Page:Federal Reporter, 1st Series, Volume 5.djvu/555

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HOLMES î;. OREGON & CÀLIFORNIA bt. co. ���fe*3 ���'fifst'1'6 (m tirediïors, and second tbibe nèxfxi!^ kïiïi or peïsotlis Utiibnig -wlioiici ïhe lavr provides thè'pr'èôeïit'^ëlàté ehàll bè dife- tiiblited. If'wotiM, indèedjbé'a ûé'w^Wàybf i^ayiiig ôiddebta, if the tears and anguish of the sarvivôrs-oouïd be thiis oon"- "fêkeà iritë * àsséfs for the paymén'i ùf thé ' (ïreditoifa' ' &f the (ièbéà^ëd!-'-' ■ ' '- ■ ■" ■ ■'■' '•'"'• ■ ' ' '-' , �•" 'lii'tliis'dàéeît is'àdmitted thafr^here aM'lib riféditors, aUl tïïè decéasfeil bSèî^ig 'a Single mân, 'withoilt' a 'f âtlieff, •his" next df kiii.'oV'the dîétiîbutèes'of bis estàtè, Qnder'thô'Btatùtë of'the stàtë'-iàréJ -his ' liiothëi:, br6th6èi^'&Snd'-8istëS*Sj In' equàl parts. OïègOTïllaws/5é7/548,§ 8/subs. 3,- " '^ ■ :■ ir;o;^ ■ ■ Fé'deï'-sîmilâr statutea of Othei'"stà'tes' it'hais bèén-'genéri aily hfeld 'tfeâV' the rule îipori -«rhiéh dàûia^ës' should -be'as- 'èësised in 'this'elâès'bf'caèës is àë'for àpëcuMary- injury, â'nd riôî 'à' solatium,'or solaee for weiinded'tëeliligs or mental sufi ïenng.''2Thonip.Neg. 1289, § 90. ' ' -^ ' the nearnesB of the relation betwenthè deceased ûind thCsë for Mfhoâe. béneât the dàmftgëë àte felâiûiéav â-nd the hêfr» tare an^ ati'ëbgth of thë obligation of the iforther to care for thé latter, are 'ctinsiderëd iù estitdMing the dëmages, sÈnd thë inorë distant the relation or the wea,kër thé' Obligation thë less thèy shoulij be.' ' The âge, health, habits of industry and feo- briety, and mental and physieal ekill of the- deceased', sOiar â's'thèy affect his' capacity for rendëring usefûl seryice td oth^ ers, or acquiring property, must also be considéred. ^-Bnder thë staitnte the life of thë deceased is valuéd according to bis capacity and disposition to'be ttseful— to labôr and to sâvé'. The iridustrioùSi provident, and skillëd are Worth more to society than^^thë indolent, improvidétit, and ignoraitit, and their death is to be compensated for accordingly. This is the law ; and, as will be seen, it makes no account of sentiment or feeling ; and yet, while it is admiuistered by fallible human beings, whether on the bench or In the jury-box, the chances are that a feeling of pity for the bereaved or indignation for the wrong will creep into the estimate and swell the damages beyond the strict légal limit. Neither are the damnges to be vindictive or exemplary, by way of punishment. The law ����