EDGERTON, Associate Justice.
Appellee was the lessee of an apartment in a building owned by appellants, the lessors. There were 22 apartments in the building. Appellants controlled the halls, stairs and entrances. Appellee has recovered judgment for personal injuries caused by falling over a milk bottle on an uncovered and unlighted outside stairway by which she was returning to the building at night. This stairway was the only approach to a rear basement entrance which tenants often used. There was an electric light fixture over the stairway. Current could be turned on only by a switch in the basement. There was evidence that the stairway was often unlighted, as it was on the night of the accident; that the fixture had been hanging by a wire for a month; that appellants' janitor had been notified of this condition; and that the bulb was missing at the time of the accident. There was evidence that the janitor sometimes turned on the light, though he denied that he ever did so. There was undisputed evidence that tenants often did so.
The court instructed the jury that appellants owed appellee a duty of reasonable care to keep the stairway safe. The jury were permitted to find a breach of this duty in respect to lighting. The question for decision on this appeal is whether appellants owed this duty in respect to lighting.
The accident occurred in Maryland. There as in the District of Columbia, if a landlord "leases separate portions of the same building to different tenants
Although the lease was identified and we have allowed it to remain in the record, it is not in evidence because it was not offered and received in evidence. Even if it were in evidence, it would not affect our decision. The lease provides that the "Lessor shall not be liable in any manner for any interruption in any services, such as heat, water, electricity, gas, or the like, nor shall said Lessor be liable for any loss or damage to the person or property of said Lessee, or of any person using or occupying or visiting said demised premises arising from any cause in or about said building or said demised premises, whether caused by or resulting from the bursting, leaking or overflowing of any water of steam pipes, or other cause whatsoever." But, on the familiar principle of ejusdem generis, general words like "any cause" and "other cause" are held to refer only to causes which have some resemblance to the particular ones specified in the context.