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Law (that is, human law looking to political ends), is in none of its branches an exact science. It changes with the times. But particularly is this true of international law. It has, in great measure, to deal with those periods in human society when in certain places, municipal law is silenced by arms; when the force of government is exerted, not against individuals, but against the force of government, and private rights of property and security must give way to the overmastering demands of public necessity.

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