A Treatise on Disputed Handwriting and the Determination of Genuine from Forged Signatures: The Character and Composition of Inks, and Their Determination by Chemical Tests. The Effect of Age as Manifested in the Appearance of Written Instruments and Documents

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Banks, 1894 - Forgery - 289 pages
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Page 252 - When the characters in which an instrument is written are difficult to be deciphered, or the language of the instrument is not understood by the court, the evidence of persons skilled in deciphering the characters, or who understand the language, is admissible to declare the characters or the meaning of the language.
Page 252 - A witness can testify of those facts only which he knows of his own knowledge; that is, which are derived from his own perceptions, except in those few express cases in which his opinions or inferences, or the declarations of others, are admissible.
Page 255 - Where the decedent was not, at the time of his death, a resident of the State, and a petition for probate of his will, or for a grant of letters of administration, under subdivision second...
Page 252 - ... except in the case of a larceny thereof. The single evidence of the cashier of the bank purporting to have issued the same may be received as, and deemed, prima facie evidence.
Page 92 - ... characteristic of forged and reproduced signatures and particularly such of them as are not traced and are produced by persons not skilled in the art is found in the studied appearance which they have, as if written under restraint, and without the apparent freedom consequent upon habitual writing. Another characteristic of forged signatures that are not traced from a genuine signature is that they are written with greater length in proportion to the width and height of the letters, than occurs...
Page 242 - Russia, was a native of the State of Massachusetts, and was born in the town of Easton, Bristol county, in that State, August 8, 1817.
Page 84 - ... upon the question in controversy, and it is because it is not the subject of the action that it is inadmissible. In other words, the courts have held in the cases which I have cited, or intimated exceedingly strongly and clearly, that the handwriting which can be compared by experts with standards proved to the satisfaction of the court to be the genuine writing of a party is the handwriting which is the subject of the action, the very thing in controversy, as where a will is said to have been...
Page 263 - ... while in the disputed signature there is extended from the letter " n " a nearly straight line inclining upwardly to the right, and the heavily-shaded down-stroke of the pen intersects the up-stroke at a point horizontally in line with the top of the "n...
Page 275 - There is manifested the same slant, ellipticity of curve, the same measure of pen pressure ; and when the habitually written parts of the signatures as to form are dissected out and compared with each other and the writing of Henry G. Adams in the body of the pretended will, the likeness becomes very strong in delineation.

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