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advantage of his incapacity at the time of the first conveyance. Odom v. Riddick, S. Ct. N. C., Jan. 14, 1890.


Communications to law student, employed by a party to litigation to advise and assist in the suit, are not privileged. Dierstein v. Schubkagel, S. Ct. Pa., Jan. 6, 1890.


Husband has no insurable interest in his wife's separate property, under the laws of Indiana. Traders' Ins. Co. v. Newman, S. Ct. Ind., Oct. 31, 1889.

Joint policy to husband and wife on property of the husband provided that any change in the title, unless with the consent of the company at the home office, should vitiate the policy; a transfer from the husband to the wife through a third person of the property insured, rendered the policy void, and evidence was not admissible, in an action on the policy, to show that, when it was issued, the local agent who solicited the insurance, was informed of the proposed transfer and orally agreed that it should be made. Walton v. Agricultural Ins. Co., Ct. App. N. Y., 2d Div., Oct. 22, 1889.


Baggage of guest was lost under the following circumstances: at the depot he was directed to an omnibus which was to carry him to a certain hotel, by a porter who cried out the name of the hotel and wore it on his cap, and he thereupon delivered the check for his baggage to the porter, telling him that he was anxious to have it promptly, to which the latter replied that it would come right along in another wagon; the porter then gave the check to another man, whom the guest did not know was not an attaché of the hotel; he recognized the porter, however, as the same one who on a former occasion had performed similar services for him, but he was not aware that the wagon which brought the baggage, was run by another person than the hotel proprietor; the omnibus and the wagon were the usual mode of conveyance from the depot to the hotel by agreement between their owner and the hotel proprietor, and the former bore the name of the hotel; the baggage was lost after its delivery by the railroad company to the person who presented the check. The proprietor of the hotel was liable for the loss of the baggage and was not relieved of such liability by the fact that the porter was not authorized to receive baggage or checks therefor from guests at the depot, but merely to advertise and solicit custom for the hotel. Coskery v. Nagle, S. Ct. Ga., Nov. 18, 1889.


Alien, only temporarily within the district, cannot be sued in the Federal Court by citizens of the district. Meyer v. Herrera, U. S. C. Ct., W. D. Tex., Dec. 31, 1889.

Levy upon property to satisfy a judgment in a Federal Court brings it within the jurisdiction of such Court, and the subsequent death of the debtor does not confer upon the State Court probate

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jurisdiction to administer on such property as part of the decedent's estate. Rio Grande R. R. Co. v. Vinet, S. Ct. Ü. S., Dec. 9, 1889.

National bank may be sued, or bring suit, in the Federal Courts by or against a citizen of another State from that in which the bank is located, where the amount involved reaches the statutory limit. First Nat. Bank v. Forest, U. S. C. Ct., N. D. Iowa, Dec. 26, 1889.


Publication by mercantile agency, organized for the purpose of ascertaining and reporting the financial standing and ability of merchants, traders and other business men, in reports issued and sent to the agency's subscribers, that a judgment had been obtained against a merchant, is not libelous per se. Woodruff v. Bradstreet Co., Ct. App. N. Y., 2d Div., Oct. 8, 1889.


Demand note is subject to the running of the statute from its date, although no actual demand has been made. O'Neil v. Magner, S. Ct. Cal., Dec. 5, 1889; Jones v. Nicholl, S. Ct. Cal., Dec. 12, 1889.


Druggist, when authorized by law to sell intoxicating liquors upon a proper application, has a discretion to refuse to sell under such authority and is not liable in an action of damages for such refusal. Treahey v. Holliday, S. Ct. Kan., Jan. 11, 1890.

License to sell liquors in a city for a year, on the payment of a certain sum, is not a contract, but a police regulation, and before the end of the year the city may by ordinance raise the fee for the unexpired term. Moore v. City of Indianapolis, S. Ct. Ind., Oct. 30, 1889.


In a dangerous business, such as the generation and distribution of electricity, the employer is bound to know the character and extent of the danger, and to warn his servant specially and unequivocally, so as to be clearly understood; the servant is not required to know latent, but only patent, defects, and has a right to assume superior knowledge in his employer, and to rely upon the latter's prudence and judgment. Myhan v. Louisiana Electric Light and Power Co., S. Ct. La., Dec. 2, 1889.


Interest on bonds of a municipal corporation ceases when the bonds fall due and the means are provided for their payment; the corporation is not bound, like an individual debtor, to seek out the holders of its obligations and tender them the amounts due, in order to stop the running of interest. Friend v. City of Pittsburgh, S. Ct. Pa., Jan. 6, 1890.


Bridge watchman is not a fellow-servant with the engineer and

conductor of a train, so as to exempt the railroad company from liability to the former for injuries sustained through the negligence of the latter. Pike v. Chicago & A. R. R. Co., U. S. C. Ct., E. D. Mo., Jan. 15, 1890.

