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ORPHANAGE, Eng. law. By the custom of London, when a freeman of that city dies, his estate is divided into three parts, as follows: one third part to the widow; another, to the children advanced by him in his lifetime, which is called the orphanage; and the other third part may be by him disposed of by will. Now, however, a freeman may dispose of his estate as he pleases; but in cases of intestacy, the statute of distribution expressly excepts and reserves the custom of London. Lov. on Wills, 102, 104; Bac. Ab. Custom of London, C. Vide Legitime.

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"We want to spread the joy of the holiday season and raise money for a good cause, but we also want to be out here promoting the wonderful things the Childrens Home and Aid does for all the families in southern Illinois they help."
The British vice-consul in Alicante, Mr George Oumthwaite, who escorted Mrs Gill to court yesterday, said: "She is visiting her son daily at the childrens home and that has helped to ease the burden of the legal delays.
There are many challenges that families face when adopting, and the Childrens Home and Aid provides the much-needed support several families need during and after an adoption happens.