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• shares must in that case be equal; and the first- CHAP. : born shall have no right of deduction.

211. “ Should the eldest or youngest of several bro' thers be deprived of his share by a civil death on ' his entrance into the fourth order, or should any one

of them die, his vested interest in a share shall ' not wholly be lost;

212. · But, if he leave neither son, nor wife, nor daughter, nor father, nor mother, his uterine brothers ' and sisters, and such brothers as were re-united ' after a separation, shall assemble and divide his « share equally.

213. • Any eldest brother, . who from avarice shall . defraud his younger brother, shall forfeit the honours

of his primogeniture, be deprived of his own share, • and pay a fine to the king.

214. “ All those brothers, who are addicted to any ' vice, lose their title to the inheritance: the first• born shall not appropriate it to himself, but shall give shares to the youngest, if they be not vicious. 215. ' If, among undivided brethren living with their father, there be a common exertion for common gain, the father shall never make an unequal division among them, when they divide their families. 216. · A son, born after a division in the lifetime of his father, shall alone inherit the patrimony, or • shall have a share of it with the divided brethren, ' if they return and unite themselves with him.

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217. • Of a son, 'dying childless and leaving no widow, the father and mother shall take the estate ; and, the mother also being dead, the paternal grandfather and grandmother shall take the heritage, on ' failure of brothers and nephews.

218. · When all the debts and wealth have been justly distributed according to law, any property, ' that may afterwards be discovered, shall be subject

to a similar distribution.

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Apparel, carriages, or riding-horses, and ornaments of ordinary value, which any of the heirs had used by consent before partition, dressed rice,

water in a well or cistern, female slaves, family

priests, or spiritual counsellors, and pasture ground ' for cattle, the wise have declared indivisible, and

still to be used as before.

220.- Thus have the laws of inheritance, and the rule for the conduct of sons (whether the son of o the wife or others) been expounded to you in • order : learn at present the law concerning games

of chance.

221. · GAMING, either with inanimate or with animated things, let the king exclude wholly from • his realm : both those modes of play cause destruc

tion to princes.

222. Such play with dice and the like, or by matches between rams and cocks, amounts to open

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theft; and the king must ever be vigilant in sup- CHAP. pressing both modes of play:

Gaming with lifeless things is known among men by the name of dyúta ; but samáhwaya signifies a match between living creatures.

224. · Let the king punish corporally at discretion · both the gamester and the keeper of a gaming

house, whether they play with inanimate or animated things; and men of the servile class, who wear the string and other marks of the twice-born. 225. · Gamesters, publick

dancers and singers, ' revilers of scripture, open hereticks, men who per' form not the duties of their several classes, and

sellers of spirituous liquor, let him instantly banish « from the town:

226.. Those wretches, lurking like unseen thieves ' in the dominion of a prince, continually harass his good subjects with their vitious conduct. 227. · Even in a former creation was this vice of gaming found a great provoker of enmity: let no

sensible man, therefore, addict himself to play even • for his amusement :

228. · On the man addicted to it, either privately or openly, let punishment be inflicted at the discretion of the king.

229. “A man of the military, commercial, or servile • class, who cannot pay a fine, shall discharge the 2 1 2

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CHAP. “ debt by his labour : a priest shall discharge it by

little and little. 230. · For women, children, persons of tellect, the old, the poor, and the infirm, the king • shall order punishment with a small whip, a twig, or a rope.

231. • Those ministers, who are employed in pub· lick affairs, and, inflamed by the blaze of wealth,

mar the business of any person concerned, let the
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Such, as forge royal edicts, cause dissentions among the great ministers, or kill women, priests,

or children, let the king put to death; and such, as ( adhere to his enemies.

233. · Whatever business has at any time been • transacted conformably to law, let him consider as finally settled, and refuse to unravel; 234. But whatever business has been concluded illegally by his ministers or by a judge, let the

king himself re-examine; and let him fine them each " a thousand panas.

235. “ The slayer of a priest, a soldier or merchant drinking arak, or a priest drinking arak, mead,

or rum, he, who steals the gold of a priest, and he, • who violates the bed of his natural or spiritual

father, are all to be considered respectively as offenders in the highest degree, except those,

whose ' crimes are not fit to be named :

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236. « On such of those four, as have not actually CHAP. perforined an expiation, let the king legally inflict corporal punishment, together with a fine. 237. · For violating the paternal bed, let the mark of a female part be impressed on the forehead with · hot iron; for drinking spirits, a vintner's flag; for ' stealing sacred gold, a dog's foot; for murdering a priest, the figure of a headless corpse:

238. · With none to eat with them, with none to • sacrifice with them, with none to read with them, ' with none to be allied by marriage to them, abject ' and excluded from all social duties, let them wander

over this earth :

239. · Branded with indelible marks, they shall be · deserted by their paternal and maternal relations, ' treated by none with affection, received by none ' with respect : such is the ordinance of Menu.

240. - Criminals of all the classes, having performed an expiation, as ordained by law, shall not be marked on the forehead, but condemned to pay the highest

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241. “ For crimes by a priest, who had a good cha' racter before his offence, the middle fine shall be set ' on him; or, if his crime was premeditated, he shall ' be banished from the realm, taking with him his i effects and his family;

242. “ But men of the other classes, who have committed those crimes, though without premeditation,

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