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The interaction of the basic maxim of substantive law, that no man may be deprived of his property without his consent, and the correlative maxim of adjective law, that the courts will give exact compensation for property taken or destroyed, together with the more or less mechanical rules of damages depending upon the form of action used, have in their outcome gone far toward justifying the somewhat grandiloquent utterance of our legal forbears of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, that the "Common Law is the perfection of human wisdom." The final stage in this development is shown in the late cases of Polk County v. Parker, (Iowa, Dec., 1916), 160 N. W. 320 and Warren Stove Co. v. Hardy, et al., (Ark., Oct., 1917), 198 S. W. 99.