Owing to the proximity of the Hay Market, the number of establishments of bad character, the preponderance of the trading and working class population crowded in these streets and alleys in the heart of Petersburg, types so various were to be seen in the streets that no figure, however queer, would have caused surprise.
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a preponderance of evidence against the defendant
Not less conspicuous is the preponderance of nature over will in all practical life.