In old English law. Against gage and pledge. Bract, fol. 156. Contra legem facit qui id facit quod lex prohibit; in fraudem vero qui, salvis verbis legis, sententiam ejus circum- venit. He does contrary to the law who docs what the law prohibits; he acts in fraud of the law who, the letter of the law being inviolate, uses the law contrary to Its Intention. Dig. 1, 3, 29. Contra negantem principia non est disputandum. There is no disputing against one who denies first principles. Co. Litt. 343. Contra non valentcm agere nulla cur- rit prsescriptio. No prescription runs against a person unable to bring an action. Broom, Max. 903. Contra veritatem lex nunquam aliquid permittit. The law never suffers anything contrary to truth. 2 Inst. 252.