chapter  XV
41 Pages

CHAPTER XV

Common form such land by compulsory process. In all these cases methods of procedure and of assessing compensation should obviously agree, and not be left for settlement by common form clauses in each Bill. These clauses purported to be substantially the same, but sometimes, through accident or intention, small differences were introduced which caused endless disputes, and inflicted considerable hardship on owners who were dispossessed. That litigation has been ended by the Lands Clauses Act, cannot, unfortunately, be said. Probably no modern statute has brought so much grist to the legal mill. It has called into existence almost a literature of its own in treatises and commentaries written upon its provisions, and in every

populous district it has enriched a numerous band of surveyors, land-valuers, and arbitrators.