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CONTAINING ALL THE CHAPTERS OF THE CODE OF 1863
AS AMENDED BY SUBSEQUENT LEGISLATION
TO AND INCLUDING THE ACTS OF 1883.
WITH AN ADDENDA
CONTAINING ALL THE ACTS OF A GENERAL NATURE NOT AMENDI -
TORY OF THE CODE, IN FORCE IN THE STATE ON
THE 1ST DAY OF JANUARY, 1884,
Entered according to the Act of Congress in the year 1851, by
WARTH & BRIGGS,
in the office of the Librarian of Congress at Washingtos.
Reo. May 4, 1900.
In the year 1868 the Legislature of West Virginia enacted a code of laws for the State, and every succeeding session made more or less amendments to it.
In the year 1872 a new constitution for the State was adopted, which made many changes necessary in the statute laws which were speedily enacted.
In the year 1879 the Legislature proposed amendments to the new constitution which were, in the year 1880, ratified by the people. These amendments to the constitution made further changes necessary, in the statute law, that were speedily enacted.
These changes, mostly enacted as amendments to the Code, are scattered through the Acts of the different sessions of Legislature and are now so numerous that no person, without much labor and research, can tell what the law is, on any subject.
The compiler of this work has, at the expense of much labor and care, taken the amendments to the Code of 1868 and inserted each in its proper place, with a reference showing the Acts and page from which it was taken, so that the reader will see, in this work, the law as the Legislature has made it!
There are some Acts that seem to modify the law as contained in the Code, without amending any of its chapters or sections. These Acis have, generally, in this work, been placed in the chapters of the Code containing the same subject, but within a parenthesis, so that the reader will see, at a glance, what is so inserted in a chapter.
To THE AVENDED CODE there is an ADDENDA that contains all the Acts of the Legislature in force in the State, of a general nature, not enacted or inserted in its chapters, and to it is prefixed the CoxSTITUTION (as amended,) OF THE STATE, so that the reader is presented with the constitution and statute laws of the State in one volume, to which is added a copious INDEX.
This compilation is a private enterprise, intended to supply a pressing public want.
The notes of reference will enable any one to test the accuracy of this work by comparing the law, as stated in it, with the Code of 1868, and the Acts from which the amendments and other laws are taken.
JOHN A. WARTH. June, 1884.