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2005-11-24 20:15:02

By Katharine Houreld SANOYEA TOWN, Liberia (Reuters) - Two months ago, Peter Yah's hand was plunged into hot oil after he was accused of stealing $10. The 22-year-old Liberian student and his brother had been previously detained over the robbery, but there was not enough evidence to prosecute them. Their accuser demanded the men undergo trial by ordeal -- a practice in which guilt is determined by exposing the suspects to acute pain and interpreting their reaction. If there is no...


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grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'