An accidental deposit is made where a chattel, through circumstances over which neither the owner nor the recipient has any immediate control, is deposited on the land or premises of another. Examples are timber carried by the tide in a navigable river and left at low water on the towing path1, fruit dropped on a neighbour's garden, or a tree which has fallen on the field of an adjacent proprietor. In such cases, so long as the involuntary depositary does no overt act to the chattel thus deposited on his land, he incurs no responsibility to the true owner
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