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 for CHANCE
From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  CHANCE, accident. As the law punishes a crime only when there is an 
  intention to commit it, it follows that when those acts are done in a lawful 
  business or pursuit by mere chance or accident, which would have been 
  criminal if there had been an intention, express or implied, to commit them, 
  there is no crime. For example, if workmen were employed in blasting rocks 
  in a retired field, and a person not knowing of the circumstance should 
  enter the field, and be killed by a piece of the rock, there would be no 
  guilt in the workmen. 1 East, P. C. 262 Poster, 262; 1 Hale's P. C. 472; 4 
  Bl. Com. 192. Vide Accident. 
  
  

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