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THE RULE OF THE ROAD.

An important legal pronouncement was made by the First Division of the Court of Session in Scotland on J'Vi>iuary 18 last with regard to tho rule ft the road. The court consisted of the Lord President (Dunedin) and Lords Kinnear and Mackenzie. The caso cr.nn' before the court by way of appeal tiom the Edinburgh Sheriff Court. ( li> facts were that at a cross road a motor car which was proceeding along a main road was run into and damaged by a car which emerged from a less irequented side road. The inferior court held that both drivers were to blame, and not only declined to award damages, but gave judgment for costs against the plaintiff. This judgment was now reversed, and the Lord President said that if there was one rule more than another which should bo laid down in the circumstances of the ca.so then before the court, it was this ■ that it was the business of people coming into a main road to look out when Unentered that road, and give way to ail traffic along it. He did not moan that they should not entor the mam road until there was no one in siylit, but that if there was any possibility at all of a collision, it was the business ot persons coming out of tho side road to give way to people travelling along the main road, and that it was the <lut\ of tho driver of a car on a side road to approach tho main road with his own car under complete control. This judgment, says the editor of tho Autocar, establishes under tho authority of tho Supreme Court of Scotland the principle which has long been recognised as tho right one, but which, until now , has had tho confirmation of inferior courts only, viz., that vehicles going on to a main road from a side road are bound to go slowly and with special caution, ' and have regard to tho possibility ti their running into a through-going vehicle proceeding along tho main road. With regard to priority ot right to tinuse of roads, it would l)o well lor motorists and cyclists to la> to hoart the law as recently laid down !>\ a Judge of an English County Court. Ho said tho person who has tho first right to tho road is tho pedestrian, after him comes tho equestrian, thon tindrivers of horsed vehicles, thon tlu> cyclist, and lastly the motorist. Tho right of tho pedestrian and equestrian and the driver of a horsed vehicle aro as old as the common law of England,

tho bicycle and th© motor aro innovations; they aro unknown to tho common law, and, other things being equal, their rights must bo subordinated to tho earlier rights.

A certain old dame, who is well known to fame For preferring a shoo for a cotta^f, Her children would spank and to byobv© would yank. If they over complained of their pottage ! Now this shows sho nas wise, and it's safe to surmise In a household so strict and housewifely, If a child had a cough it was treatod right off, With Woods' Peppermint Cure — quick and lively. 11

Found. — The happy medium in tobacco. MILD DERBY is tho smoke. Something betwixt a light and dark tobacoo. Will suit many tastes. Try a pipefuL 2

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THE RULE OF THE ROAD., Taranaki Herald, Volume LV, Issue 13953, 10 July 1909

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THE RULE OF THE ROAD. Taranaki Herald, Volume LV, Issue 13953, 10 July 1909

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