Bearers


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BEARERS, Eng. crim. law. Such as bear down or oppress others; maintainers. In Ruffhead's Statutes it is employed to translate the French word emparnours, which signifies, according to Kelham, undertakers of suits. 4 Ed. III. c. 11. This word is no longer used in this sense.

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Give us a light," said the other bearer, "or I shall never find what I am looking for.
Doubtless we could find bearers for the purpose," I interposed.
The bearer rubs his shoulder, drinks water, spits it out again, and readjusts his grass sandal.
George, my dear friend," says Grandfather Smallweed, removing his right arm from the neck of one of his bearers, whom he has nearly throttled coming along, "how de do?
So after we were rested a little, and the Kafirs had cut out the hearts of two of the dead elephants for supper, we started homewards, very well pleased with our day's work, having made up our minds to send the bearers on the morrow to chop away the tusks.
As the bearers, among whom was Anna Mikhaylovna, passed the young man he caught a momentary glimpse between their heads and backs of the dying man's high, stout, uncovered chest and powerful shoulders, raised by those who were holding him under the armpits, and of his gray, curly, leonine head.
Trent did not mention the fact that for four days and nights they were hiding in holes and up trees from the natives whom the King of Bekwando had sent after them, that their bearers had fled away, and that they had been compelled to leave the track and make their way through an unknown part of the bush.
Thus directed, the bearers trotted on under their light burden; and the two mourners kept as near them, as they could.
But he became less confident, on looking, and directed the bearers to 'bring him to the nearest doctor's shop.
To live respected, and have the proper bearers at your funeral, was an achievement of the ends of existence that would be entirely nullified if, on the reading of your will, you sank in the opinion of your fellow-men, either by turning out to be poorer than they expected, or by leaving your money in a capricious manner, without strict regard to degrees of kin.
Fix instinctively took the passport, and with a rapid glance read the description of its bearer.
I am the bearer of a letter, that is all, I have not, and I cannot make three copies of that letter, because it is sealed.