A decree nisi.
The gist public astonishment, when the case came on for trial there was no defence, and on the 17th of November 1890 a decree nisi was granted.
The district judge hears the case and if satisfied makes the nisi order absolute.
Once the court has pronounced the decree nisi, a formal court order is prepared.
Nisi pecuniam omnem mihi dabis, ad caput tuum saxum immane mittam: I have a catapult.