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WAIFS. Stolen goods waived or scattered by a thief in his flight in order to effect his escape.
     2. Such goods by the English common law belong to the king. 1 Bl. Com. 296; 5 Co. 109; Cro. Eliz. 694. This prerogative has never been adopted here against the true owner, and never put in practice against the finder, though against him there would be better reason for adopting it. 2 Kent, Com. 292. Vide Com. Dig. h.t.; 1 Bro. Civ. Law, 239, n.

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It could never be the same, of course, but yet, day by day, she found her mother-love, enveloping the waif more closely until she sometimes sat with closed eyes lost in the sweet imagining that the little bundle of humanity at her breast was truly her own.
The waif is a pennoned pole, two or three of which are carried by every boat; and which, when additional game is at hand, are inserted upright into the floating body of a dead whale, both to mark its place on the sea, and also as token of prior possession, should the boats of any other ship draw near.
Leading the pack are the Waifs, Cat Power and Ani DiFranco.
All are well-known artists, but especially in the case of the Waifs and DiFranco, they got to be household names by supporting their own releases through touring and winning over listeners in concert.
It also involved the rise of activist organizations working with the state on behalf of children, like the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, Dr Barnardo's, the Children's Society and the Waifs and Strays Society.
Where Jackson's Child Sexual Abuse in Victorian England (2000) was able to construct detailed discussions of particular incidents from court records and reports and the sometimes fragmentary case files of organizations like the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, the Children's Society or the Waifs and Strays, Barrett and Brown do not have the same material at hand.
Danu are up against The Waifs, plus Eliza Carthy's and Kate Rusby's respective bands.
The Waifs make their Eugene debut Tuesday, back touring the United States after two years away.
The Waifs became stars in their home country with triple platinum "Up All Night" from 2003.