITH, EOBEET T. BUETON, Committee on Compilation. November 28th, 1876.