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LIFE. The aggregate of the animal functions which resist death. Bichat.
     2. The state of animated beings, while they possess the power of feeling and motion. It commences in contemplation of law generally as soon as the infant is able to stir in the mother's womb; 1 Bl. Com. 129; 3 Inst. 50; Wood's Inst. 11; and ceases at death. Lawyers and legislators are not, however, the best physiologists, and it may be justly suspected that in fact life commences before the mother can perceive any motion of the foetus. 1 Beck's Med. Jur. 291.
     3. For many purposes, however, life is considered as begun from the moment of conception in ventre sa mere. Vide Foetus. But in order to acquire and transfer civil rights the child must be born alive. Whether a child is born alive, is to be ascertained from certain signs which are always attendant upon life. The fact of the child's crying is the most certain. There may be a certain motion in a new born infant which may last even for hours, and yet there may not be complete life. It seems that in order to commence life the child must be born with the ability to breathe, and must actually have breathed. 1 Briand, Med. Leg. 1ere partie, c. 6, art. 1.
     4. Life is presumed to continue at least till one hundred years. 9 Mart. Lo. R. 257 See Death; Survivorship.
     5. Life is considered by the law of the utmost importance, and its most anxious care is to protect it. 1 Bouv. Inst. n. 202-3.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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"Anyone who sees a lifebelt which has been vandalised or is missing is asked to let us know by contacting us on 03000 200 292."
Now the culprits have been slammed - with a reminder that public money is needed to replace the lifebelts.
"Perhaps the sad fact of Alex's death can highlight to the public that removing lifebelt provision without reason can cost lives."
RISKS: How we reported the missing lifebelts WARNING: Alan Slater at the Infinity Bridge on the River Tees, left.
the Evening Express examined the lifebelts along the river from Victoria Bridge in torry to the Bridge of Dee to check the state of safety gear.
Perhaps they should pretend that they're going to stage Anything Goes - just as long as somebody turns the lifebelt round so that it does not proclaim SS American.
The man who came up to me earlier had thrown a lifebelt in his direction, and he was only a metre or two from the riverbank.
"For mindless individuals to damage life-saving items such as lifebelts is simply criminal and I hope folk who know the culprits will come forward and give the police the names of those responsible."
Crew members and helpers were able to get a lifebelt from the pierhead to one man while his friend was also helped on to dry land.
Robert Timmis was strolling along the deck with his work colleague Ralph Moodie when they saw a man strap on his lifebelt and climb into a lifeboat.
Another rescuer rushed to get a lifebelt from a plastic holder on the bank - but it was missing and the second lad disappeared in the rubbish-strewn pond.