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PORTER. The name of an ancient English officer who bore or carried a rod before the justices. The door-keeper of the English parliament also bears this name.
     2. One who is employed as a common carrier to carry goods from one place to another in the same town, is also called a porter. Such person is in general answerable as a common carrier. Story, Bailm. Sec. 496.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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"Do you mean to say that you made a young lady known to me under a false name?" I asked, with the amused feeling that the days of wonders and portents had not passed away yet.
He was a little prone to play the prophet, and to deal in signs and portents, which occasionally excited the merriment of his white comrades.
Outward portents and inward presentiments were his.
the crew singing for joy, that so promising an event should so soon have falsified the evil portents preceding it.
Others are asking if Watford can 'do a Leicester' and win the title as the longest of long shots - and pointing to a freakish portent which would be absolutely incredible if it came true.
If anyone saw it as a portent of political misfortune for Mr.
Prior, "Carnifex: A Portent of Blood" is an impressively compelling and highly entertaining action/adventure story that is especially commended for community library collections.
Les deux autres operations sectorielles portent sur la realisation, pour le secteur des ressources en eau, de quatre reservoirs de stockage d'eau et, pour celui de la sante, d'une acquisition d'equipements d'imagerie medicale.
THE teasers who run the Finham Park School website have chosen "portent" as their word of the week.
Songs such as "I Am Morbid,'' "Immortal Rites,'' "Maze of Torment,'' "Chapel of Ghouls'' and "Fall From Grace'' ring with portent propulsion and force.