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

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HOLMES i;. OREGON & CÀLIFORNIA bt. co. ���fe*3 ���'fifst'1'6 (m tirediiors, and second tbibe nexfxi!^ kiiii or peisotlis Utiibnig -wlioiici ihe lavr provides the'pr'eôeiit'^ëlàte ehàll be dife- tiiblited. If'wotiM, indeedjbe'a ûe'w^Wàybf i^ayiiig ôiddebta, if the tears and anguish of the sarvivôrs-oouid be thiis oon"- "fekeà iritë * àssefs for the paymen'i uf the ' (ireditoifa' ' &f the (iebeà^ëd!-'-' ■ ' '- ■ ■" ■ ■'■' '•'"'• ■ ' ' '-' , �•" 'lii'tliis'dàeeit is'àdmitted thafr^here aM'lib rifeditors, aUl tiie deceasfeil bSei^ig 'a Single man, 'withoilt' a 'f atlieff, •his" next df kiii.'oV'the dietiibutees'of bis estàte, Qnder'thô'Btatutë of'the stàtë'-iàreJ -his ' liiothëi:, br6th6ei^'&Snd'-8istëS*Sj In' equàl parts. OiegOTillaws/5e7/548,§ 8/subs. 3,- " '^ ■ :■ ir;o;^ ■ ■ Fe'dei'-similar statutea of Othei'"stà'tes' it'hais been-'generi aily hfeld 'tfeaV' the rule iipori -«rhieh dàûia^ës' should -be'as- 'eësised in 'this'elaes'bf'caeës is àë'for àpëcuMary- injury, a'nd riôi 'à' solatium,'or solaee for weiinded'tëeliligs or mental sufi ienng.''2Thonip.Neg. 1289, § 90. ' ' -^ ' the nearnesB of the relation betwenthe deceased ûind thCsë for Mfhoae. beneat the dàmftgëë àte felaiûieav a-nd the hefr» tare an^ ati'ëbgth of thë obligation of the iforther to care for the latter, are 'ctinsiderëd iu estitdMing the dëmages, send thë inorë distant the relation or the wea,kër the' Obligation thë less they shoulij be.' ' The age, health, habits of industry and feo- briety, and mental and physieal ekill of the- deceased', sOiar a's'they affect his' capacity for rendëring usefûl seryice td oth^ ers, or acquiring property, must also be considered. ^-Bnder thë staitnte the life of thë deceased is valued according to bis capacity and disposition to'be ttseful— to labôr and to save'. The iridustriouSi provident, and skillëd are Worth more to society than^^thë indolent, improvidetit, 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 legal limit. Neither are the damnges to be vindictive or exemplary, by way of punishment. The law ����