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Entered, according to the Act of Congross, in the year 1857, by

K EEN & LEE, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States for the Northern

District of Illinois.

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Dedicated

TO

THE BRAVE AND INDUSTRIOUS CITIZENS OP

ILLINOIS,

AND

TO ALL THOSE WHO INTEND TO BUILD A HOME THERE,

MAY THE FLOURISHING AND FERTILE

PRAIRIE-STAT E

UNFOLD, FROM YEAR TO YEAR, MORE AND MORE GLORIOUSLY;

AND

MAY VIRTUE, WEALTH, AND HAPPINESS,

FOR EVER

HAVE THEIR ABODE WITHIN

HER BORDERS.

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FINANCES

.... 175

...... 177

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LAWS - LAND TITLES ...

169

EXECUTION OF DEEDS AND MORTGAGES.

172

FORY OF ACKNOWLEDGMENT

173

RECORDING OP DEEDS AND MORTGAGES

174

WILLS OF REAL ESTATE....

THE PROBATE AND RECORDING OF WILLS

TITLE TO REAL ESTATE BY INHERITANCE ....

179

LEVY AND COLLECTION OF LAND TAXES........

***............... 180

LAND TAX FORFEITURES AND REDEMPTION ................................................... 184

LIMITATION OF ACTIONS

........................................................ 184

LIMITATION FOR THE RECOVERY OF REAL ESTATE................................................ 185

EXEMPTIONS

.................................................................................. 186

HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION ..................................................................................... 187

LIEN LAW ...........

188

CHATTLE MORTGAGES....

189

CONTRACT ....

189

COLLECTION OF DEBTS

189

RATS OF INTEREST

LANDLORD AND TENANT

191

PROMISSORY NOTES AND BILLS OF EXCHANGE

........... 193

APPRENTICES......

193

RIGHTS OP MARRIED WOMEN AND WIDOWS ......................................................... 194

ESTRAYS ......................................................................................................... 195

GAME LAW.............................. .............................

............... 197

GEOGRAPHY

............... 199

STATISTICS..........

218

CLIMATE, SOIL, PLANTS, AND ANIMALS

230

STATE OF HEALTH AND DISEASES

259

TIIE PRAIRIES

.. 191

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.......... 271

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