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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