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116 US 347 Stone v. Illinois Cent R Co

6 S.Ct. 348

116 U.S. 347

29 L.Ed. 650

STONE and others, composing the Railroad Commission
of the State of Mississippi,
v.
ILLINOIS CENT. R. CO.1

Filed January 4, 1886.

J. W. C. Watson, for appellants, John M. Stone and others, composing the Railroad Commission of the state of Mississippi.

James Fentress and W. P. Harris, for appellee, Illinois Cent. R. Co.

[Argument of Counsel from pages 348-351 intentionally omitted]

WAITE, C. J.

This suit, like that of Stone v. Farmers' Loan & Trust Co., ante, 334, just decided, was brought to restrain the railroad commission from enforcing the railroad supervision act of Mississippi against a corporation operating a railroad in that state. The railroad in Mississippi forms part of a line from New Orleans through Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Kentucky to a point on the Ohio river opposite Cairo, Illinois, where it connects with the Illinois Central Railroad, extending to Chicago. The entire line is now owned by the New Orleans, St. Louis & Chicago Railroad Company, a corporation formed by the consolidation of the several corporations created by the different states through which the road runs, for the purpose of securing its construction and operation for interstate traffic, as well as for transportation within the limits of the several states. The whole road from Cairo to New Orleans had been leased to the Illinois Central Railroad Company, an Illinois corporation, and is now operated by that company, much the largest part of its business being of an interstate character.

The Mississippi charter, under which the road is now owned and operated in that state, provides 'that the president and directors be, and they are hereby, authorized to adopt and establish such a tariff of charges for the transportation of person and property as they may think proper, and the same to alter and change at pleasure.' This is now part of the charter of the consolidated company in Mississippi. In all other respects the material facts in this case are the same as those in that just decided. Relief is also asked on the same grounds. The court below granted the injunction prayed for, and this appeal was taken for a review of a decree to that effect. This case comes clearly within the rulings in the other. There is nothing here any more than there to show an intention by Mississippi to exempt the corporation in that state from proper legislative control, and the Illinois corporation, by goind into Mississippi to operate a railroad there, subjected itself to such local legislation as would have been applicable to the corporatian owning the road, if no lease had been made. As a corporation of another state, it has no other privileges in Mississippi than such as belong to the corporation whose road it runs. The decree of the circuit court is reversed on the authority of Stone v. Farmers' Loan & Trust Co., and the cause is remanded, with directions to dismiss the bill.

BLATCHFORD, J., did not sit in this case or take any part in its decision.

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S.C. 20 Fed. Rep. 468.