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The capital of a merchant tradesman, or other person including his merchandise, money and credits. In a narrower sense it signifies only the goods and wares he has for sale and traffic. The capital of corporations is also called stock; this is usually divided into shares of a definite value, as one hundred dollars, fifty dollars per share.

The stock held by individuals in corporations is generally considered as personal property.

descents. This is a metaphorical expression which designates, in the genealogy of a family, the person from whom others are descended: those persons who have so descended are called branches.


A machine commonly made of wood, with holes in it, in which to confine persons accused of or guilty of a crime.

It was used either to confine unruly offenders by way of security, or convicted criminals for punishment.

This barbarous punishment has been generally abandoned in the United States.