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Lat. An expression used in the Roman law, and applied to the trial of wreck and salvage. Commentators disagree about the origin of the expression; but all agree that its general meaning


Lat. In the civil law. A little book. Libellus supplex, a petition, especially to the emperor, all petitions to whom must be in writing. Libcllum rcscribere, to mark on such petition the


The indulgence of the arbitrary will of the individual, without regard to ethics or law, or respect for the rights of others. In this it differs from “liberty;” for the latter term


any debt or d_ity; every such claim or charge remaining a lieu on the property, although not in the possession of the person’ to whom the debt or duty is due. Downer


The business of transferring merchandise to and from vessels by means of lighters; also the compensation or price demanded for such service. Western Transp. Co. v. Hawley, 1 Daly (N. Y.) 327.


A unit in a connected series; anything which serves to connect or bind to- gether the things which precede and follow it. Thus, we speak of a “link iu the chain of


Letters. A term applied in old English law to various instruments in writing, public and private.


Lat. In the civil law. Ownership, control, or direction of a suit. A fiction of law by which the employment of au attorney or proctor (procurator) in a suit was authorized or


In Scotch law. This name is given to a life-rent created in marriage contracts in favor of the wife, instead of leaving her to her legal life-rent of tierce. 1 Bell. Comm.


This term, as used in the legislation of congress, is applicable to tiny zone or belt of mineralized rock lying within boundaries clearly separating it from the neighboring rock. It includes all


A proper lookout on a vessel is some one in a favorable position to see, stationed near enough to the helmsman to communicate with him, and to receive communications from him, and


Legal; authorized by or conforming to law. Also faithful in one’s political relations; giving faithful support to one’s prince or sovereign or to the existing government.


Lunacy is that condition or habit in which the mind is directed by the will, but is wholly or partially misguided or erroneously governed by it; or it is the im- pairment


In old Roman law. A name given to students of the civil law in the fourth year of their course, from their being supposed capable of solving any difficulty in law. Tayl.


The former term is applicable when the amount of the damages has been ascertained by the judgment in the action, or when a specific sum of money has been expressly stipulated by


A term sometimes applied to the amount of compensation to be paid for land taken under the power of eminent domain or for injury to, or depreciation of, land adjoining that taken.


The day prescribed in a bond, mortgage, or defeasible deed for payment of the debt secured thereby, or, in default of payment, the forfeiture of the property mortgaged. But this does not


A juridical day. See fupra. And see HelTner v. Heffner, 48 La. Ann. 10S8, 20 South. 281.


Those that are recoverable in a court of common law, as debt on a bill of exchange, a bond, or a simple contract. ltogers v. Daniell, 8 Allen (Mass.) 34S: Guild v.

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