The widespread discussion during the last ten years of the general scheme of registration of title to land, popularly known as the "Torrens System," has served to satisfy most disinterested lawyers and laymen of the general merits of the system. Consideration of the matter has been confined to no one section of the country, but has extended from Maine to California, and from Oregon to Texas. The result has been that laws embodying the general principles of the system have been enacted in six states, and proposed laws are before the legislatures of several others. The fact, however, that some of the earlier acts were declared invalid, and that some of the later acts have been referred to by the courts as "unskillfully drawn," or "crude," and the further facts that, although the California Act of 1897 has never, apparently, been in practical operation, while, on the other hand, the Illinois act of the same year has been, and the later acts of Massachusetts and Minnesota have been growing in favor, indicate that it may not be inappropriate, in view of proposed legislation, to compare the laws with each other on some points, even at this late day.1
Brewster, James H. "'Torrens Acts': Some Comparisons." Mich. L. Rev. 1 (1903): 444-65.