Law: The Weaker Vessel

" Woman is not the 'weaker vessel '; and it is unfair to assume that when wife and husband perish together in a catastrophe, the woman died first." By a bill which has passed the Connecticut Senate and is now before the House, that state proposes to enact into statute the rule of the common law that when a man and a woman die in a common disaster there is no presumption as to which survived the other.

Speculation as to survivorship is not idle, as all the property of both husband and wife...

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