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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.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Option 3: The waif didn't actually stab Arya, because she was using stage trickery, such as a bag of pig's blood under her shirt.
The type of retail stores located along the waif would be different than the stores found along the town's main street.
In a move that will either strike a final blow to the waifs domination of the fashion world or send drag queens running for flannel shirts, Miramax Films co-chairman Harvey Weinstein is set to make his cross-dressing debut.
And making her bow in it is Teesside actress Faye Marsay, who plays The Waif.
Another faux-pas was Britain's usually super-stylish waif Alexa Chung, whose leather lederhosen-style shorts didn't do her spindly legs any favours.
The other purported details can readily be found among the pages of any romance novel: the brave waif enlisting in order to escape a loveless arranged marriage.
The 24-year-old Brazilian beautylooks more like busty Fifties icon Jayne Mansfield than a modern catwalk waif in a sexy fashion shoot for June's W magazine.
Newspaper ads for Broadway musicals tend to avoid dance images altogether in favor of the kind of brand promotion perfected by the producer Cameron Mackintosh, who gave us the big-eyed waif of Les Miserables and the totemic face mask of Phantom.
Now the Walford waif is looking all glam and is starting to bear a striking resemblence to Swedish sex siren Britt Eckland.
The Gidgetlike facade of Chicklet, the 16-year-old waif gamely played by Lauren Ambrose, is perpetually being displaced by a dominatrix alter ego.
Known as a "very pale" character in the books, The Waif is reportedly to be played by an actress with East Asian descent.
WAIF LOOK Model in floral knickers HER IN ZDRAWERS Kate's smalls MOSS HAVE Kate in racy red lingerie