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UNKNOWN. When goods have been stolen from some person unknown, they may be so described in the indictment; but if the owner be really known, an indictment alleging the property to belong to some person unknown is improper. 2 East's P. C. 651 1 Hale, P. C. 512; Holt's N. P. C. 596 S. C. 3 Eng. Common Law Rep. 191; 8 C. & P. 773. Vide Indictment; Quidam.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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The travelers then comprehended that there must be some reason why the unknown preserved such a silence, and ceased to address themselves to him.
The invisible Prince recognised these dead men as Kings of two large islands near his own home, but the names of the Princesses were unknown to him.
He wept her loss night and day, and his only comfort was to talk over it with a young and unknown prince, who had just arrived at the Court.
"Then there is the stronger reason for my remaining," said the unknown.
The unknown colored; the idea at once struck him that he was supposed to be poor, and was being insulted.
The cub had broken through the wall of the world, the unknown had let go its hold of him, and here he was without hurt.
Now that the terrible unknown had let go of him, he forgot that the unknown had any terrors.
"Not in the mountains, at all events," returned the unknown, unwilling to give in.
And then something gave, there was a momentary feeling of nausea, a sharp click as of the snapping of a steel wire, and I stood with my back against the wall of the cave facing my unknown foe.
He did not hesitate to simplify or to distort if he could get nearer to that unknown thing he sought.
If he had heard what Emily had heard at the time of her aunt's last illness, he would have called to mind Miss Letitia's betrayal of her interest in some man unknown, whom she believed to have been beguiled by Miss Jethro--and he would have perceived that the vindictive hatred, thus produced, must have inspired the letter of denunciation which the schoolmistress had acknowledged.
"Alas," cried Monte Cristo, striving to repress his emotion, "if Lord Wilmore was your unknown benefactor, I fear you will never see him again.