Excerpt from Ten Years of Massachusetts The truth that the state has t advanced beyond its laws, and that its progress is to be seen in those laws makes the study of them - and of the intelligence, conscience and will of the state as seen in them - most helpful in understanding the state's progress. To him who has the vision to see through the laws, they are more thrilling than fiction, for they touch the lives of those whostand out and take the thunder and lightning of life's poverty and calamities as well as of those who seek by the laws new means of protecting themselves in the acquirement of wealth. Every general law is an attempt to deduce from what has happened (sometimes in only a few instances) rules to govern what may happen again. The state's foresight is the result of looking backward. It locks the stable door after the horse has been stolen, but because so many other horses are left. Back of the laws are the suffering and loss on which they rest, material or moral. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.