The plaintiff was a guest at a hotel owned by the defendant, and during that period a valuable diamond ring was stolen from his room, without negligence on the part of the defendant. In a suit to recover the value of the ring, the defendant set up a defense by way of the statute exempting innkeepers from liability upon "posting a notice in three or more public and conspicuous places in the office, elevators, or public rooms, or in the public parlors of such hotel" to the effect that the innkeeper would not be liable for any stolen property not placed in a safe provided by the management. The court held that the posting of these notices on the elevator shafts of the second, third, and fourth floors was not a strict compliance with the statute requiring them to be posted in public rooms, as an express condition to the privilege of exemption under the statute. Featherstone v. Dessert et al., (Wash. 1933) 22 Pac, (2d) 1050.

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