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TO PERISH. To come to an end; to cease to be; to die.
     2. What has never existed cannot be said to have perished.
     3. When two or more persons die by the same accident, as a shipwreck, no presumption arises that one perished before the other. Vide Death. Survivorship.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Moreover, Bold's assertion that 'dating the Perishes is virtually impossible' must be contradicted by Pol Ernst's important recent work on the manuscript paper.
McHenry takes this to be the problem of how diverse perspectives can be identical with the one reality experienced; for the being perishes insofar as its impact upon successors is fragmentary and partial.
Crossing the Atlantic in winter takes its toll on the Irish immigrant families on the Eliza J, but Gracelin gains a "second son," Liam Kelley, whom she adopts when his mother perishes at sea of the fever.