RIVER. A natural collection of waters, arising from springs or fountains,
which flow in a bed or canal of considerable width and length, towards the
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2. Rivers may be considered as public or private.
3. Public rivers are those in which the public have an interest.
4. They are either navigable, which, technically understood, signifies
such rivers in which the tide flows; or not navigable. The soil or bed of
such a navigable river, understood in this sense, belongs not to the
riparian proprietor, but to the public. 3 Caines' Rep. 307; 10 John. R. 236;
17 John. R. 151; 20 John. R. 90; 5 Wend. R. 423; 6 Cowen, R. 518; 14 Serg. &
Rawle, 9; 1 Rand. Rep. 417; 3 Rand. R. 33; 3 Greenl. R. 269; 2 Conn. R. 481;
5 Pick. 199.
5. Public rivers, not navigable, are those which belong to the people
in general, as public highways. The soil of these rivers belongs generally,
to the riparian owner, but the public have the use of the stream, and the
authors of nuisances and impediments over such a stream are indictable. Ang.
on Water Courses, 202; Davies' Rep. 152; Callis on Sewers, 78; 4 Burr. 2162.
6. By the ordinance of 1787, art. 4, relating to the northwestern
territory, it is provided that the navigable waters, leading into the
Mississippi and St. Lawrence, and the carrying places between the same,
shall be common highways, and forever free. 3 Story, L. U. S. 2077.
7. A private river, is one so naturally obstructed, that there is no
passage for boats; for if it be capable of being so navigated, the public
may use its waters. 1 McCord's Rep. 580. The soil in general belongs to the
riparian proprietors. (q.v.) A river, then, may be considered, 1st. As
private, in the case of shallow and obstructed streams. 2d. As private
property, but subject to public use, when it can be navigated; and, 3d. As
public, both with regard to its use and property. Some rivers possess all
these qualities. The Hudson is mentioned as an instance; in one part it is
entirely private property; in another the public have the use of it; and it
is public property from the mouth as high up as the tide flows. Ang. Wat.
Co. 205, 6.
8. In Pennsylvania, it has been held that the great rivers of that
state, as the Susquehanna, belong to the public, and that the riparian
proprietor does not own the bed or canal. 2 Binn. R. 75; 14 Serg. & Rawle,
71. Vide, generally, Civ. Code of Lo. 444; Bac. Ab. Prerogatives, B 3; 7
Com. Dig. 291; 1 Bro. Civ. Law, 170; Merl. Repert, h.t.; Jacobsen's Sea
Laws, 417; 2 Hill. Abr. c. 13; 2 Fairf. R. 278 3 Ohio Rep. 496; 6 Mass. R.
435; 15 John. R. 447; 1 Pet. C. C. Rep. 64; 1 Paige's Rep. 448; 3 Dane's R.
4; 7 Mass. Rep. 496; 17 Mass. Rep. 289; 5 Greenl. R. 69; 10 Wend. R. 260;
Kames, Eq. 38; 6 Watts & Serg. 101. As to the boundaries of rivers, see
Metc. & Perk. Dig. Boundaries, IV.; as to the grant of a river, see 5 Cowen,
216; Co. Litt. 4 b; Com. Dig. Grant, E 5.
, calm-flowing river in your dream
, signifies that you are allowing your life to float away and it is time that you take a more decisive hand in directing your life
. A river also symbolizes joyful pleasures
, peace and prosperity
. To see a raging river
, signifies that your life is feeling out of control
. To see a muddy and
/or raging river
, signifies tumultuous times and jealousy in your life
. To see empty rivers in your dream
, forewarns of sickness and unexpected bad luck
, adolescent stream
, braided stream
, flowing stream
, lazy stream
, meandering stream
, moving road
, navigable river
, racing stream
, spill stream
, stream action
, subterranean river