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BOOK ACCOUNT

A detailed statement, kept in writing in a book, in the nature of debits and credits between persons, arising out of contract or some fiduciary relation; an account or record of debit

BOOTY

Property captured from the enemy in war, on land, as distinguished from “prize,” which is a capture of such property on the sea. U. S. v. Bales of Cotton, 28 Fed. Cas.

BORGH OF HAMHAXD

In old Scotch law. A pledge or surety given by the seller of goods to the buyer, to make the goods forthcoming as his own proper goods, and to warrant the same

BOTHA

In old English law. A booth, stall, or tent to stand in, in fairs or markets. Cowell.

BOUNDS

In the English law of mines, the trespass committed by a person who excavates minerals under-ground beyond the boundary of his laud is called “working out of bounds.”

BRACINUM

A brewing; the whole quantity of ale brewed at one time, for which tolscstor was paid in some manors. Brccina, a brew-house.

BREACH OF PRISON

The offense of actually and forcibly breaking a prison or gaol, with intent to escape. 4 Chit. Bl. 130, notes; 4 Steph. Comm. 255. The escape from custody of a person lawfully

BREHON

In old Irish law. A judge. 1 Bl. Comm. 100. Brehons, (brcitheamhuin,> judges.

BRIBE

Any valuable thing given or promised, or any preferment, advantage, privilege, or emolument, given or promised corruptly and against the law, as an inducement to any person acting in an official or

BRIGANDINE

A coat of mail or ancient armour, consisting of numerous jointed scale-like plates, very pliant and easy for the body, mentioned in 4 & 5 P. & M. c. 2.

BROTHER-IN-LAW

A wife’s brother or a sister’s husband. There is not any relationship, but only affinity, between brothers-in-law. Farmers’ L. & T. Co. v. Iowa Water Co. (C. C.) 80 Fed. 409. See

BUILDING LIEN

The statutory lien of a material-man or contractor for the erection of a building. Lumber Co. v. Holt, GO Neb. SO, 82 N. W. 112, S3 Am. St. Rep. 512; June v.

BURG, BURGH

A term anciently applied to a castle or fortified place; a borough, (q. v.) Spelman.

BURGLARIOUSLY

In pleading. A technical word which must be introduced into an indictment for burglary at common law. Lewis v. State, 16 Conn. 34; Reed v. State, 14 Tex. App. 665.

BUTTS AND BOUNDS

A phrase used in conveyancing, to describe the end lines or circumscribing lines of a certain piece of land. The phrase “metes and bounds” has the same meaning.

BLLAW DICT(2D ED)

back, or plainly suggests the answer which the party wishes to get from him. People v. Slather, 4 Wend. (N. Y.) 229, 247, 21 Am. Dec. 122.

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