They consisted originally of three tribes, which gradually were united into the sovereign people. The first tribe was a Latin colony, and settled on the Palatine Hill; the second were Sabine settlers on the Quirinal; the third were Etruscans, who occupied the Caelian. Each of these three tribes of citizens consisted of ten curiae, and each curia of ten decuries, or gentes.

Pyecroft, since his Honor would imply that, although unknown to HIM personally, I am at least amicus curiae in this question of er guardianship. But I am grieved indeed I may say shocked Mr.

Pickwick, my dear Sir, excuse me I shall be happy to receive any private suggestions of yours, as AMICUS CURIAE, but you must see the impropriety of your interfering with my conduct in this case, with such an AD CAPTANDUM argument as the offer of half a guinea. Really, my dear Sir, really; and the little man took an argumentative pinch of snuff, and looked very profound.

While the number of the women were undoubtedly considerably greater than this, it is not recorded whether they were chosen for their age, their own rank or that of their husbands, or by lot, to give names to the curiae.

Among the Greeks the curiae are called phratriae and phatriae in other words associations, brotherhoods unions, guilds from the fact that men of the same phratry phrased or revealed to one another their own intentions without scruple or fear. Hence fathers or kinsmen or teachers are phrators, those who share in the same phratry.

The Comitia Centuriata elected the magistrates and made laws, and formed the highest court of appeal, but all its decisions had to be sanctioned by the curiae, although in course of time the curia was a formality. The centuries met in the Campus Martius, and were presided over by the consuls, who read the names of the candidates.

And that they were just three, the very name of tribe and tribune seems to show; each tribe contained ten curiae, or brotherhoods, which, some say, took their names from the Sabine women; but that seems to be false, because many had their names from various places.

"Indeed! You had better call this witness, Mr. Colt." Your lordship must excuse me; I am quite content with my evidence," said the wary advocate. "Well then, I shall call him as amicus curiae; and the defendant's counsel can cross-examine him." Fullalove went into the box, was sworn, identified the pocket-book, and swore he had seen fourteen thousand pounds in it on two occasions.

Besides, it is one of the most interesting cases that I have ever met with, and I am not going to see it bungled. He couldn't object to a little general advice in a friendly, informal way amicus curiae, as old Brodribb is so fond of saying; and there is nothing to prevent us from pushing forward the preliminary inquiries." "Of what nature would they be?"

These, though not slaves, had no political rights. Each tribe was divided into ten Curiae, and the thirty Curiae composed the Comitia Curiata, which was the sovereign assembly of the Patricians, authorized to choose the king and to decide all cases affecting the lives of the citizens.