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BANKER, com. law. A banker is one engaged in the business of receiving other persons money in deposit, to be returned on demand discounting other persons' notes, and issuing his own for circulation. One who performs the business usually transacted by a bank. Private bankers are generally not permitted.
     2. The business of bankers is generally performed through the medium of incorporated banks.
     3. A banker may be declared a bankrupt by adverse proceedings against him. Act of Congress of 19th Aug. 1841. See 1 Atk. 218; 2 H. Bl. 235; 1 Mont. B. L. 12.
     4. Among the ancient Romans there were bankers called argentarii, whose office was to keep registers of contracts between individuals, either to loan money, or in relation to sales and stipulations. These bankers frequently agreed with the creditor to pay him the debt due to him by the debtor. Calvini Lex. Jurid.

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They pounced upon the banker and almost lifted him into the car.
Great is the speed of the te-rain,' said the banker, with a patronizing grin.
Then the banker, the cultivator, and the soldier prepared their pipes and wrapped the compartment in choking, acrid smoke, spitting and coughing and enjoying themselves.
We have Gunga,' returned the banker, when the little titter had subsided.
There was need,' said the young sepoy drily, and the travellers' laugh turned against the banker.
A day which has saved England from a great public scandal," said the banker, rising.
But I should suggest a suspension of your critique of the banker, for here he comes.
Now that sort of thing," observed the banker weightily, "would never be allowed in England; perhaps, after all, we had better choose another route.
The young Harrogate was left behind for a moment emptying a glass of white wine and lighting a cigarette, as the beauty retired with the banker, the courier and the poet, distributing peals of silvery satire.
The courier and the young banker carried loaded revolvers, and Muscari
The elderly and lethargic banker sprang erect in the coach and leapt over the precipice before the tilted vehicle could take him there.
It's this sort of thing this tyrannical spirit, wanting to play bishop and banker everywhere--it's this sort of thing makes a man's name stink.