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{{anchor+|.|BLADA. In old English law. Growing crops of grain of any kind. Spelman. All manner of annual grain. Cowell. Harvested giain. Bract. 217i); Reg. Orig. 94b, 95.

{{anchor+|.|BLADARIUS. In old English law. A corn-monger; meal-man or corn-chandier; ii bladier, or engrosser of corn or grain. Biouut.

{{anchor+|.|BLANC SEIGN. In Louisiana, :1 paper signed at tile bottom by him who intends to bind himself. give acqulttance, or compro- mise, at the discretion of the person whom he lutrlists with such blame seigri. giving him power to fill it with what he may think prop- er, according to ag-rccinent. Musson v. U. S. Bank, 6 Mart. 0. S. (La.) 718.

{{anchor+|.|BLANCH HOLDING. An ancient ten- ure of the l.iw of Scotland, the duty payable being trifling, as a penny or a pepper-corn. etc., if required; similar to free and common socage.

{{anchor+|.|BLANCH} PIRME. \'V'l1ite rent; a rent reserved, payable in silver.

{{anchor+|.|BLANCUS. In old law and practice. White; plain; smooth; blank.

{{anchor+|.|BLANK. A space left unfilled in a written document. in which one or more viords or marks are to be inserted to complete the sense. Angle v. Insurance C0,, 92 U. S. 337, 23 L. Ed 550.

Also a skeleton or printed form for any

legal document, in which the necessary and invariable words are printed in their proper (ll‘lle1‘_ with blank spaces left for the iusei tion of such names, dates. figures, additional clauses, etc., as may be necessary to adapt the instrument to the particular case and to the design of the party using it. —B1nnk acceptance. An acceptance of a hill of exchange written on the paper before the bill is made, and delivered by the acceptor.- Blnnk ‘bur. Also called the “common bar.” The name of a plea in bar which iu an action of trespass is put in to oblige the plaintiff to assign the certain place where tine trespass was committed. It was most in praitice in the common bench. See Cro. Jac. 50-1.— lunk bonds. Scotch securities, in which the crud- itor's nn me was left blank, and which passed by more delivery, the bearer being at liberty to put in his name and sue for payment. Declared void by Act 1(39(i, c. 25.—B1unk imlorsement. The indoiscmcut of 3. bill of exchange or promissory note, by merely writing the name of the indoiser_ without mentioning any person to whom the bill or note is to be paid; culled “hiank," because it blank or space is left over it for the insertion of the mime of the indorsee. or of any subsequent holder. Othcrviise called an indnrsement “in blank." 3 Kent, Comm. 89; Story, Prom. Notes. § 138

{{anchor+|.|BLANKET POLICY. In the law at fire insurance. A policy which contemplates that the risk is shifting, fiuctuiitlng, or varying, and is applied to a class of property. rather than to any particular article or thing. 1



Wood, Ins. § 40. See Insurance Co. v. Baltimore Warehouse Co., 93 U. S. 541, 23 L. Ed. 868; Insurance Co. v. Landau, 62 N. J. Eq. 73, 49 Atl. 738.

{{anchor+|.|BLANKS. A kind of white money. (vai- ue 8d..) coined by Henry V. in those parts at France which were then subject to Engl-ind forbidden to be current in that realm by 1' Hen. VI. c. 9. Wharton.

{{anchor+|.|BLASARIUS. An incendiary.

{{anchor+|.|BLASPHEMY. In English law. Bias pheniy is the offense of speaking matter re- lating to God, Jesus Christ, the Bible, or the Book of Common Prayer, intended to wound the teeiiiigs of mankind or to excite contempt and hatred against the church by law estab- lished, or to promote immorality. Sweet.

In American law. Any oral or written reproach niaiiciously cast upon God. I-ii: ua_uie, attributes, or religion. Com. v. Knee land, 20 Pick. Glass.) 213: Young v. State. 10 Les (Teun.) 165; Com. v. Sprntt. 14 Phiiii. (Pa.) 365; People v. Ilucgles. 8 Johns. (N. Y.) 290, 5 Am. Dec. 335: Updegrapli v. Com. ll Serg. & R. (Pa.) 406: 2 Bish. 01'. Law. § 76: Pen. Code Dak. § 31.

_In general. blasphemy may be described as can- i_sisti_ng in speaking evil of the Deity uith iiu imp_ious purpose to derogate from the divine mujcsty, and to niieuatc the minds of oiliait from the l_ove and reverence of God. It is purposely using words concerning God calculated and designed to impaii‘ and destroy the rewr- cnce._respect_ and confidence due to Him as the intelligent creator, gnveriior, and judge of the world. It embraces the idea of dctriiction, when used towards the Supreme Being, as “calumny' usually carries the same idea when applied to an individual. It is a willful and malicious attempt to lessen men's reverence of ml by deny i_nz Tiis existence, or His attributes as an intelligcnt creator, governor, and judge of men, and to grevent their having confidence in Him as such

om. v. ixnceiaud. 20 Pick. (Mass) 211, 212.

The use of this word is. in modern li1W e\'ClllS1Vely confined to sacred subjects; but iilusphimiia and iiliixpliz-more were aucieutiy used to signify the reviling by one person of another. Nov. 77, c. 1, 5 1; Speiman.

{{anchor+|.|BL‘!-IE5. in old English law. Grain; particularly corn.

{{anchor+|.|BLENCH. BL]-INC]-I HOLDING. {{anchor+|.|BLANCH Honnnvc.


{{anchor+|.|BLENDED FUND. In England, where n testator directs his real and personal estate to be sold, and disposes of the proceeds as forming one aggregate. this is called ii “blended fund."

{{anchor+|.|BLIND. One who is deprived of the sense or faculty of sight. See Poi. (lode Gal. 1903, 5 2241.

{{anchor+|.|BLINKS. In old English law. Bouglis broken down from trees and thrown in ii

way where deer are likely to pass. Jacol.-.