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LARCENY-continued. 7 & 8 G.4. Stealing goods, silk, woollen, linen, or cotton, or c. 29.

mixed, of the value of 10s. in the course of

manufacture. Stealing to the value of 10s. any goods, or arti

cle of silk, woollen, linen, or cotton, or of any one or more of those materials mixed with each other, or with any other material, whilst laid, plaçed, or exposed during any stage, process, or progress of manufacture, in any building, field, or other place, (a) pun. any of the punishment mentioned, in

s. 14. Id. s. 16. Stealing goods, fc. on board vessels, barges,

boats, &c. Stealing goods or merchandize in any vessel,

barge or boat of any description whatsoever, in any port of entry or dischargé, or upon any navigable river or canal, or creek, or stealing goods or merchandize from any dock or quay adjoining to any port, &c. pun. as last mentioned, (sect. 14, p.103.) Ib. s. 17.

s. 17.

(a) This clause is for the protection of goods in process of manufacture, and which are necessarily left out and exposed in open fields, houses, sheds, &c. By this statute the offence is extended to any goods in any buildings or sheds, such as paper, leather, &c. as well as goods on bleaching greens and open grounds.

c. 29.

Plundering wrecks or stealing goods from ships 7&8G. 4.

in distress.
Plundering or stealing any part of any ship or

vessel (a) in distress, (b) wrecked, stranded or
cast on shore; or any goods, merchandize or

articles of any kind, fel. pun. D. Ibid. s. 18. Where articles of small value are stranded or

cast on shore, and stolen without cruelty, out-
rage or violence, pun. as for simple larceny,
and in either case the offender may be ind.
and tried either in the co. where the offence

is comm. or in any adjoining co. Id.
Stealing or destroying records, &c.
Taking for any fraudulent purpose from the

place of deposit, (c) or from any person hay

(a) This section applies as well to foreign as to British ships or vessels.

(6) Distress applies to a vessel still afloat, but being disabled. Going on board such a vessel in such a state, and plundering her, will come within this clause, as well as going on board after she had struck, and then plundering her. Sed qu. How would the case be if the crew had deserted her ? Would the going on board and plundering come within the meaning of the statute ?

(c) That is, after the termination of an action or suit, and the proceedings have been filed, until which they cannot be considered as records. If any of the documents mentioned in this sect. are brought into the proper office to be filed, or they have been delivered out in order to be given in evidence on a trial or cause, and while in the custody of the officer and entrusted to him they are stolen or injured, it is a case within this sect. of the stat.

7 & 8 G, 4.

c. 29.


ing the custody thereof, or unlawfully and maliciously obliterating, injuring or destroying any record, writ, return, panel, process, interrogatory, deposition, affidavit, rule, order, warrant of attorney, or any original document belonging to any Ct. of Record, civil or criminal, or relating to any matter depending or terminated in such Ct. or any bill, answer, interrogatory, deposition, order, or decree, or any document belonging to any Ct. of Equity, or relating to any matter depending or terminating in such Ct. misd. pun. at the disc. of the Ct. Tr. 7 yrs. or fine or Impr. or both, as the Ct. shall award.

In the ind. for this offence it is not necessary to allege the article destroyed, fc. to be the property of any person or of any va

lue. Id. s. 21. Stealing, destroying, or concealing wills. Id. Destroying or concealing for any fraudulent

purpose, any will, codicil, or other testamentary instrument, whether relating to real or personal estate or both, misd. pun. as last mentioned, s. 21.

In the ind. for this offence, it is not necessary to allege the will, &c. to be the property of any person, or of any value. Id.

s. 21.

See saving clause and exemption from pun. 7 & 8 G.4.

c. 29.
s. 24. p. 108, post.
Stealing or destroying writings of real estate.
Stealing any paper or parchment written or s. 21.

printed, or partly written and partly printed,
being evidence of the title or any part of the
title to any real estate, (a) misd. pun. as
last mentioned, (s. 21). Id. s. 23.

In the ind. for this offence, it shall be s. 23.
sufficient to allege the thing stolen to be
evidence of the title, or of part of the title
of the person or persons having a present
interest whether legal or equitable in the
real estate, and to mention the real estate,
or some part thereof; and it is not neces-
sary to allege the thing to be of any value.

Id. s. 23.
As to exemption from pun. in certain cases, see

the following section.
Saving of the remedies at law and in equity.
Nothing in this act contained relating to either s. 24.

of the misdemeanors aforesaid, nor any pro-
ceeding, conviction, or judgment to be had
or taken thereupon, shall prevent, lessen, or
impeach any remedy at law or in equity,

(a) By these words it seems that the stealing leases for terms, or deeds of a less value, would not be cumprized within the meaning of this clause.

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which any party aggrieved by any such offence might or would have had, if this act had not been passed : but nevertheless, the conviction of any such offender shall not be received in evidence in any action at law or

suit in equity against him. Id. s. 24. Exemptions from punishment in certain cases. No person shall be liable to be convicted of

either of the misd. (s. 22 and 23 last mentioned) by any evidence whatever in respect of any act done by him, if he shall at any time previously to his being ind. for such offence have disclosed such act on oath, in in consequence of any compulsory process of any Ct. of law or equity in any action, suit or proceeding which shall have been bona fide instituted by any party aggrieved, or if he shall have disclosed the same in any examination or deposition before any commis

sioners of bankrupt. Id. Stealing horses, sheep, or cattle. Stealing any horse, mare, gelding, colt or filly,

or any bull, cow, ox, heifer or calf, or any ram, ewe, sheep or lamb, or wilfully killing any such cattle (a) with intent to steal the

s. 25.

(a) In an indict, for stealing a sheep or other cattle, it must be laid to be of some value. Rex v. Peel, Russ. & Ry. 407.

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