it. by the supreme court is suggested. But the liability is now fixed by a decree. The appeal does not vacate the decree. The operation of it is suspended by the 8UpersedecL$ founded on the bond· for payment of the decree if it is affirmed. Hovey v. McDonald, 109 U. S. 150, 3 Sup. Ct. Rep. 136. The liability on this bond would survive, and. would be enforceable against the sureties as well, if the decree should be affirmed.· He has offered $4,000 for this liability. The real estate sold on the executionagainst Mrs. Sowles mayor may not be holden. Whether it is or not, the value of the assets appears to be much beyond the amount offered.· A fair compromise of really disputable claima, to end litigation, would doubtless be wise; but this review of the assets of the bank. and of the claims made upon them leads to the conclusion that the acceptance of this proposal would not be. any such fair compromise, but would be. a of the rights of the bank to a large and unjustifiable extent. The petition for leave to accept the proposal is denied.
(Circuit Ooutn, 8.. D. New .York. February 5, 1899.)
An executor may maintain a suit in equity to set aside a general assignment made, and judgment sUffered, by testator, on the ground of incapacity, undue influence, and fraud against creditors, under Laws N. Y. 1880, c. 245, S 1, which provides that any executor may, fQr the benefit of creditors, disafllrm, treat as void, and resist all acts done, transfers and agreements made, in fraud of the rights of creditors. The assignment having failed, and the judgment standing alone not constituting an excessive preference of creditors, the statute has no application thereto; and therefore the bill should be dismissed as to the judgment.
.un> ADHINISTR.lTORs-SETT.NG AsIDB A8SIGNlUlNT OJ' TB8TATOB.
2. B.lHE-El'J'EOT OJ' JUDGMENT SUJ'l'ERBD BY TESTATOR.
In Equity. Suit by John H. Clapp, executor of George F. Damon, against William Clark and others. John H. Clapp, pro se. Cha8. B. Meyer, for defendants.
WHEELER, J. This suit was brought to set aside a mortgage and general assignment made by the testator, and a judgment against him, for incapacity, undue influence, and fraud against creditors, and to have the preferences created by the mortgage and judgment, as parts of the assignment, limited to one-third of the value of the property. Question is made about the right of the orator, as executor, to such relief, in either aspect. If the assignment was valid the property would vest in the assignee for the benefit of the creditors, and no right to it remained in the testator to pass to the executor; and he does not appear to have any interest to have the preferences, however created, cut down. That rightwould seem to remain to the creditors injured by the preferences.
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BRUNGGER 11. SMITH.
Oourt, D. Massachusetts.
January 6, 1892.)
The of privileged communications does not apply to testimony of a soUc> itor of patents who is not an attorney at law.
, Asoli9itor qf patents, who is not an atto,rney at law, is not privileged from testi.. fying under Rev. St. § 4908, Which provided that a witness on the trial of an interferenell' need not !'disclose any secret invention or discovery made or owned by himself. " , , ·
WITNESS-REFUSAL TO TESTIFy-ATTACHMENT.
P ATENTB. .
In the case of the refusal to testify of a witness subpoonaed ali the trial of an in,terference, the remedy is by petition for an attachment for contempt, and not for an order. to compel the witness to answer the questions put to him.
At Law. Petition of Herman Brungger for ani order of court directing the witness, Charles F.BroWllj to answer certain questions put to such witness