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CHAPTER XVIII.

CONCLUSION.

It may be interesting in closing to touch for a few moments upon the methods pursued in preparing and disposing of legislation. Before doing so I should like to call attention to some matters which suggest themselves for consideration, as the result of a rather lengthy experience in this work.

Frequent changes in the law are undesirable on several grounds. They confuse and upset those who are in charge of local administration, a very important matter, owing to the vast territory to which they apply,—they are frequently the cause of great expense—they render it more difficult for the people generally to become acquainted with and interested in the law.

Legislation should not be in advance of sound public opinion. Its successful administration and enforcement will be jeopardized from the start if it does not commend itself to

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