MURDER WHICH IS NOT MURDER

Everybody knows exactly what murder is; but the legal definition runs: ‘Murder is the crime of unlawfully killing a reasonable creature who is in being, with malice aforethought either expressed or implied, the death following within a year and a day.’ Thus should a burglar break into a house and wilfully shoot the occupant he cannot be tried for murder if his victim lingers on for a year and a day and then dies. Obviously, this is a case of murder as the average mind understands it; but the law thinks otherwise, and though the culprit can be punished for his act, he cannot be tried on the capital charge.

NOTIFICATION OF INFECTIOUS DISEASES.— See Section XIII. PENSIONS FOR THE

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