Failure to give signal on approaching a private farm crossing, is not negligence, though the train, which was running at the rate of fifteen miles an hour, was not on schedule time, and though the view of the track was obstructed by a bank within about thirty yards from the crossing. Annapolis & B. S. L. R. R. Co. v. Pumphrey, Ct. App. Md., Feb. 6, 1890.

Refusal to accept fare from a passenger, after a train has been stopped for the purpose of ejecting him for non-payment of the fare, may be made by a railroad company, and the passenger may be again put off if he return to the train after his first ejection. Pickens v. Richmond & D. R. R. Co., S. Ct. N. C., Dec. 16, 1889.

Statute providing that the killing or injuring of cattle " by the engines or cars running upon any railroad shall be prima facie evidence of negligence on the part of the company," applies not only to cattle running at large, but where they are yoked to a cart, and in charge of a driver. Randall v. Richmond & D. R. R. Co., S. Ct. N. C., Dec. 21, 1889.


Creditor's bill, which seeks to set aside certain alleged fraudulent confessions of judgment and transfers of assets by a limited partnership, and to have the assets of the insolvent firm distributed among all the creditors ratably, as provided by statute, and which makes defendants all persons claiming an interest in the partnership property under the alleged fraudulent judgments and transfers, presents but a single controversy between the plaintiff and all the defendants, as they are all necessary parties, and where one or more of the latter are citizens of the same State with the plaintiff, the cause is not removable to the Federal Court on the ground of diverse citizenship. Graves v. Corbin, S. Ct. U. S., Jan. 6, 1890.


No warranty will be implied that a specific article of a known and recognized kind and description, which is ordered from a manufacturer or dealer, shall answer the purpose for which it is intended to be used; it is sufficient that the article supplied conforms to the description, and is of good workmanship and materials. Goulds v. Brophy, S. Ct. Minn., Nov. 5, 1889.

Oleomargarine is sold within the meaning of a prohibitory statute, by serving it with a regular meal at a public restaurant, as a substitute for butter, although it was not eaten, but paid for as part of the meal and carried away by the customer. Commonwealth v. Miller, S. Ct. Pa., Jan, 6, 1890.


Debts due to a foreign corporation cannot be taxed in the State where the debtors reside. Barber Asphalt Pav. Co. v. City of New Orleans, S. Ct. La., Dec. 2, 1889.


Delay in transmission and delivery of a telegraphic message, calling the person to whom it is addressed to a dying relative, is not excused by the fact that the telegraph company, at the time it contracted to deliver the message, was not informed by the contents, or otherwise, of the relationship of the parties. Western Union Tel. Co. v. Adams; Same v. Feegles, S. Ct. Tex., Dec. 20, 1889.

Railroad company may construct a telegraph or telephone line, over its right of way and for its own use and benefit in the operation of its road, without rendering itself liable to the land owners for additional compensation, but where such line is not constructed for this purpose, it will be considered a new easement, putting a new burden on the land, for which the land-owner will be entitled to additional compensation. American Telephone and Telegraph Co. v. Smith, Ct. App. Md., Dec. 17, 1889.


Name of place, where goods are manufactured, may be used by the manufacturer as a trade-mark, in combination with other words, to distinguish the origin or ownership of the goods, and no other person will be permitted to use the name of the same place upon goods manufactured by him at another and a different place. El Modelo Cigar Mfg. Co. v. Gato, S. Ct. Fla., Jan. 7, 1890.

Right to trade-mark may be acquired by one in his own name, or the name of another, but not to the exclusion of the right of another person of the same name, and whose place of business is in the same place. Id.


Lead-pencil writing, signed by the writer's first name only and not in the form of a will, but reciting "a few little things I would love to have done," and addressed to no one by name, is properly admitted to probate as a will. Knox's Appeal, S. Ct. Pa., Jan. 6, 1890.




APRIL, 1890.


The commentary, or criticism, on the decision of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania in Boyd v. Insurance Patrol, 28 AMERICAN LAW REGISTER 669, deserves notice, and opens interesting subjects. It consists of two parts. The first is addressed to the legal meaning of charity, that is, what constitutes a charity in the legal aspect, and it seems to be supposed that if the motive of the giver is selfish, the subject ceases to be a charity. The basis of this, the only pretence put forward, I believe, is a brilliant passage in Mr. Binney's argument in the Girard Will Case, assumed to be a legal definition, of mathematical accuracy, of charity.

It is a capital illustration of the pestilential habit of confounding reasons for a decision with the point decided. In place of reading the facts and the judgment and drawing conclusions, we read the essay justifying the conclusion, and call that the decision.

The fallacy ought to have been made patent by the inquiry, Did anyone ever set up, in avoidance of a gift by deed or will, that the motive of the donor was tainted, in those cases where the gift was certainly void if the object was not a charity? Did any Chancellor, or anyone else, ever direct an inquiry. into that fact? Is not this the legal test of materiality?



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