MEDIANUS HOMO. A man of middle fortune.
MEDIATE DESCENT. See DESCENT.
MEDIATE POWERS. Those incident to primary powers given by a principal to his agent. For example, the general authority given to collect, receive, and pay debts due by or to the principal is a primary power. In order to nccotnpiish this. it is frequently required to settle accounts, adjust disputed claims. resist those which are unjust, and answer and defend suits. These subordi- nate powers are sometimes called “mediate
poneis" Story. Ag. 5 58.
MEDIAT}: TESTIMONY. Secondary evidence. (a. 7:.)
MI-IDIATION. Intervention: interposi-
tion; the act of a third peison who interferes between tivo contending parties with a view to reconcile them or persuade them to adjust or settle their dispute. In international law and diplomacy, the word de- notes the friendly interference of a state in the controversies of others, for the purpose, by its infiuence and by adjusting their dith- cuities, of keeping the pence in the family of nations.
MEDIATOR. One who interposes between parties at variance for the purpose of reconciling them.
—_Medio.tm-s of questions. In English law. Six persons authorized by statute. I27 Fdw. _III. -IL 2. c. 2-1.) who, upon any question arisin among merchant.-I relating to uninerchant- ahe wool, or undue packing, etc.. might. heforg the mayor and officers of the staple upon their oath certify and settle the same; to whose determination therein the parties cocnerned were to suhmit. Covreii.
MEDICAL. Pertaining. relating, or be- longing to the study and practice of medicine, or the science and ait of the investigation, prevention. cure, and alleviation of disease. —Medica1 evidence. Evidence furnished by lilI2(il(‘|i men. testifying in their profe ionni ciipamtv _as experts, or by standard treatises on medicine or sur,-:er,v.— edical jurispru- denoe. See JURISPflUDEl\'CE.
MEDICINE. "The practice or medicine is a pursuit very generally known and understood, and so also is that of surgery. The foinior includes the application and use of medicines and drugs for the purpose of curing. mitigating, or alleviating bodily diseases. while the functions of the latter are limited to maznuiii nperations usually performed hy surgical instruments or appliances." Smith v. Lane. 2; Hun (N. Y.) 633.
—Forensic medicine. Another name for medical juriS1)rI1(iei.Ice. See JUBISPRIJDENCE.
—sclmols or medicine. See OSTEOPATHY; Psitci1oii=iEn.u>Y.
MEDICINE-CHEST. A box containing an assortment of medicines, required by stat- Bl.Law Dict.(2d Ed.)—49
ute to be carried by all vesels above a certain tonnage.
MEDICO-LEGAL. Relating to the law concerning medical questions.
MEDIETAS LINGUE. In aid practice hloiety of tongue: half-tongue. Applied to a jury impnueied in a cause consistiw the one h.iif of natives, and the other half of foreigners. See DE MEDIETATE LINOUIE.
MEDIO ACQUIETANDO. A judicial writ to distrain a lord for the acquitting of ll mesiie lord from a rent, which he had ac- knowledged In court not to belong to him. Reg. .Iur. 129.
MEDITATIO PUGIE. In Scotch law. Conteinpiation of flight; intention to ob- scond. 2 Kames, Eq. 14, 15.
MEDIUM TEMPUS. In old English law.
Meaiitime; inesne profits. Cowell. MEDLETUM. In old English law. A
mixing together; a medley or meléc; an affray or sudden encounter. An offense suddenly committed In an atfray. The English word “medley” is preserved in the term "chnncc-.»uiedJey." An intermeddluig, without violence, in any matter of business. Spel- man.
MEDLEY. An atfray; a sudden or cas- ual tighting; a hand to hand battle; a mélée See CHANCE-J\LEDI.EY; Cniivn-Mnnuzr.
MEDSCEAT. I_u old English law. A hrihe; hush money.
MEDSYPP. A harvest supper or enter» taiumeiit given to laborers at liarvest-home Cowell.
MEETING. A coming together of persons; an assembly. Particularly, in law, an assembling of a number of persons for the purpose of discussing and acting upon some matter or matters in which they have a com- mon interest
—Ca1led meeting. In the law of corporations, it meeting not held at a time spccieiiy appointed for it by the charter or by-lows, but assembled in pursuance of a "call" or summons proceeding from some officer. committee or gioup of stockholders, or other poisons baring iiuthority In that behalf.—I‘a.niily meeting. She I“As[ILY.—l}enera.l meeting. A meetiiie, of all the stockboldum of a corpoiation. all the creditors of a bankrupt. etc. In re Bonnnfi . 23 N. Y. 177' .\Iutiial F. Ins Co. v. 17‘aiqu-
ti , 39 At]. . Regular meeting, and pri\.nI'.e C0l‘pOl"I- tiuns. a meeting (of directors, trustees. stock- holders. etc) beld at the time and place appointed for it by statute by-law. charter or other positive direction. See State v. V\'ilkcs- ville 'I"p.. 20 Ohio St '793.—Specia.l meeting. ons. A meeting called for special purposes: one limited to pnrticular business; a meeting for those purposes of
which the parties have had special notice. Mu-