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- n. The party to a legal dispute against whom a complaint was initially raised in a court.
- n. The second party named in a contract, generally the party to whom a duty is initially owed, and who is obligated to perform in response to the performance of that initial duty.
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But the trouble is that, usually, the party of the second part also has a plan, which entirely disconcerts the first.
“There’s such things as put-up jobs,” said George, glowering solemnly at Mr. Maslin, “and the party of the second part might just as well know exactly where they get off.”
PROVIDED, That if the amount paid to the parties of the first part by the Annual Conference aforesaid, is not sufficient to reimburse the party of the second part in this behalf, the balance due said party of the second part, shall be credited to the account of the ($20,000) twenty thousand dollars appropriated by the General Conference aforesaid.
THEREFORE, THIS INDENTURE WITNESSETH, That it is further agreed by the parties of the first part, that all the money received by them, from the several Annual Conferences aforesaid, on account of said windows, shall be paid over to the said party of the second part until a sufficient sum shall be paid to reimburse the said party for all that he has paid or may hereafter pay on account of said windows;