Lighters


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LIGHTERS, commerce. Small vessels employed in loading and unloading larger vessels.
     2. The owners of lighters are liable, like other common carriers for hire; it is a term of the contract on the part of the carrier or lighterman, implied by law, that his vessel is tight and fit for the purpose or employments for which he offers and holds it forth to the public; it is the immediate foundation and substratum of the contract that it is so: the law presumes a promise to that effect on the part of the carrier without actual proof, and every principle of sound policy and public convenience requires it should be so. 5 East, 428; Abbott on Sh. 225; 1 Marsh. on Ins. 254; Park on Ins. 23; Wesk. on Ins. 328.

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We smashed thot lighter,' says he, comun' up the lodder tull the brudge--an' the pilot stondun' there wuth his ears cocked tull hear.
I dudna see no lighter,' says I, and wuth thot I steps on hus fut guid an' hard.
Uf we dud,' says I, 'ut's no your buzz'ness tull be tellun' the pilot--though, mind ye, I'm no admuttun' there was ony lighter.
He was the owner of the lighter, an' when he hod told hus story, I says, 'I dudna see ony lighter.
But he at once remembered that it was lighter because the moon had risen.
Dick had higher color than George, and his hair was a shade lighter.
In the discussion about religion and mythology, Adeimantus is the respondent, but Glaucon breaks in with a slight jest, and carries on the conversation in a lighter tone about music and gymnastic to the end of the book.
I was at last assured that its double form of construction was designed to make lighter the burden of woman, who makes up beds.
As it is, however, I will make lighter of you, since I have to carry what is heavy; and what matter if beetles and May-bugs also alight on my load!
It will be lighter for you here," answered her sister-in-law.
These latter necessaries hung upon the walls, which, in that portion of the establishment devoted to the lady of the caravan, were ornamented with such gayer and lighter decorations as a triangle and a couple of well-thumbed tambourines.
When she had exhibited these leviathans of public announcement to the astonished child, she brought forth specimens of the lesser fry in the shape of hand-bills, some of which were couched in the form of parodies on popular melodies, as 'Believe me if all Jarley's wax-work so rare'--'I saw thy show in youthful prime'--'Over the water to Jarley;' while, to consult all tastes, others were composed with a view to the lighter and more facetious spirits, as a parody on the favourite air of 'If I had a donkey,' beginning