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Statement of the Case.
“Motion is made in this cause, upon the record of the proceedings of the Circuit Court of the United States for the Southern Division of the Northern District of Alabama, a duly certified transcript whereof is now submitted to this Honorable Court, on the following prayers for relief in behalf of the plaintiff in said cause.
“ First. That the plaintiff in said cause, as the defendant in error in this court, have leave to docket said cause and dismiss the same, under section 1 of Rule 9, of the Rules of practice in the Supreme Court, or:
“ Second. That the plaintiff in said cause have leave to docket the same and file a copy of the record in said case with the Clerk of the Supreme Court and that his counsel have leave to enter his appearance therein, and that the cause shall stand for argument at the present term of the court, under sections 2 and 3 of said Rules of practice: or for motion to dismiss the same under Rule 6: and
“ Third. That the court will, if said cause is dismissed under Rule 9, or under any other Rule, adjudge damages to the said Albert V. Gude the plaintiff in said judgment, for delay under section 2 of Rule 23, and also a mandate, or other process in the nature of a procedendo, to the court below, under Rule 24.
“ Fourth. That the court will grant to the plaintiff in said judgment any other relief in the premises to secure justice to him, that may be consistent with the law and the practice in the Honorable Court.
“JOHN T. MORGAN,
" Attorney for Albert V. Gude.
“ STATEMENT OF FACTS SHOWN BY THE DULY CERTIFIED RECORD
HEREWITH SUBMITTED. “On the 24th March, 1890, judgment was rendered on the verdict of a jury, in the said Circuit Court of the United States, in favor of Albert V. Gude, against the Tuskaloosa Northern Railway Company, for the sum of ten thousand dollars and costs, for which execution was ordered to issue.
“On the 25th March, 1890, the attorneys of the parties
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entered into the following stipulation : ‘In the above cause it is hereby agreed that the time for signing the bill of exceptions in this cause and taking appeal or prosecuting writ of error therein be and the same is hereby extended until the 1st day of June, 1890, and that the said bill of exceptions shall be considered as if filed on the last day of the term of said court now pending
“On the filing of this agreement the court ordered 'that no execution issue in this cause until said 1st day of June, 1890, and then that the same should not issue if the defendants have taken said appeal, or prosecuted their writ of error, upon supersedeas bond; and that the said bill of exceptions be, when signed, considered as if filed on the last day of the present term of the court.'
“The certificate of the Clerk of the court shows the transcript now submitted to the court to be a true, perfect and complete transcript and copy of the record and proceedings heretofore had and entered of record 'in said cause. No bill of exceptions is in the record and none has been signed or filed.
“On the 31st of May, 1890, a bond was filed in the clerk': office, which had been taken and approved this 24th day of May, 1890,' by • John Bruce, Judge of the U. S. Court, Southern Division Northern District of Alabama.''
The following is a copy of that bond, as the same is set out and certified in the transcript of the record now, here, submitted to the court.
“ The Tuskaloosa Northern Railway Company, a body Corporate under the laws of Alabama.
Circuit Court of the United States of Am
For the Southern
Division of the NorthJ. C. Reiley and A. V. Gude, consti
ern District of Alatuting the firm of Reiley & Gude.
Appellees." “ Know all men by these presents that we The Tuskaloosa
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Northern Railway Company, a body corporate under the laws of Alabama, The Tuskaloosa Coal Iron and Land Co., a body corporate under the laws of Alabama, and the Tuskaloosa Belt Railway Co., a body corporate under the laws of Alabama, all of the county of Tuskaloosa in the State of Alabama are held and firmly bound unto the above named Reiley & Gude in the sum of Fifteen Thousand (15,000) Dollars to be paid the said Reiley & Gude.
“For the faithful payment of which sum well and truly to be made we bind ourselves and each of us, our and each of our heirs, executors and administrators jointly and severally and firmly by these presents.
“Sealed with our seals and dated at Tuskaloosa, Alabama, the 23d day of May, A.D., 1890.
“ Whereas the above bounden Tuskaloosa Northern Railway Co., has prosecuted an appeal or writ of error to the Supreme Court of the United States to reverse the judgment rendered in the above entitled cause at the spring term 1890, of the Circuit Court of the United States for the Southern Division of the Northern District of Alabama, holden at Birmingham, Alabama, by the Hon. John Bruce, judge of the Circuit Court of the United States for the Southern Division of the Northern District of Alabama. Now therefore, the condition of the above obligation is such, that if the above named Tuskaloosa Northern Railway Co. shall prosecute said appeal to effect and answer all damages and costs, if it fail to make said appeal good, then this obligation shall be void, otherwise the same shall be and remain in full force and virtue.
“ Tuskaloosa Northern
Order of the Court.
‘Judge of the U. S. Court Southern Division Northern District of Alabama.
“ There is no other allowance of an appeal or writ of error in the cause of record, except that disclosed in the bond for supersedeas and the orders thereon, as above stated and no formal writ of error appears in the record.
“The plaintiff in said judgment, who is shown by the record to be the surviving partner of the firm of Reiley & Gude, on the 9th of July, 1890, presented his petition to Hon. John Bruce, who took and approved said supersedeas bond, praying that he would revoke the supersedeas created by said bond because it was not valid in law to prevent the issue of execution on the judgment which was not accurately described in the supersedeas bond.
Judge Bruce denied the petition, and thus sustained the validity of the bond, and treated the case as if it had been removed into the Supreme Court of the United States.
“The petition and the papers relating thereto were filed in said Circuit Court and a certified transcript of the same is submitted with this motion to this Honorable Court.
“ These papers, thus certified, are dehors the record in the case adjudged by the court, but they are here presented to show that the plaintiff, Gude, is without remedy as to execution on his judgment until the Supreme Court has exercised jurisdiction in the main cause, or has declared that it has no jurisdiction.”
Mr. John T. Morgan for the motion.
The court ordered the case to be docketed and dismissed.
Counsel for Plaintiffs in Error.
WILLIAMS v. PASSUMPSIC SAVINGS BANK.
ERROR TO THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE UNITED STATES FOR THE
NORTHERN DISTRICT OF FLORIDA.
No. 1354. Submitted March 30, 1891. – Decided April 6, 1891.
A decree in chancery in a Circuit Court having been brought up by writ of
error instead of appeal, the defendant in error consented to the dismissal of the writ, and the court announced that if an appeal is seasonably taken the transcript of the record in this cause may be filed as part of return.
This was a motion by the defendant in error to dismiss a writ of error for the following reasons :
First. Because said cause is a suit in equity and not at law and for that reason a writ of error does not lie to revise the proceedings of the United States Circuit Court in the premises.
Second. Because the proceedings sought to be revised by said writ of error terminated in a final decree and judgment on the 19th day of October, 1889, at a term of the United States Circuit Court in and for the Northern District of Florida, which term finally terminated and adjourned on the 22d day of November, 1889, and said writ of error was not sued out until the first day of July, 1890, and no citation has ever been issued or served in said cause.
Thereupon the plaintiffs in error moved as follows:
Now come the plaintiffs in error in the above entitled cause, by H. Bisbee, their solicitor, and consent to granting the motion to dismiss, made by defendant in error; and plaintiffs in error move for leave to withdraw the transcript of the record, on the ground that the failure to bring the cause within the jurisdiction of this court is not attributable to their negligence, but to that of their solicitors in the court below, and plaintiff's desire to take and perfect an appeal and should not be subjected to the expense of another transcript.
Mr. H. Bisbee for plaintiff's in error.