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[8] The third method becomes operative when we find something in the actual words of the law which enables us to prove that the intention of the legislator was different. [p. 141] The following theme will provide an example. “Anyone who is caught at night with steel in his hands shall be thrown into prison. A man is found wearing a steel ring, and is imprisoned by the magistrate.” In this case the use of the word caught is sufficient proof that the word steel was only intended by the law in the sense of a weapon of offence.

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