Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Supreme Court of Alabama, Volume 18

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Page 399 - It is a rule in law when the ancestor by any gift cr conveyance takes an estate of freehold, and in the same gift or conveyance an estate is limited, either mediately or immediately to his heirs in fee or in tail, that always in such cases 'the heirs' are words of limitation of the estate, and not words of purchase.
Page 277 - No free negro, free mulatto, or free person of mixed blood, descended from negro ancestors, to the fourth generation inclusive, (though one ancestor of each generation may have been a white person.) shall vote for members of the senate or house of commons.
Page 165 - In the construction of ambiguous expressions the situation of the parties may very properly be taken into view. The ties which connect the testator with his legatees, the affection subsisting between them, the motives which may reasonably be supposed to operate with him, and to influence him in the disposition of hie property, are all entitled to consideration, In expounding doubtful words, and ascertaining the meaning in which the testator used them.
Page 592 - The conclusion to be drawn from the cases is, that if the party be indebted at the time of the voluntary settlement, it is presumed to be fraudulent in respect to such debts, and no circumstance will permit those debts to be affected by the settlement, or repel the legal presumption of fraud.
Page 121 - They are in every instance the sole judges of the facts, and, when called as grand jurors, they are the judges of the law as well as of the facts.
Page 339 - There is, on the part of the hirer, an implied obligation, not only to use the thing with due care and moderation, but also not to apply it to any other use than that, for which it is...
Page 324 - This is not the true principle : it is this ; he who affirms either what he does not know to be true, or knows to be false, to another's prejudice and his own gain, is both in morality and law guilty of falsehood, and must answer in damages.
Page 331 - ... true or false, is wholly immaterial; for the affirmation of what one does not know or believe to be true is equally, in morals and law, as unjustifiable as the affirmation of what is known to be positively false, and, even if the party innocently misrepresents a material fact by mistake, it is equally conclusive, for it operates as a surprise and imposition upon the other party.
Page 389 - A sheriff shall be elected in each county by the qualified electors thereof, who shall hold his office for the term of three years, unless sooner removed, and who shall not be eligible to serve either as principal or deputy for the three succeeding years.
Page 53 - seems to have arisen from the term " actual ouster" as if it meant some act " accompanied by real force, and as if a turning out by the shoulders were " necessary. But that is not so. A man may come in by a rightful possession, and yet hold over adversely without a title.

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