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It is settled in the courts of the United States that exemptions limiting carriers from responsibility for the negligence of themselves or their servants are both unjust and unreasonable, and will be deemed as wanting in the element of voluntary assent; and, besides, that such conditions are in conflict with public policy. This doctrine was announced so long ago, and has been so frequently reiterated, that it is elementary. See Baltimore & Ohio &c. Railway v. Voigt, 176 U.S. 498, 505, 507, and Knott v. Botany Mills, 179 U.S. 69, 71 [(1900)], where the previously adjudged cases are referred to and the principles by them expounded are restated.' The Kensington, 183 U.S. 263, 268 (1902). 

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