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What is meant by pleading the baby act?

March 16, 2017 | Author: | Posted in Legal

According to law, a person not of age cannot be bound by contract. If a minor makes a contract and does not abide by the agreement he may plead his minority as a defense in court. The popular phrase pleading the baby act originally referred to this law protecting minors. It meant merely pleading legal …

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What is a madstone?

March 14, 2017 | Author: | Posted in Alternative Medicine

Madstones are certain objects popularly believed to have the power of “sucking” poison from wounds made by mad dogs and venomous snakes. They are supposed to be especially efficacious in preventing hydrophobia or rabies. Belief in the magical properties of madstones was formerly almost universal in America. Abraham Lincoln believed in madstones and when his …

How do broadswords differ from small swords?

January 7, 2017 | Author: | Posted in History

The broadsword has a long cutting edge and usually an obtuse or blunt point. It is a distinctively military sword and was originally so called because of its broad blade. In 1842 James Shields challenged Abraham Lincoln to a duel and the latter chose as weapons “cavalry broadswords of the largest size.” A thrusting sword, …

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