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Latin. To repress the dishonesty of this class of men. Innkeepers, shipmasters, and others, to whose care goods of considerable value are often committed were supposed to possess great facilities for committing theft with less than usual probability of detection. With the view of checking the dishonest of such persons, peculiar responsibilities were imposed upon them regarding the careful preservation of things placed in their charge and they were made liable for the full value of the lost object. The edict of the Roman praetor, nautae caupones, stabularii (to be noticed hereafter) was given to repress this dishonesty. 

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