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The Continental Monthly, Vol. IV. October, 1863, No. IV.

Devoted to Literature and National Policy.

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Author: Various Authors
Published: 1863
Language: English
Wordcount: 78,194 / 233 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 33.6
LoC Category: AP
Downloads: 402
Added to site: 2005.07.19
mnybks.net#: 10876
Genre: Periodical
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h his assailant, he should strike a second through misconception, how immeasurably ridiculous would be the action of these individuals, should they, while the death struggle were still raging, berate the man, one for breaking the law by taking away his cane, and the other for breaking the law by the commission of a battery! Every man feels instinctively that in such a crisis all weapons of defence are at his disposal, and that he takes them, not in violation of law, but in obedience to the law of extraordinary contingencies, which every community adopts, but which no community can inscribe upon its statute book, because it is the law of contingencies.

The Executive of this, as of every country, resorts to this law when, in the nature of things, the statute law is inadequate. In doing this, he does not violate law; he only adopts another kind of law. A subtle, delicate law, indeed, which can neither be inscribed among the enactments, nor exactly defined, circumscribed, or expressed. When i

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