118. Finder's rights against third parties.

Subject to the special position of chattels found on private property1, as against everyone save the true owner or the finder's employer or principal2, the property in a chattel found vests in the finder on his taking possession of it3, and thereafter, as a party voluntarily in possession4 of that chattel, he has many of the rights and obligations which belong to a bailee, including a duty of care towards the owner. Consistently with this position, he can generally maintain a claim against any person (except the true owner, or his agent) who might dispossess him of it, either

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