intentional act

See: overt act
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Cutter would come home at noon, find the mutilated journal in the paper-rack, and triumphantly fit the clipping into the space from which it had been cut.
In his chamber, he said: "First, I kept a journal; then by and by, after years, I took the journal and turned it into a book.
Leaving the Expedition outside to rest, I quartered myself in the chalet, with Harris, proposing to correct my journals and scientific observations before continuing the ascent.
Why, Mars Tom, I hain't got no coat o' arm; I hain't got nuffn but dish yer ole shirt, en you knows I got to keep de journal on dat.
Louis when the murder was done, and got the news out of the morning journals, as was shown by his telegram to his aunt.
Hundreds of girls take fancies for disguising themselves; and hundreds of instances of it are related year after year in the public journals.
We give the fact as it occurs in Bannatyne's Journal, only premising that the Journalist held his master's opinions, both with respect to the Earl of Cassilis as an opposer of the king's party, and as being a detester of the practice of granting church revenues to titulars, instead of their being devoted to pious uses, such as the support of the clergy, expense of schools, and the relief of the national poor.
We must get his name published in as many journals as possible as a signatory to the great petition; it will draw on others as your name drew him.
Advantage of the Union in Respect to Economy in Government For the Independent Journal.
A perusal of their journals, as well as the candid acknowledgments of such as have had a seat in that assembly, will inform us, that the members have but too frequently displayed the character, rather of partisans of their respective States, than of impartial guardians of a common interest; that where on one occasion improper sacrifices have been made of local considerations, to the aggrandizement of the federal government, the great interests of the nation have suffered on a hundred, from an undue attention to the local prejudices, interests, and views of the particular States.
Dick, who had heard nothing of the matter, was up first on that inauspicious day, and took the journal to an arbour in the garden.
My household work is done, so I shall take his foreign journal, and lock myself up in my room and read it.