Long before laws were established, or courts were organized, or judges formulated principles of law, men had resorted to arbitration for the resolving of discord, the adjustment of differences, and the settlement of disputes. It is important to recall the early uses of arbitration at this time when, in the midst of a rising tide of controversy, doubts arise. Arbitration is sometimes thought to be something new, untried, and hazardous to good public relations; or its organization seems to be detrimental to judicial institutions that seem older, but are in reality next-of-kin.
Frank D. Emerson,
History of Arbitration Practice and Law,
19 Clev. St. L. Rev.
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