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CRAVEN. A word of obloquy, which in trials by battle, was pronounced by the vanquished; upon which judgment was rendered against him.

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Diamonds and small wheels," repeated Craven ruminating.
Craven," said he, talking like a man ten years younger, "you have got a legal warrant, haven't you, to go up and examine that grave?
Nevertheless they had obeyed him like automata; for Craven found a hatchet in his hand, and the warrant in his pocket; Flambeau was carrying the heavy spade of the strange gardener; Father Brown was carrying the little gilt book from which had been torn the name of God.
But by the time Inspector Craven had come to the corner of the grave, and Flambeau had planted his spade point downwards and leaned on it, they were both almost as shaken as the shaky wood and wire.
Craven stepped forward with his axe; a thistle-top touched him, and he flinched.
Somehow, when Bill Cravens tells his story of how a University of Arkansas-trained industrial engineer ended up with a career-spanning relationship with the Oaklawn jockey Club, spent time working as a certified public accountant, ran and merged banks and then came out of a heart-attack-induced retirement to guide Alltel Information Services and help found a community bank, it all adds up.
NEWCASTLE-based marketing firm Cravens has expanded its team with the appointment of award-winning copywriter Marcus Culloty.
Under 8 Emley Moor 2 West Cravens 4 EMLEY Moor entertained West Craven in their second home game.
During the next five or six years, they'll build around 30 Sonics, and managing them all will be Director of Operations Jim Cravens.
Little survives in the historical record of the Earl of Craven's photographic exploits, and Chanan has had to dig deep and hard to retrieve elements of Cravens life in order to make sense of his photography.
No action: As of Monday night, the Pac-10 did not plan action against USC coach Henry Bibby for his critical remarks about the decision to suspend the Cravens.
Mr Kyte said the Cravens had a stormy relationship and Mr Craven used to "belt her".