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From the beginning of my term as Probate Judge, it has been my rule to write opinions in all cases of importance, with no thought however, of their publication. Recently, a number of members of the bar have suggested their publication in book form. As the cases cover a wide range of questions constantly arising in Probate Court practice, of which no adjudiction in this state has ever been published, and very few have ever reached the Supreme Court, it is hoped that this may be accepted as a sufficient apology for the publication of the decisions of an inferior court.
The manuscripts were placed in the hands of W. H. Whittaker Esq., of the Cincinnati Bar, who edited and arranged them for publication in the form now presented. In all instances where cases have been reviewed by higher courts, their action is stated in a foot note, and in cases where the opinion of the reviewing court is published, a reference to such publication will also be found in foot notes. A few of the more recent cases are still pending in the higher courts.
No other motive has prompted me to adopt the suggestion of publishing them than the hope thereby in some slight degree, to assist the profession to which I owe so much ; and if this be accomplished, the full measure of my desire will be realized.
HERMAN P. GOEBEL.
Cincinnati, March 25, 1890.